Accommodation for cycling in Poitou-Charentes

Published by Lyn on 21 May 2017

Find bike-friendly hotels, B&Bs, gites and campsites in Poitou-Charentes, Charente, Deux-Sèvres, Vienne, La Rochelle, and Ile de Ré.


Angoulême - Hotel Saint Antoine

2 rue du Gond
16000 Angoulême
Charente, Poitou-Charentes
Phone: Affordable hotel with secure parking near the river Charente

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Price from: €56

Open: All year

Located near the Point Saint Antoine on the banks of the Charente, the Hotel Saint Antoine is a typically French hotel that's a short ride from the city centre and the train station (with links to both Paris and Bordeaux). It offers a locked storage room for bikes, inhouse fitness centre. Courtyard garden. Free wifi. Flexible room options for groups and families + disabled access rooms. 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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Arçais - Maison Flore

Small eco-hotel in the heart of the beautiful Marais Poitevin

23 25 rue du Grand Port
79210 Arçais
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €59

Open: All year

We stayed at this small eco-hotel on our La Velo Francette ride. It's in a lovely location, with the rambling gardens backing straight onto the canal system of the Venise Verte in the Marais Poitevin. There are 10 rooms – singles, doubles, triples and a family room – some of them with balconies and garden views. There is a bike parking area in the garden; it's not a fully enclosed shed, but the B&B's central gates are locked at night and I felt comfortable leaving my bike in the bike area. There is a hose nearby for washdowns. Free wifi. All-you-can eat buffet breakfast of cereals and fresh fruit. There is an emphasis here on the environment, with the hotel (though it's more like a B&B) having its own solar-energy system.

Bike facilities

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

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Aubeterre - Le Shedeaux Cottage (north-east of Bordeaux)

Cottage for 6 on quiet backroads in beautiful SW France

Le Shedeaux,
Saint Privat Des Pres
24410 Saint Privat En Perigord
Dordogne, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Phone: +44 (0)79 7065 9169
Email: leonardhenri@btinternet.com

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Price from: Prices are available via the link below to Airbnb but book direct to avoid Airbnb charges

Open: All year

The area surrounding the market town of Aubeterre is an excellent base for cycling in south-west France. Around 100km north-east of Bordeaux, it is easy to access but far enough away from the tourist trail to enjoy peaceful countryside and quiet backroads. At the crossroads of the Dordogne and Charente departments and on the banks of the river Dronne, this is a true 'local' base for cycling. Le Shedeaux is a luxury French gite owned by Paul and Rachel and it's located just south-east of Aubeterre. It sleeps 6 and is newly refurbished to a very high standard, with a large open-plan kitchen/family room and 3 twin/double bedrooms with their on ensuites. There's a pool for cooling off after rides and wonderful vistas from the patio overlooking open fields. Fresh bread and croissants are a short ride away each morning at the local boulangerie. Safe bike storage. Air-conditioned for the French summer and a log burner for the colder months. English and some French spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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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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Cognac - Hotel Domaine du Breuil, Chateau Menuet

Live it up in a chateau on the edge of Cognac

104 rue Robert-Daugas
16100 Cognac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €87

Open: All year

For a truly unique French castle experience, checkout the 19th century Chateau Menuet, set in its own seven-hectare park on the outskirts of Cognac. Onsite restaurant serving seasonal menus – the restaurant itself has wonderful views out over the Charente (you can eat on the terrace when the weather's nice). You can also drink the chateau's own Cognac at the bar. The bedrooms are as you'd expect from a chateau – elegant and comfortable (some of the rooms overlook the grounds). Outdoor pool. Free wifi. French and English spoken. There is secure bike storage and the chateau has its own fleet of bikes for hire.

Bike facilities

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

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Cognac - Hotel Heritage

Modern town centre hotel with a rich history

25 rue d'Angoulême
16100 Cognac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €68

Open: All year

Town centre hotel located in a renovated 17th-century inn that dates back to 1635. A lot of love and thought has gone into the Heritage Hotel to make the most of its history as well as provide the necessary mod-cons for 21st century guests. There's an onsite restaurant with courtyard garden for summer dining (the chef likes to feature local cuisine and use local ingredients), plus a restored and modernised bar area. There is a garage for bike storage plus a picnic service for cyclists wanting to eat out among the vines or near the river. English and French spoken. Singles, doubles, twins and triples. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

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

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Cognac - Hotel L'Oliveraie

Well-located hotel with its own fleet of bikes for guest use

6-8, Place de la Gare
16100 Cognac
Charente, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €54

Open: All year

This is a comfortable city centre hotel near the train station. It's particularly bike-friendly, with its own fleet of bicycles, a secure bike parking area and lots of local bikey knowledge (it's been recommended to us by cyclists who stayed there). Singles, doubles, triples and quads – ideal for groups and families. Outdoor swimming pool. Onsite restaurant plus garden, terrace and bar. It doesn't have 24-hour reception but the owners can welcome late arrivals - just call ahead or make a note of it when you book. Disabled access rooms. 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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Coulon - Camping La Venise Verte

Lovely camping base in the heart of a natural wonderland. Ideal for families

178 Route des Bords de Sèvre
79510 Coulon
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €15 for a tent pitch; prices vary for cabins and cottages

Open: April 4 - October 10

4-star campsite near Niort in the heart of the Marais Poitevin Regional Natural Park with heated outdoor pool, evening entertainment and children’s activities. Camping pitches, mobile homes and chalets to rent. On the Velo Francette bike route. Recently awarded European Ecolabel status. Near 300km of cycle paths, walking routes and waterways which criss-cross the park. Part of the Flower Campings network of independently owned sites.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Coulon - Le Central Hotel (Velo Francette)

In the heart of the beautiful Marais Poitevin marshes

4 rue d’Autremont
79510 Coulon
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €64

Open: All year

Lovely, stylish locally run hotel in the heart of Coulon – an ideal base for exploring the Marais Poitevin marshes by bike and by boat. Coulon is also on the Velo Francette route. Onsite restaurant serving high-quality local cuisine. The hotel's manager tells us that there is a bike storage area in the hotel's locked, private garage. Free wifi. Lovely garden terrace area for relaxing. There are just 13 rooms here, some of them overlooking the garden. 

Bike facilities

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

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EuroVelo 3 - La Maison au Coin B&B (Le Vigeant)

Cyclist-run B&B that's a biker's dream on EV3

5 Route du Viaduc
Bourpeuil
86150 Le Vigeant
Vienne, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 17 36 60 21
Email: info@lamaisonaucoin.com

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Price from: €45 to €70 per room

Open: All year except Christmas and New Year

La Maison au Coin B&B is in a perfect spot for the EuroVelo 3, as well as the popular Saint-Malo to Nice route – and it's VERY bike-friendly accommodation. As keen cyclists, Bob and Karen are on hand to suggest the best local routes and shortcuts, plus provide a welcomng cup of tea, coffee or beer. They also don't mind if you arrive outside normal check-in hours – just call ahead with your ETA. Bike storage is super secure in a riverside cabin with an alarm and video surveillance. Breakfast is from 6.30 for cyclists needing a quick get away (there's even delicious bircher muesli – perfect cyclists' fuel – on the menu!) Packed lunches and evening 4-course meals are available on request, while there are also four local bar/restaurants within walk distance. In-house, an honesty bar operates for beer and wine (first glass is always free!) On departure, Bob and Karen will even fill your bidons with chilled water or energy drinks. They can also arrange luggage transfers to your next stop for petrol plus €20 (excellent value compared to French taxi services). Bike hire can be arranged, plus there are two folding bicycles available for guest use. The garage is equipped with spares, tyres and cables, lubricants and cleaning materials (plus ask Bob and Karen for bike repair help if you get stuck). They will even clean and service your bike for a small surcharge.

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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Fouras - Grand Hotel des Bains

Well-appointed and quiet hotel near beach and town centre

15 Rue du Général Bruncher
17450 Fouras
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €75

Open: All year

The Grand Hotel des Bains has lots of treats behind its ordinary looking exterior. There's a heated pool that forms part of a spa area, a bar with lots of comfy club chairs, plus clean and comfortable ensuite bedrooms with free wifi. The beach is just a few strides away as is the centre of town. The hotel is accueil velo rated so your bike will be safe and you can get information on local rides from the owners. English and French spoken. Fouras is on La Flow Velo bike route and is an ideal place to stay if you don't want to stay on Ile d'Aix overnight or if you prefer to start the Flow bike route from the mainland. We include this hotel on our DIY Flow route here.

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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Gournay-Loize - La Grange de Gournay

Cyclist-run B&B inland from La Rochelle and keen to welcome more riders

2 Chemin de la Baraquette la Croix
79110 Gournay-Loize
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €55 a night per room

Open: All year

Super new bike-friendly B&B run by Lynda and her bike-mad, ex-chef husband, Walter. Whether you're looking for somewhere to train, or simply somewhere in the countryside to enjoy on a gentle holiday ride, then Lynda and Walter are keen to welcome you. The area around Gournay-Loize boasts a varied landscape that's great for all types of cyclist. It's also just 100km east of La Rochelle, making it an ideal stop for tourers coming inland from the Atlantic Coast. Great for families or groups, with space for 12 cyclists at any one time (if your group is larger, Lynda and Walter can help arrange additional accommodation at nearby B&Bs). Four bikes available for guest use. Swimming pool, badminton, darts, petanque, plus children's playground over the road. Walter has put together local routes from 40-120km (though Lynda says this has just been an excuse for him to get out on his bike as much as possible...) They hope to see you soon!
 

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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Île d'Oléron - Camping La Cailletière

Family friendly campsite on the island of Oléron

Route de Boyardville
17550 Dolus d'Oléron
Poitou-Charente (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €14 for a basic pitch, prices vary for self-catered cabins

Open: April 4 to September

Camping La Cailletière is a 3-star campsite at Dolus on the Île d'Oléron on the west coast of France. It's got camping pitches, cottage rentals and mobile homes. Heated covered pool. Bar/restaurant. Kids’ club and holiday activities in summer. Set in a forested area, it's a peaceful and relaxing place from which to cycle the Oleron, famous for the Marennes-Oléron oysters.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Île d'Oléron - Novotel Thalassa Oléron Saint Trojan

Family friendly hotel on the beach on beautiful Oléron

Plage de Gatseau
17370 Saint-Trojan-les-Bains, Île d'Oléron
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €98

Open: All year

Île d'Oléron really is an idyllic place for a cycling holiday. And the Novotel Thalassa Oléron Saint Trojan is a wonderful base. It's located on the beach, and the rooms have either a forest view or a sea view. Whether you're popping across to the island from the mainland for a night or whether you're staying longer to explore the island, this is a relaxing place to be. It's fully self contained with on site restaurant and bar, plus a spa, sauna and fitness centre. It has indoor and outdoor pools, plus its own fleet of bikes for rent (mountain bikes, hybrids and tandems) if you're not bringing your own wheels. Twins, triples and family rooms. It has an excellent family friendly reputaton and even has a kids' club. 24-hour reception. Free wifi. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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île de Ré - Camping Bel Air

Friendly campsite with pitches and bungalows on super cycling island

5, Route de la Noue
17630 La Flotte-en-Ré, île de Ré
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: Camping pitches from €13 a night for 2 people, wood cabins from €132 for upto 5 people

Open: From April 6-September 29

Camping Bel Air is a 3-star campsite at at Flotte-en-Ré on the Ile de Ré. It's 900m from the beach and handy for the island's excellent network of bike routes. There is a heated outdoor pool + kids’ club. There are pitches for tents and camping cars, as well as wood cabins and canvas bungalows for self-caterers. Close to the star-shaped citadel and restaurants of St-Martin-de-Ré. The campsite has its own bike rental. Part of a network of independently owned campsites in 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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Ile de Ré - Hotel La Marée

Cycle-friendly hotel-restaurant on Ile de Ré

321 avenue Albert Sarrault
Rivedoux-Plage
17940 Île de Ré
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €64

Open: Year-round

Three-star cycle-friendly hotel located within easy reach of the La Rochelle-Ile de Ré bridge. Restaurant onsite and free wifi. The hotel is part of the Logis hotel network and complies with its cycling standards policy. Staff can help with route advice and maps. There is a bike hire outlet 200m away and a cycle route starting just 50m down 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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Ile-de-Re - Hôtel La Jetée (Saint-Martin-de-Ré)

Excellent harbour hotel with its own fleet of bicycles

23 Quai Georges Clemenceau
17410 Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Ile-de-Ré
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €99

Open: All year

We stayed at the excellent Hôtel La Jetée in Saint-Martin-de-Ré and would happily stay here again on our next visit to the Ile-de-Ré. It's a 3-star harbour hotel with its own fleet of hire bikes and a dedicated underground car park area for secure bike storage. Our room was spick and span, and stylishly decorated. The beds were comfortable, there was a kettle and tea and coffee, plus a bar fridge. The Italian walk-in shower was wonderful. Breakfast was a smorgasbord of yoghurts, cereals, fruits, breads, coffees, teas, meats and smoked salmon. Doubles as well as larger rooms with a sofa bed for groups and children (plus a children's play corner in the breakfast/bar area). Super-friendly staff (English- and French-speaking). Close to restaurants and bars. An excellent base for exploring the island. ** We've stayed here - read our review**

Bike facilities

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

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La Rochelle - Best Western Masqhotel

Bike-friendly hotel on La Vélodyssée EuroVelo 1 and La Velo Francette

17 rue de l'Ouvrage à Cornes
17000 La Rochelle
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €95

Open: All year

Super bike-friendly hotel in the middle of lovely La Rochelle, gateway to Île de Ré, and on the Atlantic Coast EuroVelo 1 La Vélodyssée route, as well as La Velo Francette from La Rochelle to Caen. The Best Western Masqhotel is a member of the Accueil Vélo 'cyclists welcome' tourist initiative. Its bike services are too many to mention here, but they include: a hotel 'bike book' of rides and route suggestions; a 'cyclists' welcome tray' with mineral water, biscuits, tea and coffee; luggage transfer service; hotel bikes for guest use (with advance notice); lunch baskets; and cleaning kits. You can read the hotel's official bike policy on its website. It also meets official French standards for eco hotels. 24-hour room service. Generous buffet breakfasts plus onsite bar/lounge. Free wifi throughout the hotel as well as internet stations for guest use. Hotel manager, Christine, and her staff are bilingual and keen to welcome more English-speaking cyclists to the hotel. 
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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La Rochelle - Kyriad La Rochelle Centre

3-star hotel within easy reach of Ile de Ré

51 rue de Perigny
17000 La Rochelle
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €71

Open: Year-round

Centrally located hotel in La Rochelle, within easy reach of the bridge to Ile de Ré and to other cyclng routes in Charente-Maritime. Handy for cyclists riding Atlantic Coast routes. Free wifi and a secure, private car park (although cyclists also report bikes can be stored in a locked, dry boiler room at the back of the hotel). The hotel has 45 rooms (doubles, triples and quadruples), which makes it convenient for groups.

Bike facilities

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

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La Rochelle - Vue sur Cour B&B

Elegant and welcoming family-run B&B oasis in La Rochelle

10 rue Leonce Vieljeux, 17000 La Rochelle, France
17000 La Rochelle
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €120

Open: All year

This was a real treat at the start of our La Velo Francette ride. Located right in the heart of La Rochelle's Old Port area, it's run by Marika, against whose stash of house bikes in her secure forecourt we parked our own. Marika is super-friendly and her B&B is full or atmosphere and original flair. Each room is individually and beautifully decorated, art combining tastefully with furnishings and antiques. There's also a lovely little courtyard garden. Breakfast saw the arrival of fresh criossants with freshly made jams and fruits. Doubles, triples and family rooms available (5 rooms in total, all with their own en suites). This really is a lovely place to stay.

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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