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Capendu - Hotel Restaurant Le Top du Roulier

Hotel at Capendu, south of the Canal du Midi at Marseillette

8 Avenue du Languedoc
11700 Capendu
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €85

Open: All year

Le Top du Roulier has hosted Tour de France teams – Tom Dumoulin and Warren Barguil's Giant Alpecin team stayed here when the Tour passed through in 2016, so we humbly submit that if it's good enough for those guys, then it's probably good enough for the rest of us too. It has comforatble rooms, plus a well-regarded local restaurant with a variety of menus (including special menus for mini-cyclists). Filling breakfast with various pastries and breads on offer. Free wifi. Within easy reach of the Canal du Midi at Marseillette.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Capestang - Les Portes du Soleil

Canalside B&B

27 Avenue de la République
34310 Capestang
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €75

Open: All year

With a pool to relax in and a hearty breakfast to get you started, Les Portes Soleil is recommended for anyone cycling or boating along the Canal du Midi. They are used to warmly welcoming cyclists and also have bikes available for hire if needed. Free wifi. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Carcans - Le Medoc Bleu

Accueil velo-accredited campsite on the Atlantic Coast

35 Route de Lacanau
33121 Carcans
Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Price from: Pitches from €15; cabins and fixed tents from €63 a night

Open: Pitches from April 28-September 30; Self-catering cabins from April 7-November 4

Le Medoc Bleu is part of the Flower Campings network of independently owned campsites with fewer than 300 pitches. This one has just 121 pitches, making it one of the smaller ones on the Atlantic Coast. It's 3-star and an ideal stop on the Atlantic Coast EuroVelo 1 bike route. There are pitches for tents and camping cars, as well as mobiile homes and log cabins for self-caterers. Heated outdoor pool, 5km from Carcans-Hourtin (France’s largest freshwater lake). Children’s activities. Close to Lacanau, it offers peace and quiet in spacious grounds dotted with oaks and sweet chestnuts. This area of France - well within reach of Bordeaux and an ideal stop on the Bordeaux-La Rocelle Ride, is a favourite summer holiday destination for Freewheeling France and her mini-cyclists. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Carcassonne - Hotel Le Donjon

Beautifully restored hotel in the heart of Carcassonne's Old Town

2 Rue du Comte Roger
La Cité
11000 Carcassonne
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €112

Open: All year

Hilde and Heather stayed here when they cycled the Canal du Midi – and they loved it. "What a fabulous start to our cycle ride down the Canal du Midi," Hilde wrote. "This hotel is an ancient building right in the middle of Carcassonne – its location could not be better." Helpful staff, secure bike store, comfortable (read: luxurious) rooms and hearty breakfasts. "Dark polished wood, beautiful fabrics, deep carpets, the odd suit of armour ... OK, OK, it's very touristy (remember this *is* one of France's most popular tourist towns), but it is very tastefully done. We loved it!" Free wifi, Onsite (cocktail) bar and restaurant. Peaceful gardens (all rooms look out over the gardens or the citadel). A hotel shuttle bus operates from the station or up from the old town gates. French, English anf Spanish spoken. You can read Hilde's full review here.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Carcassonne – Hotel de la Cité

A luxurious end to a day on the bike with a splash of class in Carcassonne

Place Auguste Pierre Pont
11000 Carcassonne
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €259

Open: All year

Add a little luxury to your visit to the spectacular city of Carcassonne with a stay at the impressive Hotel de la Cité in the heart of the medieval fortress. Built in the 19th century in neo-gothic style, this hotel is full of surprises, with secret doors and passages, and patio and gardens with trees over a hundred years old. Eat in the Michelin-starred restaurant, La Barbacane, take a dip in the pool, or have a massage. Bike storage available in the hotel. The official website listed here has a best price guarantee.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Carnac - Camping La Grande Métairie

Campsite near Carnac with on-site cabins sleeping upto 8

Route des Alignements de Kermario
B.P.85
56342 Carnac
Morbihan, Brittany

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Price from: £30

Open: May 8-September 6

Cycle 2 miles down the road from your cabin to the ancient standing stones at Carnac, or explore any number of quiet cycling trails around this beautiful corner of Brittany. Cycling tours of the local area can be booked on-site and there are also free 'learn-to-ride' classes for kids aged 3-6. Click the link below to find out more about onsite self-catering cabins sleeping up to 8 people, or click here if you have your own tent, caravan or campervan.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Carnac - Hôtel Celtique et Spa

Comfortable coastal hotel ideal for exploring the Brittany coast

82 Avenue des Druides
56340 Carnac
Morbihan, Brittany

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Price from: €85

Open: All year

Relaxing base on the Brittany coast, a mere 50 metres from the Atlantic Coast. Great base also from which to ride out to the famous Carnac standing stones. As its name suggests, the Hôtel Celtique et Spa has its own wellness centre, including indoor pool, sauna and hot tub. Onsite restaurant and bar + games area. Management tell me they offer bike hire to guests, and safe and secure bike parking if you arrive under your own steam. Free wifi. French and English spoken.  

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Carpentras - Le Comtadin (Ventoux)

Bike-friendly hotel on leisure routes near Ventoux

65 Boulevard Albin Durand
84200 Carpentras
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azu

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Price from: €70

Open: All year

This is a nice base for exploring the vineyard and river leisure routes around Ventoux. Le Comtadin is set in a lovingly restored 18th century building near the Carpentras city centre (try and time your visit for the weekly Friday market). There's a lovely courtyard garden for breakfast or to relax in before/after a ride, plus a lounge bar for evening relaxation. The hotel tells me that bikes can be safely locked in the hotel's secure room. There are also route maps and itineraries available at reception. Doubles and triples available. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Casteljaloux - Camping Moulin de Campech

Peaceful lakeside campsite close to the Garonne river south of Marmande

Moulin de Campech
47160 Villefranche-de-Queyran
Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

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Price from: €8

Open: April to October

With a focus on peace and quiet, Camping Moulin de Campech is located in a wooded valley complete with 16th century watermill. The mill is located on the river Ourbise which provides delightful background sounds of running water, and a home for local flora and fauna. The site itself has a heated pool set away from the large pitches to maintain the sense of tranquility. The mill is home to a popular restaurant, bar and terrace. The area is rich in cycling and walking opportunities and the English-speaking owners can supply further details about paths and trails. There's also a trout fishing lake and unspoit local towns waiting to be explored.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Wifi

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Castelnaudary - Maison du Cassoulet

Hearty food served at this hotel on the Canal du Midi

24 Cours de la République
11400 Castelnaudary
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)

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Price from: €48

Open: All year

Maison du Cassoulet is in Castelnaudary, a regular stop on the popular Canal du Midi bike route. Just 300 metres from the canal, it's a handy stop that also has a restaurant serving regional cuisine. The star dish, as the name suggests, is the cassoulet – a dish unique to this part of the world. There is also a kids' menu. Maison du Cassoulet sees a lot of cyclists, thanks to its location, and there is a bike storage area as a result. Free wifi in the rooms. A Continental breakfast is offered in the restaurant each morning, plus there's a bar with terrace for post-ride drinks and pre-ride planning.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Catalonia - Camping Verneda (Spanish border)

Camping and self-catering cabins within reach of Bagnères-de-Luchon

Ctra. N-230 Km. 171
25537 Pont d'Arròs
Lleida, Catalonia, Spain

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Price from: €5 per tent; from €55 a night for a self-catering bungalow

Open: All year

Tucked just over the Spanish border and within reach of the high Pyrenees cols from Bagnères-de-Luchon is the lovely Camping Verneda. There is plenty of room for tents and campervans, plus a great range of self-catering bungalows and cabins at affordable prices. Super family friendly (there are two children's playground areas). Onsite bar and restuarant. Mini-supermarket for supplies. Games room. Pool. Onsite mountain bike hire. This is a lovely option alongside a mountain river stream and handy to some of the best bike routes on both sides of the Pyrenees.   

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Cavaillon - Hotel Mercure

4-star hotel a short ride from the centre of Cavaillon

601 Avenue Boscodomini
84300 Cavaillon
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

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Price from: €95

Open: All year

Located within a 12,000m² park a short ride from the Cavaillon city centre, the Mercure offers comfortable surrounds in which to relax after a day on the bike. Minibar and satellite TV in all rooms, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Regional cuisine in the hotel restaurant. Buffet breakfast. Relax on the terrace of the restaurant or by the swimming pool. Management says the hotel can provide a safe, lockable room inside the hotel for bike storage. Free wifi. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Cavaillon - Pont Royal en Provence

Self-catering apartments and houses for up to 8 people SE of Cavaillon

Domaine et Golf de Pont-Royal
Route de Charleval
13370 Mallemort
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

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Price from: From €220 for a 4-5 person apartment minimum 2 nights, or €417 for 7 nights; weekend and week-long rates available, prices vary depending on the size of the apartment/house

Open: All year

Located between the Alpilles and the Lubéron, 30 kilometres from Aix-en-Provence, 45 kilometres from Avignon and 20km from Cavaillon, the Pont Royal en Provence has self-catering holiday apartments and houses sleeping up to 8 people, making it ideal for families and groups. Situated near a lake and golf course, it has bike hire onsite, plus Pierre & Vacances policy stipulates that secure parking is available at every residence. All the apartments and houses are fitted with a fully-equipped kitchen area, including a coffee machine and hotplates, and a terrace or balcony with garden table and chairs. Golf and horse-riding available. Guests have free access to the swimming pools, playgrounds and sport complexes. Packed lunches available on request. Wifi available (surcharge).

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Central Pyrenees – Pyrenees Cycling Holiday Gite (Port de Bales, Peyresourde)

Self-contained cottage in a rural setting; run by keen cyclists

Le Couloume
Las Planteros
31580 Loudet
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)7 86 21 44 63
Email: info@pyreneesgite.com

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Price from: Self-catering from €70 per night or €490 per week based on 4 people sharing

Open: All year

Cyclists Claudia and Hugues would love to host you in the foothills of the Pyrenees. They have a beautifully restored self-contained cottage for 4 people (with 10x5m pool and mountain views). In the central Pyrenees on the border with the Hautes Pyrenees, they have access to some of the best cycling in France – from pan flat routes to lovely rolling hills and Tour de France cols. The start of the Port de Balès, either side of the Col de Mente and the Col d'Aspin, and the Portet de Aspet are all around 30km away. Superbagnères, the Portillon and the Peyresoude are within reach, while even the Tourmalet is a 150km round trip (a great day in the saddle). Or ask Claudia and Hugues about the lovely local rides through the beautiful Baronnies, a challenging landscape that sits in front of the Aspin and Tourmalet (and a true hidden gem). Free wifi. Storage/workshop, plus loads of local knowledge. English, French, Italian and German spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Ceret - Mas Pallagourdi (SW of Perpignan)

A self-catered retreat focusing on cycling, yoga, hiking and wellness

15 Avenue de General Puig
66400 Ceret
Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussilion (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)9 61 28 11 95
Email: marianthornley@hotmail.co.uk

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Price from: Nightly rates from €150 depending on season and length of stay – please enquire!

Open: April to December

Ceret is an undiscovered cycling paradise (at least until the 2021 Tour de France passes through). Just 30km south-west of Perpignan and 27km from Argelès-sur-Mer, it offers access to both the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. The area is steeped in history. From the door you can ride local roads to cross the French-Spanish border via the village of La Vajol – the same road refugees used to escape Franco during the Spanish Civil War (a memorial marks their passage). Or cycle down into Ceret itself and pick up the cycle track that runs up the Vallespir valley to Col d'Ares. There are other easier and shorter routes taking in pretty towns such as Thuir and its wine domains. The cycle track also extends in the opposite direction towards the coast. It's a delightful (and flat) ride through vineyards from to Argeles and the Med. From there you can cycle along the coast to Collioure, famous for its artistic heritage. Marian offers Mas Pallagourdi as a self-catered base for cyclists, or you can combine a cycling stay with yoga classes. There is an apartment that sleeps five, with additional accommodation up to a total of 17. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Chalon-sur-Saone - Camping Pont de Bourgogne

Riverside site close to Burgundy's canal towpaths and EuroVelo 6

Rue Julien Leveneu
71380 Chalon-sur-Saone
Saone-et-Loire, Burgundy

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Price from: €18.50

Open: April to September

This is a quiet site ideal for either a stopover or a slightly longer stay to appreciate the nearby famous wine region and historical towns. It also offers the chance to meander through lovely villages and vineyards by cycling the 31km canal-side voie verte, which starts in Chalon-sur-Saone, just over 2km away, and goes to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. From Chalon-sur-Saone you can also access other parts of Burgundy's network of bike greenways (voies vertes), including the Canal du Centre, which forms part of EuroVelo 6. This town also has a beautiful cathedral and a highly regarded market three times a week. A restaurant/bar is available on-site and golf/bowling can be found close-by.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information

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Chambery - Aix-les-Bains Best Western Aquakub

Ride the shores of Lake Bourget and relax waterside afterwards

173 Avenue du Petit Port
73100 Aix-les-Bains
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes

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Price from: €89

Open: All year

Located in Aix-les-Bains, just north of Chambery and only 200 metres from Lake Bourget, the Best Western Aquakub is a great base for cycling and active holidays in general. There's a indoor sports area with a pool, wellbeing area and fitness centre. Relax after your ride on the terrace overlooking the lake, or treat yourself to the French and international cuisine on offer at the hotel restaurant. All rooms and suites are air-conditioned (some with lake and mountain views). Free wifi. Tea and coffee making facilities available upon request. Buffet breakfast. Hotel bar. Management advises there is a secure area inside the hotel for 4-5 bikes.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Chambery - Hotel des Princes

Stylish Chambery hotel set in a beautifully restored convent building

4 Rue de Boigne
73000 Chambéry
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Rhône-Alpes)

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Price from: €88

Open: All year

Hotel des Princes is a beautifully presented hotel set in an old convent that dates back to 1471. It's been recommended to us by cyclists who stayed there. Located in the heart of the old part of Chambery, it's handy to local restaurants and bars, plus it's only 800m from the train station. Great option for groups, with some suites comfortably sleeping up to 6 adults. Onsite spa, jacuzzi and sauna, plus massage service. Management welcomes cyclists and says bikes can be safely stored inside the hotel. Free wifi (plus there's a computer available for guest use). Full buffet breakfast. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Chancia - Camping La Presqu'Île du Jura

Camping on the banks of the Lac du Croiselet

Chemin de la Presqu'île
01590 Chancia
Jura, Franche-Comte

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Price from: €16 for a tent pitch for 2, prices vary for cabins and chalets

Open: April to October

Set on a small peninsula bordered by the River Ain and the Lac du Croiselet, Camping La Presqu'Île du Jura is an unspoilt, family campsite offering a quiet holiday destination with views of the lake and mountains. It's a 3-star campsite at Chancia, close to Oyonnax in the Jura. It has camping pitches and chalet and mobile home rental. There is a multi-sports court nearby, with fishing, canoeing and boats. This is a good base for road cycling, as well as walking, mountain biking and horseriding. Don' forget to also sample the local cheeses and wines. Onsite snack bar and shop. Children's playground. Accueil Velo-rated.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Chantilly - La Cantilienne (Avenue Verte London-Paris)

On the doorstep of Chateau Chantilly

15 Rue des Cascades
60500 Chantilly
Oise, Picardy (Hauts de France)

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Price from: €140

Open: All year

La Cantilienne is a highly rated B&B just 1km from Chateau Chantilly, the fabulous historic chateau, gardens and collection of art and antiquities, which is one of France's most treasured settings. It is also perfectly located for the Avenue Verte London to Paris bike route, which runs close by on the run into/out of Paris, making it a perfect first or last stop on your trip. The B&B with its private terrace and flower garden also has a lockable bike room and free wifi, plus a hearty continental breakfast for all guests.  

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Charleville-Mezières Ibis

Reliable chain hotel near the Trans-Ardenne bike path

Rue Louise Michel
08000 Villers-Semeuse
Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne

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Price from: €65

Open: All year

Just south of the Charleville Mezières city centre, the Ibis offers a reliable, if predictable, place to stay. Onsite restaurant and lounge, plus outdoor terrace. Free wifi. While bikes cannot be taken into bedrooms, management says they can be locked in lounge areas and reception is staffed 24 hours. Charleville-Mezières is the starting point for the lovely Trans-Ardennes bike path, while the regional national park and Meuse Valley routes are also within easy reach.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Chartres - Hotel Cathedrale

City centre hotel in the beautiful French cathedrale city

3 rue du General Koenig
28000 Chartres
Eure-et-Loir, Centre

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Price from: €120

Open: All year

Warm and welcoming hotel offers excellent access to local restaurants and tourist sites. Located opposite Chartres cathedral and just minutes from the station, it's a design hotel with modern, air-conditioned and sound-proofed rooms. Lounge bar, buffet breakfast and room service. Free wifi. There is a lockable bike store in the courtyard.  

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Chartres - Hotel Les Poèmes de Chartres

Elegant and friendly hotel on good local bike routes

5 Place Pierre Simard
26000 Chartres
Eure-et-Loir, Centre (Centre-Val de Loire)

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Price from: €70

Open: All year

Hotel Les Poèmes de Chartres is in a good location just 100m from train station. Friendly reception with manager who told us "give me those bikes. We’ll give them a rest for now" and then leading us to a locked storage room inside the hotel. Buffet or continental breakfast. Doubles, triples and family rooms/quads. 
**Bob and Jim stayed here on their cycle tour - report here** 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Wifi

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Château-Gontier - Le Parc Hotel & Spa

19th century manor on Velo Francette route with 'accueil velo' label

46 Avenue Du Maréchal Joffre
53200 Château-Gontier
Mayenne, Pays de la Loire

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Price from: €75

Open: All year

We stayed here on our La Velo Francette ride and it took us about 30 seconds after arrival to regret not bringing our swimmers. After several days on the bike, a relax in the spa would have been a real treat. We made do instead with an Italian shower to ease the muscles followed by a glass of wine in the expansive gardens, chilling out in the afternoon sun and wishing we could stay longer. The hotel is family run and has accueil velo status, so you can request prices for baggage transfers and other bikey services. The house itself is a 19th century manor, with the bedrooms – each unique – housed in the adjoining restored and beautifully decorated stables. It's a unique and really pleasant place to stay. Free wifi. Pool and gym. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Chateauneuf du Faou - The Old Bakery (Nantes-Brest Canal)

Cyclist-friendly, character-filled B&B on the Nantes-Brest Canal

19 Rue Paul Serusier
29520 Chateauneuf du Faou
Finistere, Brittany
Phone: +33 (0)2 98 93 26 39
Email: theoldbakery.fr@hotmail.com

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Price from: €43 per room (single occupancy low season) to €105 (triple room high season), €260-€620 per week on the same basis, includes breakfast

Open: April to October but please enquire about staying outside of these months

The Old Bakery is set above the Nantes-Brest Canal and provides an ideal halfway point between Chateaulin and Rostrenen. With many local sites of interest, it's also a great base in its own right – perfect for stopping for a day or two to explore farther afield from the canal and into Brittany's heartland. The more intrepid cyclist can reach here in a day from Mur de Bretagne or via the green route travelling from Huelgoat via Carhaix – both are steeped in history and worth exploring. On arrival you'll be greeted by Dorothy and Gary, the Old Bakery's new owners, who've put cyclists at the heart of their plans for the B&B. They offer light refreshments and safe bike storage, as well as lots of great local info on restaurants, routes and attractions. After a good night's sleep, there's a hearty continental breakfast, including fresh croissants, bread, cheese and ham to set you up for the day. Dorothy and Gary offer flexible accommodation for single riders through to groups of friends or families. Accommodation is provided on a B&B basis, and larger groups of up to 10 or 12 can request exclusive use of the facilities.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Cherbourg - Hotel du Louvre

Bike-friendly Cherbourg hotel close to the marina

2 rue de la Paix
50100 Cherbourg
Manche, Normandy

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Price from: €69

Open: All year

Comfortable and traditional two-star French hotel in the marina area of Cherbourg. Good option for anyone cycling to the ferry port or making their way around the coast on the EuroVelo 4. The hotel carries Accueil Velo accreditation, so it has guaranteed safe and secure bike parking. Secure underground car park for anyone driving. It's great for groups as well as there are rooms for single travellers through to quadruples that will sleep 4 adults and 2 kids. Free wifi. Disabled access. Pet allowed. French and English spoken.
We've stayed here – read our review.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Cherbourg - Hotel La Glacerie

Affordable, bike-friendly hotel south of Cherbourg

Rond-point Andre Malraux
La Glacerie
50470 Cherbourg
Manche, Normandy

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Price from: €49

Open: All year

Friendly chain hotel located 8km south of the ferry terminal on the E13. Reception open 24 hours. A buffet breakfast served each morning. Hotel restaurant serving traditional French cuisine, bar open 24 hours a day. Free wifi. The directrice of the hotel advises that there is a secure luggage storage for bikes, plus a hose and outdoor space for cleaning bikes. Reception can also provide local tourist maps to help plan bike routes. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Cheverny - Camping Les Saules

Green, shady camping in the heart of the Loire chateaux route

Les Saules
41700 Cheverny
Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire (Loire Valley)

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Price from: €12 for a basic 'trekking' pitch for one cyclist, prices vary for self-catered cabins

Open: April to September

Between a forest and the beautiful Chateau Cheverny lies the green oasis that is Camping Les Saules, an accueil velo-rated campsite. For cyclists it offers a superb base from which to cycle the Les Chateaux a velo routes, a network of cycle paths and lanes that link the stunning chateaux found in the Loire valley. One such netwok, the Itineraire 04 - Entre Vignobles et Chateaux, is very close to the site and offers and an incredible chance to explore the local highlights on signposted tracks and roads. The focus of Camping Les Saules itself is on providing shaded pitches in a calm ambience where nature comes first. The restaurant serves local food and there are pool options for all ages. Part of the Le French Time network of independently owned sites.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Chinon - Hotel Diderot

Accueil velo hotel that makes an ideal stop in central Chinon

4 Rue de Buffon
37500 Chinon
Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley

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Price from: €60

Open: All year

Hotel Diderot has been recommended to us by cyclists who stayed here while cycling in th Loire. It's also used by cycle tour companies so it's up to speed with what cyclists want. It's an accueil velo hotel and therefore carries accrediatation from the tourist board for its cycling services. These include a fully enclosed courtyard for bikes (locked 9pm to 7am). Local bike routes and maps are available from reception, along with information on bike hire and local repairs. The hotel is on a quiet street a short ride from the historic Chinon centre. Chinon is a popular stop for cyclists on the river Vienne, with the beautiful Chateau de Chinon a particular highlight. The river and backroad routes here feed up to the main Loire bike route to the north. The rooms at Hotel Diderot are decorated in a modern style despite the building dating back to the 17th century. You can have breakfast – including home-made jams – on the terrace or by the original fireplace when the weather turns cooler. All rooms are en-suite.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Chinon - ibis Styles

Cyclist-friendly hotel south-east of Saumer on the banks of the river

11 Rue Digue St Jacques
37500 Chinon
Indre-et-Loire, Centre

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Price from: €95

Open: All year

Located on the banks of the Vienne, opposite the Royal Fortress. The hotel is a member of the Loire Valley's 'cyclists welcome' program, and has a secure bike storage room in the hotel. Rooms are modern and spacious. The hotel welcomes groups. Heated outdoor pool plus terrace overlooking the castle. Breakfast and wifi included in all prices. Restaurant onsire with traditional cuisine. Great base for exploring the Loire, or an ideal stop on a longer Loire Valley itinerary. Vineyards and other local attractions well within reach.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Clermont Ferrand - Adagio Access Clermont Ferrand Jaude

Affordable studio apartments close to the city centre

9 rue Giscard de la Tour Fondue
de la Tour Fondue
63100 Clermont Ferrand
Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne

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Price from: €49 per apartment per night

Open: All year

Apartment hotel in the centre of Clermont-Ferrand, near Place de Jaude, and a two-minute walk from the historic centre of the city. It has 122 self-catering apartments with fully equipped kitchenettes. The studio apartments can sleep up to 3 people. Free wifi access. Management advises that bikes can be stored in apartments.  

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Clermont Ferrand - hotelF1 Clermont Ferrand Est

Super budget hotel near Auvergne airport 5km from the city centre

38 rue Pierre Boulanger
ZI du Brézet
63100 Clermont-Ferrand
Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne

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Price from: €32 for rooms that sleeps 2 or 3 people

Open: All year

Bargain basement budget chain hotel on the north-eastern fringes of the city, near the airport. Air-conditioned low-cost hotel with free WIFI and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Rooms are basic and sleep two or three people. Shared bathrooms; rooms have sinks, mirrors and TVs. Management advises that bikes can be stored in the bedrooms overnight. The hotel's parent website has a best-price guarantee so it's always worth comparing prices. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally

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Clohars-Carnoët - Camping Le Kergariou

Leafy, bike-friendly campsite on the Atlantic Coast bike route

Croix de Kervec
29360 Clohars-Carnoët
Finistère, Brittany

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Price from: €11 for 2 people on bikes with tents, fixed tents and chalet prices vary

Open: Tent pitches from 04/04-12/09, cottages and chalets from 04/04 au 12/09

The 3-star Le Kergariou campsite offers a warm welcome at Clohars-Carnoët, between Lorient and Concarneau on the EV1 bike route. The beach 1.5km away, heated pool, sauna, kids’ club and entertainment. Camping pitches, self-catering chalets and mobile homes. Shop and snack bar.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Cluny - Hostellerie d'Héloïse

Family hotel on the Chalon-sur-Saône to Mâcon voie verte

7, route de Mâcon
71250 Cluny
Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy

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Price from: €63

Open: All year

The Hostellerie d'Héloïse – on the banks of La Grosne and metres from the Chalon-sur-Saône to Mâcon voie verte – has been a hotel in one format or another since the 1800s. The hotel is part of the Logis hotel group and meets their bike-friendly criteria. The owners, Nathalie and Patrick, have a shed for bicycles and the onsite restaurant serves up plenty of nourishing fuel for riders passing through (there's even a special menu for mini-cyclists). There's also a lounge bar area for relaxing (and for sampling Burgundy's best wines). Doubles, triples and family rooms. English and French spoken. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Cognac - Domaine Quai des Pontis

Lovely bike-friendly option on the banks of the river Charente

16 rue des Pontis
16100 Cognac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €78

Open: All year

Wonderfully versatile accommodation, with hotel/B&B-style accommodation, as well as self-catering lodges, 'houses on stilts' and even rustic Gypsy caravans. Twins, doubles, triples and quads, making this great for families and groups. In the middle of Cognac, it's handy for all the local attractions, including Cognac tours and distillery visits. Peaceful location on Charente River banks + swimming pool. Bike hire available on site. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Cognac - Hotel Domaine du Breuil, Chateau Menuet

Live it up in a chateau on the edge of Cognac

104 rue Robert-Daugas
16100 Cognac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €87

Open: All year

For a truly unique French castle experience, checkout the 19th century Chateau Menuet, set in its own seven-hectare park on the outskirts of Cognac. Onsite restaurant serving seasonal menus – the restaurant itself has wonderful views out over the Charente (you can eat on the terrace when the weather's nice). You can also drink the chateau's own Cognac at the bar. The bedrooms are as you'd expect from a chateau – elegant and comfortable (some of the rooms overlook the grounds). Outdoor pool. Free wifi. French and English spoken. There is secure bike storage and the chateau has its own fleet of bikes for hire.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Cognac - Hotel Heritage

Modern town centre hotel with a rich history

25 rue d'Angoulême
16100 Cognac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €68

Open: All year

Town centre hotel located in a renovated 17th-century inn that dates back to 1635. A lot of love and thought has gone into the Heritage Hotel to make the most of its history as well as provide the necessary mod-cons for 21st century guests. There's an onsite restaurant with courtyard garden for summer dining (the chef likes to feature local cuisine and use local ingredients), plus a restored and modernised bar area. There is a garage for bike storage plus a picnic service for cyclists wanting to eat out among the vines or near the river. English and French spoken. Singles, doubles, twins and triples. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Cognac - Hotel L'Oliveraie

Well-located hotel with its own fleet of bikes for guest use

6-8, Place de la Gare
16100 Cognac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €54

Open: All year

This is a comfortable city centre hotel near the train station. It's particularly bike-friendly, with its own fleet of bicycles, a secure bike parking area and lots of local bikey knowledge (it's been recommended to us by cyclists who stayed there). Singles, doubles, triples and quads – ideal for groups and families. Outdoor swimming pool. Onsite restaurant plus garden, terrace and bar. It doesn't have 24-hour reception but the owners can welcome late arrivals - just call ahead or make a note of it when you book. Disabled access rooms. Free wifi. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Col d'Aspin/Tourmalet/Aubisque - Hotel Les Templiers

Cosy famiily run hotel on the western side of the Col du Tourmalet

6 Place de la Comporte
65120 Luz St Sauveur
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)5 6292 8152
Email: contact@hotel-luz.com

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Price from: 75€-85€ per night. Organic buffet breakfast 9.50€pp.

Open: All year

Hotel Les Templiers is a small, family run hotel in the centre of Luz St Sauveur, and ideally located at the bottom of the western side of the Col du Tourmalet, and also at the bottom of a number of other interesting climbs (Luz Ardiden, Col des Tentes, Troumouse). Just down the road in Argeles-Gazost is the bottom of the climbs for Hautacam and Col du Soulor/Col d'Aubisque. The hotel has 10 traditional hotel rooms available for B&B, as well as a fully equipped self-catered apartment. Free wifi. French and English spoken (run by a Franco-Australian couple). On-site restaurant; free tea and coffee in the lounge.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Colmar - Aux Armes de France

Traditional inn on the Alsace Wine Route 9km from Colmar

1 Grand Rue
68770 Ammerschwihr
Haut-Rhin, Alsace

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Price from: €94

Open: All year

Friendly family-run hotel-restaurant in the town of Ammerschwihr, just 9km from Colmar. The hotel is an excellent stop on the Alsace Wine Route. Onsite restaurant serving traditional local cuisine alongside a wonderful menu of wines from the surrounding vineyards. Buffet breakfast available. Double and triple rooms. Outdoor terrace/courtyard. Free wifi. This hotel has been recommended by Max Wooldridge, author of our cycling in Alsace article.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Colmar - ibis Colmar Centre

Stylish city centre hotel with dedicated bike room

10 rue Saint Eloi
68000 Colmar
Haut-Rhin, Alsace

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Price from: €69

Open: All year

Reliable city centre hotel that's an ideal spot from which to ride the Alsace wine route. Just down the road from the tourism office, it's handy for the train station and all the local sights. There's an onsite restaurant and bar area, plus reception is open 24 hours in case you arrive late (or want to get away early). Disabled access rooms. Free wifi. French, English and German spoken. Management tells us they have a dedicated and closed room for bike storage.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Commercy - Hotel Côté Jardin

Hotel set in lovely gardens on the Meuse Cycle Route

40 rue de Saint Mihiel
55200 Commercy
Meuse, Lorraine (Grand Est)

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Price from: €76

Open: All year

Hotel Côté Jardin has been recommended to us by cyclists who stayed here and told us their bikes were tucked safely away indoors overnight. We're also told the breakfast – and the coffee – were good. As the name suggests, Hôtel Côté Jardin in central Commercy, is set amid beautiful gardens. Terrace and private car park. Free wifi. It's ideally placed for a stay on the Meuse Cycle Route.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Compiègne - Hotel Les Beaux Arts

Bike-friendly hotel in the start town for Paris-Roubaix

33 Cours Guynemer
60200 Compiègne
Oise, Picardy

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Price from: €69

Open: All year

This hotel is a good base for watching the Paris-Roubaix or exploring the nearby ancient Forest of Compiègne which covers a total of 14,417 hectares and is crossed by hundreds of bike trails. Is stands alongside the River Oise in the historic cultural town of Compiègne. Hotel management tells us they have access to an underground carpark close that has places reserved for hotel guests' bicycles. Free wifi. French and English spoken. This is also ideal for cycling from Lille to Paris.
** We've stayed here - read our review.**

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Condom - Les Trois Lys

Ideal for exploring the town and riding the Voie Verte de l'Armagnac

38 Rue Gambetta
32100 Condom
Gers, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €70

Open: All year

You get a lot of bang for your buck at Les Trois Lys – closer to a major city, a hotel like this would twice the price or more. Instead, you'll find yourself nestled in a town surrounded by countryside and within striking distance of the Pyrenees. Condom is around 150km from either Bordeaux and Toulouse, or 100km north of the airport at Tarbes. It's 50km from the Canal de Garonne at Agen (and also linked by local TER train - see bike/train info here). It's a great cycling base – especially as the Voie Verte de l'Armagnac starts near the town. There is no dedicated bike garage but there is a safe storage shelter within the grounds – the hotel regularly welcomes cyclists and walkers on the route to Compostella. It offers an outdoor pool and a bar, free wifi and a 24-hour reception for late arrivals. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Corbigny - Hotel de L'Europe Restaurant Le Cepage

Affordable base on the Canal du Nivernais bike route

7 Grande Rue
58800 Corbigny
Nièvre, Burgundy

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Price from: €71

Open: All year

This is a welcoming 18-room hotel-restaurant in the centre of Corbigny, and slap bang on the Canal du Nivernais bike route. It's a traditional, old-style hotel – nothing fancy but good, solid accommodation and hearty restaurant meals using local produce (you can eat on the terrace when the weather is good). It's part of the Logis group and meets their bike-friendly criteria. It's also 29km from Vézelay on the Santiago de Compostella route. Disabled access rooms. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Coulon - Camping La Venise Verte

Lovely camping base in the heart of a natural wonderland. Ideal for families

178 Route des Bords de Sèvre
79510 Coulon
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €15 for a tent pitch; prices vary for cabins and cottages

Open: April 4 - October 10

4-star campsite near Niort in the heart of the Marais Poitevin Regional Natural Park with heated outdoor pool, evening entertainment and children’s activities. Camping pitches, mobile homes and chalets to rent. On the Velo Francette bike route. Recently awarded European Ecolabel status. Near 300km of cycle paths, walking routes and waterways which criss-cross the park. Part of the Flower Campings network of independently owned sites.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Coulon - Le Central Hotel (Velo Francette)

In the heart of the beautiful Marais Poitevin marshes

4 rue d’Autremont
79510 Coulon
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €64

Open: All year

Lovely, stylish locally run hotel in the heart of Coulon – an ideal base for exploring the Marais Poitevin marshes by bike and by boat. Coulon is also on the Velo Francette route. Onsite restaurant serving high-quality local cuisine. The hotel's manager tells us that there is a bike storage area in the hotel's locked, private garage. Free wifi. Lovely garden terrace area for relaxing. There are just 13 rooms here, some of them overlooking the garden. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Creon - Chateau Camiac

A 'treat yourself' option near the Bordeaux-Toulouse bike route

Route de la Forêt, D121
33670 Créon
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €160

Open: All year

Who doesn't want to stay in a Bordeaux chateau just once in their life? Just 30km from Bordeaux – 4km from the Roger Lapebie bike path that links to the Canal de Garonne and Toulouse – Chateau Camiac is set amid 20 acres of parks and ponds, and within easy reach of vineyard bike routes. Relax by the pool after your ride or use the free wifi to send photos to your friends to make them jealous of your stately surrounds. Hotel dining is also possible (complete with fine Bordeaux wines). This is an expensive option compared to many hotels but it's a memorable one. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Creon - Hotel Atena (Bordeaux-Toulouse bike path)

Budget accommodation on the Canal de Garonne bike route

55 avenue de l'Entre-Deux-Mers
55, avenue de l'Entre-Deux-Mers
33670 Créon
Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Price from: €59

Open: All year

Hotel Atena is an affordable option at Creon, near the Roger Lapebie bike path on the Bordeaux-Toulouse bike route. It offers basic two-star accommodation that cyclists tell us is clean and friendly. There's an in-house restaurant plus bike storage. All rooms are en suite. There are twins, doubles, triples and family rooms (sleeping 5), making this a good, budget option for groups or couples/friends cycling together. Free wifi. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Creuse - Chateau de Poinsouze

Calm and zen in the grounds of an old chateau

Route de la Chatre
23600 Boussac-Bourg
Creuse, Limousin (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €49 for 2 people + tent/campervan, prices vary for self-catered cabins

Open: May to September

With large lakeside pitches covered by oaks and adjacent to a 15th century chateau, Camping Chateau de Poinsouze makes a great cycling base, especially for families. There's plenty on offer for the kids including pool, slides and trampoline, while for the adults there are numerous watersports and two local golf courses. For cyclists and walkers, the GR41 route runs very close to here, allowing a signposted hike or ride in the lovely surrounding countryside. On site there's a restaurant, plus a shop offers eat-in or takeaway options. A real taste of rural France. Part of the Le French time network of independently run sites.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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All accommodation has been checked to ensure it meets our cycle-friendly criteria. We also deal with tour operators personally before adding them to the site. To recommend a great French cycling holiday or a nice bike-friendly place to stay, please email lyn@freewheelingfrance.com

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