Accommodation - Self-catering: All 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

Price from: €135 per apartment per night

Open: All year

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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

Price from: From £150-£200 per night or £750 per week (please note there is a £150 addition to all bookings for cleaning and taxes)

Open: June to September and December to April

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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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Alpe d'Huez - Les Ecureuils (Oz-en-Oisans)

Mountains and water provide the playground for this chalet for 8

Appartment 20 Les Ecureuils
Le Royer, Oz station
38114 Oz-en-Oisans
Isère, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)7798 687990
Email: marcshu@hotmail.co.uk

Price from: €99 per night, €693 per week

Open: All year

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The Oz valley provides plenty of sporting and relaxing oppotunities. For the road cyclists you have a wide choice of cols underpinned by the fact that pro-team AG2R have chosen this area for a lot of of its mountain training. The big one is of course Alpe d'Huez to the south but there are lots more including Col d’Ornon, Col de Sarenne, the Glandon and the Croix de Fer – basically lots of beautiful climbs. For mountain bikers or anyone wanting to explore the beauty of the Alps off paved road, there is an abudance of tracks to tackle and plenty to suit every style. You're also just 60m from a high-speed ski-lift. This modern apartment is set in a chalet and sleeps up to 8. It's fully furnished to include everything you need to enjoy a retreat in the mountains. Bikes can be locked in a secure area under the lodge.

Bike facilities

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

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Alpe d'Huez - Mountain Chalet

The famous hairpins are on your doorstep – literally

118 Route d'Huez
38750 Alpe d'Huez
Isère, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)7887 840499
Email: tim@mountainchalet.co.uk

Price from: £1300 per week for upto 14 people

Open: All year

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At the Mountain Chalet you couldn't be any closer to the famous 21 hairpins of Alpe d'Huez – you're on the road itself. The chalet can sleep up to 14 people and is available on a self-catered basis in summer. It's perfectly kitted out for cycling. There's even an outdoor hot tub that sits underneath a large south facing balcony, perfect for relaxing after a ride, complete with a beautiful view. The facilities don't stop there as you can also make full use of a sauna, large social space, UK Sky TV, plenty of bike storage room, wifi and as many famous cols to ride as your legs can withstand. Each bedroom is named after a famous cols in the region, such as Galibier, Croix de Fer, Glandon, Lauteret and more. The guys here promise that if you stay once as a ‘roadie’ at Mountain Chalet and you will be back.

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 Coeurs (Morzine)

Chalet with hot tub and sauna for tired cycling muscles

129 Chemin du Pied de la Plagne
74110 Morzine
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)20 7191 1120
Email: us@thealpinegeneration.com

Price from: £1,110 per week for up to 12 people (available self-catered or fully catered) - 5% discount when mentioning Freewheeling France

Open: Available June to September

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Mountain chalet for groups just off the Route de la Plagne – a flat, easy 20-minute walk to the centre of Morzine for non-cycling friends and family (there's also a navette/mini-bus stop just 50m away, giving great access into town). The chalet sleeps up to 12 people in two double en-suites that both have one twin and two triple rooms. There's a sauna, plus large terrace and an outdoor hot tub in the garden (pictured). Both the Col de Joux Plane and Col de Joux Verte are within easy reach. Free wifi. Large bike store in the locked basement. 5% discount when mentioning Freewheeling France

Bike facilities

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

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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

Price from: £275 per person

Open: May to the end of October

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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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Alps - Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier - Chalet Le 1000 Thabor (Valmenier)

Brand new Maurienne Valley chalet with views of the Col du Telegraphe

Les Melezes
73450 Valmeinier
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +33 (0) 6 30 70 55 66
Email: denis.bouvier@1000thabor.com

Price from: €250-350 per day (3 days minimum); €1200-2000 per week

Open: June 1-September 30

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Denis the owner of Chalet Le 1000 Thabor knows a thing or two about the Maurienne Valley and its many attractions for cyclists. And he's just opened a brand new 4* chalet (sleeps up to 15 people) to share it all. Ride Col du Telegraphe (6 kilometres away) or Col du Galibier, Col du Glandon and Croix de Fer, then Lacets de Montvernier or Col de la Madeleine, Aussois and Col du Montcenis, Col de l’Iseran. Some guests have even done the Marmotte tour starting from Denis' place. Wherever you choose to ride, you can be rest assured that you will receive knowledgable and friendly support throughout your stay here. To help you recover from your cycling day you can enjoy a Finnish sauna before firing up the gas BBQ and enjoying a beer in your private garden, all while taking in the wonderful view of the Col du Telegraphe. There's free parking for cars and a secure garage for your bike. Denis speaks French, English and Italian.

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 - Colbaggers Apartment (Galibier/Telegraphe)

Modern apartment available for nightly visits on famous TDF cols

Hameau des Eaux d'Orelle
73140 Orelle
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)7711 441216
Email: colbaggers@btinternet.com

Price from: €65 per apartment per night

Open: Apartment available on a nightly basis in July and August

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This modern apartment, situated in the beautiful hamlet of Orelle in the Maurienne Valley (“le Plus Grand Domaine Cyclable du Monde”), is just two hours from Geneva by car. Many of the classic cols featuring regularly in the Tour de France are within easy reach – the start of the stunning Telegraphe / Galibier is only 6km away. It can sleep upto 4 – double bedroom, double sofa bed in the living area, kitchen, bathroom, toilet and large south facing balcony – and there's a swimming pool, shop, laundry and free wifi on site. For larger groups, additional apartments sleeping 2-6 people can be arranged. The Hameau des Eaux d’Orelle is only a few kilometres from the A43 motorway, linking Chambery to northern Italy, but the local area is really peaceful, thanks to the tunnels, which allow the motorway and the trains to bypass the village completely.

Bike facilities

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

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Annecy - Résidence les Gentianes

Individually designed apartment near beautiful Lac d'Annecy

74210 Doussard, Annecy
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44(0) 7767 782191
Email: alan.highet@googlemail.com

Price from: €530 per week

Open: All year

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Located in Doussard, this self-catering apartment (sleeping 6-8) has a garage for bikes and is perfect for exploring the Annecy area. Of all the locations in the Alps, Annecy is the one perhaps best suited to all ages and abilities when it comes to cycling. There is a rich Tour de France heritage here, with a time trial route around the lake; Col de la Forclaz via Montmin and Doussard; and Les Semnoz, which was the finish of the centenary tour’s penultimate stage. But for smaller or less-experienced riders, there's also a dedicated 35km cycle route that runs from Annecy, along the lake and then through countryside to Ugine, towards Albertville. It's a converted railway route that's been extended recently so that the lake is almost completely circumnavigable from Doussard. Alan, the owner of Residence-les-Gentianes, is keen to help cyclists explore this (and other) great routes. With the micro-climate around the lake, you can ride here even during winter. Alan can provide lots of helpful information about the exciting possibilities the area has to offer – just drop him a line.

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 - 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

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

Open: Easter till mid-October

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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

Price from: All year

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

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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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Aramits – Lae de Haut

Flexible B&B and self-catered accommodation in the Pyrenees

64570 Aramits
Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine (western edge of Pyrenees)
Phone: +33 (0)5 59 34 63 42 or +33(0)6 30 46 74 75
Email: margaret.johnson@wanadoo.fr

Price from: €65 per night per double room (includes continental breakfast); 7 nights for the price of 6

Open: All year

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Lae de Haut is the perfect cycling base, just a few kilometres from Arette, where stage 10 of the Tour de France passed through on Bastille Day 2015. This is the gateway to the western cols that regularly feature on the Tour de France route, including Aubisque, Marie Blanque, La Pierre St Martin, Soulor and d’Osquich. The roads here are mostly French Cycling Federation-approved, with signs marking distances to col and gradients. There are also signposted circular routes for mountain biking just 200m from the door (you can see them from the bedrooms). Margaret and John are used to welcoming cyclists and are keen to welcome more riders through Freewheeling France. BBQ area; outdoor pool. Free wifi. 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

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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

Price from: €130

Open: All year

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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

Price from: €99

Open: All year

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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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Arrens – Les Artigaux Gites (Aubisque, Hautacam, Luz-Ardiden)

Perfect High Pyrenees biking base run by a local cyclist

42 route du Soulor
65400 Arrens-Marsous
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)5 62 97 46 61 or +33 (0)6 31 52 57 71
Email: stay@lesartigaux.com

Price from: Apartment for 4 from €195 weekend and €395 a week; Converted barn for 7 from €275 weekend and €625 a week

Open: All year

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Les Artigaux is in the Val d'Azun, with stunning views of nearby Arrens village and the mountains. There is a converted barn plus 4 fully furnished apartments (with a hot tub and sauna for tired muscles) ready and waiting for cyclists. The property is located just off the road to the Col du Soulor, which leads on to the Col d'Aubisque. Other climbs within striking distance are the Hautacam, Luz-Ardiden and the Tourmalet. There are also a number of challenging lesser known climbs on quiet back roads (Simon has ridden most of them and can offer lots of local advice). Val d'Azun also has about 400km of marked mountain bike routes from steep climbs and descents, to trails through the woods and wide open rides around the cross-country ski pistes. Free wifi. 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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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

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

Open: All year

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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 - Camping Village de la Guyonnière (La Roche-sur-Yon)

Cyclist-run 5-star campsite with tent pitches and self-catered chalets

1, La Guyonniere
85150 Saint Julien des Landes
Vendée, Pays-de-la-Loire
Phone: +33 (0)2 51 46 62 59
Email: info@laguyonniere.com

Price from: Tent, caravan and motorhome pitches from €22 per night; Self-catering chalets from €308 per week

Open: 2018 season: May 26-September 16

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Camping Village de la Guyonnière is 11 kilometres inland from the Atlantic Coast beaches at Bretignolles-sur-Mer. Run by cyclists, this is an ideal Vendée region base. Endless hours of sunshine combine with countless family friendly cycle paths to make this a great area for cyclists of all abilities. The campsite, located on the shores of the Jaunay lake (perfect for canoeing, jogging, fishing and biking), is spacious with a focus on families and nature. There are tent, caravan and motorhome pitches, as well as self-catering 'glamping tents' and chalets for all types of campers. This is a 5-star campsite with all the facilities you'd ever need to rest and relax after a day on the bike. When not cycling there's an indoor and heated waterpark with slides and countercurrent river, bar and restaurant, a wellness centre, and a shop, plus a games area for kids small and large (including adults...). You can also discover Ile d’Yeu and Ile-de-Noirmoutier (home to the 2018 Tour de France Grand Depart) – both within reach for a daytrip if you're arriving by car. Weekly mountain bike and road cycling rides run from the site, as well as bike hire availableFrench, English, Dutch, German spoken. Free wifi across the whole site.

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 - Mobile home at Les Amiaux campsite

Affordable self-catering holiday option near the ocean

223 Rue De Notre Dame
85160 Saint-Jean-de-Monts
Vendee, Pays de la Loire
Phone: +44 (0)1929 459611 or +44(0)7590 420958 mobile
Email: p-gardiner1@sky.com

Price from: From £250 to £676 per week

Open: May to October

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This mobile home enjoys a quiet sunny aspect on a well-appointed campsite in the Vendée region. This is a great area well suited to cycling (and home to the 2018 Tour de France Grand Depart). It's also handy for the Atlantic Coast EuroVelo 1 bike path. It's a family holiday home that Patricia is keen to offer to cyclists for 2018. It's an easy cycle to the sandy beaches of the Atlantic, and close to bars, restaurants and amenities in St Jean de Monts. The campsite itself is fully kitted out with everything you'd need to enjoy your stay, including a pool. The mobile home sleeps six people and has an open plan lounge, dining table and chairs, plenty of seating. There's a well-equipped kitchen with full hob and oven, microwave, large fridge/freezer and plenty of cooking utensils, pots, pans and crockery. There is a shower room and the toilet. Duvets and pillows are provided but BYO own duvet covers, sheets, pillow cases, towels and tea towels. There's a paved patio area for outdoor dining plus a gas barbeque. All gas and electricity included in the price. We advise emailing or phoning direct for reservations.

Bike facilities

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

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Atlantic Coast - Vent du large (Marennes)

Relax or get active at this holiday chalet on the Euro Velo 1 route

87 Avenue William Bertrand
17320 Marennes
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)6 86 95 10 37
Email: contact@ventdularge-vacances.com

Price from: €70-€120 per night (min 2 nights); €840 per week in July and August

Open: All year

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Vent du Large offers a unique European stay on the coast of France. The Italian owner Daniela would like to see more cyclists use her seaside retreat. The self-contained house in the small coastal commune of Marennes sleeps up to 5 adults, as well as a child or baby. The house lies opposite the Ile d’Oléron, famous around the world for its fresh oysters. It's a great base for sporty holidays with cycling possible on La Vélodyssée (EuroVelo 1), Chemins de la Seudre, or even on the La Flow Vélo, which starts on the island of Aix. Or you can simply make the most of the relaxing village vibe for a beach holiday. You can hire bikes nearby, or get repairs done. There is safe bike storage at the house, which itself has 3-star classification. Daniela's recently renovated the house using environmentally friendly paints and treatments throughout. Daniela speaks Italian, Spanish, French and English.

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 bike route - Gîtes + B&B Lenvos (Nantes-Brest Canal at Cléguérec)

B&B and self-catering near EV1 La Vélodyssée and within reach of ferries

Lenvos
56480 Cléguérec
Morbihan, Brittany
Phone: +33 (0)2 97 25 30 99 or +33 (0)6 81 57 93 66 (Mobile)
Email: lenvos@orange.fr

Price from: €65 per room per night, €450 per week

Open: All year

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If combining cycling on endless quiet roads with relaxing in 15 acres of immaculate private grounds appeals to you, then the B&B and cottages at Lenvos may be for you. Located in a beautiful 16th century hamlet in the Blavet Valley of Brittany, the property as been restored to provide four delightful holiday cottages surrounding a central courtyard. The cottages have traditional slate roofs, thick stone walls, beamed ceilings and still retains their ancient character whilst still being fully equipped with modern appliances. With two lakes, river frontage, woods and meadows, the grounds are a haven for a wide variety of native flora and fauna while the lake provides excellent wild fishing. Ten bikes can be secured in a purpose-built shed so you can take advantage of the nearby Nantes-Brest Canal (which doubles as the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast La Velodyssee route). You can also cycle to Mur de Bretagne (a 2011 Tour de France stage town). There are more than 300km of mountain bike (VTT) trails in this area as well, including in Quenecan Forest, Pont Samuel, and the Blavet Valley. 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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Aude - Bonelli's Gite

Tranquility in the Minervois, north of the Canal du Midi

Domaine Bonelli
11120 La Roueyre
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)4 67 89 57 64
Email: dr.stuart.gregory@gmail.com

Price from: €64 per night, €448 per week

Open: All year

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The Bonelli's self-catering gite lies hidden in the limestone countryside and vineyards of the Minervois on the edge of a national park. This is perfect cycling country with many routes (and, often, the Tour de France) passing near the property (the Canal du Midi is just 18km to the south as well). Stuart, the owner, is keen for more cyclists to use it as a based for a weekend stopover or as part of a longer cycling holiday. It's also the perfect choice for walking, horse riding, sightseeing, birdwatching (spring and autumn) or simply relaxing by the pool. (See here for some ideas on what to do in the area). The recently restored stone gite has two bedrooms and offers flexible luxury accommodation for up to 5 people. The house has air-conditioning, a well-equipped semi-subterranean kitchen, sitting room with TV & DVD, music centre, and satellite. There's also a lovely bathroom that's perfect for post-ride muscles! There's also a heated pool with a BBQ and outdoor seating area. Cycle hire can be arranged locally, plus there's a secure garage and tools for storage and repairs.

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 - 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

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

Open: All year

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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 - 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

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

Open: All year

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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

Price from: £55 per night

Open: May to September

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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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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

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

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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

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

Open: All year

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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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Avignon – The Willow Tree

Cyclist-run apartment for 4 within reach of Mont Ventoux

2537 Route des Taillades
84250 Le Thor
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: + 33 (0)4 9022 1772 or +33 (0)7 78 38 21 90 (France) or +44 (0)79 0954 5583 (UK)
Email: audreyjakobsen@sfr.fr

Price from: €750-€2000 per week depending on the season (please ask about shorter stays)

Open: All year

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The Willow Tree is a cyclist-run two bedroom apartment for 4 people just east of Avignon. It’s an ideal base, being a short ride from the leisure cycling routes of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and also within reach of Ventoux. The apartment sits within the grounds of a larger villa, called The Apple Orchard, but it is fully self-contained. It opens on to a terrace and there is also a heated swimming pool. The owners, Audrey and Peter, live on site and both work for local cycling companies. They can arrange bike hire, biking fittings and maintenance for you, plus advise on the best local routes. Free wifi. 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

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

Open: All year

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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

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

Open: All year

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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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Bertignat - Pradis self-catering gite

Amazing views from the terrace of this two-bedroom house

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

Price from: €540 per week

Open: All year

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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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Beyrie-Sur-Joyeuse - Gite Jauberria (east of Biarritz)

A cyclist-run base in the Basque countryside 60km east of Biarritz

Aincy
64120 Beyrie-Sur-Joyeuse
Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 59 65 49 18 or +33 (0)6 30 00 50 99
Email: info@jauberria.com

Price from: £350 per week for 3 bedroom gite (sleeps 6)

Open: April to November

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Jauberria is a 100-year-old restored Basque farm cottage – with bags of character – in a quiet location in the foothills of the Pyrenees (but within striking distance of Biarritz 60km away). This is the far-western edge of the Pyrenees and an area often ignored by cycilsts in the clamour to get to the more famous cols to the east. With owners Dave and Kris living next door, there's help and support nearby. Dave is a keen cyclist and can share his favourite local routes and advise which climbs are best for your ability (there are loads of route options). He also has a full range of maps, including MTB trails, to share. Dave says the roads around here are of a generally high standard for road cycling and that most of the local cols have their altitudes and gradients marked for cyclists (the Col d’Iraty, 1,350m is nearby). The cottage itself comfortably sleeps 6 people and is perfect for a family or a group of friends sharing, with a large family bathroom upstairs and shower/toilet on the ground floor. The cottage has its own garden and terrace with lovely, far-reaching views.

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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Béziers – Appart'City

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

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

Price from: €39

Open: All year

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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)

Price from: €85

Open: All year

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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

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

Open: All year

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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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Bourg-Saint-Maurice - Chalet Beaumont (Vallandry)

Modern alpine chalet near world-class MTB and beautiful cols

Nr 5 Les Chalets de Vallandry
73210 Vallandry
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)1335 324 330 or +44 (0)7779 264 566
Email: jilly@theblands.org

Price from: €715 per week

Open: All year

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The small alpine town of Vallandry is an excellent base for road biking, mountain biking, and deval bike, as well as walking, paragliding, water sports, and climbing. Every year Vallandry hosts the VTT (MTB) Trial Masters Right event in the centre of the village, while the town is near the Tour de France route almost every year, including in 2018. There are 150km of signposted routes in Les Arcs bike park, where there are 25 downhill, enduro, and cross country tracks. You can hook your bike onto the lift during the summer season and take the easy route up. If you need a boost, you can discover the beautiful Vanoise Valley by renting an e-mountainbike locally. For road-bikers, spend the day out on Col de la Madeleine or over the Petit Saint Bernard into Italy. English, French and German are spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Branville - Normandy Garden Holiday Village

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

14430 Branville
Calvados, Normandy

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

Open: Year-round

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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

Price from: €93

Open: All year

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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

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

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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

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

Open: All year

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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

Price from: €98

Open: All year

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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

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

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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

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

Open: All year

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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

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

Open: All year

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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. 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. Minimum 2 night stay in July & August where you will have the house to yourselves. For the rest of the year the house is shared on a self-catering business.

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 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

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

Open: April 1- October 31

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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. 

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  • 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

Price from: £1200 per week

Open: May to October

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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 Midi - Maison Paraza

Restored townhouse with pool 18km from Narbonne

18 Rue de la Fontaine de Fraiche
11200 Paraza
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillion (Occitanie)
Phone: +46 (0)70 592 45 43
Email: info@maisonparaza.com

Price from: €1000 per week for the full house, €150 per day for the full house (minimum stay two days)

Open: All year

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This is a great self-catering base for the Canal du Midi, and ideal for day rides into Narbonne. It's a grand old village house with an exit directly onto the canal towpath itself. There are also mountain views, a garden with a terrace and pool. It's ideal for those long summer days. Inside the house has been renovated but retains its rustic charm. It suits groups from 4-12 people (there are five large bedrooms, three bathrooms and a seperate WC). There's also a mezzanine with an extra two beds. The Swedish owners are clued up on all things bikey. Aside from the Canal du Midi itself, there are many marked cycle routes in this area. Bike hire is in the village 500m from the door. Away from the canal, enjoy the varied terrain in the Minervois and Corbières mountains, or trough vineyards and villages. Although self catering, a breakfast self-sevice and dinners (cooked or self-service) can be arranged in advance. 

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

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

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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.

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  • 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

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

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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
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Carpentras - The Olive Garden (for Ventoux)

Provencal villa for upto 10 people 5km from Ventoux climb

152 Impasse des Iris
84330 Caromb
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: + 33 (0)4 9022 1772 or +33 (0)7 78 38 21 90 (France) or +44 (0)79 0954 5583 (UK)
Email: audreyjakobsen@sfr.fr

Price from: €1250-€4000 depending on the season

Open: All year

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Peter, who is a bike mechanic, and Audrey, who works for a local cycle tour operator, are keen to welcome more cyclists to The Olive Garden, their fully self-contained Provencal villa, complete with swimming pool. Sleeping up to 10, it's perfect for families and groups. Just 18km from Avignon, it's an ideal base for heading out to conquer the Ventoux and explore Les Dentelles. It's also well-placed to explore the Gorges de la Nesque, the Luberon, Le Monts du Vaucluse and Les Alpilles. There are 'house' bikes available for guest use, plus Peter and Audrey work with a bike delivery company to deliver top-of-the-range road bikes to the door (perfect for the Ventoux – it's just 5km to the start of the Bédoin climb). Safe bike store and workshop (plus benefit from Peter's expertise for running repairs and local cycling knowledge). Free wifi. French, English, Danish and German spoken. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
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  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
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Catalonia - Camping Verneda (Spanish border)

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

Ctra. N-230 Km. 171
25537 Pont d'Arròs
Lleida, Catalonia, Spain
Phone: +34 973 64 10 24 or +34 606 756 393
Email: info@campingverneda.com

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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

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