Accommodation - Self-catering: All France

Cycling accommodation in France

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Aix-en-Provence - Adagio Apart-hotel

Hotel with self-catering studios and apartments for up to 6 people

3-5 rue des Chartreux
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

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Price from: €135 per apartment per night

Open: All year

Close to Place de la Rotonde and the famous Cours Mirabeau, the Adagio Aix-en-Provence Centre is in the heart of the city. A 4-star holiday residence, the aparthotel has 89 air-conditioned apartments, including studios for 2 people through to 3-room apartments for 6. Ideal for families and cycling groups. All apartments have fully equipped kitchenettes. Free high-speed wifi. Management advises there is a luggage store for bikes, plus a private undercover car park downstairs.  

Bike facilities

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

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Alpe d'Huez - Chalet La Maitreya

Self-catering option nestled at the bottom on the famous 21 bends

Hameau le Perrier
38114 Vaujany
Isere, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)6 70 62 32 76
Email: info@lamaitreya.fr

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Price from: Low season: €350/night for the whole chalet (8 bedrooms); high season: € 600/night

Open: All year except November and the first week of May

La Maitreya is an 8-bedroom chalet with a sun-blessed terrace, hot tub and sauna. Add in bike storage and it's ideal for anyone looking to conquer the famous 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez. James and Whitney live just across the road, so they are always available to assist you if there are problems or if you just need some local advice. They can also arrange massages, bike rental, help with route planning, or cater for any other special requests you might have. Alpe d’Huez is on the doorstep, with the Glandon, Galibier, Lautaret, Croix de Fer and many more all within reach from here. For mountain bikers the Grand Domain Alpe d’Huez lift system runs throughout summer for downhill and cross country trails. French, English, Dutch and German spoken. 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
  • Wifi

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Alpe d'Huez – Le Château d’Oz

Conquer Alpe d-Huez, Galibier, Glandon and Croix de Fer

Le Village
38114 Oz en Oisans
Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)4 76 80 36 58
Email: info@lechateaudoz.com

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Price from: Self-catering from €90/apartment/night; B&B €105€ for 2 people; Half-board €155 for 2 people. Book directly for best prices.

Open: Mid-May to end of September for cycling; open mid-December to the end of April for skiing

The mythical 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez are just around the corner from Le Château d’Oz. The Galibier, Glandon and Croix de Fer are just up the road with their dramatic landscapes and lung-busting gradients. The Oisans has more than 30 routes, including famous stages from the Tour de France. All routes start from the door. Transport is available in the chalet's minibus by arrangement. Free wifi. Secured garage for bikes and maintenance/washdown area. Accommodation is flexible, offering both self-catered and catered options, with the latter including hot and Continental breakfasts, three-course evening meals and post-cycling pasta.

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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Alpe d’Huez - Chalet Pitu (Venosc)

Renovated barn for 4 people near Alpe d’Huez and the Glandon

7 Impasse du Foyer Benoit
38520 Venosc
Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)7799 387080
Email: jodie@chaletpituvenosc.com

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Price from: €180 to €240 per night for the whole chalet

Open: All year

The cyclist-run Chalet Pitu is positioned right in the centre of the beautiful, traditional and quaint village of Venosc with its 
restaurants, bars, boutiques and artisan shops. Venosc is 12km from Bourg-d'Oisans and is uniquely positioned for some of the best cycling in the Alps. It sits on one of the most picturesque and quiet climbs in the area including the ride up to the village of La Berarde on the very edge of the Ecrins national park. For those looking to emulate their heroes from the Tour de France, a number of famous climbs are within easy riding distance, including Alpe d’Huez, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Glandon, the Galibier and Col du Lauteret. The gondola is a 5-minute stroll from the chalet and takes mountain bikers directly to Les Deux Alpes in 6 or 7 minutes, opening up lots of world class off-road runs. The run back down to Venosc from Les Deux Alpes in particular should not 
be missed, according to cyclist owners Jodie and George. This page gives an excellent summary of local road cycling, whilst also providing lots of information for mountain bikers. Chalet Pitu itself has been recently lovingly restored to a high standard, and offers luxury accommodation for 4 adults with all the creature comforts you could expect for a memorable stay.  We speak French, Dutch, English, German & Japanese.

Bike facilities

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

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Alps - Campervan and minibus hire

Choose your own cycling adventure in a campervan or minivan

5 Le Croix Bozon
Peisey-Nancroix
73210 Peisey-Nancroix
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)6 34 65 11 99
Email: info@bonfirevans.com

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Price from: €72 a night, price varies with insurance and add-ons. Please ask for a quote tailored for your trip

Open: All year

Renting a campervan can give you great flexibility for your cycling holiday. Bonfire Vans rent a unique range of compact, all-wheel drive campervans perfect for your French cycling holiday. They have a selection of VW Californias with offgrid potential and VW conversions with rear kitchen pods for cooking al fresco. Also available are 6 to 9-seater minibuses for groups. All available with rear hanging bike racks.

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Angouleme/Limoges – Le Moulin de Pensol (Pensol)

Bikers' base between Limoges and Angouleme (self-catering + B&B)

Le Moulin de Pensol
Les Garennes
87440 Pensol
Haute Vienne, Limousin (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 55 14 67 20
Email: bonjour@lemoulindepensol.com

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Price from: B&B from €65 per night including breakfast. Gites from €61 per night or €430 per week (minimum booking periods may apply.

Open: B&B is open all year, except Christmas. Gites are open Easter to November.

Heidi and Nik at Le Moulin de Pensol were recommended to us by cyclists who stayed with them. They have space for 17 people in a combination of B&B and self-catering accommodation, making this a flexible base for solo riders through to larger groups. They are located roughly halfway between Limoges and Angouleme in the heart of the Perigord-Limousin national park near the northern edge of the Dordogne. This is a stunning area for cycling (see here). The roads are well-maintained and virtually traffic-free, offering routes of every distance and for every ability through gently rolling hills, chestnut woods, pretty stone villages and past grand chateaux. Heidi and Nik can pick you (and your bikes) up from Limoges or Angouleme, or help you arrange bike hire locally. Ample space for bike and bike box storage. In all, there are 2 x double B&B rooms, a triple B&B room, two 2-person self-catering gites, and a larger gite that's perfect for 6 people. English, French 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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Apt - Cent Cinq apartments

Town centre apartments in Provence's picture-perfect Luberon region

105 rue des Marchands
84400 Apt
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)7 80 58 30 32
Email: apt@cent-cinq.fr

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Price from: €60 per night for an apartment or from €43 per night per person for room only. 10% discount for stays of 5 nights or more; 15% discount for 10 nights or more

Open: All year

Jen and Chris at Cent Cinq have two beautiful holiday apartments in an 18th-century townhouse in Apt, a vibrant market town in the heart of the Luberon. The fully equipped apartments sleep 3 people – so ideal for couples or small groups of friends. There is also a smaller en suite bedroom with a fridge and a kettle. It sleeps 2 people. Shorter stays are welcome all year round for all three options. Cent Cinq is located 200m from the lovely Véloroute du Calavon, which forms part of the longer Euro Velo 8 Méditerranée à Vélo. All the key sites of the Luberon and Vaucluse areas of France are within reach from here, including the vineyards of the Rhone ValleyMont Ventoux, the market town of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Avignon. After your ride, relax in the courtyard or make use of the games room in the vaulted cellar. Apt has a great range of shops and restaurants, so you will be fully self-sufficient here.

Bike facilities

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

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Apt - Les Oliviers & Les Cerisiers (Ventoux)

Versatile accommodation for small solo riders, couples and small groups

447 Chemin Fontaine de Guby
84490 Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt
Vaucluse, Provence Cote d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)6 87 88 83 95
Email: mail@accommodationinprovence.com

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Price from: £85 per night, £595 per week

Open: Easter till mid-October

David and Karen offer a homely welcome in a stunning location facing south overlooking a swimming pool and gardens and with a backdrop of the Luberon hills. They have two one-bedroomed self-catered gites (Les Oliviers & Les Cerisiers), plus a B&B room sleeping two people. There is everything you need here for the perfect cycling holiday. Each gite has a private terrace and barbeque, along with access to a superb infinity pool, perfect to return to after your ride (or for your partner to relax near while you ride!) Surrounded by endless peaceful roads, this is a great base for riders of all abilities, with both gentle and challenging climbs offering stunning views as a reward. The 'Monts de Vaucluse' in the 'Prealpes' rises to 1256 metres at Signal de Saint-Pierre and provides a beautiful backdrop and leads to the Plateau de Sault and the mighty Mont Ventoux (1912 metres), a 104km round trip. The gites sit in a peaceful olive and fruit orchard with views over the Luberon Valley, the village of Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt is an easy walk away for baguettes, restaurants and other supplies. David is a keen cyclist and has accompanied many cyclists (including Freewheeling France!) on rides around the area and to Ventoux. He can also arrange local bike hire for you. You can even order a Champagne breakfast and/or evening meal on arrival to kick off your stay in style. Free (fast) wifi. 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
  • Wifi

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Arles - La Résidence (Via Rhona)

Well-appointed self-catering apartments in the centre of Arles

3 rue Elie Giraud
13200 Arles
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

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Price from: €130

Open: All year

La Résidence offers self-catering apartments are in a great central location in the town. Arles is at a key junction on the Via Rhona bike route sitting as it does at the mouth of the River Rhone. It's also the heart of Van Gogh country in Provence (there's art on display in the communal areas). Housed within a 17th-century building, the apartments are stylishly decorated and the kitchens are fully equipped. They make a great base for an overnight (or longer) stay for people wanting to cut costs and prepare their own meals. Apartments sleep 2-4 people so they are also good also for families and groups. 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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Arles-sur-Tech - Villa Bonheur

Great base for cycling off the beaten track in the Vallespir valley

Chemin du Mas Pecans
66150 Arles-sur-Tech
Pyrénées-Orientales Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)6 64 86 06 76
Email: info@villabonheurvallespir.com

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Price from: €75 per night B&B, or available for large groups as a self-catered rental (please enquire).

Open: All year

Renilde and Wim are the owners of Villa Bonheur, a welcoming B&B in the eastern Pyrenees. The town, Arles-sur-Tech (not to be confused with Arles in Provence), offers the best of all worlds – the sea, mountains and nice village roads. The B&B is located at the foot of the Pyrenees in the Vallespir, a region known for its tranquillity and beautiful nature. The Spanish border is just 15km away and the Mediterranean Sea is 30km away – so a round trip is possible in a day. The house has been tastefully furnished and each of the five rooms has aircon. The villa can also be fully rented out to large groups wanting a fixed base (please ask for a price). Renilde and Wim can help arrange guided bike tours for those who need them. French, English, Dutch spoken. Nearby the property there are marked MTB tracks, road bike routes and the villa is also on the Pirinexus route – a 353km circular route that takes you from sea level to 2500m in just 70km through the eastern part of the French and Spanish Pyrenees. What's not to like?

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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Arnac - Le Camp (Aveyron Gorge)

Bike-friendly luxury camping in south-west France

Arnac
82330 Varen
Tarn-et-Garonne, Occitanie
Phone: +33 (0)6 04 40 06 27 or +44 (0) 773 239 8670
Email: info@lecamp.co.uk

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Price from: €180 per night or €1260 per week for a Woodland Safari Tent in May, June or September. Up to €365 per night/€2555 per week for a Penthouse Safari Tent in July or August

Open: May 1 to September 30

Le Camp is located in a stunning and relatively unknown (and unspoilt) cycling country in south-west France. You'll find it around 90 minutes north-east of Toulouse, close to the Gaillac wine region and near the beautiful medieval towns of Saint‑Antonin‑Noble‑Val, Cordes‑sur‑Ciel and Najac. This is a delightful area for cycling, combining river gorges and valley rides with vineyards. The facilities on site are exceptional, including a stunning 20-metre natural swimming pool. Experience the joy of swimming in fresh crystal clear water as you dive in. Everything you need for a luxurious camping experience is here. Enjoy fixed base tents with large handmade beds, soft solar lighting and individually crafted furniture. Each tent offers space and privacy, plus views over the green valley below. There's a woodland spa shower house for post-ride cooling off and you can shower under the trees in the warm summer air. Cook a meal or BBQ in the fully equipped summer kitchen to create a home away from home experience. This truly is luxury in the wild and an exceptional cycling base. Sleeping up to 40 i different tent configuration, it's ideal for family groups or cycling groups looking for something a little bit different on their French cycling holidays.

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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Arras - Maison d'Hôtes La Corne d'Or

Elegantly decorated family-run B&B in central Arras

1 place Guy Mollet
Arras Arras
Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pas-de-Calais

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Price from: €99

Open: All year

A friendly, family-run bedroom B&B in an elegantly decorated 18th century mansion in central Arras. There are 5 bedroom, and one of them has a kitchenette for basic self-catered meals. All rooms have private bathrooms (one also has a spa). Continental breakfast including homemade jams and local products; free hot and cold drinks throughout your stay. Play the piano, relax in the lounge or admire the local art on the walls after a day on the bike. Great location for exploring Arras’ underground tunnels, the Louvre-Lens Museum and the area's many First World War Monuments. Free wifi. French and English spoken. Bike storage in a locked private garage.

Bike facilities

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

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Atlantic Coast - Les Petits Gites de Beauregard (Saint-Valérien)

Holiday gites with a pool near the Euro Velo 1 Atlantic Coast bike route

32 rue de Beauregard
85570 Saint Valerien
Vendée
Phone: +44 (0)784 943727
Email: info@beauxpetitsgites.com

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Price from: From €56 per night in low season and €600 per week in high season

Open: All year, including Christmas

Situated in the heart of the cycling paradise that is the Vendée, Les Petits Gites de Beauregard is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful west coast of France. There are 2 self-catering gites – Pear Tree sleeps up to 5 and Cherry Tree sleeps up to 4. They can be hired individually or together – ideal for couples, families or groups. The gites provide easy access to one of the largest cycling networks in France, the Vendée Velo, which has some 1800km of routes. The gites have everything you need for a relaxing stay – they're fully self-contained with modern fully equipped kitchens, private terraces, BBQs and plenty of on-site parking for both bikes and cars. There's also a heated swimming pool for post-ride cooling off. Breakfast baskets can even be delivered to your gite each morning. Explore the fantastic countryside and beaches – the Euro Velo 1 Atlantic Coast route is within easy reach, as is the La Velo Francette La Rochelle to Caen route – or potter through charming villages or along the canals of ‘Green Venice’ in the Marais Poitevin National Park. 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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Aubeterre - Le Shedeaux Cottage (north-east of Bordeaux)

Cottage for 6 on quiet backroads in beautiful SW France

Le Shedeaux,
Saint Privat Des Pres
24410 Saint Privat En Perigord
Dordogne, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Phone: +44 (0)79 7065 9169
Email: leonardhenri@btinternet.com

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Price from: Prices are available via the link below to Airbnb but book direct to avoid Airbnb charges

Open: All year

The area surrounding the market town of Aubeterre is an excellent base for cycling in south-west France. Around 100km north-east of Bordeaux, it is easy to access but far enough away from the tourist trail to enjoy peaceful countryside and quiet backroads. At the crossroads of the Dordogne and Charente departments and on the banks of the river Dronne, this is a true 'local' base for cycling. Le Shedeaux is a luxury French gite owned by Paul and Rachel and it's located just south-east of Aubeterre. It sleeps 6 and is newly refurbished to a very high standard, with a large open-plan kitchen/family room and 3 twin/double bedrooms with their on ensuites. There's a pool for cooling off after rides and wonderful vistas from the patio overlooking open fields. Fresh bread and croissants are a short ride away each morning at the local boulangerie. Safe bike storage. Air-conditioned for the French summer and a log burner for the colder months. English and some French spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Aude - Maison Serres and La Petite Maison (Serres)

Versatile self-catering bases in a traditional south of France village

5 Grand Rue
11190 Serres
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)6 07 50 66 18 or +44 (0)207 867 3963
Email: info@frenchholidayletting.com

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Price from: €85 per night

Open: All year

Maison Serres is a 4 double bedroom house sleeping 8 people, while La Petite Maison is a cosy self-catering gite sleeping 6 people in one bedroom and on a mezzanine floor. Both properties are ideal for cyclists, with many great routes from the door and suitable for all abilities. The village of Serres is nestled in the foothills of the eastern Pyrenees, 45km south of Carcassonne and 70km from Perpignan. This is an excellent base for the annual Figure of Hate sportive, one of the most brutal and beautiful race routes and based in Axat just to the south. When you're not cycling, there are plenty of opportunities for other activities in the area, including horse-riding, hiking, whitewater rafting, and swimming. English, basic French, basic Spanish 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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Aude - The Little French Maison (Carcassonne)

Quaint self-catering village house 8km from Carcassonne

11600 Conques-sur-Orbiel, Carcassonne
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitainie)
Phone: +44 (0)7971 886 337
Email: thelittlefrenchmaison@gmail.com

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Price from: €100 per night or €600 per week

Open: All year

This wonderful village house in the centre of beautiful Conques-sur-Orbiel sleeps seven people in three double rooms. It's ideal for groups or families looking for a base within easy reach of the Canal du Midi and the old city of Carcassonne (just 8km to the south). Patti, the owner, is a leisure cyclist and she's keen to see more riders use the house. There's a ground floor storage room for bikes, plus a ladies' Pashley and a men's mountain bike available for guest use. There are bike routes for all abilities from the door – gentle backroads down to the Canal du Midi and the vineyard routes of the Aude, but also the Black Mountains or the Pic de Nore (1211m) for something more challenging. The village itself dates back to early medieval times and still has a ruined chateau at its heart. Here, you'll find 2 grocers shops with one of them, l’épicière des 4 Conques, only 2 minutes from house. There are also 3 restaurants , a bar/ bistro , a pizza restaurant / take away and a traditional French restaurant. All told, The Little French Maison is an base from which to experience local French culture while still being within easy reach of all the key tourist hotspots.

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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Avignon - Campervan and minibus hire

Choose your own cycling adventure in a campervan or minivan

170 Chemin du Tourdre
13810 Eygalières
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)6 34 65 11 99
Email: info@bonfirevans.com

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Price from: €72 a night, price varies with insurance and add-ons. Please ask for a quote tailored for your trip

Open: All year

Renting a campervan can give you great flexibility for your cycling holiday. Bonfire Vans rent a unique range of compact, all-wheel drive campervans perfect for your French cycling holiday. They have a selection of VW Californias with offgrid potential and VW conversions with rear kitchen pods for cooking al fresco. Also available are 6 to 9-seater minibuses for groups. All available with rear hanging bike racks.

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Bergerac area - La Petite Guinguette (Montignac de Lauzun)

Rural hideaway in cycling paradise 40km south of Bergerac

754 Chemin de la Guinguette
47800 Montignac de Lauzun
Lot-et-Garonne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)6 31 65 67 78
Email: annette.garnham@icloud.com

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Price from: €50 per night

Open: All year

La Petite Guinguette is a pretty, rural hideaway located a lovely 40m bike ride (or 30-min drive) south of Bergerac Airport. Go wine-tasting or simply cycle the backroads and lanes to explore what life is really like in this beautiful part of south-west France. (Call into the village pub and micro-brewery to chat to locals). It's also 30km east of the Canal de Garonne, which links Bordeaux to Toulouse. It sleeps 4 people in a double room and on a sofa bed. There's a private patio and garden with a barbecue. The house provides a well-equipped kitchen and everything else you need for a home away from home experience. There's even a heated outdoor pool for post-ride cooling off. La Petite Guinguette has recently been renovated and refurbished. It's surrounded by hedges and is separated from the rest of the property. It's a perfect base from which to explore the bastide towns and villages of the wider Bordeaux area. The village has a small village shop selling fresh produce and all your essential items. Larger supermarkets are available in the nearby towns. Free wifi. Also within reach of Bordeaux Airport if you have a car.
 

Bike facilities

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

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Bertignat - Pradis self-catering gite

Amazing views from the terrace of this two-bedroom house

63480 Bertignat
Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

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Price from: €540 per week

Open: All year

The Gite Pradis is an immaculate self-catering house that sleeps five people, with its own terrace and surrounded by fields and forests. The house features a garden with BBQ facilities and the living rooms offers a TV and free wifi access. The kitchen is fully equipped including a microwave and coffee machine. The village of Ambert is just 10km away.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Béziers – Appart'City

Hotel with self-catering apartments (and breakfast) in town centre

9 rue D'alembert
34500 Béziers
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €39

Open: All year

Three-star studios and apartments sleeping between 2 and 6 people. Each apartment has a kitchenette (including a kettle or coffee machine), living space, and terrace or balcony. There is no dedicated bike storage but bikes can be stored in apartments, either inside or on the balcony, or they can be locked in the private garage for €3. Wifi available for a surcharge. Breakfast is an optional extra if you don't want to self-cater. French, Spanish and English spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Biarritz - Pierre & Vacances Premium Haguna

Clean apartment hotel in a central location

17 Avenue Reine Victoria
64200 Biarritz
Landes, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €85

Open: All year

A cool surf vibe awaits at this centrally located apartment hotel, close enough to the Grand Plage to be sat on the sand in 5 minutes whilst still being surrounded by local restaurants. Freewheeling France has stayed here, using it as the launch pad for a gentle 80km spin around this wonderful coastal resort. There is a dedicated bike storage room, though the staff didn't blink an eye when we decided to take our bike up the lift and to our room. Perfect for families with comfy sofa beds, a small playground in the garden and a kids' toy and book corner in reception. All the kitchen equipment you'll need for a stay, including fridge, small oven, coffee machine, toaster and kettle. Free and fast wifi.
** 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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Biarritz Airport - Campervan and minibus hire

Choose your own cycling adventure in a campervan or minivan

Biarritz Pays Basque Airport
64600 Anglet
Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)6 34 65 11 99
Email: info@bonfirevans.com

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Price from: €72 a night, price varies with insurance and add-ons. Please ask for a quote tailored for your trip

Open: All year

Renting a campervan can give you great flexibility for your cycling holiday. Bonfire Vans rent a unique range of compact, all-wheel drive campervans perfect for your French cycling holiday. They have a selection of VW Californias with offgrid potential and VW conversions with rear kitchen pods for cooking al fresco. Also available are 6 to 9-seater minibuses for groups. All available with rear hanging bike racks.

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Bordeaux - Campervan and minibus hire

Choose your own cycling adventure in a campervan or minivan

Lieu-dit Medou logement 6
33790 Pellegrue
Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)6 34 65 11 99
Email: info@bonfirevans.com

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Price from: €72 a night, price varies with insurance and add-ons. Please ask for a quote tailored for your trip

Open: All year

Renting a campervan can give you great flexibility for your cycling holiday. Bonfire Vans rent a unique range of compact, all-wheel drive campervans perfect for your French cycling holiday. They have a selection of VW Californias with offgrid potential and VW conversions with rear kitchen pods for cooking al fresco. Also available are 6 to 9-seater minibuses for groups. All available with rear hanging bike racks.

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Bordeaux region - Maison de Papillon (Montignac De Lauzun)

Recently renovated house in a peaceful village south-east of Bordeaux

23 Route de Maurillac
47800 Montignac-de-Lauzun
Lot et Garonne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)6 31 65 67 78
Email: annette.garnham@icloud.com

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Price from: €100 per night

Open: March to November

Maison de Papillon is a traditional French house that's recently been renovated and refurbished. It provides self-catered accommodation for 6 cyclists in the centre of a charming village south-east of Bordeaux – around 40km from Bergerac Airport and just 30km east of the Canal de Garoone, which links Bordeaux to Toulouse. Go wine-tasting or cruise the backroads and lanes to explore what life is really like in this beautiful part of south-west France. There are 3 double bedrooms, plus a fully equipped kitchen and stacks of other home comforts. There's a courtyard for barbecues, plus a garage for safe bike storage. There's a village shop selling fresh produce, local product (including local wines) and all your other essential items. The cosy village pub and micro-brewery is a great place to enjoy the local culture and meet the locals. Other local highlights include medieval villages and Bastide towns, plus local wine chateaux. 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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Bordeaux – Le Boutique Hotel

Classy city centre hotel with friendly staff and secure bike parking

3 rue Lafaurie de Monbadon
33000 Bordeaux
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €180 per room or €387 for a 4-person apartment

Open: All year

Treat yourself to a touch of class in one of France's most elegant cities. Le Boutique Hotel is a converted 18th-century townhouse located in the UNESCO-listed centre of Bordeaux. Its modern, stylish rooms and self-catering apartments are surrounded by a peaceful green courtyard, and there's even a lovely terrace shaded by a 100-year-old chestnut tree. Rooms are air-conditioned, each with an iPod docking station and a Nespresso coffee machine. Continental breakfast. Wine bar. Massage and hot tub available. Luggage room for bike store. Staff can help you plan local bike routes, including through the vineyards. Free wifi. French, Spanish, English, Romanian and Bulgarian spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Branville - Normandy Garden Holiday Village

Apartments, houses and cottages close to the beach in Lower Normandy

14430 Branville
Calvados, Normandy

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Price from: €238 for 2 nights - check website for seasonal prices and offers

Open: Year-round

Close to the beaches at Deauville, Cabourg and Villers-sur-Mer, Normandy Garden Holiday Resort has wooden apartments, houses and cottages for groups of all sizes. Close to the D-Day beaches and ferry links, it's an ideal location for a stop en route to London/Paris or to elsewhere in northern France.

Bike facilities

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

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Briancon - Residence du Temple Apart-hotel

Apartment hotel in the centre of town

3 Place du Temple
05100 Briançon
Haute- Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

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Price from: €93

Open: All year

Résidence du Temple has self-catering apartments with a locked private parking area for bikes. Located in Briançon’s old town, it's handy to amenities and the train station. Apartments have washing machines, kitchens and other mod-cons. Onsite bar. Meals also available. The owners are outdoor enthusiasts who are happy to share their local knowledge.

Bike facilities

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

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Brittany - Ty Barrachou (Guisseny)

Upmarket hostel-style accommodation for cycling and standup paddle

4 Rue de Lesneven
29880 Guisseny
Finistère, Brittany
Phone: +33 (0)6 52 97 73 09
Email: barrachousup@gmail.com

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Price from: €50 for a double room; €55 for a triple room (all rooms available on an individual basis; no minimum stay required)

Open: All year

The Ty Barrachou is a townhouse in Guisseny on the northern coast of beautiful Brittany. This is a largely undiscovered pocket of the coast just 30km west of where the EuroVelo 1 and EuroVelo 4 routes meet at Roscoff. It's also just 30km north of Brest. The coastline here loops around Finistere – on the NW tip of France – from Roscoff through to Brest, making it a stunning part of the country to ride. You'll find Ty Barrachou Gite in the village of Guisseny, which remains largely untouched by tourism. It's situated between the 'boulder village' of Meneham – which is often used as a film set – and the inlet that looks out to the Ile Vierge, with its famous lighthouse. Ty Barrachou, which has its own enclosed garden, offers upmarket hostel-style accommodation. Rooms can be booked individually and there is no minimum night stay. There is a boulangerie next door plus full self-catering facilities. It's ideal for family groups or friends and can sleep up to 10 people. It's owned by an outdoor centre that offers kayak and standup paddle rental and courses. Bikes and baggage transfers can be arranged for a small cost. English and French spoken. This truly is an ideal 'local' base in a beautiful part of Brittany.

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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Caen – Adagio Caen Centre

Hotel with self-catering apartments for individuals and groups

1 Quai Eugène Meslin
14000 Caen
Calvados, Normandy

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Price from: €98

Open: All year

City centre hotel located near the River Orne and close to the railway station. Studios and one-bedroom apartments sleeping up to 4 people. Fitness centre. Free wifi. Each apartment has a kitchen with a fridge and microwave, plus the hotel offers a buffet breakfast. 24-hour reception. Laundry service. French and English spoken. Management says bikes can be locked in the baggage store.

Bike facilities

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

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Calvi - Augerge Ferayola

Friendly rooms or self-catering cottages with sea views south of Calvi

L'Argentella
20260 Galeria
Haute-Corse, Corsica

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Price from: €60 B&B/night; from €99/night or €420/week for cottage sleeping 2-5 people (half-board options available)

Open: All year

Just over 20km south of Calvi, the three-star Augerge Ferayola is located in the Parc Naturel Régional de la Corse near the Scandola Reserve, between sea and hills. Twins, doubles, triples and quads, plus self-catering cottages. Forest and sea views. Outdoor pool. Tennis court. Free wifi. Onsite restaurant serving regional cuisine. There is a lockable room for bikes (the owners tell us they have welcomed many cyclists over the years). They can help arrange bike hire locally and can help you with other aspects of your planning if you get in touch after booking. English and Italian spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Calvi - Hôtel La Villa Calvi

Lush 5-star hotels with B&B or self-catering apartments and villas

Chemin Notre Dame de la Serra
20260 Calvi
Haute-Corse, Corsica

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Price from: Double rooms from €220, apartments and villas for up to 8 people from €800

Open: All year

This 5-star hotel near Calvi in north-west Corsica is a plush place to unwind after a day on the road. Fitness centre, 5 different swimming pools. Rooms have simple, elegant décor and modcons such as iPod docking stations and minibars. The hotel's restaurant is well-regarded locally for its Corsican cuisine. There are also pool and snack bars. Free wifi. Bike parking in a secure garage. The hotel also works with a recommended local bike hire firm

Bike facilities

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

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Canal de Garonne - Gîte Les Hirondelles (near Marmande)

4-bedroom bike-friendly barn conversion sleeping 8 people

Au Bourg
47120 Caubon-St-Sauveur
Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine (Nouvelle Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 24 30 18 95 or +33 (0)6 35 26 84 09
Email: bonjour@giteleshirondelles.fr

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Price from: From £165 per night (min 4 nights) or £1295 per week in low season. From £1795 per week high season (Saturday to Saturday during July and August)

Open: Normally closed mid-October to early May but please ask outside these months

Matt and Pauline at Gîte Les Hirondelles are keen to welcome more cyclists to their detached and spacious barn conversion in the beautiful Lot-et-Garonne. Located between Marmande and Duras and just 15km from the Canal de Garonne, Gîte Les Hirondelles offers a great base for exploring bastide towns and villages with castles atop hills, market squares, rivers, vineyards and sunflower fields. This is one of France's under-explored areas for cycling – there are several marked bike routes here, taking in rolling hills, winding roads and beautiful views across open countryside. We at Freewheeling France live around 40km to the north(ish) and we can ride for miles without passing cars on the roads around here. In fact, it's one of our favourite areas for a pootle. Les Hirondelles is private with views across the open countryside from the terraces and a 10x5m salt-water pool for post-ride relaxation. English and French spoken. Bikes can be stored inside the gîte in the utility room or in the communal areas. A local bike hire service will also deliver leisure bikes to your door (for kids and adults). Sleeps 8 adults + cots for two babies.

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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Canal du Midi - La Calade (Montouliers)

An ideal stop on the Canal du Midi between Homps and Beziers

1 Route de Bize
34310 Montouliers
Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)7 6824 5554 or +33 (0)6 4555 8492
Email: info@lacalade.fr

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Price from: €60 single occupancy, €70 double

Open: All year

Rob, Natalie and mini-cyclist Theo at La Calade B&B are ready to welcome you on your next French cycling holiday. La Calade is located in the beautiful village of Montouliers, close to the vineyards and pine forests of the Herault/Aude border area in the south of France. It's the perfect stop on the Canal du Midi route, with the famous waterway passing through the neighbouring village of La Croisade. There are 4 en-suite bedrooms (1 double, 1 king-size and 1 twin, as well as 1 suite with king-size bed and double sofa bed in an adjoining room). In total, 10 people can enjoy the creature comforts here, making it an excellent base for solo riders, couples or groups. Rooms are offered on a B&B basis, but there is also a lounge/dining room with a fully equipped kitchen that is reserved for guest use. Have a BBQ in the garden or try one of the excellent local restaurants nearby (including some on banks of the Canal du Midi itself). Robert and Natalie have a combined 27 years' worth of experience in French hotels and ski chalets – they live on-site in separate accommodation and are on hand to help with local advice, restaurant reservations or bike hire. They can also help arrange vineyard visits. Aside from the Canal du Midi, you can also enjoy other local bike routes - both on- and off-road. There is a large and secure basement/garage with lockable bike racks, and Robert and Natalie speak English, French and Spanish.

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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Canal du Midi - Le Jardin d'Homps

Stay with locals between Carcassonne and Béziers on the Canal du Midi

21 Grand Rue
11200 Homps
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitane)
Phone: +33 (0)4 68 75 30 76
Email: contact@jardinhomps.fr

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Price from: €89 per room B&B, or €525 per week for the self-catered holiday cottage

Open: April 1- October 31

Dutch couple Gerda and Thomas are keen to welcome cyclists to their slice of paradise on the Canal du Midi. Located halfway between Carcassonne and Béziers and between Carcassonne and Narbonne, this is an ideal stopover on the Canal du Midi. It also provides an opportunity to stay an extra night and take a day to visit Minervé. Centrally located, it is a perfect base for exploring the Languedoc area in more detail. Le Jardin d'Homps offers versatile accommodation with five elegantly presented bedrooms with extra-long (2.10m) beds. It also has a self-catering cottage. Cool off in the pool after a day's riding, or relax in the privacy of the lovingly manicured gardens. Free wifi. Le Jardin d'Homps is within walking distance of several local restaurants, and Gerda and Thomas are on hand to offer local advice, plus help arrange bike hire. Bike parking in a lockable garage. French, English and Dutch spoken.
Hilde and Heather stayed here when they rode the Canal du Midi – you can read their review here. 

Bike facilities

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

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Canal du Nivernais - Charity Cottage

Burgundy cottage free of charge in exchange for a charity donation

Maré le Bas
58800 Cervon
Nièvre, Burgundy
Phone: +33 (0)3 86 20 25 50
Email: rosemary.border@numeo.fr

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Price from: The accommodation is available free of charge, with guests asked to make a donation to Combat Stress, the UK charity that supports ex-service personnel

Open: Year-round

Stay just 4 miles from the beautiful Canal du Nivernais and support a good cause while you're there. Rosemary and John Rabson offer their cottage in the beautiful Morvan National Park area of Burgungy free of charge; instead of paying rent, guests are asked to make a donation of their choice to Combat Stress, the charity that works with ex-servicemen and women. (Gift Aid can add to the donations of UK taxpayers.) The cottage, which sleeps up to five people and is just 4 miles from the Canal du Nivernais, has secure bike parking in the locked garage. Rosemary and John can offer local advice and support during your stay.

Bike facilities

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

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Castelvieilh - Hello Pyrenees (near Tarbes)

Cyclist-run base for an assault on Tourmalet, Hautacam and Hourquette

42 Chemin de Lasbordes
65350 Castelvieilh
Hautes-Pyrénées, Occitanie
Phone: +33 (0)6 52 94 65 08
Email: hello@hellopyrenees.com

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Price from: €640 per week self-catered

Open: May 1 to October 30

Hello Pyrenees, 12km from Tarbes, is a wonderful family-run base for tackling famous Tour de France cols, including the iconic Tourmalet, Hautacam, Aspin and Hourquette. Take advantage of the great local knowledge on offer from owners Amy and James (also a cyclist). In addition to world-class cycling, there are also forest trails, lakes and mountains to explore. Amy and James' lovingly restored renovated farmhouse welcomes 6 cyclists at a time on either a B&B, half-board or self-catered basis. Take in the mountain views (including the Pic du Midi) from the terrace and garden as you enjoy James and Amy's fantastic food and hospitality. Children and non-cycling friends and family are welcome! There's a games area plus plenty of space to run free. Airport transfers are available and local bike hire can be arranged. English and French are 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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Causses-et-Veyran - Clos du Magnolia

Cyclist-run B&B and apartment ideal for Orb River routes

41 Avenue Jean Jaures
34490 Causses-et-Veyran
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)4 67 25 09 48
Email: closdumagnolia@gmail.com

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Price from: €65 per room per night for B&B, or €90 per night (min 3-night stay) for the apartment

Open: All year

Clos du Magnolia is a cyclist-run B&B that also has the option of a self-catered apartment. Run by Jane, this is a versatile base for solo riders as well as groups. There are three stylish B&B rooms plus the apartment, which sleeps 4 in two bedrooms. Routes here are varied, offering gentler day river rides for holiday riders as well as more challenging routes for experienced riders – the Canal du Midi, the Haut-Languedoc Natural Parc and the Cevennes can all be explored from here, while the foothills of the Pyrenees and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean beaches are also within reach. There's a pool for post-ride dips and free wifi throughout the house and in the garden – the perfect place to plan your next day's routes (you can pick Jane's brains for ideas). Large garage for secure bike storage.
We’ve stayed here, you can read our review here.

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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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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Chadenne - Rural Gites Chadenne (Montpon-Menesterol)

Cyclist-run self-catered cottages for 4 or 6 people east of Bordeaux

Lieu dit Chadenne
24700 St Barthelemy de Bellegarde
Dordogne, Aquitaine (Nouvelle Aquitaine)
Phone: +44 (0)7877 098955 (UK) or +33 (0)5 53 81 96 92 (Fr)
Email: annette@ruralgites.com

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Price from: 2 bed gite from £1300 per week, 3 bed gites from £1500

Open: March to October

If you're looking for a cyclist-run base for biking in a lesser-explored area of France, than this could be it. The Marshall family are cyclists who have spent two years creating comfortable and modern self-catered gites nestled in the ancient Foret de La Double halfway between Bordeaux and Perigueux. The nearest town is Montpon-Menesterol, which is on 5 designated local cycling circles. It's also on the Lawrence of Arabia bike route and the new Velo-route Voie verte de la Vallee de L'Isle, which goes all the way through to Perigueux. It's a safe car-free route along the river valley. The area also has lots to offer mountain bikers and families. The national park of La Jemaye is 20 minutes away and has beautiful cycling routes around the lake with places to swim and picnic. The gites themselves have modern creature comforts plus a safe storage area for bikes (there's a reliable repair shop in Montpon and hire bikes can be delivered to the door). The gites provide a beautiful-urban-meets rural space for cyclists of all levels. There's even a heated swimming pool for post-ride relaxation. 

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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Chamonix - Chalet Les Tissourds

Spacious chalet for 8 people near wonderful MTB and road routes

15 Chemin des Tissourds
74400 Chamonix
Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)1483 579242
Email: sales@collineige.com

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Price from: €2445 per week for up to 8 people

Open: All year

Chalet Les Tissourds is a wonderful Maison de Pays that has been beautifully restored and refurbished, a self-catered chalet in a class of its own. Built originally in 1924 the chalet is very well located, just a 5-10 minute stroll to the centre of Chamonix and near some fabulous restaurants. Situated in a quiet road it has wonderful views up to Mont Blanc, the Glacier des Bossons and across to Brévent on the other side of the valley. It's accueil velo-rated and the Tour de France route is often on the doorstep. A modern design within a traditional setting, the chalet is a delicious mixture of old and new. On the ground floor there is an open-plan kitchen and living room with French windows that open out onto a pretty garden, plus a kit room and a cloakroom. On the lower ground floor there is a cosy snug with sofas, beanbags and a 130cm screen, where you can chill out with some DVDs. Next door is a laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Relax in the jacuzzi, which is in the garden and enjoys wonderful views of Mont Blanc. The chalet sleeps 8 people and is available on a catered basis with breakfasts and other meals, or self-catered. 

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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Chamonix - Chalet Valhalla

Light and luxurious chalet for 12-15 people overlooking Mont Blanc

97 Chemin du Taro
74400 Chamonix
Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)1483 579242
Email: sales@collineige.com

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Price from: €3945 a week for up to 15 people

Open: All year

Chalet Valhalla is an accueil velo-rated chalet in Chamonix, a French town famous for skiing and, increasingly, a cycling hotspot – the Tour de France often passes nearby. The chalet is built with beautiful natural timbers and is a structure of grand proportions right in the heart of Chamonix. It is open and light with floor-to-ceiling windows giving you Titanic views of Mont Blanc. A minstrel’s gallery overlooks the sitting/dining room and from here you share the same breathtaking view that is enjoyed from below. Add to this contemporary look a touch of traditional Savoyarde style and there’s the WOW! factor. Ideal for large family groups or groups of cycling friends, the icing on the gateau is the hot tub and the sauna in the garden with the best seats in the house overlooking Mont Blanc. Valhalla's location hits the high notes, set in an idyllic spot beside the forest it is also only a short stroll to the centre. More importantly, it is a mere two minutes staggering distance from the popular MBC bar and the Michelin-starred Albert 1er is just around the corner. Perfect! Available self-catered or fully catered with an inhouse chef.

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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Charente – La Grue Gites, Mons (between Angouleme and Ruffec)

Cyclist-run base with gites sleeping 2, 4 and 6 people

50 Rue de Bois Morin
16140 Mons
Charente, Poitou-Charente (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +447919353644
Email: info@lagruegites.com

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Price from: €500 per week

Open: All year

The area around La Grue Gites offers beautiful, undulating cycling countryside among the vineyards and sunflowers of the Charente sunflowers. Situated on the Boucle 33 cycling route (PDF download here) and only five minutes from the market town of Aigre (about 30km northish of Angouleme), Carol and Martin are ideally placed to host cyclists of all ages and abilities. They have 3 gites, sleeping 2, 4 and 6 people, plus a large heated pool for post-ride relaxation. Martin is a keen cyclist and often rides out with guests to share local routes. He's a member of the local Charente Wheeler group, so he's more than familiar with routes taking in areas such as Cognac (37km), Tusson (12km), Saintes (58km) and generally wherever there’s coffee, cake and beer on offer! Bikes can be hired locally and delivered to the door. English and French spoken with a small amount of Spanish and German.

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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Chirac - Tranquille Vienne Gites (Tour de Charente bike route)

Top value self-catering cottages between Angouleme and Limoges

Peyras
16150 Chirac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)6 42 18 31 55
Email: tranquillevienne@live.com

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Price from: €50 per night, €290 per week

Open: All year

Open all year round, the three independent and private gites at Tranquille Vienne are perfectly located for cyclists who are exploring the Charente area. They're slap-bang on the Tour de Charente bike route, so perfect for tourers or those wanting a longer term base to rest and relax. The rolling countryside surrounding the accommodation is well suited for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Guy and Julie are keen to welcome all types of cyclists, from road riders wanting a training base to cycle tourers and families. It's perfect for group adventures, with a huge garden and an above ground pool to keep everyone happy. One of the gites is a 3-bedroomed cottage, while there are also two, 2-bedroom gites – all offering comfortable and affordable accommodation at nightly or weekly rates. There's safe parking for your bikes and lots of local advice on hand. English and French spoken. 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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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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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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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€ per person.

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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Coustaussa - Maison Palmeral

South of Carcassonne and ideal for exploring the Cathar region

Rue de la Mairie
11190 Coustaussa
Aude, Languedoc-Rousillon (Occitanie)

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Price from: €57

Open: All year

Nafisa and Luciano offer a friendly welcome to cyclists in the self-catered Maison Palmeral in the village of Coustaussa in the foothills of the Pyrenees, 43km south of Carcassonne (19km from Limoux). In the heart of the beautifully diverse Languedoc, Maison Palmeral has everything you need to enjoy a French cycling holiday. The house sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms (please enquire if you need to sleep extra guests). "Come and experience the real France of ancient villages, Cathar castles and rural life as it used to be," says Luciano. There is secure bike parking, including a lockable garage, plus a workshop with tools. We're told Luciano is a skilled handyman who can help with emergency repairs. There is also a spare bike available for guest use. French, English and some Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Creuse/Haute-Vienne - Les Abeilles Sauvages (Rempnat)

Great value cycling base in off-the-beaten track rural France

Le Fournet
87120 Rempnat
Haute-Vienne, Limousin (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €75 per night for the whole gite – minimum stay 3 nights

Open: June to September 2023

Paul and Liz at Les Abeilles Sauvages offer self-catering accommodation in the heart of the Haute-Vienne and Creuse, two hugely under-cycled areas of central/south-western France that are steeped in cycling tradition. This area was home to the French TDF icon Raymond 'Pou-Pou' Poulidor – he lived and cycled in this area his whole life, and a lake-side route now bears his name. There are clusters of cycle routes from the door of Les Abeilles Sauvages, and Nedde – a designated cyclotourisme “velo tout terrain” (MTB) area – is just 3km away. The accommodation is a two-storey stone farmhouse that's been converted into a bunkhouse-style accommodation that's perfect for cycling clubs, groups and families. On the ground floor, it has a kitchen, dining room and a lounge with DVD/TV. On the first floor, there's a double bedroom next to a shower room and WC. The corridor leads to a large dormitory-style bedroom with three single beds, a bunk bed, a double bed and a shower room. On the second floor, there is a separate double bedroom with an ensuite shower room and WC. Outside there are two terraces: the 'upper’ is ideal for outdoor meals with a table and chairs, the 'lower' one for a relaxing evening apero. There's a child-safe plunge pool on the upper terrace. The gite has its own lock-up garage plus off-road parking for cars. It has a set of bike racks, repair bench with basic tools, a small drying room, WC and water supply for the K5 Karcher power hose (grease removing detergent containers supplied free).

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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Désertines - Le Moulin de la Quentiniere (Domfront for Veloscenie/Francette)

Fabulous self-catering base ideal for Normandy and Mayenne bike routes

8 La Quentiniere
53190 Désertines
Mayenne, Pays de la Loire (Normandy border)
Phone: +44 (0)7947 834948
Email: info@le-moulin-quentiniere.com

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Price from: Le Moulin (5 bedrooms sleeping up to 15 people): 455€ per night; / La Petite Maison (5 bedrooms sleeping up to 12 people): 355€ per night

Open: March to December

Le Moulin de la Quentiniere is an excellent fixed base for exploring signed bike routes and backroads of the Pays de la Loire/Normandy border area – and Dorn, the owner, is keen to welcome more cyclists. Just 20km south-west of Domfront, which acts as the junction between the Veloscenic (Paris to the Mont St-Michel) and La Vélo Francette (Caen-La Rochelle) bike routes, this is peak cycling country. Mont St-Michel is around 60km from the door; if you're arriving with car and bikes, the D-Day beaches are also within reach. In addition to the two major long-distance routes, there are more localised routes here for all abilities, offering many kilometres of quiet roads, beautiful undulating countryside dotted with villages and towns that are ideal refreshment or lunch stops. Located on the edge of the Normandie-Maine national park, Le Moulin de la Quentiniere also offers easy access to off-road routes and quiet ‘rail trails’. The porperty has been lovingly renovated and refurbished and has two self-catering houses that are great for families and groups of friends. Both are five-bedroomed and sleep 12 and 15 people respectively. All mod-cons are provided here, including an indoor heated pool and a games room. 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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