Accommodation - Self-catering: All France

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Canal du Midi - Domaine de Lise

Self-catering villa near Béziers, just moments from the Canal du Midi

34500 Béziers
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

Price from: From €3500 per week (for up to 16 people)

Open: All year

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Domaine de Lise is a large bike-friendly villa near Beziers, seconds from the Canal du Midi and ideal for exploring the vineyards of the Languedoc (it's set within its own vineyard, spanning some 32 hectares). The Mediterranean is also easy bike ride away. Sleeping 14-16 people, it's perfect for groups and families. Large heated swimming pool (with a shallow section for children), plus games room and free unlimited wifi. Fully self-contained with all the mod-cons to make this a great cycling base (for larger groups, catering is also available). Outdoor BBQ and pizza oven, perfect for outdoor dining and relaxing with a glass of wine after a day on the road.

Bike facilities

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

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Canal du Midi - Le Jardin d'Homps

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

21 Grand Rue
11200 Homps
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitane)
Phone: +33 (0)4 68 75 30 76
Email: [email protected]

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

Open: April 1- October 31

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

Bike facilities

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

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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: [email protected]

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

Open: Year-round

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

Bike facilities

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

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Carpentras - The Olive Garden (for Ventoux)

Provencal villa for upto 10 people 5km from Ventoux climb

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Causses-et-Veyran - Clos du Magnolia

Cyclist-run B&B and apartment ideal for Orb River routes

41 Avenue Jean Jaures
34490 Causses-et-Veyran
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)4 67 25 09 48
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €65 per room per night for B&B, or €90 per night (min 3-night stay) for the apartment

Open: All year

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Clos du Magnolia is a cyclist-run B&B that also has the option of a self-catered apartment. Run by Jane and Mervyn, who both ride locally, this is a versatile base for solo riders as well as groups. There are three stylish B&B rooms plus the apartment, which sleeps 4 in two bedrooms. Routes here are varied, offering gentler day river rides for holiday riders as well as more challenging routes for experienced riders – the Canal du Midi, the Haut-Languedoc Natural Parc and the Cevennes can all be explored from here, while the foothills of the Pyrenees and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean beaches are also within reach. There's a pool for post-ride dips and free wifi throughout the house and in the garden – the perfect place to plan your next day's routes (you can pick Merv and Jane's brains for ideas). Large garage for secure bike storage.

Bike facilities

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

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Cavaillon - Pont Royal en Provence

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

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

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

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

Bike facilities

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

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

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

Le Couloume
Las Planteros
31580 Loudet
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)9 80 63 70 55
Email: [email protected]

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

Open: All year

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Cyclists Marianne and Brian would love to host you in the foothills of the Pyrenees. They have a beautifully restored self-contained cottage for 4-5 people (with 10x5m pool and mountain views), plus a super-kingsize and a double room for B&B in their home next door. In the central Pyrenees on the border with the Hautes Pyrenees, they have access to some of the best cycling in France – from pan flat routes to lovely rolling hills and Tour de France cols. The start of the Port de Bales, either side of the Col de Mente and the Col d'Aspin, and the Portet de Aspet are all around 30km away. Superbagneres, the Portillon and the Peyresoude are within reach, while even the Tourmalet is a 150km round trip (a great day in the saddle). Or ask the Brian and Marianne about the lovely local rides through the beautiful Baronnies, a challenging landscape that sits in front of the Aspin and Tourmalet (and a true hidden gem). Free wifi. Storage/workshop, plus loads of local knowledge and bike chat from Marianne and Brian (they can also provide some company on the cols if you're riding alone). English, French and German spoken. 

Bike facilities

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

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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: [email protected]

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

Open: March to October

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

Bike facilities

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

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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: [email protected]

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

Open: All year

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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

Price from: €49 per apartment per night

Open: All year

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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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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 [email protected]

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