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 - Chalet Vache Bleue (Meribel)

Small-scale cyclist-run chalets near Meribel for 2 or 6 people

8 Chemin Sainte Appolinnie
73550 Les Allues, Meribel
Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)6 23447666
Email: chaletvachebleuemeribel@gmail.com

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Price from: Summer prices: 2-person chalet: €55 per night or €350 per week; 6-person chalet: €160 per night or €1010 per week (please ask about winter prices)

Open: All year

Chalet Vache Bleue is a super find for small groups. It offers tidy, affordable self-catered accommodation for 2 people – something of a rarity in the Alps – as well as having a larger option for 6 people. Ride TDF routes from the village of Les Allues (6km north of Meribel) – in particular, cycle the Col de la Loze, which featured in the 2020 Tour de France and the 2019 Tour de l’Avenir. Les Allues is home to year-round locals – it's not a purpose-built ski resort, making a cycling holidays here an authentic French Alpine experience. There's is a small supermarket open every day, plus a couple of bars and restaurants. Chalet B is a unique space for 2 people across 4 levels. It has its own private entrance, 2 small balconies, a full-size kitchen and dining space, plus a comfortable lounge with double bed. The larger Chalet A sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (1 twin, 2 doubles) each with en-suite bathroom. Each chalet has a private locked garage for bikes; all linen and towels provided, plus washing machine available. The friendly owners, Elaine and Andrew, can also help with airport transfers for riders and bikes. Don't feel like cooking? Ask about their chef service! 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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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: €70/night or €465/week for the apartments, and €50/night or €330/week for the ensuite bedroom with kettle and fridge

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-sufficent here. Jen and Chris are happy to take group bookings for up to 8 riders wanting excluisve use of Cent Cinq.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • 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 the eastern Pyrenees. The town, Arles-sur-Tech, offers the best of all words – 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 tranquility 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 a 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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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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Aspet - Le Cottage du Milan Royal (Pyrenees)

Large village house ideal for classic TDF climbs in the Pyrenees

140 La Ville
31160 Aspet
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)6 32 07 64 12 France; +44 (0)7534 994215 (UK)
Email: alison.aggleton@gmail.com

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Price from: €150 per night for the whole cottage; €300 per weekend; €450 per week. Please feel free to phone or email Alison with any enquiries.

Open: All year

Le Cottage du Milan Royal is a fully renovated 6-bedroom cottage that's a perfect base for cycling in the central Pyrenees. The owner, Alison, is keen to see more cyclists use it. The cottage is on a small square with parking at the front and a lockable garage for bikes. There is also walled private garden. A hose is available for washing down bikes. Aspet is near the Col de Portet d’Aspet – featured over 30 times in the Tour de France. It's also within reach of the Col de Mente, Col de Buret, Col de Larrieu, Station du Mortis, Cols des Ares and the Portillon. Great also for mountain biking, with 32 all-terrain routes in the Aspet area. The tourist office has more info on bike routes. Good access from Lannemezan (50km), Saint-Gaudens (15km) and Bagneres-du-Luchon (45km).

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 - Appartement 24, Caunes-Minervois

Cycle-friendly apartment for 2 people just north of the Canal du Midi

24 Avenue de l'argent double
11160 Caunes-Minervois
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)6 43 50 67 43
Email: contactme@helencuttill.com

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Price from: Low season: €50 per night; mid-season: €60 per night; high season €70 per night

Open: All year

With a new kitchen and bathroom, Appartement 24 is an ideal fixed base for exploring the vineyards of the Minervois. Just 20km north of the Canal du Midi (halfway between Carcassonne and Homps), it's also a worthy diversion from the canal route and one that will take you through some varied and interesting towns and villages. Caunes-Minervois itself is a medieval town steeped in history (its abbey dates back to the 8th century). The apartment is completely self-contained and suitable for either 2 friends or a couple. It has a shared garden, plus a private private terrace with BBQ. There is also a spa to relax in after a day out on the bike. It's a short walk from local shops and cafes. Secure garage for bike storage. The owner, Helen, rides and is active locally – she is keen to share her corner of France with other cyclists. You can use the link below to book, or email or phone direct. 

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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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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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 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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Cavaillon - Pont Royal en Provence

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Ceret - Mas Pallagourdi (SW of Perpignan)

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

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

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

Open: April to December

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

Bike facilities

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

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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€pp.

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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

Great value traditional bunkhouse-style self-catering base for 6 people

Le Fournet
87120 Rempnat
Haute-Vienne, Limousin (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 55 36 73 06 (landline), +44 (0)7742 367050 (mobile/portable)
Email: brynyrodin@aol.com

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Price from: €50-€60 per night for the whole gite – minimum stay 3 nights

Open: June to September

Paul and Liz at Les Abeilles Sauvage 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 is the area that was home to the French TDF icon Raymond 'Pou-Pou' Poulidor – he lived and cycled here his whole life, and a nearby lake-side route now bears his name. There are clusters of cycle routes from the door of Les Abeilles Sauvage, 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 acccommodation that's perfect for cycling clubs, groups and families. Fully equipped kitchen and dining room, lounge and TV. Large four-bed room on the first floor with shower room. On the second floor there is a separate double bedroom with an ensuite shower room with WC and washbasin. The terrace is ideal for outdoor meals and BBQs. A child-safe plunge pool will also be available from summer 2020. The gite has its own secure lock-up garage. 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 container(s) 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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Domfront - Le Bois Ellier Garden Cottage Holiday Gite (Lonlay L'Abbaye)

Self-catering or B&B near the Veloscenie and Velo Francette routes

Le Bois Ellier
61700 Lonlay L'Abbaye
Orne, Normandy
Phone: +33 (0)2 33 14 43 99 (France); +44 (0)78 7059 830 (UK mobile)
Email: info@leboisellier.com

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Price from: €55 per night for the cottage (book for 7 nights and get the 7th night free); please ask if you prefer B&B

Open: All year

Le Bois Ellier is a one-bedroom garden cottage that can sleep up to 4 people. This is a bike-friendly place that's really worth supporting. It's owned by Tina and Martin, who live on site and are keen to rent the cottage to cyclists on either a self-catering or a B&B basis. They are very flexible and happily offer just one-night bookings on your route through, or extended stays for fixed-base cycling. The cottage is set in the beautiful Normandy countryside in Lonlay L’Abbaye, which a commune in the Orne department in north-western France. It's roughly 10km north(ish) of Domfront and 18km south(ish) of Flers – perfect for the Velo Francette La Rochelle to Caen and the Veloscenie Paris to Mont St Michel bike routes. The D-Day landing beaches at Arromanches are just under 100km to the north. As the name suggests, Lonlay L’Abbaye has a beautiful abbey and town square and is surrounded by walks and countryside, including the local viewpoint Fosse Arthur. Secure bike parking in the barn + free wifi. Picnic hampers are also available for your panniers. English and some 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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Dordogne - Chateau de la Richardie

South-west France chateau that's ideal for cycling groups and families

24320 Bouteilles-san-Sebastian
Dordogne, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)6 78 07 91 61
Email: vdegivry@yahoo.fr

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Price from: Varies with the season - please check via our links or email/phone for info

Open: April to December

There's nothing more quintessentially French than staying in a private family-owned chateau – and that's exactly what Chateau de la Richardie promises for cycling groups. Near the village of Champagne-et-Fontaine on the Dordogne/Charente border, Chateau de la Richardie is halfway between Angouleme and Perigueux in south-west France. The chateau sleeps up to 17 people in 7 bedrooms and it's offered on a self-catered basis (local catering can also be provided). This is an ideal base for cycling groups or families with a mix of cyclists and non-cyclists. The chateau – which dates to the 18th century – has been full restored and comes complete with modcons (including a heated saltwater swimming pool). The area is packed full of interesting cycling routes for all abilities, going via historic towns and villages. These quiet roads are massively undercycled and underrated. Hosts Fran and Paul are on hand to provide additional support and advice about local restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and activities. 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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Dordogne - Le Mas & Le Mazet (Monpazier)

16th century farmhouse and cottage for cyclists visiting the Dordogne

Lieu dit Le Mas
24440 Sainte-Croix
Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)6 85 85 28 68
Email: rupert@lemasdordogne.com

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Price from: €100 per night

Open: All year

Le Mas & Le Mazet offers flexible and versatile accommodation for cyclists in an unbeaten Dordogne location. Just 40km from the airport at Bergerac, Sainte-Croix is just 10km from Monpazier, one of France's officially designated most beautiful villages. The historic towns of Sarlat, Domme and Beynac-et-Cazenac can all be reached by bike. In the other direction, you'll find the sweet white wines of Monbazillac (35km) and the underrated red wine of the Bergerac vineyards. Just off cycle route 26 – a 70km loop to Monpazier, Cadouin and back – the property caters for groups both large and small. There are many other cycle routes nearby bringing you to the hidden gems of the Dordogne, away from the tourists. Le Mas is a characterful farmhouse with 5 bedrooms accommodating up to 10 people. It has its own heated saltwater pool with views of the stunning Dordogne countryside. Le Mazet is a charming detached cottage with 1 bedroom sleeping 2 people. They can be rented individually or together. Both come fully equipped with modcons plus BBQs for outdoor dining. After a day on the bike, relax among the jasmine, roses, wisteria, lavender and mature trees. Prepare your own meals or make use of a traiteur service that can deliver meals to your door. For a slightly more extravagant stay, a private chef can cook for your group. A masseuse is also available on request for weary legs. Just ask for help if you need to arrange bike hire locally – they can be delivered to your door. French, English, Dutch, German 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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Dordogne - Les Charmes de Carlucet (Sarlat)

Stylish self-catered accommodation in the heart of the Dordogne

24590 Saint-Crépin-et-Carlucet
Dordogne, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)6 84 22 79 86
Email: contact@carlucet.com

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Price from: Manor house (sleeps up to 14): €3850-€5495 per week. Beaux Reves Villa (sleeps up to 7): €1575-€2380 per week; Please ask about nightly rates for shorter stays.

Open: All year

Get the full French 'chateau' experience with a self-catered cycling holiday at Les Charmes de Carlucet, near the popular market town of Sarlat in the heart of the Dordogne. This is an ideal base for cycling groups or families with a mix of cyclists and non-cyclists as there is plenty to do both on and off the bike. From here, it's possible to ride out to a large proportion of the region's key historical sites and natural wonders, including the world-famous Lascaux prehistoric caves just to the north-west, and to the Dordogne River for canoeing or leisurely lunches and picnics. There are various mapped routes from the door (both road routes – see here for longer rides and here and here for day circuits – and MTB circuits). For the accommodation, Kerry has a large manor house sleeping 14 people, as well as smaller villa for 7. They can be rented separately or together. Both have private pools and are stylishly fitted out with all the mod cons you need for a relaxing stay. Bike hire and self-guided rides can be arranged locally. 

Bike facilities

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

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Dordogne Valley - Maison Dordogne (Villefranche-de-Lonchat)

Lovely renovated townhouse near Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux vineyards

17 Rue Michel Montaigne
24610 Villefranche-de-Lonchat
Dordogne, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +44 (0)750 6309523
Email: villy@dordogneholiday.com

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Price from: £1995-£3995 per week, depending on the season; sleeps 10 people

Open: All year

There are some areas of France inexplicably overlooked by visiting cyclists - and this is one of them. Freewheeling France knows the village of Villefranche-de-Lonchat, 60km east of Bordeaux, well because we ride these roads often, regularly winding through the country lanes and across the valley top to Saint-Emilion or down to the river Dordogne. Maison Dordogne, 20km from Saint-Emilion, is perfect base from which to explore these quiet and scenic roads. newly renovated 5-bed, 4-bath stone French townhouse, Maison Dordogne comes complete with a large heated pool, air-conditioning and fast wifi to make it an ideal holiday let for friends and families. There is a boulangerie just next door for fresh croissants and baguettes, while the Villefranche-de-Lonchat has a few local bars and restaurants. In summer, the village holds night markets and other community events in the town square, while the annual area fete is also held here. 5 spacious bedrooms, 3 with en-suite bathrooms, and a separate master bathroom on the first floor. 40km from Bergerac airport and around 10km to the train for Bordeaux, this is a handy and accessible base in SW France. Bike storage in a secure outbuilding plus in the private courtyard.

 

 

Bike facilities

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

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Drome/Vercors - Velo Vercors Gites and B&B

Specialist cycling base in the stunning Vercors area of the French Alps

Montee des Usines
26190 St Jean-en-Royans
Drome, Rhone-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)6 71 88 86 72
Email: velovercors@gmail.com

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Price from: Self-catering gites £780; B&B is £90 per room

Open: May to October

This is a specialist cycling holiday base located at the gateway to the stunning gorges, Alpine climbs and valleys of the Vercors National Park. As featured in Cyclist (April 2015), the Vercors offers spectacular scenery at every turn of the pedal, little traffic, superb road surfaces and no col-baggers to boot. It's a 'hidden gem' for those wanting an unforgettable cycling experience for all levels of fitness. Teresa has more than 10 years' experience riding in this area, and her and her team are passionate about the region. They can offer lots of local knowledge about routes that start directly from the door, and have maps and GPS files to share. Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux are within reach from here on day trips. This is a very personal service and relaxed atmosphere with 3 self-catering gites, B&B rooms and a large outside barn where guests socialise and relax. Based in a charming town with cafes, restaurants, shops, supermarket and weekly market. Excellent base for groups, couples, friends or families.

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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Eguisheim - Residence Le Clos d'Eguisheim

Apartments set in the vineyards a short bike ride from the town centre

1 Rue du 1er R.E.C
68420 Eguisheim
Haut-Rhin, Alsace

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Price from: €440 for a week - check website for seasonal prices and offers

Open: Year-round

Apartments catering for up to 7 people set in a quiet rural area mid some of Alsace's finest vineyards. The pretty village of Eguisheim, with its typical regional architecture, is a shhort cycle ride away. The apartments are situated in a residence with a heated indoor pool and year-round bike hire.

Bike facilities

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

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EuroVelo 6 Loire River bike route - Café Vélo Nevers

Loire B&B and self-catered apartment, complete with cafe

7 place Mossé
58000 Nevers
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Phone: +33 (0)7 86 29 96 67
Email: hello@cafevelonevers.fr

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Price from: €65 for B&B with kitchen access or from €95 for apartment for 4 people

Open: March 1 to December 24

Wouldn't life be good if all cycling cafes doubled as B&Bs (and vice versa)? As the name suggests, Café Vélo Nevers is a cafe with a  special focus on cyclists. And, as an added bonus, it also has a B&B upstairs that sleeps 9 riders. There are 2 rooms sleeping 2 and 3 people with a shared kitchen. There is also a self-catering apartment that sleeps 4 people. The cafe is in Nevers, right on the EuroVelo 6 Loire à Velo bike route and also ideally placed for anyone heading down to join the Burgundy wine and canal routes. There are rooms with wonderful views over the Loire, plus it goes without saying that there is stacks of nourishment on offer to fuel a day on the bike – as well as the best coffee in town. The owners, Anna and Charles, are local (English-speaking) cyclists with plenty of local route info for tourers, road riders and gravel riders. They can also help arrange train station transfers and baggage transfers, as well as provide tools for basic repairs (Café Vélo Nevers carries the official Accueil Velo label). English, French and Dutch, plus a bit of Spanish and Italian 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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Fort-Mahon Plage - Belle Dune Holiday Village

Apartments and houses in eco-village near the Bay of Somme in Picardy

Promenade du Marquenterre
80120 Fort-Mahon Plage
Somme, Picardy

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Price from: Check website for seasonal prices and special deals

Open: Year-round

An eco-friendly, pedestrianised holiday village surrounded by a golf course and offering great access for nature-based outdoor activities and watersports. Great for birdwatching, seal-spotting and, of course, cycling. Accommodation varies from studio apartments for 2 people through to houses for up to 8. Facilities onsite for chidren aged from 3 months.

Bike facilities

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

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Fréjus - Pierre & Vacances Cap Hermès

Self-contained studios and apartments on the Mediterranean

46 Quai dei caravello
83600 Fréjus
Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

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Price from: €115 per night

Open: Year round

Studios and apartments sleeping up to 6 adults, making them ideal for families and groups. Apartments are fully furnished with kitchenettes, TVs and other creature comforts. The property faces the harbour and also has direct beach access and an outdoor swimming pool. Fréjus is a popular holiday town 40km from Cannes – book well ahead in summer and during French school holidays. As with all Pierre & Vacances properties, it's possible to store your bike in your apartment overnight. Wifi available at a surcharge.

Bike facilities

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

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Grenoble - Adagio Access Aparthotel

Hotel with self-catering apartments close to the Grenoble city centre

41 rue Maurice Dodéro
38100 Grenoble
Isère, Rhône-Alpes

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Price from: €65

Open: Year-round

Self-catering studio and apartment rooms sleeping up to 4 people. Each room has a kitchenette with microwave, stove and fridge. Buffet breakfast also available for a surcharge. Free wifi. Management advises us that they have room for two bikes in a special storage area, plus clean bikes can be stored overnight in the apartments. Advice also available at reception on bike hire and local routes.

Bike facilities

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

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Grospierre - Le Rouret Holiday Village

Apartments and houses in the Ardèche countryside

Le Domaine du Rouret
07120 Grospierre
Ardèche, Rhone-Alpes

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Price from: €133

Open: Year-round

Le Rouret Holiday Village is situated in the Rhone-Alps, within reach of both Cévennes and Provence. The village is spread across 197 acres, with the Ardèche gorges within cycling distance, along with prehistoric caves and the UNESCO-listed listed Vallon Pont d'Arc. Accommodation includes studio apartments for two people through to houses sleeping up to 8 people.

Bike facilities

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

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Gueudecourt - Le Clos du Clocher B&B and self-catering gites

Idyllic B&B and gites at the heart of the WWI battlefields

3 Rue de l'Église
80360 Gueudecourt
Somme, Picardy (Hauts de France)

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Price from: €68

Open: All year

Le Clos du Clocher is an ideal base if you are riding between Lille and Paris or exploring the World War I battlefields. You can choose between B&B or self catering gites. Whichever you decide upon you will be able to enjoy a really magnifcent garden and jacuzzi, not to mention home cooking. You can also hire ebikes from the owners.
We have 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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Hérault - Gite Florence

Cycle friendly self-catering gite near to the stunning Languedoc Nature Park

5 Avenue des Prades
34360 Pierrerue
Hérault, Languedoc-Rousillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +44 (0)7861 32998
Email: giteflorence@gmail.com

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Price from: €80 per night

Open: March to December

Gite Florence is a 2-person self-catered gite with its own parking and steps down to a garden. It's in a wonderful location on the banks of the river Vernazobre. Just 5 minutes from St Chinian, it borders the Languedoc Nature Park, the mountains and the Mediterranean beaches. It's just 16km to the Canal du Midi at Capestang and 27km to Beziers. The whole area is very popular for cycling and was visited by the Tour de France in 2011 and again in 2016. The Tour of Occitanie, which attracts TDF teams, passed through prior to the 2020 Tour de France. 2021 will see the Tour de France return to the area for Stage 13 Nimes to Carcassonne (Friday, July 9). Lots of bells and whistles, including late arrival evening meals if you call ahead. English, 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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Honfleur – Les Coquillettes

Friendly B&B and self-catering option recommended to us by cyclists

505 Côte d'Equemauville
14600 Honfleur
Calvados, Normandy

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Price from: €60 per room per night B&B; self-catering gite for 2-4 people from €330 per week or from €140 for a weekends

Open: All year

Small and friendly B&B recommended to us by one of our contributors, Hilde, who used the B&B on a cycling trip from Caen to Honfleur. Just 1km from the town centre, it's a typically French affair, offering basic but comfortable accommodation and a versatile mix of double and family rooms (all rooms have private bathrooms). There is also a small self-catering gite for up to 4 people. Good locations en route to key towns and cities in Normandy: Deauville is 15km away, while the ferry at Le Havre is a 25km bike ride from the door. Free wifi. BBQ, garden, terrace.

Bike facilities

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

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La Grave – Auberge Edelweiss Bike & Ski Hotel

Specialist bike hotel with rooms and apartments, workshop and sauna

Le Village
05320 La Grave
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (near Rhône-Alpes border)

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Price from: €60 per person B&B based on double occupancy, or €85 per person for B&B and dinner (variety of room types and sizes available)

Open: End of May until the end of September for cycling; December to April for skiiing

Auberge Edelweiss is a specialist bike hotel in the heart of the Alps; Robin and Marlon are keen to welcome more English-speaking riders to enjoy the Galibier, Col d'Izoard, Alpe d'Huez and Col du Lautaret – all within easy reach. The hotel has information folders with profiles of all key climbs, plus cycling itineraries for both road and mountain bike routes. The hotel is geared up for individual riders as well as groups, and can cater for big events like La Marmotte, Alpe d'Huzes, the Tour de France and Etape du Tour. Well-equiped workshop, plus Marlon and Robin work with a local bike shop that can deliver spares. Bike wash and sauna onsite; massages available on request. Oh, and plenty of wine and cold beer to help you relax on the terrace or in the restaurant. Then wake up to a generous breakfast of cereals, yoghurts, fruit juices, hot drinks, local jams and breads, meat, cheese and fruit salad. Bonne route!

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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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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