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 Folie (Oz-en-Oisans)

Large apartment for 10 people with Alpe d'Huez on your doorstep

Residence Le Chalet Des Neiges, Le Pic Blanc Appt B17
Rue Zac de L’Oulmet, Oz-en-Oisans Station
38114 Oz-en-Oisans
Isère, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)7860 129204
Email: chaletb17oz@gmail.com

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Price from: £100 per night for whole chalet June-September, minimum 5 nights (please note there is a £150 addition for cleaning and taxes, extra charge for linen, which can hired locally). Please see the 'more details' link for winter ski prices.

Open: June to September and December to April

Chalet La Folie is a spacious apartment within easy reach of Alpe d’Huez (and its gondolas for summer MTB or TDF access), and close to local shops, restaurants and bars. This is a great base for cycling many other the famous cols, too, including the Glandon, Croix de Fer and Galibier. Bourg d’Oisans is nearby and is something of a Mecca for road cyclists –the famous Marmottes race starts and finishes there as well as many other routes. Mountain bikers have a huge area to discover, and many ‘VTT’ events are held on the challenging terrain around of Oz. The famous Megavalanche takes place in July every year – starting at the top of Pic Blanc in snow and cycling a huge descent into Sarenne gorge. Walkers have Les Ecrins national park and wonderful, signposted walking from the door, or lovely ridge walks between the gondolas. Many wonderful mountain restaurants are also open in summer.  The chalet sleeps 10 people in four bedrooms and there's a swimming pool, hammam and sauna in the chalet development to rest weary legs. The owner Alison is flexible about check-in during summer months.

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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Alps - Chalet Mathilde (Sainte Foy Tarentaise)

Relax in the Alps and hit the mountains from the doorstep

La Petite Viclaire
73640 Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44(0)77 93 813 823 or +33(0)6 65 47 67 74
Email: enquiries@alpinevista.co.uk

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Price from: £275 per person

Open: May to the end of October

This is a great fixed base for cycling in the heart of the Alps. Chalet Mathilde is run by cyclists Ben and Maddison, who are keen for others to share their little slice of Alpine life. The chalet is available on a catered or self-catered basis for cyclists wanting a self-guided biking base. There are 5 bedrooms, which are available on a sole occupancy basis and ideal for groups of 4-10 people. From the door you can reach Col de l’Iseran, Col du Petit St Bernard, Col de la Madeleine and the Cormet de Roseland, among other classic Tour de France climbs. This part of the Alps is a real hot spot for road cycling, and this is an ideal base for exploring it. Ben will be on hand to share local routes and help you plan your days on the bike – for newer (or unfit!) riders there are gentler local roads with friendlier gradients as well (Ben also offers an emergency rescue service if you get stuck). 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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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 - 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 overooking orchards and hilltops. They have two one-bedroomed self-catered gites (Les Oliviers & Les Cerisiers), plus a B&B room sleeping two people. There is also a three double bedroomed self-catered house with its own pool on the adjacent property – perfect for families or small groups. There is everything you need here for the perfect cycling holiday. Each villa has a private terrace and barbeque, along with access to a superb infinity pool, perfect to return to after your ride (or your partner to relax at whilst 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' 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. 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

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Apt - Maison de Villars (for Ventoux)

Lots of space for cyclists 40km south of the Ventoux

84400 Villars
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +44 (0)7769 675182
Email: sandy.thwaite@nccl.uk.com

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Price from: All year

Open: €286 per night for March, April and May; €386 per night June, July and August

Maison de Villars  is around 40km south of Ventoux, nestled in the village of Villars, near Apt. This is a popular area for cycling, and within easy reach of regular Tour de France routes which pass nearby. It's possible to ride the iconic Ventoux from here, as well as explore other local routes incuding the Gorges de la Nesque and the wine routes of the Vaucluse – ideal for gentler riding and families. The house sleeps 8 people, and includes a room with one of the double bedrooms joining to a room with two single beds – ideal for families. There is a covered and secure area for bike storage, plus a pool and BBQ area for cooling off post-ride. The owner (who speaks English) is keen to welcome 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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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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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 centrury 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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Asnois - La Vieille Gorce Gites & Chambres d’Hotes

Flexible cycle-friendly B&B and cottages between Angouleme and Poitiers

86250 Asnois
Vienne, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 49 87 77 06, +33 (0)6 17 50 00 82 (mobile)
Email: contact@gorcegitesandpool.com

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Price from: €65 per room (B&B); €350 per week (cottages)

Open: All year

Sarah and Paul at La Vieille Gorce offer cyclists B&B accommodation plus self-catering cottages in their mid-18th century farmhouse in the Vienne countryside between Angouleme and Poitiers. There are two well-appointed self-catering gites sleeping up to four people each, plus three boutique-style B&B rooms. The property is a tranquil oasis surrounded by sunflowers, woodland and charming villages. There are cycle routes on the doorstep, including the Tour de Charente bike route just to the south. Explore historic chateaux, beautiful rivers, wildlife and quiet country lanes. Nearby is the medieval town of Charroux with its famous Charlamagne’s tower on the pilgrim's route to Santiago de Compostela. ‘The Way of Charroux’ is a variant of the Way of Vézelay and follows the GR48. It begins in the Vienne at Angles-sur-l'Anglin, one of the most beautiful villages in France, continues by Montmorillon, Isle Jourdain, Charroux and leaves the Vienne after Surin to go towards Angouleme and Saint Aulay. Charroux is just over 5km from La Vieille Gorce, with bars, shops and restaurants to enjoy. Lockable shed for bike storage plus stacks of local knowledge is on offer from Sarah and Paul.

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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Atlantic Coast - L’Ecurie Holiday Cottage (Lairoux)

Vendée holiday cottage for 4-5 people with a focus on cycling

3 rue de la Motte
85400 Lairoux
Pays de la Loire
Phone: +33 (0)2 51 28 43 98
Email: admin@maisonlairoux.com

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Price from: €360 per week or from £225 for 3 nights

Open: All year

L’Ecurie is the perfect place to relax after a long day of cycling through the Vendée countryside. Just 20km from the Atlantic coast at La Faute-sur-Mer. L’Ecurie can sleep 4-5 guests in 2 bedrooms. There is a private terrace overlooking the heated swimming pool – with amazing sunsets and views over the wetland valley. There are lots of cycling routes nearby; from circular routes through the countryside, to coastal rides along the Vélodyssée EuroVelo 1 route, and pootles inland to the undulating hills of the Vendée Bocage. This is an ideal spot to spend a few days or a week. The owners, Annette and Jason, are on hand to offer cycling advice, and Jason can even join you on rides from 20km to 50km along unmarked trails and quiet country lanes. They can also share a local cycling app with route info. Washing machine, bike storage with bike rack, cycling books and maps, and friendly owners on-site. With more than 1100km of routes in the region and cyclist friendly owners, this is the perfect place to spend a few days or a week. English and French spoken. Find out more about cycling in the Vendee herehere and here. See also L'Ecurie's sister property Le Vieux Cafe.

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 - Chez Noisette (Durban-Corbières)

Villa for 8 people in the south of France - ideal for cyclists of all abilities

11 Domaine Des Pins
11360 Durban-Corbières
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +44 (0)7889 452972
Email: info@holidayvillalanguedoc.co.uk

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Price from: £1050 per week

Open: June to October

Chez Noisette is perfectly placed to explore the Aude area of Languedoc by bike – and the owner, Huw, is keen to welcome more of us. For the leisure cyclist, there are endless local routes from the door through vineyards (and there are four free 'house' bike for guest use). For more serious cyclists, the Aude region offers a host of long, flat and hilly routes (see here for ideas) in an area that features regularly on the Tour de France route. Many of Languedoc’s jewels are within reach, including Carcassonne, Beziers, Narbonne, Lagrasse and the Canal du Midi. The village of Durban-Corbières has a bar/restaurant and a mini supermarket for supplies. The villa sleeps 8 people in four double bedrooms and three bathrooms; all bedding and a professional clean is included. There is a pool for warmer months and amazing views of the medieval castle and beyond. Various airports will get you here (just ask Huw for advice on transfers if you need them), or take the train to Narbonne (20km). This is a well-priced villa that, split between 8 people, makes an affordable cycling base in one of France's top-notch cycling regions.

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 - Gallery Ecosse d’Oc

Budget accommodation in a art studio 30km SW of Narbonne

1 ave de Narbonne
11220 Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse
Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie
Phone: +33 (0)9 63 53 30 28
Email: info@ecossedoc.eu

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Price from: €25 to €45 per night depending on season

Open: All year

This is a great budget option offering you to the chance to stay in a working gallery with local artist, Ross. Ecosse D’Oc is an arts residency, studio, workshop, gallery set in a village townhouse in the Aude region of Languedoc between Carcassonne and Narbonne. It is being developed as a centre for the arts, including the visual arts, theatre, music and film. The gallery is located on the ground floor upstairs are three double bedrooms, two of which are available for travellers (double, single or twin bed configurations). Ross is keen for the excess gallery space to be enjoyed by cyclists, walkers and others looking for an affordable place to stay in the village. There is a garage for cycle storage just off the gallery. A large kitchen is available for guest use, as well as a shared bathroom with a laundry 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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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. More modern treats include a village brocante, restaurants, bolaungerie and a greengorcer selling local cheeses and produce. 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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Aude – Le Balcon Apartment (Sainte-Colombe-sur-l'Hers)

Self-contained base in an 18th century townhouse with great views

31 Petite Rue Petite Rue
11230 Sainte-Colombe-sur-l'Hers
Aude, Languedoc-Rousillion (Occitanie)
Phone: +44 (0)7799 886294
Email: worstedman@gmail.com

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Price from: £55 per night

Open: May to September

This beautifully appointed first floor apartment is in an 18th century house in the small riverside village of Ste Colombe sur L'Hers – just over 50km/30 miles from Carcassonne. This village, which once played a role in the area's vibrant textile and jet industries, is a great base for discovering both local history and vineyards (including the famous Blanquette de Limoux, said to be among the earliest forms of Champagne). The Cather Way is also nearby and can be enjoyed by bike. The apartment has been refurbished to a high standard and sleeps upto four people (one bedroom + sofa bed). There is excellent swimming, sailing and canoeing locally at the beautiful Lac Montbel, plus nearby Puivert offers a range of restaurants. Airports/main transport hubs are at Toulouse and Carcassonne. The owners live locally and can help with local advice. They also offer an airport pick up service, plus a secure locked garage for bikes. 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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Auvergne - Combrailleurs B&B and Gite (Massif Central)

Cycling base with the volcanoes of the Massif Central yours to explore

Le Mazet
63390 Espinasse
Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +33 (0)4 73 85 04 36
Email: Info@combrailleurs.com

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Price from: B&B: €72 (double room) or €90 (family room) or €500 per week; Self-catering gite: €80 per night, €560 per week for upto 6 people

Open: All year

Amanda and Gary offer B&B and self-catering accommodation in one of France's under-explored cycling havens. Espinasse is 70km nort-west of Clermont-Ferrand. The Massif Central is regular fixture on the the Tour de France route, offering stunning volcano routes and quiet scenic roads, tracks and MTB opportunities for cyclists. Amanda and Gary are well set up for riders, offering route maps, bike storage and a workshop area. They can also offer evening meals on request at the end of a day on the bike. Their rooms are tastefully decorated in a recently converted barn. The B&B can accommodate 10 people, plus there are six beds in the self-catering gite, making this a flexible and comfortable base for groups of all sizes. Families are welcome and extra cots can be provided. 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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Availles-Limouzine - VéloGîtes (SW France)

Take a cycling holiday in an unspoilt corner of France near the EuroVelo 3

Lieu de la Bussiere
86460 Availles-Limouzine
Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)6 04 02 69 15
Email: info@velogites.com

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Price from: €325 to €1400, depending on season and length of stay

Open: April to October

Located a short pootle from the vibrant village of Availles-Limouzine on the Vienne-Charentes border 70km north-west of Limoges, VéloGîtes is home to 6 self-contained gîtes set within a beautiful 200-year-old converted barn. Graham and Kathy at VéloGîtes offer unrivalled support for cycling – Graham is himself a cyclist and he knows these fantastic, largely traffic-free roads here well. He has a selection of Strava routes that cater for all abilities, including rides along the EuroVélo 3 route, which passes 600m from the doorstep. Cycling can combined with a perfect family holiday, with plenty here for non-cycling friends and family as well, including a swimming pool with views over the village, and farmyard animals for the kids. Each of the gîtes sleeps between 5 and 10 people – in total 40 people can be accommodated here on 10 acres - making it perfect for small family groups as well as cycling club trips or fixed base cycle tour groups. VéloGîtes is a lovely, fuss-free and flexible place to discover the backroads of France. 

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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Avenue Verte - 23 Grand Rue (Mesnières-en-Bray)

London-Paris stop 150m from the Avenue Verte and 25km from Dieppe

23 Grand Rue
76270 Mesnières-en-Bray
Seine Maritime, Normandy
Phone: +33 (0)2 32 97 06 31
Email: info@23grandrue.com

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Price from: B&B: €60 single, €70 double and €85 triple room; Self-catering barn €355-€395 per week (short breaks available out of season)

Open: All year

Madeleine is keen to welcome you to her wonderful B&B only 150 METRES (!!!) from the Avenue Verte London to Paris bike route and just 25km from Dieppe – it's an ideal first/last stop on your way from/to the ferry port. Located on the 45km section of the route linking Dieppe to Forges Les Eaux, this really is a super base at the gateway to some of northern France's best biking; the Somme, Monet’s Gardens, Honfleur and Rouen can all be reached from here using a network of bike paths and backroads. Madeleine offers hearty three-course gourmet dinners (by arrangement), or there's a lovely French restaurant in the village. She has owned the B&B for more than 10 years, so she's an expert when it comes to offering local information and advice. In addition to the B&B, there's a lovingly converted self-catering barn for four people (double bed + sofa) available for week-long stays during July and August, and shorter stays the rest of the year. 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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Aveyron - Le Petit Hibou cabin (St-Antonin-Noble-Val)

Cosy and well appointed cabin close to the Aveyron Gorges

As Plos
82160 Espinas
Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)6 71 70 74 00
Email: toursdutarn@gmail.com

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Price from: €90 to €115 per night for the whole cabin. Minimum of 2 nights.

Open: All year

Situated in a large garden next to private woodland ‘Le Petit Hibou’ (Little Owl) is a peaceful, cosy retreat in the grounds a family run cycling holidays business. Perfect for couples or friends, the cabin sleeps two people, has a wood burner for chilly nights, an ensuite shower and toilet, kitchenette and a wood-fired Scandinavian hot tub for post-ride relaxation. It's perfect year-round. Ideal for touring cyclists looking for a place to call their own for a night or two, or even a week-long training base. There's fresh produce available locally (don't miss the Sunday market in nearby Saint-Antonin), or you can take a package that includes food. With the Gorges d'Aveyron on the doorstep, there are spectacular views (and roads), and lots to see and do. The cabin provides a perfect base for more leisurely cycling as well as challenging roadie routes. It's cyclist-run, so there's lots of in-house bikey knowledge (there isn't a local road Marcus hasn't ridden). Hybrid bikes available in-house (road bikes and e-bikes can also be hired locally), train and airport transfers available. 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

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Bagnères-de-Luchon - Luchon Holidays Apartment

Ideal self-catering base for families or small groups in the Pyrenees

Place du Comminges
31110 Bagnères-de-Luchon
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0) 7 87 01 94 43 (for English); +33 (0) 6 88 31 10 19 (for French)
Email: luchonholidays@gmail.com

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Price from: €79 per night for the entire apartment (sleeps up to 8)

Open: All year

This fabulous two-bedroom, two-bathroom family apartment in the centre of Luchon is a home away from home. With the start of the Portillon, Superbagnères and Peyresourde climbs just minutes away, it's an ideal base for conquering some of the Tour de France's most iconic climbs. There is even a bike shop next door with maps and route information, and mechanical support. Secure bike storage in private storage lockers or the private car park. The apartment itself has everything you need to feel at home, including a welcome pack with wine, Nespresso pods, soap, washing and dishwasher tablets. The centre of Luchon is a short stroll away with a supermarket, bike hire and pharmacy. The cable cars for Superbagnères, an open-air pool, tennis, mini golf and kids’ playground are also nearby. The apartment is perfect for a family of 5 but it can sleep up to 8. English and 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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Bédoin - La Maison des Peintres (Ventoux)

Cycling base in a Provençal artists' haven at the foot of the Ventoux

40, rue du Ventoux
Hameau des Baux
84410 Bédoin
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 90 12 79 40 or +33 (0)6 71 81 53 57
Email: ruth@wintermane.com

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

Open: All year

La Maison de Peintres is the perfect place to stay if you're cycling Mont Ventoux as you're already on the way. Only 2km up from the bustle of the cycling hub of Bedoin, you'll find yourself in a peaceful and truly Provençal hamlet at the foot of the mountain. It's also only five minutes' walk from the beautiful Grand Randonné path 91 that circles the Ventoux and a short drive to get fresh croissants in the morning. There are three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and a delightful terrace with a view of the surrounding cherry orchards and vineyards. There's a powerful shower and a full bath to rest your weary limbs. Owned by artist Julian Merrow Smith and his cellist wife, Ruth, it's decorated in Provençal style with your host's paintings on the walls.

Bike facilities

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

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Bellenaves - Croix de Chassat

Cyclist-owned apartment for 2-4 people 60km north of Clermont-Ferrand

3 lieu dit Croix de Chassat
03330 Bellenaves
Allier, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: Please use via Airbnb link below via 'full details' button

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Price from: €50 with discount available for longer stays

Open: All year

Debra and Leo moved to this wonderful part of Auvergne, north of Clermont-Ferrand, five years ago to enjoy the quiet lifestyle and the cycling. When not exploring backroads on their bikes, they restored the old farmhouse and included a self-contained apartment that they rent out to fellow cyclists. They are now Airbnb superhosts offering a secure bike-friendly base from which to explore this untamed and under-explored region of France. Everything you need is here, including bike storage area, a bike cleaning area, and lots of route suggestions and maps that Debra and Leo share with you. There are loop rides of between 10-70km from the doorRoad riding + MTB trails. The apartment – 2km from Bellenaves in the beautiful hamlet of Chassat – is fully furnished. It has one bedroom with a double bed, plus there is a sofa bed for 2 more people. Beautiful views of the surrounding farming area (forests, fields, gardens, etc). The old city of Charroux with shops, restaurants, hiking, and history is nearby. Large garden area, covered terrace, 360-degree view of surrounding area. Great for star-gazing! BBQ and gas cooker available + large picnic table with benches. 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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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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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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Burgundy - La Chouette Qui Chante (Morvan National Park)

Look over the Morvan valley whilst you eat breakfast

7 Rue des Bordes
21210 La Motte Ternant
Côte-d'Or, Burgundy (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté)
Phone: +33 (0)7 88 16 80 03 (France), +44 (0)7577 528861 (UK)
Email: burgundyescapes@orange.fr

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Price from: €65 per night B&B, €70 per night for 1 bedroom gite, €90 per night for 2 bedroom gite. €395 per week for the gite, €495 per week for the 2-bed cottage

Open: April to October

This charming English-owned bed and breakfast is situated in the village of La Motte-Ternant on the edge of the beautiful Morvan National Park, a place where you can explore rivers, lakes and forestsYou can hire bikes in Pouilly-en-Auxois and cycle for hours along the Burgundy Canal, or you can use one of the many local routes around the area. The local town of Saulieu has numerous cafes and restaurants including the 3-star Michelin restaurant, Bernard Loiseau. Dijon and Beaune are also within reach if you have a car and you're after fixed base rides. The B&B has three king-size rooms and one twin room all with ensuite shower or bathrooms. The two-acre garden has been planted with beautiful trees and borders and provides views of the river valley. Breakfasts come complete with fabulous view of the gardens, Serein valley and the Morvan Park. 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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Burgundy - Les Papillons

Lovingly restored cyclist-run cottage for 4 in the heart of Burgundy

4 rue de la Récille
21400 Puits
Côte-d'Or, Burgundy (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté)
Phone: +33 (0)6 74 07 19 69
Email: contact@gitelespapillons.com

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Price from: €60-€75 per night for the whole cottage (linen, cleaning and electricity all included)

Open: All year

Les Papillons is a charming, fully restored cottage in a quiet village in north Burgundy. Best of all, it's run by cyclist Richard, who has been riding here since moving to the area 10 years ago. The cottage is a well-equipped home from home sleeping four people in two double upstairs bedrooms. Downstairs offers a cosy sitting room, WC and a fully fitted modern kitchen. Free wifi is available for route-planning and weather forecasts, and in the summer months there is an above ground pool to relax in. Richards ia a member of te local 'cyclotourisme' club, which is happy to welcome you on a club ride. This is a very quiet and undiscovered corner of Burgundy, with excellent roads and light traffic. You can ask Richard to share his favourite routes with you. If you are into moutain biking, there are also great local forest trails and some very good marked trails in the Chatillon forest. For leisure riders, the Canal de Bourgogne offers the ultimate chill, with good towpaths and great scenery. There are two bikes free for guest use to explore.

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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Cairanne - Ferme la Garriguette (for Ventoux and the lavender fields)

Perfect spot for cycling lavender fields or taking on the Ventoux

42 Impasse de la Garriguette
84110 Rasteau
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 90 41 11 30
Email: ventouxcycling@gmail.com

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Price from: €240-€720 per week, depending on the gite

Open: Easter until the end of October

Ferme la Garriguette has been a base for cyclists and triathletes for more than 20 years. A beautifully renovated Provencal farmhouse, it has three self-catering gites that each sleep two people (singles or doubles) and each have their own entrances. The gites are built around a large 20-metre swimming pool that is perfect for cooling off after a day on the bike. This is an ideal base for exploring the Vaucluse area Provence and, in particular, the lavender fields and Mont Ventoux. Guests have full access to the pool and a large garden. All the accommodation is self-catering and you can eat outside in the garden. There is ample parking and storage for bikes, as well as basic bike maintenance equipment. Ferme la Garriguette is in Provence's cycling hub – just 20km from the base of Mont Ventoux. There are other excellent cycling routes nearby as well – both on the flat through the Rhone Valley vineyards and along the river, or more challenging rides through the Gorges de la Nesque and the Dentelles de Montmirail. The owners, Jo-Ann and Christoph, can advise on routes and recommend bike hire. 

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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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 - Cycle South West France

Specialist biking accommodation between Bordeaux and Toulouse

12 rue Maurice Luxembourg
47160 Buzet-sur-Baise
Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)7 85 14 56 17
Email: cyclesouthwestfrance@gmail.com

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Price from: €50 per night for 2 people, €15 per night per extra person

Open: All year

Located just 500 metres from the Canal de Garonne – and midway between Bordeaux and Toulouse – Clare and Jean-Pierre's bike-friendly village house is an ideal base for a cycling holiday in the heart of the Lot-et-Garonne countryside. It's also a handy stop if you're cycling the canal. There are three double rooms, plus kitchen facilities, a pool and terrace. You can book a room for just one nigt if you are passing through (see here), or see here to book the entire house for a longer stay. Bikes are available to hire onsite, or park your own in the secure garage. Clare and Jean-Pierre will be on hand to recommend local cycling routes and to help with maps and other local advice. There's lots to do here – the village of Buzet-sur-Baise has a three restaurants, a corner store and (most importantly) a wine cooperative so you can enjoy the fruits of the local harvest. There's also canoeing and kayaking nearby. Free wifi. English, French and some Spanish spoken. This is a great option for a truly 'local' cycling experience. 

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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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 Midi - Le Parc (Le Somail)

Self-catering house near the Canal du Midi and beaches of the Med

17 rue de la Liberté
11120 Saint-Marcel-sur-Aude
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +44 (0)7970 261 875, or contact via the 'full details' button below

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Price from: £1200 per week

Open: May to October

This is a charming and affordable fully renovated property offering lots of space in the picturesque, wine-producing village of St Marcel. Le Parc is a perfect base from which to enjoy some great cycling while taking a relaxing holiday. You are close to Narbonne, the Canal du Midi at Le Somail and the Mediterranean beaches. The house has 5 bedrooms (sleeping 10 people), plus there are two cots for the smallest cyclists in your group. This is a wonderful base for groups of friends and families – it's set in two acres of its own parkland, which is safe and fully enclosed. There is lots of shared spaces, a private heated pool and a generous furnished terrace. The weather here is lovely all year round – and it's possible to cycle well into autumn and even winter (or come in September for the local grape harvest). Le Somail is a beautiful village situated on the banks of the Canal du Midi where you can enjoy restaurants, art studios or grocery shop on a beautiful barge. Secure bike storage in the garage. English 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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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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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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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 and Mervyn, who both ride locally, 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 Merv and 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 B&B and Gite (Port de Bales, Peyresourde)

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

Le Couloume
Las Planteros
31580 Loudet
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)9 80 63 70 55
Email: info@pyreneesgite.com

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Price from: B&B from €75 per night including plentiful breakfast; Self-catering from €65 per night or €455 per week based on 4 people sharing

Open: All year

Cyclists Marianne and Brian 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), plus 2 super-kingsize rooms and a double room for B&B (sleeping 6 in total) in their home next door. 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 Bales, either side of the Col de Mente and the Col d'Aspin, and the Portet de Aspet are all around 30km away. Superbagneres, 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 the Brian and Marianne 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 and bike chat from Marianne and Brian (they can also provide some company on the cols if you're riding alone). 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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Cevennes - Mellow Vélos Le Petit Gite (Sainte-Enimie)

Cyclist-run cosy base for adventures in the canyons

Prades
48210 Sainte-Enimie
Lozère, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)4 66 47 35 03
Email: geoffandtessa@mellowvelos.com

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Price from: £39 per night (minimum stay 2 nights)

Open: All year

The Gorges du Tarn is a beautiful limestone canyon which makes for an ideal holiday or adveture break and this gite is really well placed near to the river, so you easily swim, canoe, climb or explore the canyons. The surrounds are also a fantastic area for cycling and here you have the advantage of the Mellow Vélo team who are keen cyclists and who have an initimate local knowledge, and can recommend routes for all levels of cyclists. The gite is located on the property of a cycle hire business so you can even choose from lots of different types of bikes to explore, including elevtric modes. The gite is small but a perfect size for a couple or small group and has a fully-equipped kitchen, a double bedroom, summer bathroom and a daybed for children or a friend downstairs. There is also a lovely garden where you can eat whilst looking over the river and canyon.

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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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 betwen 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: €2350 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 2017 Tour de France route is 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: €3500 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 skiiing and, increasingly, a cycling hotspot – the 2017 Tour de France passed through here. 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 in the garden with the best seat 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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Charente/Dordogne border - Cycling Chez Nous at La Vieille Porcherie (Oradour-Sur-Vayres)

Cyclist-run accommodation in the Limoges-Angouleme-Thivers triangle

22 Les Arcis
87150 Oradour-Sur-Vayres
Haute-Vienne (Limousin, Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 55 75 33 41 or +44 (0)7538 344076
Email: tallueb@icloud.com

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Price from: Rustic farmhouse B&B €58 per night; Gite bedroom €86 per night (also gite double sofa bed €28 per night if you're part of a group)

Open: May to October

As the name suggests, Cycling Chez Nous is run by cyclists - in this case Sue and Phil, who are keen to share this lesser-explored area of France with the rest of us. They are in a perfect area for cycling – and they know it like the backs of their hands. They are just 2.5km from the lovely voie verte (greenway) that runs from Oradour-sur-Vayres to Chalus. It's perfect for a (flat) return trundle but also ideal for tourers linking to the Lawrence of Arabia route. The roads here are scenic and largely traffic-free. I asked Sue to choose a favourite but she said it was impossible – the routes are so varied. "We have short local routes routes we can suggest, plus longer routes from 50km to 160kms on gpx files with varying elevations," she said. "We live in an almost untouched cycling paradise, bordering the Dordogne and the Charente. I have to pinch myself each time I cycle." The village is also within reach of Oradour-sur-Glane, which holds a special place in French history and is one of the most remarkable places Freewheeling France has ever been (there is more on the area here). The house itself is a pretty French farmhouse in an ancient hamlet. It has a lovely garden and a chestnut orchard with pear, apple and cherry trees. There is room for 6 people – with four in a self-catered gite and two in main house. B&B or self-catering is available. English and French spoken. Good connections to Limoges, Angouleme, Thivers for trains and airports. Ask Sue and Phil if you need picking up.

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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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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