Where to stay: All France

Use our accommodation listings to find a bike-friendly place to stay. You can plan your route by clicking the icons on the map. Narrow or broaden your search by using the brown box (right) or simply browse the listings below.

Aix-en-Provence – Mas de la Boissiere

Beautiful B&B or self-catering oasis 40km north of Aix-en-Provence

Route Cabrieres d'Aigues
84160 Cucuron
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)6 84 14 62 60
Email: georgina.causton@free.fr

Price from: B&B: From €140 per room out of season; Self-catering up to 12 people – prices vary depending on the season and length of stay, so please enquire

Open: All year

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Mas de la Boissiere – just outside the village of Cucuron in the Luberon National Park – is a fabulous base from which to explore the Vaucluse region of Provence. Cycle up into the Luberon mountains directly from the house (great road riding as well as mountain biking), or explore the backroads and country lanes on shorter trips. Cycle through colourful villages and lavender fields, stopping at cafes and wineries en route. For serious riders there's Mont Ventoux, just over an hour-and-a-half away by car (relax your muscles when you get back in the heated pool). Georgie is keen to welcome more cyclists to her little oasis, as well as their non-cycling friends, with plenty for your partner, friends and family to do while you're off on the bike (boules, swimming – the pool even has a child-friendly shallow end – plus tables tennis and 14 acres of parkland). Free wifi. 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
  • Wifi

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Charente Bike Route - La Vie en Rose B&B (Champagne Mouton)

Picture postcard B&B on the official Tour de Charente bike route

15 Chez Pouvaraud
16350 Champagne Mouton
Charente, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 45 30 73 77
Email: cashingordon@gmail.com

Price from: €55 per night per room with ensuite or €350 per week. (Mention Freewheeling France when you get in touch)

Open: Closed Christmas and New Year

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This charming Charantaise cottage B&B is on the official Tour de Charente bike route. It's run by Sue and Gordon, who's a cyclist keen to share his local routes with the rest of us. "I can strongly recommend the roads and many paths in the Charente to both road and off-road bikers," he writes. "I would liken the terrain of our part of the Charente to the Cotswolds, though it's still very, very quiet here – when I bike to Ruffec on the main road, it's a leisurely ride taking about an hour, and I might see six or so cars. Taking the dogs for a walk on one of the many paths through the local fields and woods is usually a solitary ramble – we saw one other couple the whole of last week. Our B&B would suit any cyclist, and we have a stone bike shed and stone barn to house bikes as well as to work on them." The 1870s cottage offers comfortable en suite B&B accommodation with lovely timber ceilings and a four-poster bed. Sue and Gordon have local maps that cover the extensive network of country paths and lanes, plus they can help arrange bike hire if you're not bringing your own. Private garden and patio. Free wifi. Hidden away in the quiet countryside about 90km from both Limoges and Poitiers.
*** 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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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

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

Open: All year

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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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Domfront-Mayenne - La Fosse B&B (Velo Francette + Paris-Mont St Michel)

B&B perfect for the La Velo Francette or exploring Normandy

61350 Saint-Fraimbault
Orne, Normandy
Phone: +33 (0)2 33 62 71 05
Email: la-fosse@outlook.com

Price from: €50 per room per night, €150 for all 3 rooms (sleeping up to 7)

Open: March to September

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La Velo Francette – the excellent Caen to La Rochelle bike route – passes just 1km from the door of La Fosse B&B on the section between Domfront and Mayenne. The Veloscenie Paris-Mont St Michel also passes just to the north. There are also a number of other voies vertes (greenway routes) in the area for cycling or walking. Louise and Tony, the owners, are up to speed on all this, and offer a friendly welcome to cyclists. They have thought of all the little things that go together to make a perfect cycling B&B. There's a secure cycle and luggage store, a drying line and a variety of tools in case you have a mechanical. They can also arrange baggage transfers and pick your luggage up from your previous hotel/B&B and ferry it on to the next one for you. (They can also pick you and your bike up if you get caught in bad weather or have a problem with your bike). A home-cooked four-course evening meal is available with a bit of notice, while a hearty continental breakfast will wait for you in the morning. La Fosse itself is a lovely granite chambre d'hotes set in 7 acres of a small holding. There are three rooms in various configurations for groups, couples and single riders. Free wifi. French and English spoken. (La Fosse is on our DIY itinerary for Francette).

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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Paris – Hotel de La Porte Dorée

Paris hotel – run by cyclists – that will store bikes and bike boxes for you

273, avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris
Paris, Île-de-France
Phone: +33 (0)1 43 07 56 97
Email: contact@hoteldelaportedoree.com

Price from: €85. Freewheeling France readers get 10% off website rates by using the code FREEWHEELINGPARIS when you book via the official site.

Open: All year

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I've been running Freewheeling France for more than seven years and, in that time, there has been one email that intermittently pops into my inbox: "I'm arriving into/passing through/leaving from Paris. Where can I safely store my bike/bike box?" Now I have a very good answer: Hotel de La Porte Dorée is in the 12th arrondissement, near the glorious Bois de Vincennes park and forest, on the Metro line to the Eiffel Tower, and close to Gare de Paris Bercy and Paris Gare de Lyon (for trains from Burgundy/Dijon and Lyon Part Dieu); by bike, you can get here from Gare du Nord or Montparnasse in under half an hour; the EuroVelo 3 route passes nearby. The hotel is owned by Laurent and Christina, a Franco-US team who cycle to work having dropped their three kids off at school en route. It's a certified eco-friendly hotel with a small fleet of hotel bikes. There's a large basement storage room for bikes and bike boxes (though they can also be taken to your room if you prefer). There's also a courtyard for daytime storage. If you're starting your trip in Paris before heading off elsewhere, they're even happy to store your bike box until you get back. Great breakfasts, free wifi. This is without a doubt top-of-the-list if you need somewhere to stay with your bike in Paris. 
**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
  • Wifi

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Tarbes - Allons-Y-Pyrenees cycling accommodation

Super cycling base with mountain views east of Tarbes

100 rue de Pyrenees
65350 Thuy
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)
Phone: +44 (0)1333 700 337 (UK)
Email: hello@ayp.holiday

Price from: Catered: £320 per week per person; 
Whole house catered from £1859 per week; 
Self-catered and shorter stay pricing available on request


Open: All year

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This versatile cycling accommodation is run by cyclists, so there is plenty of inhouse local knowledge on tap. Perfectly positioned for the iconic cols of the Pyrenees (Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde, Aubisque, etc) while at the same time having more gentle routes at the doorstep for those less strenuous days, the Allons Y Pyrenees accommodation has been created from a traditional French farmhouse and barns, with original timbers and local stonework. There are three separate properties (all named after the local cols) that can sleep a total of 16 guests. The properties can cater for couples and families through to club groups. Each house has its own private facilities and outside seating area, and there's a large pool with sun-terrace and communal eating area with BBQs and pizza oven. The grounds have been landscaped to enable guests to enjoy the views of the mountains. 

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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ViaRhona bike route - Vélo Gîte Valence

Affordable dedicated biking lodge on the Via Rhona at Valence

11 Allée des Petits Champs
26000 Valence
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)4 75 80 53 43
Email: velogitevalence@gmail.com

Price from: €20 per person

Open: Mid-April to mid-September

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This is the place to stay if you're looking for friendly, affordable accommodation on the Via Rhona bike route near the Valence city centre. Marianne and Bruno's cottage is a dedicated biking lodge (as the photo suggests!) with two bedrooms sleeping four people and a bedroom for two people. There's a fully equipped kitchen for self-caterers or you can take the house breakfast for €5. There's a large shady terrace for post-ride relaxation, plus direct access to green spaces in the nearby Trinitaires and Jouvet parks. Bruno and Marianne can help with local bike hire and luggage transport. Bike parking, washing machine and bike maintenance area all available. Close to local amenities, this is an ideal place for both a quick stopover or longer stay. Free wifi. French and English spoken.
*We've stayed here - read our review*

Bike facilities

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

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Abbeville Ibis

Mid-range hotel between the bay of Somme and Amiens

234 Route d'Amiens
80100 Abbeville
Somme, Picardy

Price from: €79

Open: Year round

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Mid-range hotel on the outskirts of Abbeville, 20km south-east of the Bay of Somme and en route to Amiens. Abbeville is a frequent stop on the London to Paris route. Free wifi. Onsite restaurant with terrace. Management advises that bikes can be locked securely inside a room in the hotel. Official website has a best-price guarantee.

Bike facilities

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

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Agen - Citotel Stim'Otel

In the heart of Agen on the Canal de Garonne bike route

105 Boulevard du Président Carnot
47000 Agen
Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Price from: €66

Open: All year

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The Stim'Otel is an accueil velo hotel in the centre of Agen and is easily reached from the Canal de Garonne bike path, as well as from the station if you are arriving from Toulouse or Bordeaux by rail. It has modern, clean rooms, plus an inhouse restaurant that also serves buffet breakfasts each morning. It's ideal, affordable base for an overnight stay, and wlel-placed for exploring the Old Town after you've parked your bike nd had a shower. Free wifi. French, English and Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Aïnhoa - Hotel Ithurria

A typical Basque welcome on the Santiago de Compostela route

Place du Fronton,
64250 Aïnhoa
Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine

Price from: €135

Open: All year

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Hotel Ithurria is a family -owned and operated hotel-restaurant, now in the hands of its third generation. The hotel (and its restaurant) has stayed close to its Basque-Bearn origins, offering high-quality local hospitality and scrumptious food based on local ingredients (they also grow a lot of produce in their garden). As a mark of its quality, the hotel is now a member of the Chateaux et Hotels Collection of hotels, though still independently owned and operated. There are beautiful gardens and an outdoor swimming pool to enjoy, plus a sauna and fitness room. Free wifi. The owners guarantee us there is plenty of safe and secure bike parking. French, English and Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities

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Aix-en-Provence - Adagio Apart-hotel

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

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

Price from: €135 per apartment per night

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Aix-en-Provence - Hotel de l'Arbois

Friendly hotel-restaurant outside the city centre

97 rue du Dr Albert Aynaud
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €95

Open: All year

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Relaxing hotel around 10km from the Aix-en-Provence city centre. There's an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and fitness room. The onsite restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, including regional specialties. Management advises they have a locked garage that's used for bike storage. Free wifi. 24-hour reception. 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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Albert - Hôtel Royal Picardie

Comfortable and friendly 3-star hotel in the heart of the Somme

Avenue du Général Leclerc
80300 Albert
Somme, Picardy

Price from: €86

Open: All year

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This hotel comes recommended to us by a cyclist who used it while cycling the battlefields of the Somme. Set in the heart of the Picardy region, Hôtel Royal Picardie is an elegant and peaceful 3-star old-style French hotel. It has 24 rooms – all either double or twins and all with en suites. There is an onsite restaurant with traditional French cuisine. Excellent range of options for breakfast (including pancakes, accordng to our cyclist!) plus packed lunches available on request. There's also a hotel bar. The staff were happy to find a secure room in the hotel to lock his bike overnight. Free wifi. French and English spoken. 

Bike facilities

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

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Albert - Ibis Hotel

Bike-friendly hotel near the battlefields of the Somme

Parc d'Activité Henri Potez
80300 Albert
Somme, Picardy

Price from: €85

Open: Year round

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Good bike-friendly base from which to explore the Battlefields of the Somme. Within reach of Boisselle, Thiepval and Beaumont Hamel memorials. Bikes available for guest use (see also this page), maps of the Circuit of Remembrance available to reception. Secure parking on a private terrace that is locked. Cafe, restaurant and bar. Free wifi. Official website has a best-price guarantee.

Bike facilities

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

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Albi - Maison Mûrier (Fayssac)

Stylish B&B farmhouse in the Tarn countryside west of Albi

81150 Fayssac
Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)5 63 57 01 52‬ France, +44 (0) 7748 333919‬ UK mobile
Email: hello@maisonmurier.com

Price from: €75 per room per night including a continental breakfast,] €450 per room per week

Open: May to September

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Phill and Kev have taken great strides to make their beautiful Maison Mûrier B&B bike-friendly. Situated just 18km from historic Albi and 60km from Toulouse, it's in an ideal spot to enjoy a cycling holiday. The village of Fayssac centred in an area known as The Golden Triangle between Gaillac, Corde-sur-Ciel and Albi. There are numerous backroad and dedicated cycle routes in the area, including the Véloroute de la Vallée du Tarn, d'Albi à Saint-Sulpice, which passes nearby. Explore villages and vineyards at your own pace. After a day's cycling, you may want to, snooze under a shady tree or just chill out by the pool and enjoy the stunning views of the countryside. Breakfast is served in the farmhouse kitchen or on the terrace. You can also choose to eat lunch or dinner here (good to know if you're arriving late). A packed lunch service if also offered for your pannier. Phill and Kev can cater for vegetarians, vegans and others with dietary requests. Airport transfers, plus baggage transfers to your next B&B or hotel are offered, locked barn for storage, plus hire bikes can be delivered to the door. What's not to like? English, French, 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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Albi Ibis Hotel

Affordable hotel option in the centre of UNESCO-listed Albi

16 avenue Gambetta
81000 Albi
Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

Price from: €59

Open: Year-round

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Located in the centre of the city, just 1km from the cathedral. 24-hour reception. Family friendly. 24-hour bar. Restaurant. Wifi. Bikes can be kept with you in your room or, if available staff can find a spare, secure room for your bike.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities

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

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

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

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

Open: June to September and December to April

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

Bike facilities

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

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

Mountains and water provide the playground for this chalet for 8

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Alpe d'Huez - Mountain Chalet

The famous hairpins are on your doorstep – literally

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

Price from: £1300 per week for upto 14 people

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Alps (Provence) - Chez-Ray

Low-cost accommodation run by cyclists for cyclists north-west of Nice

Chemin de La Gare
04170 La Mure-Argens
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)6 78 11 91 85
Email: Info@Chez-Ray.com

Price from: Prices from €350 per person per week with a group discount

Open: May-December

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Affordable, low-cost cycling accommodation in the Provence Alps run by Ray – a cyclist – for other cyclists. Local routes are varied and can be as challenging or as relaxed as you like, with lavender fields combining with gorges, lakes and mountains. Ideal training ground for cyclists and triathletes. French and English spoken. Ray is on hand to advise about routes and provide maps and ride suggestions, to share local knowledge or to provide some company out on the road. Twins, doubles, triples and quads available, making Chez Ray a flexible option for groups as well as individuals.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Alps - Camping Croque Loisirs (Puy Saint Vincent)

Charming Alpine campsite with views over a national park

Les Landes
05290 Puy St Vincent
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 22 29 03
Email: info@camping05.com

Price from: €9.50

Open: June 1 until September 15

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We just love the sound of this place. This green and lush campsite is situated on the border of the Ecrins, one of only 10 national parks in France. The site is at an altitude of 1450 metres, meaning that you can literally ride stunning mountain routes from the door. This is mountain camping as it’s meant to be. From your pitch you’ll be able to see the rocks of the Ecrins, as well as beautiful valleys and the glacier of Pelvoux. A three-star campsite, Camping Croque Loisirs is clean, with hot showers and a good friendly service (speaking French, English, Dutch and German). Most of the 50 pitches have access to electricity and there are several water taps. Every morning you can also buy fresh bread, a great way to start your day. The campsite is part of a sports initiative run by an enthusiastic group of Dutch people wo are passionate about sharing the Southern Alps. They can help you plan your rides (GPS maps and stacks of local knowledge), or take on their own bucketlist cols challenge that includes Galibier, Izoard and a bunch of other Tour de France climbs. 

Bike facilities

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

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Alps - Chalet Albatross (Morzine)

A beautiful blend of the old and the new

Chemin du Mas d'Embelle
74110 Morzine
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +33 (0)6 42 50 38 74
Email: info@buzzcycling.com

Price from: €550 per week catered. Shorter stays and self-catering also possible - please enquire

Open: All year

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This beautiful, modern chalet is in a prime spot located as it's in the centre of Morzine, a popular base for cycling and host to a number of 2016 Tour de France stages. The Col de Joux Plane starts in the village and offers the chance to climb a Tour favourite. If you fancy going off-road, there are lots of mainly single track trails (there's heaps of inhouse knowledge from the owners Joe and Amelia to help find routes that suit you). Chalet Albatross features private wings so you can relax in your own room, or socialise in the large open plan living area as your mood suits. There is also a large spa and workout area, plus a lockable storage room for bikes. Oh, and there are stunning mountain vistas and sunny views down to the town, too. Free wifi. 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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Alps - Chalet Coeurs (Morzine)

Chalet with hot tub and sauna for tired cycling muscles

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

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

Open: Available June to September

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

Bike facilities

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

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Alps - Chalet Mathilde (Sainte Foy Tarentaise)

Relax in the Alps and hit the mountains from the doorstep

La Petite Viclaire
73640 Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44(0)77 93 813 823 or +33(0)6 65 47 67 74
Email: enquiries@alpinevista.co.uk

Price from: £275 per person

Open: May to the end of October

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This is a great fixed base for cycling in the heart of the Alps. Chalet Mathilde is run by cyclists Ben and Maddison, who are keen for others to share their little slice of Alpine life. The chalet is available on a catered or self-catered basis for cyclists wanting a self-guided biking base. There are 5 bedrooms, which are available on a sole occupancy basis and ideal for groups of 4-10 people. From the door you can reach Col de l’Iseran, Col du Petit St Bernard, Col de la Madeleine and the Cormet de Roseland, among other classic Tour de France climbs. This part of the Alps is a real hot spot for road cycling, and this is an ideal base for exploring it. Ben will be on hand to share local routes and help you plan your days on the bike – for newer (or unfit!) riders there are gentler local roads with friendlier gradients as well (Ben also offers an emergency rescue service if you get stuck). Free wifi.

Bike facilities

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

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

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

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

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

Open: June 1-September 30

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

Bike facilities

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

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Alps - Colbaggers Apartment (Galibier/Telegraphe)

Modern apartment available for nightly visits on famous TDF cols

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

Price from: €65 per apartment per night

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

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

Bike facilities

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

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Alps - Mountain Hotel Saint Roch (Puy Saint Vincent)

Friendly cycle friendly base for making the most of the Alps

Les Prés - Station 1400
05290 Puy St Vincent
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 23 32 79
Email: info@hotel-st-roch.com

Price from: €82 per room for 2 persons, €495 per week

Open: Mid-December to mid-April; end of May to end of August

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Hotel Mountain Roch is part of a sports initiative run by an enthusiastic group of Dutch people in the Southern French Alps. Nestled in the heart of the Hautes-Alps, there are 12 Tour de France cols and many more smaller bumps to get up and over within easy reach of the hotel (including the Izoard, Bonette and Galibier). Lots of local advice on hand to help plan road cycling routes – use the local maps and GPS guidance – or take on the hotel's own bucketlist cols challenge. The guys can also help you combine your road cycling with MTB or trailruning. There's a sun terrace on which to relax and enjoy homemade three-course meals to ensure you're fuelled for the next day. Oh and there's also orand enjoy special bike beers, pasta meals and post-cycling snacks. You can even have a shower the day of your departure so you can sneak in a ride before you go.

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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Amboise - Le Vinci Loire Valley

Well-established bike-friendly hotel at the heart of the Loire Valley trail

12 Avenue Emile Gounin
37400 Amboise
Indre-et-Loire, Centre

Price from: €129

Open: All year

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Stylish and comofortable Loire Valley hotel that's a member of the 'cyclists welcome' programme for the Loire - garage for bikes, plus maps available as well as bike pumps and basic tools. Bikes can also be rented on site. The hotel is in the heart of the Loire Valley, around 1.5 km from the centre of Amboise. Free wifi. Rooms have mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities. Laundry service plus washing machine and a tumble dryer available for a 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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Amboise - Novotel

Bike-friendly hotel in peaceful surrounds near the chateau at Amboise

17, rue des Sablonnières
37400 Amboise
Indre-et-Loire, Centre

Price from: €122

Open: All year

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Amboise hotel providing a good base for exploring the chateaux and following the river. Hotel complies to the Loire à Vélo 'accueil velo' (cyclists welcome) standards, providing secure parking, repair kits and other support services. Terrace, tennis courts and swimming pool with view of Amboise Château. Traditional French cuisine served in hotel restaurant. Children's play area. 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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Amiens - Appart'Hotel Odalys Blamont

Modern apartment-style hotel between Calais and Paris

25 Rue du Blamont
80000 Amiens
Somme, Picardy (Hauts-de-France)

Price from: €65

Open: All year

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One of our contributors Richard Peace stayed here on a ride from Calais to Paris. He says the accommodation was one of the highlights of his day in the saddle. Appart'Hotel Odalys Blamont offers lovely self-catering apartment five minutes from Amiens cathedral. You are allowed to keep your bike in your room with you (it's a bit of a squeeze in the lift but it can be done!) The rooms are modern with all the appliances and kitchen equipment you need. There's free wifi. French, English and Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Amiens - Grand Hôtel de l’Univers

Stylish three-star hotel right in the centre of Amiens

2 rue de Noyon
80000 Amiens
Somme, Picardy

Price from: €95

Open: All year

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Stylish three-star hotel in a lovely old mansion building in the centre of Amiens. Around 100m from the train station and close to all the city's main attractions. Locally managed. 24-hour reception. Free wifi throughout the hotel. French and English TV. Catering trays and snacks available on request. The management advises us that bikes can be safely stored inside the hotel.

Bike facilities

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

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Amiens - Mercure Cathedrale

4-star hotel opposite Amiens' famous UNESCO-listed cathedral

21/23 Rue Flatters
80000 Amiens
Somme, Picardy

Price from: €107

Open: Year-round

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Located opposite France's largest cathedral in Amiens, the Mercure provides a 4-star base to rest your legs. Rooms are large, the restaurant is excellent, and there is also a bar and lounge in which to relax. Free wifi. Management can provide a room in which to securely store bikes overnight. Amiens is the gateway to the Battlefields of the Somme, and a good stop if you're looking to experience a small French city after a few days' riding in the countryside. The official website has a best-price guarantee.

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

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Amiens – Ibis Centre Cathedrale

Mid-range bike-friendly hotel in the Amiens city centre

4 rue du Marechal de Lattre de Tassigny
80000 Amiens
Somme, Picady

Price from: €59

Open: All year

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Reliable chain hotel in the centre of Amiens. 24-hour reception. Free wifi. Management advises bikes can be locked securely in the conference room overnight, or kept in rooms. Luggage storage. Bar and snack bar. Reception can help with bike hire and maps. French, English, Spanish and German spoken. The official website has a best-price guarantee.

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

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Angers - Hotel d'Anjou

Elegant hotel in the heart of Angers - perfect for Loire à Vélo

1 Boulevard du Maréchal Foch
49100 Angers
Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire

Price from: €95

Open: All year

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Bike-friendly hotel well-placed for the popular Loire à Vélo route. Located in the centre of Angers, it has been elegantly restored and decorated to retain its neogothic charm. Well-known locally for its restaurant. Secure bike parking in a private, coded garage behind the hotel. Loire à Vélo information is available from reception, plus local bike hire contacts are also available. The staff is well-versed in local cycling routes and can help with other enquiries. Free wifi. French, Spanish, English, German spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Angers – Hotel de l'Europe

Affordable city hotel with enclosed bike parking and good breakfasts

3 rue Chateaugontier
49100 Angers
Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire

Price from: €48

Open: All year

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We stayed here for two nights on our La Velo Francette ride. We found it to be a friendly city centre hotel with good bike facilities (it carries the Loire à Vélo stamp of approval). There is enclosed courtyard parking for bikes, and staff can help with buckets and sponges if you need to clean your bike. Breakfast was one of the better ones we had on the trip, with breads and cereals, plus fresh fruit and eggs available as an all-you-can-eat buffet. We had a room facing onto the road, though, so it was a little noisy (ask for a room at the back of the hotel). Good location and within walking distance of restaurants, cafes and bars. Also just a short ride from the train station. Free wifi. (You can read one of our reports frm Angers here).

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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Angoulême - Hotel Saint Antoine

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

Price from: €56

Open: All year

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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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Annecy - Hotel International

3-star hotel with hot tub, hammam and onsite massage facilities

19 avenue du Rhône
74000 Annecy
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €63

Open: All year

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Stylish hotel 2km from Lake Annecy and 500m from the train station, and just a few minutes to the Old Town, Annecy Cathedral and Château d'Annecy. Hotel restaurant and bar. Each room has tea and coffee making facilites. Free wifi. Buffet breakfast. Fitness centre with hammam and hot tub. Massage also available. 24-hour reception. Locked room inside the hotel for bikes, maps and rental advice available at reception. 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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Antibes - Hotel Sophia Antipolis

Comfortable hotel 8km from Antibes on the French Riviera

Rue Albert Caquot
06560 Valbonne
Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Price from: €135

Open: All year

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Set in landscaped gardens with panoramic views of the countryside. On-site restaurant serving Provençal specialities and local wines (you can eat on the covered outdoor terrace overlooking the garden). Outdoor swimming pool, plus games room with table tennis and billiards. Rooms have tea/coffee-making facilities. Located 8.5km inland from Antibes and 16km from Cannes. Management advises a safe place can be found inside the hotel for secure bike storage.

Bike facilities

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

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Apt - Les Oliviers & Les Cerisiers (Ventoux)

Luberon valley base for exploring and relaxing

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

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

Open: Easter till mid-October

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Les Oliviers & Les Cerisiers are both one-bedroomed gites that have everything you need for a self-catered holiday. Each has a private terrace and barbeque, along with access to a superb infinity pool, perfect to return to after your ride (or your partner to relax at whilst you ride!) Surrounded by endless peaceful roads, this is a great base for riders of all abilities, with both gentle and challenging climbs offering stunning views as a reward. The 'Monts de Vaucluse' the 'Prealpes', rises to 1256 metres at Signal de Saint-Pierre and provides a beautiful backdrop and leads to the Plateau de Sault and the mighty Mont Ventoux (1912 metres), a 104km round trip. The gites sit in a peaceful olive & fruit orchard with views over the Luberon Valley, the village of Saint Saturnin Les Apt is an easy walk away for baguettes, restaurants  and other supplies. You can even order a Champagne breakfast and/or evening meal on arrival to kick off your stay in style. Free wifi. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Aramits – Lae de Haut

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Arcachon - Hôtel de la Plage

Relax on the terrace at this 3-star hotel after a ride around the bay

10 Avenue Nelly Deganne
33120 Arcachon
Gironde, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

Price from: €95

Open: All year

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Arcachon is a popular and thriving seaside town that echoes a bygone area in its architecture. The Hotel de la Plage is in the centre of town and close to the beach, so perfect for exploring by foot or cycle. It's close to the La Vélodyssée bike route and cycle tour companies use it as an overnight stop on the Atlantic Coast route. Onsite bar. 24-hour reception. Bikes can be hired through the the hotel. 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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Arcachon - Hôtel Du Delta

2-star hotel with Arcachon an easy ride away

25 Avenue de la Côte d'Argent
33380 Biganos
Gironde, Aquitaine

Price from: €55

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Providing wonderful access to the Bassin d'Arcachon and the Atlantic Coast bike route, this 2-star hotel has 24 rooms, including family rooms which are ideal for groups. Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Evening meals available but reserve a table in advance. Cyclists report that bike can be securely locked in the restaurant overnight.

Bike facilities

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

Price from: €59

Open: All year

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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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Argelès-Gazost - Hôtel Le Miramont

Pyrenees spa town hotel with its own dedicated bike area

44, avenue des Pyrénées
65400 Argelès-Gazost
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées

Price from: €70

Open: All year

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The Hotel Miramont is a well-appointed cycle friendly hotel that's used to welcoming cyclists – it even has a dedicated bike area called The Grange. There, you'll find four individual bike lockups, plus a communal bike storage area, a workshop with tools, plus a bike cleaning area. Individual riders welcome, as well as groups. The hotel is in the spa town of Argelès-Gaznost, making it an excellent choice as a base for exploring the many cols accessible from here, such as the Aubisque, Col du Soulor and the Hautacam. It's also great for non-cycling family and friends as it has lovely gardens – relax in a deckchair! – plus a restaurant that opens onto a terrace when the sun is shining. It's also just a short walk to the town's spa centre. Free wifi. French and English spoken. Twins, doubles and family rooms.

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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Ariège - Les Deux Petits Pois

Cyclist-run vegetarian B&B in the foothills of the Pyrenees

10 Quartier de la Poésie
09300 Fougax-et-Barrineuf
Ariege
Phone: +33 (0)5 61 01 46 90​
Email: info@lesdeuxpetitspois.com

Price from: €70

Open: All year

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Les Deux Petits Pois Chambres d’Hotes is situated in ‘Poets Quarter’ in the village of Fougax-et-Barrineuf. Run by keen cyclists Philomena and Paul, the B&B is a charming 18th century 'Maison du Maître’ perfect for couples, groups or solo riders. The area is known for its great cycling routes, with plenty of varied road and mountain bikes options, and Philomena and Paul can share lots of local advice. If you're passing through to Spain or looking for somewhere to rest and relax, Les Deux Petits Pois offers a perfect retreat with nearby mountains, lakes and the river l'Hers. It's also a great base for exploring the Medieval towns and Cathar castles of Mirepoix, Foix, Limoux and Carcassonne. To get you ready for the day ahead, breakfast is a typical French affair with a contemporary twist: homemade breakfast pots, fresh bread, fresh croissants or occasional gâteau fait maison. There is also a vegetarian table d'hôte where your hosts prepare fresh, home-cooked, nutritiously packed food that even meat eaters will enjoy. For rides and days out, you can also order picnics. Free wifi. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Ariège Pyrénées - Le Pistoulet Cycling Holidays

Cyclist-run, value-for-money base in the wonderful Ariège Pyrenees

3 Chemin du Bielot
09800 Argein
Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)6 78 56 65 15
Email: lepistoulet@hexamail.net

Price from: €55 per night, €350 per week

Open: All year

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Cyclists Becky and Matt (and their mini-cyclists – both competitive riders) have opened their home to other riders, transforming it into a family friendly biking base thanks to their wonderful attic suite (double bed, sofa bed and two singles). They are in a wonderful spot near Saint-Girons (a 2017 TDF town) and the Mas d'Azil cave on the western edge of the Ariege and near the Haute Garonne border. They offer accommodation and stacks of local advice to ensure you get the most out of your cycling trip. With their extensive knowledge of the local terrain, they can help you plan your route each day so you can enjoy cycling on quiet smooth rural roads, cols of the Tour de France or mountain trails. Their accommodation price includes airport/train collection from Toulouse if you need it, breakfasts, post ride snacks and three-course evening meals based on local fresh produce. Secure bike storage and workshop, plus a cleaning area. This is an ideal base for road cycling couples, active families or small groups of friends who are after personalised boutique-style accommodation. 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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Ariège Pyrénées - Rhino Velo Pyrénées

Specialist cycling base for the Pyrénées and their foothills

5 Chemin du Farinous
09000 St Jean de Verges
Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)5 61 64 35 77 or +33 (0)6 37 10 60 00
Email: rhinovelopyrenees@gmail.com

Price from: €50 per night or €269 per week

Open: All year

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As the name and the photo above both suggest, Mike and Wendy's set up at Rhino Velo Pyrénées is geared 100% for cyclists. They're based in the foothills of the Pyrenees near the village of Crampagna in the Saurat Valley. The Ariege river flows at the bottom of the garden, making this an ideal spot for rides into the hills or gentler bimbles along the valley (10 minutes up the road there's a flat 40km voie verte to the medieval town of St Girons). A 15-minute ride south and you're into the 'Pyrénées proper', opening up Tour de France cols including Plateau de Beille, Port de Lers and Mur de Peguerrei. The four bedrooms here can sleep upto 10 people. There's a chill-out room for before and after rides, and a fridge stocked with cold drinks and post-ride snacks. Mike and Wendy can help with maps and ride ideas (and you wouldn't need to twist anyone's arm too far if you wanted some company out on the road, either).

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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Ariège river - Sunflower Cycling B&B

A popular base for pro riders and leisure cyclists in the Pyrenean foothills

355 Chemin de Cabanes
31810 Clermont le Fort
Haute Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)6 89 16 36 36
Email: info@sunflowercycling.com

Price from: €80 to €120 for a guest suite with terrace

Open: All year except Christmas

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A regular host to professional peloton riders, Sunflower Cycling is a renovated, centuries-old stone/brick farmhouse. As the name suggests, the property rests among sunflowers, as well as wheat fields and woods high above the Ariège river. It's around 25 minutes (along a scenic river road) from the centre of Toulouse. A short ride from the historic Canal du Midi and within reach of the epic climbs of the Pyrenees, Sunflower Cycling is an ideal base for either training rides or leisurely breaks through the undulating, postcard-perfect French countryside. The “Our story” section of their website provides an insight into how Sunflower Cycling became a base for Garmin pro riders, among others. It's a tale of bikes and the roads (literally and figuratively) they take us down. You’ll also find over a dozen day rides with maps from the door, profiles, photos and video flyovers.

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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Arles - La Résidence (Via Rhona)

Well-appointed self-catering apartments in the centre of Arles

3 rue Elie Giraud
13200 Arles
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €130

Open: All year

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La Résidence offers self-catering apartments are in a great central location in the town. Arles is at a key junction on the Via Rhona bike route sitting as it does at the mouth of the River Rhone. It's also the heart of Van Gogh country in Provence (there's art on display in the communal areas). Housed within a 17th century building, the apartments are stylishly decorated and the kitchens are fully equipped. They make a great base for an overnight (or longer) stay for people wanting to cut costs and prepare their own meals. Apartments sleep 2-4 people so they are also good also for families and groups. Free wifi. French and English spoken.

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

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Arras - Maison d'Hôtes La Corne d'Or

Elegantly decorated family-run B&B in central Arras

1 place Guy Mollet
Arras Arras
Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pas-de-Calais

Price from: €99

Open: All year

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A friendly, family-run bedroom B&B in an elegantly decorated 18th centrury mansion in central Arras. There are 5 bedroom, and one of them has a kitchenette for basic self-catered meals. All rooms have private bathrooms (one also has a spa). Continental breakfast including homemade jams and local products; free hot and cold drinks throughout your stay. Play the piano, relax in the lounge or admire the local art on the walls after a day on the bike. Great location for exploring Arras’ underground tunnels, the Louvre-Lens Museum and the area's many First World War Monuments. Free wifi. French and English spoken. Bike storage in a locked private garage.

Bike facilities

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

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

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