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Cycling accommodation in France

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Aix-en-Provence - Adagio Apart-hotel

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

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

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Price from: €135 per apartment per night

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Alpe d'Huez - Chalet La Folie (Oz-en-Oisans)

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

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

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

Open: June to September and December to April

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

Bike facilities

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

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Alpe d'Huez - Chalet La Maitreya

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

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

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

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

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

Bike facilities

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

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Alpe d'Huez – Le Château d’Oz

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

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

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

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

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

Bike facilities

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

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Alpe d’Huez - Chalet Pitu (Venosc)

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Alps - Campervan and minibus hire

Choose your own cycling adventure in a campervan or minivan

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

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

Open: All year

Hit the road for a cycling holiday in a fully self-contained campervan or in a minibus with rear bike rack. Standard VW campervans seat 6 and sleep 2 (the extra 4 can camp nearby), while the VW campervan with roof tent seats 6 and sleeps 4. All campervans come with a rear kitchen pod that includes a sink with running water and a double hob. Bike racks, roof boxes and roof bars are available to ensure you can take all your gear with you. Minibus hire also available to seat 6-9 people + bikes. Available for pickup at Annecy train station, or delivery to you by arrangement across Chambéry, Lyon, Grenoble and Geneva.

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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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Apt - Chez Manon

Self-catering cycle-friendly base close to Ventoux and lavender routes

1172 chemin Rene Char
84400 Apt
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)7 80 58 30 32
Email: booking@chezmanon.com

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Price from: €2000 per week

Open: All year

Chez Manon is an 18th century farmhouse that has been restored to reflect its origins, while incorporating modern comforts. It has a heated pool, professionally landscaped grounds, well equipped open plan living and five comfortable bedrooms. Terraced areas to three sides of the house allow you to enjoy the gardens and the views. Chez Manon is just two kilometers from Apt, a vibrant market town where you can find bakeries, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, even a cinema! The house itself is situated at the end of a private driveway, surrounded by its own grounds and farmland. It is a tranquil and relaxing place to unwind, and a great base to explore Provence The property is close to the Veloroute du Calavon which runs through the Luberon, as well as Mont Ventoux for those that are brave enough! Sleeps 10 people, but max 8 adults.
Large garage space with full height locked gates for secure storage of bikes. English, 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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Apt - Les Oliviers & Les Cerisiers (Ventoux)

Versatile accommodation for small solo riders, couples and small groups

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

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

Open: Easter till mid-October

David and Karen offer a homely welcome in a stunning location overooking orchards and hilltops. They have two one-bedroomed self-catered gites (Les Oliviers & Les Cerisiers), plus a B&B room sleeping two people. There is also a three double bedroomed self-catered house with its own pool on the adjacent property – perfect for families or small groups. There is everything you need here for the perfect cycling holiday. Each villa has a private terrace and barbeque, along with access to a superb infinity pool, perfect to return to after your ride (or your partner to relax at whilst you ride!) Surrounded by endless peaceful roads, this is a great base for riders of all abilities, with both gentle and challenging climbs offering stunning views as a reward. The 'Monts de Vaucluse' the 'Prealpes', rises to 1256 metres at Signal de Saint-Pierre and provides a beautiful backdrop and leads to the Plateau de Sault and the mighty Mont Ventoux (1912 metres), a 104km round trip. The gites sit in a peaceful olive and fruit orchard with views over the Luberon Valley, the village of Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt is an easy walk away for baguettes, restaurants  and other supplies. You can even order a Champagne breakfast and/or evening meal on arrival to kick off your stay in style. Free (fast) wifi. French and English spoken.
*** We've stayed here – read our review. ***

Bike facilities

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

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Apt - Maison de Villars (for Ventoux)

Lots of space for cyclists 40km south of the Ventoux

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

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Price from: All year

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

Maison de Villars  is around 40km south of Ventoux, nestled in the village of Villars, near Apt. This is a popular area for cycling, and within easy reach of regular Tour de France routes which pass nearby. It's possible to ride the iconic Ventoux from here, as well as explore other local routes including 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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Argelès-Gazost - Le Belvedere

A lovingly restored self-catered retreat in the heart of the Pyrenees

6 Chemin de trescases
65400 Salles-Argeles
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)
Phone: +61 (0) 409 110 150 (English-speaking)
Email: enquiries@lebelvedere.net

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Price from: €500 per night for the whole house (sleeps 8)

Open: All year

Le Belvedere is a very unique and special place to stay. Built from local stone and chestnut wood and finished in walnut, Le Belvedere has remained largely in its original state over its 300-year history. It has been a government building, a local council house, a school, and a private residence. The old wooden staircase is heritage-listed for its unique construction as it is entirely free standing without vertical support beams. Recent work on the house has added some modern luxuries. making it an ideal base for a small cycle tour group, two families or a few cycling couples. Sleeping 8 people in ensuite bedrooms, it is in the heart of the famous Tour de France cols of the Pyrenees, with passes including the Hautacam (21km), the Aubisque (30km) and the Tourmalet (46km) within striking distance. This is a a popular choice for cycling groups looking for a convenient, comfortable and well appointed base from which to experience the ultimate cycling challenge. 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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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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Asnois - La Vieille Gorce Gites & Chambres d’Hotes

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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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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Atlantic Coast - L’Ecurie Holiday Cottage (Lairoux)

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Aude - 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 - Chez Noisette (Durban-Corbières)

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

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

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Price from: £1050 per week

Open: June to October

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

Bike facilities

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

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Aude - Gallery Ecosse d’Oc

Budget accommodation in a art studio 30km SW of Narbonne

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Aude - Maison Serres and La Petite Maison (Serres)

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

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

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Price from: €85 per night

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Aude - The Little French Maison (Carcassonne)

Quaint self-catering village house 8km from Carcassonne

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

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

Open: All year

This wonderful village house in the centre of beautiful Conques-sur-Orbiel sleeps seven people in three double rooms. It's ideal for groups or families looking for a base within easy reach of the Canal du Midi and the old city of Carcassonne (just 8km to the south). Patti, the owner, is a leisure cyclist and she's keen to see more riders use the house. There's a ground floor storage room for bikes, plus a ladies' Pashley and a men's mountain bike available for guest use. There are bike routes for all abilities from the door – gentle backroads down to the Canal du Midi and the vineyard routes of the Aude, but also the Black Mountains or the Pic de Nore (1211m) for something more challenging. The village itself dates back to early medieval times and still has a ruined chateau at its heart. More modern treats include a village brocante, restaurants, bolaungerie and a greengorcer selling local cheeses and produce. All told, The Little French Maison is an base from which to experience local French culture while still being within easy reach of all the key tourist hotspots.

Bike facilities

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

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Aude – Le Balcon Apartment (Sainte-Colombe-sur-l'Hers)

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

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

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Price from: £55 per night

Open: May to September

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

Bike facilities

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

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Auvergne - Combrailleurs B&B and Gite (Massif Central)

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Availles-Limouzine - VéloGîtes (SW France)

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

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

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

Open: April to October

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

Bike facilities

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

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Avignon - Campervan and minibus hire

Choose your own cycling adventure in a campervan or minivan

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

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

Open: All year

Hit the road for a cycling holiday in a fully self-contained campervan or in a minibus with rear bike rackStandard VW campervans seat 6 and sleep 2 (the extra 4 can camp nearby), while the VW campervan with roof tent seats 6 and sleeps 4. All campervans come with a rear kitchen pod that includes a sink with running water and a double hob. Bike racks, roof boxes and roof bars are also available to ensure you can take all your gear with you. Minibus hire also available to seat 6-9 people + bikes. Available for pickup at Avignon train station or delivery to you by arrangement. 

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Bagnères de Luchon - Venasque apartments

Affordable cyclists' apartments in the heart of Bagnères de Luchon

3 Allee des Loisirs
St Mamet
31110 Bagnères de Luchon
Haute Garonne, Occitanie
Phone: +33 (0)6 33 73 03 91
Email: bac162@me.com

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Price from: Venasque View (sleeps 6): €70 per night for entire apartment; Venasque Vue (sleeps 10): €110 per night for entire apartment.

Open: All year

Barbara and Keith have two self-contained apartments in Bagneres-de-Luchon that are ideal as cycling bases. Ride the Parcours de la Garonne or the Col des Ares, or take on Tour de France cols like the Peyresourde and the Portillon (and cross into Spain). Superbagneres is just one other option that can be ridden from the door. Both apartments are 120m2 and are fully equipped – there is a strong focus here on comfort so that you can relax after an exhilarating (and possibly exhausting) day on the bike. Walk into Bagneres-de-Luchon for post-ride pizza and drinks, or eat in at your apartment. Secure bike storage on site. 
See here for the Venasque View apartment (sleeps 6).
See here for the Venasque Vue apartment (sleeps up to 10).

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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Bagnères-de-Luchon - Luchon Holidays Apartment

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Bédoin - La Maison des Peintres (Ventoux)

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Bellenaves - Croix de Chassat

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

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

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Price from: €50 with discount available for longer stays

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Bertignat - Pradis self-catering gite

Amazing views from the terrace of this two-bedroom house

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

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Price from: €540 per week

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Béziers – Appart'City

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

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

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Price from: €39

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Biarritz - Pierre & Vacances Premium Haguna

Clean apartment hotel in a central location

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

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Price from: €85

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Biarritz Airport - Campervan and minibus hire

Choose your own cycling adventure in a campervan or minivan

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

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

Open: All year

Hit the road for a cycling holiday in a fully self-contained campervan or in a minibus with rear bike rackStandard VW campervans seat 6 and sleep 2 (the extra 4 can camp nearby), while the VW campervan with roof tent seats 6 and sleeps 4. All campervans come with a rear kitchen pod that includes a sink with running water and a double hob. Bike racks, roof boxes and roof bars are also available to ensure you can take all your gear with you. Minibus hire also available to seat 6-9 people + bikes. Available for pickup at Biarritz Airport, or delivery to you by arrangement. 

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Bordeaux - Campervan and minibus hire

Choose your own cycling adventure in a campervan or minivan

18 Route de Sainte-Presentine
33760 Frontenac
Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)6 34 65 11 99
Email: info@bonfirevans.com

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

Open: All year

Hit the road for a cycling holiday in a fully self-contained campervan or in a minibus with rear bike rackStandard VW campervans seat 6 and sleep 2 (the extra 4 can camp nearby), while the VW campervan with roof tent seats 6 and sleeps 4. All campervans come with a rear kitchen pod that includes a sink with running water and a double hob. Bike racks, roof boxes and roof bars are also available to ensure you can take all your gear with you. Minibus hire also available to seat 6-9 people + bikes. Available for pickup at Bordeaux Airport or railway station, or delivery to you by arrangement. 

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Bordeaux – Le Boutique Hotel

Classy city centre hotel with friendly staff and secure bike parking

3 rue Lafaurie de Monbadon
33000 Bordeaux
Gironde, Aquitaine

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Branville - Normandy Garden Holiday Village

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

14430 Branville
Calvados, Normandy

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

Open: Year-round

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

Bike facilities

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

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Briancon - Residence du Temple Apart-hotel

Apartment hotel in the centre of town

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

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Price from: €93

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Burgundy - Les Papillons

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Caen – Adagio Caen Centre

Hotel with self-catering apartments for individuals and groups

1 Quai Eugène Meslin
14000 Caen
Calvados, Normandy

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Price from: €98

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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

Perfect spot for cycling lavender fields or taking on the Ventoux

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

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

Open: Easter until the end of October

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

Bike facilities

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

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Calvi - Augerge Ferayola

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

L'Argentella
20260 Galeria
Haute-Corse, Corsica

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Calvi - Hôtel La Villa Calvi

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Canal de Garonne - Gîte Les Hirondelles (near Marmande)

4-bedroom bike-friendly barn conversion sleeping 8 people

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

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

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

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

Bike facilities

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

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Canal du Midi - La Calade (Montouliers)

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

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

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Price from: €60 single occupancy, €70 double

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Canal du Midi - Le Jardin d'Homps

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

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

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

Open: April 1- October 31

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

Bike facilities

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

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Canal du Midi - Le Parc (Le Somail)

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

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

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Price from: £1200 per week

Open: May to October

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

Bike facilities

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

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Canal du Nivernais - Charity Cottage

Burgundy cottage free of charge in exchange for a charity donation

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

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

Open: Year-round

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

Bike facilities

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

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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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