Where to stay: Aquitaine

Cycling accommodation in France

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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

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Price from: €66

Open: All year

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

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Price from: €135

Open: All year

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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Andernos-les-Bains - Hotel Villa Teranga

Relaxed vibe with bike friendly welcome

20 Avenue Thiers
33510 Andernos-les-Bains
Gironde, Aquitaine (Nouvelle Aquitaine)

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Price from: €78

Open: All year

If cycling and beaches are your thing then Hotel Villa Teranga could be ideal. This place was recommended to us by readers who stayed here. A bike-friendly stop on the Atlantic Coast bike path, it's ideal for exploring the Arcachon Bay area and the beaches of the Atlantic Coast. The rooms are decorated in beach chic and there is secure bike storage – and a cocktail bar! A continental breakfasts can be enjoyed on the terrace. 

Bike facilities

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

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Angouleme/Limoges – Le Moulin de Pensol (Pensol)

Bikers' base between Limoges and Angouleme (self-catering + B&B)

Le Moulin de Pensol
Les Garennes
87440 Pensol
Haute Vienne, Limousin (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 55 14 67 20
Email: bonjour@lemoulindepensol.com

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Price from: B&B from €65 per night including breakfast. Gites from €61 per night or €430 per week (minimum booking periods may apply.

Open: B&B is open all year, except Christmas. Gites are open Easter to November.

Heidi and Nik at Le Moulin de Pensol were recommended to us by cyclists who stayed with them. They have space for 17 people in a combination of B&B and self-catering accommodation, making this a flexible base for solo riders through to larger groups. They are located roughly halfway between Limoges and Angouleme in the heart of the Perigord-Limousin national park near the northern edge of the Dordogne. This is a stunning area for cycling (see here). The roads are well-maintained and virtually traffic-free, offering routes of every distance and for every ability through gently rolling hills, chestnut woods, pretty stone villages and past grand chateaux. Heidi and Nik can pick you (and your bikes) up from Limoges or Angouleme, or help you arrange bike hire locally. Ample space for bike and bike box storage. In all, there are 2 x double B&B rooms, a triple B&B room, two 2-person self-catering gites, and a larger gite that's perfect for 6 people. English, French and German spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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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

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

Open: All year

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)

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Price from: €95

Open: All year

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

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Price from: €55

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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Arcachon - Hotel Le B d'Arcachon (Atlantic Coast EV1)

Cycle friendly hotel on the Basin d'Arcachon bike routes

4 Rue du Professeur Jolyet
33120 Arcachon
Gironde, Aquitaine (Nouvelle Aquitaine)

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Price from: €90

Open: All year

Hotel Le B d'Arcachon is a waterside hotel that was recommended to us by a cyclist who stayed there. The hotel is well used to welcoming cyclists and has a private underground car park with a dedicated place for bikes. It also offers local bike rental if you want to ride for a day or two while staying here on holiday. You are situated right on the basin beaches and lake, and ideally placed to enjoy the laid-back vibe that this area is famous for. Rooms are bright and well decorated with some offering a balcony. Ideal for the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast route as well as the network of routes that link the oyster haven to the beaches and lakes both north and south (Lacanau, Biscarrosse, Hourtin, etc etc).

Bike facilities

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

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Aubisque - Green Bike Pyrenees (Laruns)

Perfect accueil velo B&B base in the western Pyrenees

27 avenue Pasteur
64260 Louvie Juzon
Pyrenees Atlantique (Nouvelle Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)6 11 67 93 45
Email: mgourbin@aol.com

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Price from: €62 per room for 2 people, €55 for single occupancy (with Continental breakfast); €420 per week on B&B basis.

Open: All year

We wished we'd known about this place when we went to the Vuelta in 2016 when we were looking for cycling accommodation in Laruns. The Green Bike Pyrenees chalet is – as the name suggests – a dedicated biking base. Located in the Ossau Valley, it has three mythical cols from the Tour de France on the door step: the Col d’Aubisque, Soulor, and Marie Blanque. Other cols like Tourmalet, Pourtalet and La Pierre St Martin are within reach. The owners Mireille and Nick are involved in cycling at different levels, so they understand your needs and can cater for them. You just cycle and they will handle the rest (including booking you a sauna or sports massage at the local spa for when you get in!) Bikes can be safely stored in a lockable garage, plus there are cleaning facilities, a workshop with work stand, and spares. English, French, Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Bayonne - Le Grand Hôtel

Comfortable four-star hotel for a relaxing stop on the Atlantic Coast

21 Rue Thiers
64100 Bayonne
Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine

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Price from: €79

Open: All year

Le Grand Hotel is located in the centre of Bayonne, just a ride away from the Atlantic Coast. The hotel has been elegantly restored and decorated, and ranks as a four-star hotel with comfortable, modern facilities. Air-con in all rooms, plus free wifi. Lounge and bar, restaurants close by. French, Spanish and English spoken. Doubles, triples and quads available, making it ideal for groups and families. Management advises there is a storeroom on the ground floor for bikes.

Bike facilities

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

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Bergerac - Campanile Bergerac

Budget hotel option with restaurant on the city's outskirts

La Cavaille Sud
Route de Bordeaux
24100 Bergerac
Dordogne, Aquitaine

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Price from: €51

Open: All year

Campanile Bergerac is a clean and reliable option just over 1km from the Bergerac city centre and 4km from the airport, just off the road to Bordeaux. Terrace, small garden. Contemporary-style rooms you'd expect of a modern budget hotel. All rooms are en suite rooms. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided in all rooms. Onsite restaurant with regional cuisine and local wines plus an all-you-can eat cheese and dessert buffet. Room service option. Buffet breakfast. Dedicated bike shed (Tour de France teams stayed here for the Bergerac stage of the 2014 Tour, though they had a fancy bus and team cars for their bikes and kit!) French and English spoken. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

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

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Bergerac - Hotel de France

Good-value city centre hotel with outdoor pool and private garage

18 Place Gambetta
24100 Bergerac
Dordogne, Aquitaine

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Price from: €79

Open: All year

Friendly 3-star hotel in the centre of Bergerac and close to all amenities. We have had good reports from cyclists who have stayed here. A short ride from the Dordogne River, it has 20 air-conditioned rooms. There is secure bike parking in the hotel's private garage. Rooms have views of the pool/courtyard area or of the city centre. Buffet breakfasts. Heated outdoor pool plus garden area. Free wifi. English, French, Spanish and Italian spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Beyrie-Sur-Joyeuse - Gite Jauberria (east of Biarritz)

A cyclist-run base in the Basque countryside 60km east of Biarritz

Aincy
64120 Beyrie-Sur-Joyeuse
Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 59 65 49 18 or +33 (0)6 30 00 50 99
Email: info@jauberria.com

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Price from: £350 per week for 3 bedroom gite (sleeps 6)

Open: April to November

Jauberria is a 100-year-old restored Basque farm cottage – with bags of character – in a quiet location in the foothills of the Pyrenees (but within striking distance of Biarritz 60km away). This is the far-western edge of the Pyrenees and an area often ignored by cycilsts in the clamour to get to the more famous cols to the east. With owners Dave and Kris living next door, there's help and support nearby. Dave is a keen cyclist and can share his favourite local routes and advise which climbs are best for your ability (there are loads of route options). He also has a full range of maps, including MTB trails, to share. Dave says the roads around here are of a generally high standard for road cycling and that most of the local cols have their altitudes and gradients marked for cyclists (the Col d’Iraty, 1,350m is nearby). The cottage itself comfortably sleeps 6 people and is perfect for a family or a group of friends sharing, with a large family bathroom upstairs and shower/toilet on the ground floor. The cottage has its own garden and terrace with lovely, far-reaching views.

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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Biarritz - Hotel Kemaris

Bike-friendly hotel on the La Vélodyssée Atlantic Coast bike route

35 Avenue du Maréchal Joffre
64200 Biarritz
Pyrénées Atlantiques, Aquitaine

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Price from: €66

Open: All year

Hotel Kemaris was recommended to me by a cyclist who was riding the Atlantic Coast bike path, La Vélodyssée. "It is very central," he wrote, "and hotel staff put our cycles in a locked storeroom inside the hotel."  The hotel is only 200m from the beach (some rooms have terrrace balconies). Buffet breakfast with local produce served daily (there's the option to have the full buffet or an 'express' version). Free wifi. Hotel combines local Basque architecture with modern touches. Groups welcome (discounts available). English, French and Spanish spoken. Good local knowledge and advice on off here.

Bike facilities

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

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Biarritz - Pierre & Vacances Premium Haguna

Clean apartment hotel in a central location

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

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Price from: €85

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Biscarrosse - Hôtel la Forestière

Small, good value 3-star hotel with its own pool

1300 Avenue du Pyla
40600 Biscarrosse-Plage
Gironde, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €70

Open: All year

Hôtel la Forestière is used by small cycle tour companies on La Vélodyssée Atlantic Coast cycle route, so the staff here are used to welcoming riders. 800m from the beach. There is a heated swimming pool and free wifi. French and English spoken. Onsite restaurant. There are also a couple of golf courses nearby if you fancy a break from the sand. It's a hard life!

Bike facilities

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

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Bordeaux - Le Saint James Bouliac

Magical bike-friendly retreat in the hills overlooking Bordeaux

3 Place Camille Hostein
33270 Bouliac, Bordeaux
Gironde, Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)5 57 97 06 00
Email: reception@saintjames-bouliac.com

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Price from: €195 for a standard room; food and wine packages available

Open: All year

If you're after a truly magical vineyard stay in Bordeaux, then this could be the place for you. Granted, it's not cheap, but Le Saint James offers a wonderful Bordeaux food and wine experience. The hotel is set in the lovely village of Bouilac, a short detour from the towpath that leads to the Roger Lapebie bike path and the Canal de Garonne bike route. It comes with its own boutique vineyard, proudly overseen by Richard Bernard, a former winner of the French Sommelier of the Year competition. There's a Michelin-star restaurant, a courtyard that's ideal for sundowners, and a pool with table service. House bikes are available for bimbles down into Bordeaux. This is an ideal base for a start/end-of-trip celebration or to mark a special occasion during your cycling holiday in France. 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

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Bordeaux Gare Saint Jean (train station) – Ibis Styles

Affordable, cheerful hotel close to the Bordeaux railway station

68-78 rue de Tauzia
33800 Bordeaux
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €80

Open: All year

We stayed here at the end of our La Velo Francette trip after we'd caught a late train back from Caen via Paris. It had been a long day and we arrived very late. The hotel is a very short ride from the station and it's close to restaurants and cafes that are open late. The staff at the 24-hour reception were really friendly, and welcomed two weary cyclists by checking us in efficiently and locking our bikes safely in the conference room just off the reception area. The Ibis Styles brand is one notch up from the chain's 'Budget' brand. The room was clean, the shower was hot, the beds comfortable, and breakfast was from an all-you-can eat buffet with cereals, toast, fruits and fresh juices. Our room was quiet despite the proximity to the station and a tram line out the front. The hotel's parent website has a best-price guarantee so it's always worth comparing prices.

Bike facilities

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

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Bordeaux to Sauveterre bike path - l'îlot Vignes B&B

A warm welcome awaits in the vineyards east of Bordeaux

2 Caboz
33420 Rauzan
Gironde, Aquitaine (Nouvelle Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)7 70 07 86 93
Email: ilot-vignes@orange.fr

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Price from: €90

Open: All year

If you're riding the Roger Lapebie bike path, which runs from Bordeaux to Sauveterre before joining the Canal de Garonne route to Toulouse, then the beautiful stone l'îlot Vignes B&B is a small (approx 4km) diversion. Pierre-Yves and Laure's place is also perfect for exploring the peaceful vineyard routes to the east and south-east of the Bordeaux city centre. It's in Rauzan, a pretty town surrounded by vineyards and its own chateau, and within easy reach of Saint-Emilion, and the riverside Ste-Foy-la-Grande (with one of France's best Saturday markets). There are five lovely rooms, with the B&B able to sleep up to 15 guests in total. So it's perfect for solo riders through to families and small club or touring groups. Pierre-Yves has 12 years' experience in French restaurants, so the optional table d'hotes (evening meal) is something to look forward to after a day's riding (or relaxing by the pool!) Pierre-Yves also works with a local bike company and can have bikes delivered to the door for you – perfect for families. 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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Bordeaux – Grand Hotel Francais

Bike-friendly hotel staffed by cyclists in central Bordeaux

12 rue du Temple
33000 Bordeaux
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €134

Open: All year

Elegant city centre hotel that has been lovingly restored. It has a luggage room for bikes and cyclists on staff who are keen to share their local bike knowledge with guests. The Grand Hotel Francais, set in a quiet but central street, was bought by the Frenchman Jean Auriacombe back in 1987. He spent a year restoring it and returning the building to its pre-war glory. The hotel is now run by Jean's son, Frederic, and his wife, Sandrine. It has been listed in the Michelin guide since its re-opening. Close to cafes, bars and restaurants in the UNESCO-listed city centre. Free wifi and complimentary breakfasts. The hotel also carries the French eco label for environementally friendly hotels. 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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Bordeaux – Ibis Bordeaux Aéroport

A short ride from Bordeaux's Merignac international airport

78 Avenue du Président John Fitzgerald Kennedy
33700 Mérignac, Bordeaux
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €49

Open: All year

Clean and reliable hotel located a 5-minute ride from Merignac international airport, 9km west of Bordeaux city centre. 24-hour reception. Free wifi. Buffet breakfast available from 4.30am for early flights. Onsite bar and restaurant serving traditional French food and local Bordeaux wines. Management advises bikes can be stored in rooms overnight. French, English, Spanish and German spoken. The hotel's parent website has a best-price guarantee so it's always worth comparing prices.

Bike facilities

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

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Bordeaux – Novotel Aéroport Hotel

Reliable chain hotel a short ride from Bordeaux's Merignac airport

80 Avenue John Fitzerald Kennedy
33700 Mérignac, Bordeaux
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €95

Open: Year-round

Hotel located a short ride from Bordeaux's Merignac airport, west of the city centre. Onsite restaurant and bar. Lounge area. Free wifi. Kids' play area. Pool and terrace. Management advises bikes can be securely locked overnight in the hotels conference room, or kept in bedrooms. Good for groups. The hotel's parent website has a best-price guarantee so it's always worth comparing prices.

Bike facilities

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

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Bordeaux – Le Boutique Hotel

Classy city centre hotel with friendly staff and secure bike parking

3 rue Lafaurie de Monbadon
33000 Bordeaux
Gironde, Aquitaine

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Brantome - Hostellerie du Perigord Vert

Bike-friendly hotel-restaurant in the north of the Dordogne

7 Avenue André Maurois
24310 Brantôme
Dordogne, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €63

Open: All year

Situated in Brantôme, a pretty village on the Saint-Jacques de Compostelle route in the River Dronne area in the north of the Dordogne region, the Hostellerie du Perigord Vert is a welcoming hotel and restaurant. After exploring the area, you can take a dip in the heated pool or take a meal on the shady terrace. Hotels bikes available for guest use. Free wifi. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Canal de Garonne - Chateau Saint Marcel

17th century chateau a short detour from the Garonne river route

Route de Toulouse
47550 Boé
Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

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Price from: €79

Open: All year

Chateau Saint Marcel is located in Boé, just south of Agen, a short detour from the Canal de Garonne bike route. A 17th century castle, it's been restored to offer hotel-style accommodation. Large garden with cedar trees to relax in. Free wifi. Pool. Bike hire can be arranged by the hotel. More basic 'comfort' hotel rooms, plus more deluxe options with garden views. Kettles in rooms. We have had mixed reviews about this place but options are limited around but since June 2018 it is under new managament.

Bike facilities

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

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Canal de Garonne - Cycle South West France

Specialist biking accommodation between Bordeaux and Toulouse

12 rue Maurice Luxembourg
47160 Buzet-sur-Baise
Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)7 85 14 56 17
Email: cyclesouthwestfrance@gmail.com

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Price from: €50 per night for 2 people, €15 per night per extra person

Open: All year

Located just 500 metres from the Canal de Garonne – and midway between Bordeaux and Toulouse – Clare and Jean-Pierre's bike-friendly village house is an ideal base for a cycling holiday in the heart of the Lot-et-Garonne countryside. It's also a handy stop if you're cycling the canal. There are three double rooms, plus kitchen facilities, a pool and terrace. You can book a room for just one nigt if you are passing through (see here), or see here to book the entire house for a longer stay. Bikes are available to hire onsite, or park your own in the secure garage. Clare and Jean-Pierre will be on hand to recommend local cycling routes and to help with maps and other local advice. There's lots to do here – the village of Buzet-sur-Baise has a three restaurants, a corner store and (most importantly) a wine cooperative so you can enjoy the fruits of the local harvest. There's also canoeing and kayaking nearby. Free wifi. English, French and some Spanish spoken. This is a great option for a truly 'local' cycling experience. 

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 de Garonne - Gîte Les Hirondelles (near Marmande)

4-bedroom bike-friendly barn conversion sleeping 8 people

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

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

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

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

Bike facilities

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

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Canal de Garonne - Le Clos d'Any

Modern take on an ancient mill on the Garonne towpath

1 Lardon
33190 Fontet,
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €85

Open: All year

This is a wonderful stop on the Canal de Garonne ride. Le Clos d’Any is a 12th century farmhouse and mill that has been brought into the 21st century. It's now run as a modern B&B with three guestrooms (sleeping 3-4 people each), plus a Gypsy caravan for two (with bonus private jacuzzi). It's just south of the La Reole and east of Castets-en-Dorthe where the canal splits off from the river Garonne. Within easy reach of the vineyards of Graves and the sweet white wines of Sauternes. Outdoor pool. Free wifi. Secure bike parking in the barn. Families welcome.

Bike facilities

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

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Canal de Garonne – L’Autre Vie

Perfect place to unwind and explore Gironde's lesser known wine routes

Champ de la Grave
33190 Camiran
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: From €100 per night B&B, plus all day access to tea and coffee, and nibblies

Open: All year

Excellent base for anyone making their way along the Roger Lapebie bike path from Bordeaux to Sauveterre. Stay en route to the Canal de Garonne and Toulouse, or use L’Autre Vie as a base for exploring the peaceful wine routes of the Duras/Sauveterre/Rauzan corridor. There are lovely river and village routes for leisure cyclists, as well as more challenging, hillier circuits for road riders. Ride to the bastide town of Monségur for lunch, or head farther afield to St-Emilion or the tourist hotspots of the Dordogne to the north and west. There are plenty of comfortable spaces outside to relax with a glass of wine when you get back, and a lovely large pool to cool down in. Try Vanessa's delicious charcuterie and cheese sharing platter, or ask about a barbecue with freshly prepared salads and breads. English and French spoken. Free wifi. There are also a few 'house' bikes available for guest use.

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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Cap Ferret - Le Saint-Eloi

Bike-friendly hotel on Arcachon Bay near Cap Ferret

11 Boulevard de l'Aérium
33740 Arès
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €50

Open: Year-round

Friendly hotel just 100m from the Bay of Arcachon. With great access to Cap Ferret and to routes around the bay, it's ideally located for anyone cycling this secton of the Atlantic Coast. Onsite restaurant serving local food. Free wifi. Some rooms have balcanies with view of the bay.

Bike facilities

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

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Capbreton - Baya Hotel & Spa

Ocean views from hotel and spa on Atlantic Coast bike route

85 Avenue Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny
40130 Capbreton
Landes, Aquitaine (Nouvelle Aquitaine)

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Price from: €91

Open: All year

Just south of Biarritz you'll find Capbreton, a town that comes alive with surfers, holidays makers and local enjoying the Atlantic Ocean. The Baya Hotel & Spa has been recommended to us by cyclists who stayed here while cycling the Atlantic Coast EuroVelo 1 bike route. The hotel is located perfectly to capture the views and atmosphere. There's an outdoor swimming pool and spa, and rooms are decorated tastefully with a seaside influence to get you in the mood for your stay. There's also a bar and terrace.

Bike facilities

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

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Carcans - Le Medoc Bleu

Accueil velo-accredited campsite on the Atlantic Coast

35 Route de Lacanau
33121 Carcans
Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Price from: Pitches from €15; cabins and fixed tents from €63 a night

Open: Pitches from April 28-September 30; Self-catering cabins from April 7-November 4

Le Medoc Bleu is part of the Flower Campings network of independently owned campsites with fewer than 300 pitches. This one has just 121 pitches, making it one of the smaller ones on the Atlantic Coast. It's 3-star and an ideal stop on the Atlantic Coast EuroVelo 1 bike route. There are pitches for tents and camping cars, as well as mobiile homes and log cabins for self-caterers. Heated outdoor pool, 5km from Carcans-Hourtin (France’s largest freshwater lake). Children’s activities. Close to Lacanau, it offers peace and quiet in spacious grounds dotted with oaks and sweet chestnuts. This area of France - well within reach of Bordeaux and an ideal stop on the Bordeaux-La Rocelle Ride, is a favourite summer holiday destination for Freewheeling France and her mini-cyclists. 

Bike facilities

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

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Casteljaloux - Camping Moulin de Campech

Peaceful lakeside campsite close to the Garonne river south of Marmande

Moulin de Campech
47160 Villefranche-de-Queyran
Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

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Price from: €8

Open: April to October

With a focus on peace and quiet, this campsite is located in a wooded valley complete with 16th century watermill. The mill is located on the river Ourbise which provides delightful background sounds of running water, and a home for local flora and fauna. The site itself has a heated pool set away from the large pitches to maintain the sense of tranquility. The mill is home to a popular restaurant, bar and terrace. The area is rich in cycling and walking opportunities and the English-speaking owners can supply further details about paths and trails. There's also a trout fishing lake and unspoit local towns waiting to be explored.

Bike facilities

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

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Chadenne - Rural Gites Chadenne (Montpon-Menesterol)

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

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

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

Open: March to October

If you're looking for a cyclist-run base for biking in a lesser-explored area of France, than this could be it. The Marshall family are cyclists who have spent two years creating comfortable and modern self-catered gites nestled in the ancient Foret de La Double halfway 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
  • Wifi

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Charente/Dordogne border - Chez Marie Rose (Nontron)

Cosy cottage near the Flow bike route just west of Nontron

Lieu dit Fayemarteau
24300 Hautefaye
Dordogne, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 53 56 56 44
Email: boblaville@free.fr

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Price from: €35

Open: May to October inclusive

Chez Marie Rose is in a super, unspoilt area in the Périgord-Limousin Natural Park 17km from Nontron. The owner Janet is keen to offer her cottage as friendly, affordable accommodation for cyclists. A pleasant 5km rural diversion from the Flow Velo bike route from the Atlantic Coast to Thiviers (and then on to Perigueux), this is an ideal place to take a rest as you cross from the Charente into the Dordogne (or vice versa). This is especially true as bike-friendly accommodation in this area is stil somewhat under-developed. The nearest signposted bike track is at the bottom of garden, linking you in to local tracks and backroad routes. Janet is a local cyclist and has ridden many of the route variations so can advise on what's best for your legs! She also has a healthy collection of IGN maps and local cycle circuit maps to share. There is hardly any motor traffic in this area, and cycling is a real joy. The cottage sleeps three. It's self-catering but you can order welcome meals and/or breakfasts if needed. 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
  • Wifi

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

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

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

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

Open: May to October

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

Bike facilities

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

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Creon - Chateau Camiac

A 'treat yourself' option near the Bordeaux-Toulouse bike route

Route de la Forêt, D121
33670 Créon
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €160

Open: All year

Who doesn't want to stay in a Bordeaux chateau just once in their life? Just 30km from Bordeaux – 4km from the Roger Lapebie bike path that links to the Canal de Garonne and Toulouse – Chateau Camiac is set amid 20 acres of parks and ponds, and within easy reach of vineyard bike routes. Relax by the pool after your ride or use the free wifi to send photos to your friends to make them jealous of your stately surrounds. Hotel dining is also possible (complete with fine Bordeaux wines). This is an expensive option compared to many hotels but it's a memorable one. 

Bike facilities

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

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Creon - Hotel Atena (Bordeaux-Toulouse bike path)

Budget accommodation on the Canal de Garonne bike route

55 avenue de l'Entre-Deux-Mers
55, avenue de l'Entre-Deux-Mers
33670 Créon
Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Price from: €59

Open: All year

Hotel Atena is an affordable option at Creon, near the Roger Lapebie bike path on the Bordeaux-Toulouse bike route. It offers basic two-star accommodation that cyclists tell us is clean and friendly. There's an in-house restaurant plus bike storage. All rooms are en suite. There are twins, doubles, triples and family rooms (sleeping 5), making this a good, budget option for groups or couples/friends cycling together. Free wifi. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Damazan - Inter-Hotel de la Confluence

Ideal for the Canal de Garonne and Lot Valley bikes routes

Avenue de la confluence
47160 Damazan
Lot-et-Garonne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Price from: €69

Open: All year

This clean and friendly chain hotel comes recommended to us by cyclists who rode the Canal de Garonne bike route between Bordeaux and Toulouse. It is also close to where the Garonne River meets the Lot River (and its bike route) at Aiguillon (hence the 'confluence' in the title). The hotel is registered as an accueil velo place to stay and regularly sees cyclists through. Modern and friendly, it has crisp and interesting interior design that sets it apart from regular chain hotels. This is a good option if you're looking for a clean and reliable base for a night. On site restaurant and bar but may not be open at weekends during the low season.
We've stayed here – check 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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Dordogne - La Chataigne et La Grange des Les Taloches

Stone farmhouse surrounded by the majestic Perigord Vert

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Dordogne - Le Magnolia Dordogne (Hautefort)

Peaceful B&B in the Périgueux-Brive-Thiviers triangle

Place de l'ordre de Fontevrault
24390 Cherveix-Cubas
Dordogne, Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)5 53 42 35 87
Email: lemagnoliadordogne@gmail.com

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Price from: €55

Open: All year

Le Magnolia Dordogne offers the best of both worlds, a relaxing retreat in a beautiful corner of the Dordogne countryside, yet easy to get to and with lots of things to do within easy reach, including the stunning Hautefort chateau. Emma, who spent some of her childhood here in France, moved back last year and has lovingly renovated this beautiful 'maison de maitre'. The rooms are light and airy, there's a lovely garden to relax in, and the river flows nearby. A delicious continental breakfast is included in the price, plus Emma can prepare packed lunches for your panniers. Cycling runs in the family, so there's plenty of local knowledge to share to help you make the most of your stay. From the door there are lovely, quiet leisure routes (including a traffic-free voie verte from Thiviers to Saint-Jean-de-Côle – one of France's most beautiful villages) and rides along the river. For MTB riders, there are more than 1000km of trails within reach. French and English spoken (plus a bit of German). Free wifi available, and hire bikes can be delivered to the door for you.

Bike facilities

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

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Dordogne - Les Cerisiers Cottage for 2 (Monpazier)

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Dordogne - Les Charmes de Carlucet B&B and Holiday Homes

Bike-friendly accommodation in the heart of the Dordogne

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

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Price from: B&B: €95 per room including breakfast; Self-catering holiday homes: Manor (sleeps 14) €425 per night or €2970 per week; Villa (sleeps 7) €189 per night or €1260 per week

Open: B&B from late March to November; Self-catered available all year

Stay here and you'll be in the heart of Périgord Noir in the 'Golden Triangle' of the Dordogne valley between Sarlat (12km) and the caves of Lascaux (15km). Kerry, the owner of Les Charmes de Carlucet, has made a special effort to welcome cyclists, with a selection of local route maps on offer for all guests to use and enjoy. There is ample bike storage and bike hire can be arranged locally. Set in 20,000 square metres of beautiful, private gardens, Les Charmes de Carlucet offers 5-star accommodation in a magnificent 18th century stone manor. The manor itself is available to groups on a self-catered basis or as individual rooms as a B&B. It sleeps 14 in total, and there's a heated pool and sauna for tired legs. Next door is a luxury 3-bedroom villa sleeping a further 7 people. It also has a heated pool. This is a great location – there is a restaurant a short ride or 5-minute walk away, and the history and culture that the Dordogne is famous for is within reach from the door.

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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Dordogne River - Le Manoir du Bois Mignon (Sainte-Foy-la-Grande)

Wonderfully warm and welcoming stop on the banks of the Dordogne

212 Route de la Nougarede
24130 Le Fleix, Sainte-Foy-la-Grande
Dordogne, Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)5 53 24 92 59 or +33 (0)6 29 14 14 14
Email: info@manoirduboismignon.com

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Price from: €140 for a double

Open: Easter to September

There can't be many better places to relax after a day on the bike than Mark and Denise's patch on the banks of the Dordogne near Sainte-Foy-la-Grande. I use the word 'patch' loosely given this B&B oasis is set in a beautiful old manoir house built in 1791 but lovingly restored by this friendly Australian couple. This tiny hamlet is a wonderful stop on a ride along the river Dordogne (Freewheeling France rides this area often, winding along the river and back up through the vines). From the door, the UNESCO-listed St-Emilion is a 40km bimble (en route to Bordeaux); in the other direction you'll find the sweet white vines of Monbazillac or, further east, the ancient cobbles of Sarlat. Mark and Denise have put a lot of love into this place, from elegantly decorated rooms to the complementary toiletries, chocs and bottled water that win points for pampering. At breakfast, Denise serves up a scrumptious spread, including omelettes, and will happily send you off with a packed lunch in your pannier. If you're arriving late she can do you a table d’hote – an evening meal worthy of a restaurant. Free wifi. Go canoeing on the river or wine-tasting (or just spend the day by the pool nibbling on one of Denise's platters). Don't stay too long, though - you may never leave.

Bike facilities

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

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Dordogne Valley – Le Manoir des Granges

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

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

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

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Douville - Hotel-Restaurant Le Tropicana

Family-run hotel halfway between Bergerac and Périgueux

Lieu-Dit Les Trois Freres
24140 Douville
Dordogne, Aquitaine

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Price from: €64

Open: Year-round

Family-run 3-star hotel and restaurant between Perigueux and Bergerac, the two largest cities in the Dordogne. Part of the Logis hotel network, it conforms to that company's cycle-friendly charter. Free wifi. Welcomes groups. Other facilities include an outdoor pool, tennis courts and mini golf.

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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Gensac – Chateau de Sanse

Elegant country hotel retreat overlooking vineyards

Sanse
33350 Sainte-Radegonde
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €90

Open: All year

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the vines, Chateau de Sanse is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful corner of France that borders Dordogne and Gironde. The hotel is 25km south-east of UNESCO-listed Saint-Émilion, and 13km from Castillon-la-Bataille, start of the Lawrence of Arabia bike route. This is Freewheeling France's backyard – we ride these roads A LOT, and we love them. The roads from the door of Chateau de Sanse are a bit hilly, but they are achievable (we know of at least one cycle tour company that uses Chateau de Sanse as part of a family cycling itinerary). There are flatter river routes and voies vertes within reach, including the excellent Roger Lapebie bike route, which you can jump on just shy of Rauzan.  

Bike facilities

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

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Gensac – La Tuilerie De La Jalgue

Family run gite overlooking vineyards, great for river and training rides

33890 Coubeyrac, Gensac
Gironde, Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)6 52 49 56 58
Email: lizziefairhurst@hotmail.com

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Price from: £80-£100 per night (min 3-night stay) or £795 per week

Open: All year

Family friendly 2-bedroom self-catering gite overlooking the vineyards of the Dordogne/Gironde border region. This is an ideal base for a family cycling holiday. The location itself is best suited to riders wanting to stretch themselves on training rides, with some wonderful hilly roads leading from the door to the vineyards St Emillion or out to Rauzan, Duras, Pellegrue or Sauveterre. However there are some flatter family rides a short drive away – the wonderful the Roger Lapebie bike path starts its journey to Bordeaux from nearby Sauveterre, while there are also gentle bimbles to be had along the Dordogne river to Ste-Foy-la-Grande (for the Saturday market – voted the best market in France) or to Castillon-la-Battaile, where the specatacular Bataille de Castillon recreates the end of the Hundred Years War each summer. Swimming pool and kids' play area. Outdoor eating area and BBQ. French and English spoken. 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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Lacanau - Holiday Village

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

Domaine du Golf
33680 Lacanau
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €125 per night

Open: Year-round

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

Bike facilities

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

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Lacanau - Vitalparc

Peaceful apartments and rooms set among the pine forest

Route Du Baganais
33680 Lacanau Ocean
Gironde

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Price from: €60

Open: Year round

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

Bike facilities

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

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Brittany's Greenways guidebook

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Veloscenie

Alps Bike Hire

Vie en Velo

Yellow Jersey

St Antonin Noble Velo

Avenue Verte London to PAris guidebook

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