Accommodation - Self-catering: All France

Cycling accommodation in France

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Cavaillon - Pont Royal en Provence

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Ceret - Mas Pallagourdi (SW of Perpignan)

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

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

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

Open: April to December

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

Bike facilities

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

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Cevennes - Mellow Vélos Le Petit Gite (Sainte-Enimie)

Cyclist-run cosy base for adventures in the canyons

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Chadenne - Rural Gites Chadenne (Montpon-Menesterol)

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

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

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

Open: March to October

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

Bike facilities

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

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Chamonix - Chalet Les Tissourds

Spacious chalet for 8 people near wonderful MTB and road routes

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

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Price from: €2350 for up to 8 people

Open: All year

Chalet Les Tissourds is a wonderful Maison de Pays that has been beautifully restored and  refurbished, a self-catered chalet in a class of its own. Built originally in 1924 the chalet is very well located, just a 5-10 minute stroll to the centre of Chamonix and near some fabulous restaurants. Situated in a quiet road it has wonderful views up to Mont Blanc, the Glacier des Bossons and across to Brévent on the other side of the valley. It's accueil velo-rated and the 2017 Tour de France route is on the doorstep. A modern design within a traditional setting, the chalet is a delicious mixture of old and new. On the ground floor there is an open-plan kitchen and living room with French windows that open out onto a pretty garden, plus a kit room and a cloakroom. On the lower ground floor there is a cosy snug with sofas, beanbags and a 130cm screen, where you can chill out with some DVDs. Next door is a laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Relax in the jacuzzi, which is in the garden and enjoys wonderful views of Mont Blanc. The chalet sleeps 8 people and is available on a catered basis with breakfasts and other meals, or self-catered. 

Bike facilities

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

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Chamonix - Chalet Valhalla

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

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

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Price from: €3500 a week for up to 15 people

Open: All year

Chalet Valhalla is an accueil velo-rated chalet in Chamonix, a French town famous for skiiing and, increasingly, a cycling hotspot – the 2017 Tour de France passed through here. The chalet is built with beautiful natural timbers and is a structure of grand proportions right in the heart of Chamonix. It is open and light with floor to ceiling windows giving you Titanic views of Mont Blanc. A minstrel’s gallery overlooks the sitting/dining room and from here you share the same breathtaking view that is enjoyed from below. Add to this contemporary look a touch of traditional Savoyarde style and there’s the WOW! factor. Ideal for large family groups or groups of cycling friends, the icing on the gateau is the hot tub in the garden with the best seat in the house, overlooking Mont Blanc. Valhalla's location hits the high notes, set in an idyllic spot beside the forest it is also only a short stroll to the centre. More importantly it is a mere two minutes staggering distance from the popular MBC bar and the Michelin-starred Albert 1er is just around the corner. Perfect! Available self-catered or fully catered with an inhouse chef.

Bike facilities

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

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

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

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

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Price from: €500 per week

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Charente/Dordogne border - Cycling Chez Nous at La Vieille Porcherie (Oradour-Sur-Vayres)

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

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

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

Open: May to October

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

Bike facilities

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

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Chirac - Tranquille Vienne Gites

Top value self-catering cottages between Angouleme and Limoges

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Clermont Ferrand - Adagio Access Clermont Ferrand Jaude

Affordable studio apartments close to the city centre

9 rue Giscard de la Tour Fondue
de la Tour Fondue
63100 Clermont Ferrand
Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne

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Price from: €49 per apartment per night

Open: All year

Apartment hotel in the centre of Clermont-Ferrand, near Place de Jaude, and a two-minute walk from the historic centre of the city. It has 122 self-catering apartments with fully equipped kitchenettes. The studio apartments can sleep up to 3 people. Free wifi access. Management advises that bikes can be stored in apartments.  

Bike facilities

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

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Cognac - Domaine Quai des Pontis

Lovely bike-friendly option on the banks of the river Charente

16 rue des Pontis
16100 Cognac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €78

Open: All year

Wonderfully versatile accommodation, with hotel/B&B-style accommodation, as well as self-catering lodges, 'houses on stilts' and even rustic Gypsy caravans. Twins, doubles, triples and quads, making this great for families and groups. In the middle of Cognac, it's handy for all the local attractions, including Cognac tours and distillery visits. Peaceful location on Charente River banks + swimming pool. Bike hire available on site. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Col d'Aspin/Tourmalet – Gite Belle Vie

Cyclist-run gite at the base of the Tourmalet and Aspin

Chemin d’ Escaret
65710 Sainte Marie de Campan
Haute Pyrenees, Midi-Pyrenees
Phone: +33 (0)9 67 24 21 96, +33 (0)6 21 36 11 19 Fr mob, +44 (0)7799 064 560 UK
Email: info@gitebellevie.com

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Price from: €385 per week for 2 people, €735 for 4 people, €1,065 for 6 people or €1,950 for 12 people

Open: April to October

Gite Belle Vie is an ideal choice for the more discerning cyclist looking to combine the most central of positions to access a wide range of cycling options from the door, the most peaceful of locations with accommodation that is out of the ordinary. Set in 10 acres of peaceful, stream-lined countryside, you’re in a different world but a mere few hundred metres off the main route that links the famous Cols of the Pyrenees. Gite Belle Vie is in a prime position for taking full advantage of the stunning cycling available – you can turn straight out of the lane and onto the legendary climbs of the Tour de France, including the Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourdes, Ancizan, Lac de Cap-de-Long, Hautacam, Aubisque and many more. Or, take a gentler route through stunning countryside and forests, alongside streams and around rolling hills. Gite Belle Vie provides flexible accommodation in their spacious 1, 2 or 3-bedroom gites or combined as 6 bedrooms. All of the gites are comprehensively equipped so you can self-cater and enjoy your own space. If you’d like to book as a group, you may like to take advantage of some of the support options for that ride like a pro experience which are provided by people that are passionate about cycling or maybe consider some tasty catered options. Various local bike hire options are available, we welcome guests from all over the world and speak cycling in either English, French or Portuguese. Garmin or Strava routes and loads of personal experience of the surrounding routes available. Free wifi is available and satellite TV.

 

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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Col d'Aspin/Tourmalet/Aubisque - Hotel Les Templiers

Cosy famiily run hotel on the western side of the Col du Tourmalet

6 Place de la Comporte
65120 Luz St Sauveur
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)5 6292 8152
Email: contact@hotel-luz.com

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Price from: 75€-85€ per night. Organic buffet breakfast 9.50€pp.

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Côte d'Azur - Villa Olivade (Saint-Paul-de-Vence)

One-bed apartment with stunning views just west of Nice

Route des Serres
06128 Saint-Paul-de-Vence
Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +44 (0)7747 697 562
Email: david@villaolivade.com

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Price from: €130 per night

Open: All year

Olivade is a luxury one-bedroom villa situated on the Côte d’Azur in Saint Paul de Vence. It's run by David, a cyclist. It has panoramic views of the sea and mountains and a wrap-around balcony. There is a large private garden with a terrace, a dining table with a pergola and a private sun deck. There is also a full-size swimming pool to help cool off post-ride. The interior is spacious, tastefully decorated with a fully equipped kitchen, lounge area, dining for four and a super kingsize bed. St Paul sits at the base of the Préalpes with access to great cycling routes that take you into the mountains or along the famous roads of Cannes, Monaco and beyond. David has been living and cycling in the region for 18 years and he has a large database of routes and maps to suit all abilities and seasons.

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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Crestet - La Fleur Bleue Restaurant & Gites (Ventoux)

Perfect self-catering base just 4km from the Malaucène Ventoux climb

Chemin du Sublon
84110 Crestet
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 90 36 23 45 / +33 (0)3 36 15 57 49 27
Email: info@lafleurbleue.fr

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Price from: €600-700 per week (shorter weekend rentals available October-April – please ask for prices)

Open: All year

There can be fewer nicer places to stay than a self-catering gite at the foot of the Ventoux that comes with its own restaurant for when you're too tired to cook. But that's what David and Fiejette have at La Fleur Bleue Restaurant & Gîtes in Crestet. There are two self-contained gites, each with two bedrooms and sleeping up to 5. From your door you are a measly 4.6km from the start of the Malaucène Ventoux climb, or a 17km warm up ride to Bédoin. When you get back, there's a hot tub in the cherry tree orchard (complete with views of Ventoux to remind you where you've been). Cook in your own kitchen or enjoy lunch or dinner in the restaurant courtyard (yes, with more Ventoux views). For non-cycling partners or for rest days, there are Roman excavations in Vaison la Romaine to discover, plus the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone. Free wifi. French, Dutch and English spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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

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

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

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

Open: June to September

Paul and Liz at Les Abeilles Sauvage offer self-catering accommodation in the heart of the Haute-Vienne and Creuse, two hugely under-cycled areas of central/south-western France that are steeped in cycling tradition. This is the area that was home to the French TDF icon Raymond 'Pou-Pou' Poulidor – he lived and cycled here his whole life, and a nearby lake-side route now bears his name. There are clusters of cycle routes from the door of Les Abeilles Sauvage, and Nedde – a designated cyclotourisme “velo tout terrain” (MTB) area, is just 3km away. The accommodation is a two storey, stone farmhouse that's been converted into a 'bunkhouse'-style acccommodation that's perfect for cycling clubs, groups and families. Fully equipped kitchen and dining room, lounge and TV. Large four-bed room on the first floor with shower room. On the second floor there is a separate double bedroom with an ensuite shower room with WC and washbasin. The terrace is ideal for outdoor meals and BBQs. A child-safe plunge pool will also be available from summer 2020. The gite has its own secure lock-up garage. It has a set of bike racks, repair bench with basic tools, a small drying room, WC and water supply for the K5 Karcher power hose (grease removing detergent container(s) supplied free). 

Bike facilities

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

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

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

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

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

Open: March to December

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

Bike facilities

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

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Deux Sèvres - Gites Au Marcassin and Au Cocorico

Cycle friendly gites between Nantes and Niort

La Chandurière
79240 St-Paul-en-Gatine
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 49 70 09 71
Email: lachandurieregites@gmail.com

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Price from: €200 for 3 nights through to €350 for a week during low season, €450 per week during high season

Open: Mid-February to mid-November

Perfectly situated for both shorter local voie vertes (greenway routes) that are ideal for families, and the longer La Velo Francette route just 28km away, these two gites are well situated for a stay in peaceful rural countryside. As well as flat routes, there are also varied, hillier local routes for cyclists on training rides. There's a pool for chilling in summer and cosy heating for the cooler months. Both have two bedrooms and are fully equipped, including private patios and BBQ equipment, as well as vital necessities like coffee makers! Plenty of room for safe storage for your bike and there are free (but older) bikes to potter around locally on, plus local cycling maps thoughtfully protected in plastic. Flexible for families, groups  (you can hire one gite or both together) as well as couples looking for a cycling base. Free wifi. English and French spoken.
** We've stayed (and cycled from) 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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Domfront - Le Bois Ellier Garden Cottage Holiday Gite (Lonlay L'Abbaye)

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Domfront - The Bakehouse

Cosy converted bakehouse for 2 in Normandy's cycling heartland

La Pouliniere
61350 L'Epinay Le Comte
Orne, Normandy
Phone: +33 (0)2 33 96 13 67
Email: bakehouse@lapouliniere.co.uk

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Price from: €285 per week; €143 for the weekend

Open: All year

The perfect base for couples and friends looking to explore northern France. The Bakehouse sits of the western edge of the Parc naturel régional Normandie-Maine, and near the junction of the Orne and Manche departments of Normandy and the Mayenne in Pays de la Loire. This is prime cycling country, with 5 local signposted bike routes between 14km-30km (maps available), including 2 routes passing the Bakehouse's doors. Just 11km away is Domfront, where the Paris to Mont St-Michel route crosses over with La Velo Francette. The Tour de Manche, with direct links to the D-Day Beaches, ferry ports and Brittany, is also within reach, as is the picturesque towpath of the river Mayenne. Local villages here start their fete day celebrations with a cycling race, so the flash of Lycra is a regular sight from the Bakehouse. Sue and Phil are keen leisure cyclists (they have 4 adult 'house bikes' for guests), and would love to share their corner of Normandy with you. Free wifi. Bike storage in a lockable barn. Undercover hot tub in the garden. 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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Dordogne - La Chataigne et La Grange des Les Taloches

Stone farmhouse surrounded by the majestic Perigord Vert

Les Taloches Ouest
Lieu dit les Taloches
24390 Tourtoirac
Dordogne, Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)5 53 42 30 96
Email: mail@les-taloches.com

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Price from: €70 B&B including continental breakfast outside of July and August; €1500 per week self-catering for the entire house

Open: All year

A former Dordogne farm, Les Taloches sits on the edge of the pretty riverside village of Tourtoirac in the Périgueux-Brive-Thiviers triangle. Suzie and Gary are super keen to welcome more cyclists – there are more than 120km of on-road and MTB routes from the door (including the Lawrence of Arabia route, which goes through the village). They have a large barn with bike racks for storage, plus plenty of space for maintenance, repairs and cleaning. They also work with a local bike delivery service, which has hybrids, tandems and MTB bikes. There are two self-catering gites that are great for families and groups, sleeping between 8 and 20 people (they can be hired individually or together). They are also available for B&B (with home-cooked meals) on request, usually in spring and autumn when it's cooler for point-to-point cycling and ideal for shorter stays. Each gite has its own free wifi, private pool, outdoor eating area and BBQ, all set in 19 acres of peaceful woodland. Tourtoirac village has a boulangerie, bar and restaurant just a 500m ride or stroll away. 

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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Dordogne - Les Cerisiers Cottage for 2 (Monpazier)

Dordogne cottage for two - explore chateaux, caves and hilltop villages

Le Therme Rouge Bas
24540 Capdrot, Monpazier
Dordogne, Aquitaine
Phone: +61 409 120 540 (phone and SMS messages)
Email: dordogneholiday@optusnet.com.au

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Price from: €400 low season to €550 high season per week (please ask about shorter stays in quiet months)

Open: All year

If you're seeking a relaxing retreat after a busy day's cycling, then Les Cerisiers is ideal. It was originally the maison gardienne or 'guardian's cottage' for the neighbouring villa. Completely separate from the villa, the cottage is private, peaceful and perfect for two. Recently renovated, it’s been stylishly updated with modern fittings and facilities, and is only a 700m cycle into Monpazier – a famous Dordogne village that's on the list of 'Most Beautiful Villages of France'. The cottage is ideal for exploring chateaux, prehistoric caves, hilltop villages and vineyards. French doors open onto your private stone terrace for al fresco dining, while a woodburning fireplace will keep you cosy in cooler months. If you don’t have a car, just catch a train from Bordeaux or Bergerac to Le Buisson-de-Cadouin or Siorac-en-Perigord or Belvès and take a short taxi ride (or bike ride) to Monpazier. Bike hire can be arranged locally and delivered to you. Lots of local services, including boulangeries, pharmacy, ATM, a market on Thursday, plus supermarkets. There’s also a great Saturday market at Villereal – just a bike ride away. Free wifi and satellite TV. 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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Dordogne - Les Charmes de Carlucet (Sarlat)

Stylish self-catered accommodation in the heart of the Dordogne

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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

Lovely renovated townhouse near Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux vineyards

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

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

Open: All year

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

 

 

Bike facilities

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

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Dordogne Valley – Le Manoir des Granges

Explore Lascaux, Les Eyzies, Sarlat and the Vézère valley by bike

Les Granges
24620 Peyzac-le-Moustier
Dordogne, Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)5 53 50 18 14 / +33 (0)6 61 53 58 18 / +44 (0)7710 470 680
Email: lemanoirdesgranges@hotmail.com

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Price from: House £750-£2,600 per week (sleeps up to 12); Gites £310-£1,100 per week (sleep 2-7 people)

Open: All year

The Vézère Valley is a popular place for prehistory, cycling, walking and canoeing. There are a great routes for all abilities – both on and off-road – from the gates of Le Manoir des Granges. Follow the river down the valley to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac (and its prehistory museum) and on to Le Bugue, or across to the Sarlat voie verte – a great day ride. Just 20km up the valley are the UNESCO-listed Lascaux caves. Paul and Philippa can help with route planning and arrange bike hire. Relax in the gardens or cool off in the pool after a day on the bike. Le Manoir des Granges has a large 6-bedroom house and 4 separate gites, sleeping between 2 and 23 people (they can be hired individually or together). Boulangerie, plus a lovely bar and restaurant, just a 2-minute ride away. 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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Drome/Vercors - Velo Vercors Gites and B&B

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

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

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

Open: May to October

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

Bike facilities

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

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Eguisheim - Residence Le Clos d'Eguisheim

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

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

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

Open: Year-round

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

Bike facilities

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

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EuroVelo 6 Loire River bike route - Café Vélo Nevers

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

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

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

Open: March 1 to December 24

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

Bike facilities

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

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Fort-Mahon Plage - Belle Dune Holiday Village

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

Promenade du Marquenterre
80120 Fort-Mahon Plage
Somme, Picardy

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Price from: Check website for seasonal prices and special deals

Open: Year-round

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

Bike facilities

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

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Francette bike route - Le Refectoire at L’ancienne Ecole (just south of Parthenay)

A quaint, newly renovated self-catering school canteen gite for 2 people

Route de Vieux Vouhe D131
79310 Vouhe
Deux Sevres, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 49 94 27 29
Email: lerefectoireattheoldschool@hotmail.com

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Price from: €45 per night, €315 per week

Open: All year

Le Refectoire at L’ancienne Ecole is a quaint self-catering gite sleeping two people 15km south of Parthenay near the Velo Francette bike route in western France. It's also just north of the Tour de Charente loops and east or/inland from of the coastal EuroVelo 1 route. There are also many local 'boucles' and trails to explore. The gite is in a converted a canteen building at, as the name suggests, the old village school. Nestled among farmland and apple orchards, it's well-equipped for a self-catering break with a kitchen, plus a jacuzzi spa, BBQ and patio area. The sleeping area has a king-sized bed (linen and towels supplied), while the bathroom has a walk-in shower that's perfect after rides. A welcome basket is supplied for overnight stays, with emergency supplies of fresh homemade bread, butter, jam, eggs (when available) and a bottle of water. You will also find teabags, coffee and sugar. Picnics can be arranged for your pannier to set you on your way the next day. This is an ideal base for a cycle tour stopover or for a longer stay to explore this lovely part of SW 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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Fréjus - Pierre & Vacances Cap Hermès

Self-contained studios and apartments on the Mediterranean

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

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Price from: €115 per night

Open: Year round

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

Bike facilities

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

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Grenoble - Adagio Access Aparthotel

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

41 rue Maurice Dodéro
38100 Grenoble
Isère, Rhône-Alpes

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Price from: €65

Open: Year-round

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

Bike facilities

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

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Grospierre - Le Rouret Holiday Village

Apartments and houses in the Ardèche countryside

Le Domaine du Rouret
07120 Grospierre
Ardèche, Rhone-Alpes

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Price from: €133

Open: Year-round

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

Bike facilities

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

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

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

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

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Price from: €68

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Hérault - Gite Florence

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

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

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Price from: €80 per night

Open: March to December

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

Bike facilities

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

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Honfleur – Les Coquillettes

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

505 Côte d'Equemauville
14600 Honfleur
Calvados, Normandy

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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La Grave – Auberge Edelweiss Bike & Ski Hotel

Specialist bike hotel with rooms and apartments, workshop and sauna

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

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

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

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

Bike facilities

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

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Lacanau - Holiday Village

Apartments and houses in a wooded area close to the beach in Gironde

Domaine du Golf
33680 Lacanau
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €125 per night

Open: Year-round

Set in a wooded area, these apartments and houses cater for couples through to groups of 8 people, and come in two different levels of comfort – 'select' and 'VIP'. The Atlantic Coast at Lacanau beach is just 2km away and can be reached by bike path. The lake is also within easy reach, just 4km away. Cycling paths in this area are through woodlands and generally well-shaded, making for cool summer cycling.

Bike facilities

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

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Lacanau - Vitalparc

Peaceful apartments and rooms set among the pine forest

Route Du Baganais
33680 Lacanau Ocean
Gironde

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Price from: €60

Open: Year round

Apartments and studio rooms set among the pine forest on the edge of the town of Lacanau Ocean. Outdoor pool. Onsite spa with indoor pool, hot tub and hammam. Wifi. Bike rental onsite. Restaurant and bar. Accommodation ranges from single rooms up to villas that can house 9 people. Short stays possible.

Bike facilities

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

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Lagorce - Domaine de Sévenier (Ardeche)

Luxury chalet accommodation for a special fixed base cycling holiday

Quartier Sévenier
07150 Lagorce
Ardèche, Rhône Alpes

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Price from: Prices vary for chalets, depending on the season

Open: March 13-November 15

Billed as "5-star camping", Domaine de Sévenier is set on an old winery and offers amazing self-catered cabin accommodation in beautiful surrounds. There are no tent pitches. Gym, sauna and other luxury add-ons complement restaurant, bar and shop facilities.  4km from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and 800m from Lagorce. Pool + children's pool. Minigolf. Bike routes from the gate.

Bike facilities

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

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Lairoux - Le Vieux Café Holiday Cottage

Self-catering cottage for 6-8 people near (flat!) 2018 TDF stages

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

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Price from: €460 per week or from £255 for 3 nights

Open: All year

Le Vieux Café is on the edge of a wetland valley, with panoramic views across open countryside. There are more than 1100km of routes in this region – many of them accessible from the gate. Lairoux is just over 20km from the beaches of La Tranche-sur-Mer and the Atlantic Coast bike route. The local roads are in good condition – and the cyclist-owners Annette and Jason know them well. Retrace the 2018 Tour de France Grand Depart stages through the Vendee, including from the Île de Noirmoutier, or raid Jason's map collection to ride the picturesque backroads further inland. After a day of cycling, return to Le Vieux Café for a refreshing swim in the heated pool, relax on the terrace with a glass of local wine or enjoy a BBQ in the sun. There are 'house' bikes and helmets for guest use, bring your own, or have bikes delivered by a local hire firm. Le Vieux Café is a self-catering cottage but Annette and Jason can get some supplies in for you if you arrive without a car. The cottage sleeps 6-8 people in 3 bedrooms. Dry, enclosed storage room for bikes – with a bike rack and tools. English and French spoken. English and French spoken. You can find out more about cycling in the Vendee herehere and here. See also Le Vieux Café's sister property L'Ecurie.

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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Langon - Hotel Tilleuls Medieval

Mid-range hotel with self-catering in Saint Macaire

16 Allée des Tilleuls
33490 Saint Macaire
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €55

Open: All year

Hotel Tilleuls Medieval has an enviable location being set in a medieval town close to the River Garonne and surrounded by some of the world's most famous vineyards. The hotel itself is a 16th century building with its own shady terrace and a choice of rooms or self-catering options, with an onsite restaurant with local cuisine and fresh breakfasts. The hotel is well used to hosting cyclists and has both hire and secure parking facilities. This location is just a great base for cycling with quiet rolling hills – it's not far from my patch, either, so drop me a line if you're staying there to organise a ride!

Bike facilities

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

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Le Barroux - La Ferme des Bélugues (for Ventoux)

A lovely cyclist-run base close to Ventoux and lavender routes

200 Le Chemin de Choudeirolles
84330 Le Barroux
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)6 50 51 95 65
Email: lafermedesbelugues@gmail.com

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Price from: €110

Open: All year

La Ferme des Bélugues offers both B&B and self-catered accommodation. It's a home from home run by Karen and Spencer, both cyclists. Located just 3km from the start of the the Ventoux climb at Malaucène or 10km from Bedoin, it's the perfect base for an assault on one of the most iconic Tour de France summits. For gentler rides, the lavender fields and vineyards of Provence are within easy reach. Karen and Spencer host independent riders as well as cycle tour companies and pro riders, so it's fair to say they are local cycling experts. They arrived here four years ago and have lovingly renovated the house to ensure it is cycling friendly while also retaining its original charm and character. All the facilities are geared towards cyclists: there's a pool for post-ride cooling off (and perfect for non-cycling partners and friends) and a stunning bike room, while extra services such as bike hire, massages, and yoga can be arranged. In all there are 5 double rooms plus a really well set-up self-catering gite for two people.

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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Le Pouliguen - Le Domaine de Cramphore

Coastal apartments for up to 6 people in the Loire-Atlantique department

74 boulevard de l'Atlantique
44510 Le Pouliguen
Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire

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Price from: €180 for 2 nights (varies depending on season)

Open: Year-round

A recently refurbished luxury residence set in the middle of a garden surrounded by 100-year-old pine trees. The residence has a relaxation area and an outdoor pool with solarium to rest your muscles after a day in the saddle. Located 200m from the sea and 400m from the beach, it has apartments catering for between 3 and 6 people.

Bike facilities

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

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Le Touquet - Residence Les Jardins de la Cote d'Opale

Apartments on the edge of a forest a 1.5km ride from the beach

Boulevard de la Canche
62520 Le Touquet-Paris Plage
Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais

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Price from: €420 per week

Open: Year-round

Apartments catering for up to 7 people and set in a quiet residence on the edge of a forest and within reach of Calais. The seaside resort of Le Touquet, on the beautiful Opal Coast, is a 1.5km bike ride away. less than an hour from Calais. Facilities include bike hire, heated indoor pool, tennis court, and children's playground.

Bike facilities

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

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Lessay - Les Tonneaux

Tranquil Normandy farmhouse with bikes for guest use and hire to non-guests (5km to beach)

60 Route de la Fontaine Felix
50430 Lessay
Manche, Normandy
Phone: +33 (0)2 33 47 61 95 (France, May - September) or +44 (0)79 7670 5390 (UK)
Email: info@lessaygite.com

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Price from: Self-catering house for up to 6 people: From £535 per week or £90 per night (min 2 nights)

Open: May – September

The perfect base for exploring Normandy's western coast along the spectacular Cotentin peninsula, Les Tonneaux is a peaceful farmhouse retreat in the Cotentin National Park, 1km from the historic town of Lessay. It is just 5km from the sandy beaches of St-Germain-sur-Ay and Creances and 50m from the converted railway line that now forms part of the national cycle path from Cherbourg to Mont St Michel. It can sleep up to 6 people and has free wifi, a fully-equipped kitchen-diner, comfortable lounge and a.BBQ patio and large gardens to relax in after a hard day on the bike! There is safe bike storage and bike hire available to non-residents. French, English 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

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Limoges - Appart'City Limoges

Clean and friendly river-side apartment-hotel

Rue Du Chaudron / Rue De La Filature
87000 Limoges
Haute-Vienne, Limousin (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €35

Open: All year

The Appart'City Limoges aparthotel is in a lovely locarion on the banks of the Vienne River, just outside the Limoges city centre. It offers flexible and friendly accommodation for cyclists. Use it as a hotel or as a self-catering base. All the rooms have a kitchenette with a hob for cooking, plus a fridge and microwave. There are studio options for solo riders and couples through to larger three-bedroom apartments for families and larger groups. Buffet breakfast available. Wifi. Private car park. 

Bike facilities

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

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Loire Valley - La Petite Maison de Sue (Parcay Les Pins)

Affordable cottage for 4 north of the river between Tours and Saumur

Les Hautes Guissiniere
49390 Parcay Les Pins
Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire
Phone: +33(0)6 79 65 05 02
Email: joanne@rentafrenchgite.com

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Price from: £395-£610 per week, depending on the season

Open: All year

Joanne woud like to welcome more cyclists to her cosy Loire cottage. Enjoy lake and forest rides from this lovely rural setting – it's on quiet backroads that feature on regional and national cycle routes. It's around 17km north of the river between Saumur and Tours, making it an excellent base from which to explore the Loire Valley. The cottage has one bedroom that can be arranged as a twin or a super king, plus there is a sofa bed in the main living area. Sleeping upto 4 people, it's ideal for families or friends. (There is also a travel cot for mini-cyclists). Joanne can also provide simple but healthy evening meals for cyclists with a little notice and for a small fee. She lives in the adjoining house and can also assist with information and other practical help. Fresh linen and towels, along with a welcome pack are provided for all guests. If you need any essentials, Joanne can help out. There is also a local shop in Parcay Les Pins that is run by a very friendly family. There is a garage for the safe storage of bikes. 

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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Lyon - Aparthotel Privilodges

Hotel with studios and apartments sleeping up to 4 people

14 Rue Jacqueline Auriol
69008 Lyon
Rhône, Rhône-Alpes

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Price from: €62

Open: All year

Hoel with self-contained apartments in Lyon's 8th district, opposite the Maison de la Danse Theatre. Each room haa a kitchette with a fridge, microwave and hotplate. Breakfast is also served daily in the breakfast room. There is a Vélov bike share dock in front of the hotel. Free wifi. Management advises that bikes can be stored in apartments.

Bike facilities

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

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