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Cosy cottage near the Flow bike route just west of Nontron
Lieu dit Fayemarteau
Dordogne, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 53 56 56 44
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.
Cyclist-run accommodation in the Limoges-Angouleme-Thivers triangle
22 Les Arcis
Haute-Vienne (Limousin, Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 55 75 33 41 or +44 (0)7538 344076
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.
Top value self-catering cottages between Angouleme and Limoges
Charente, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)6 42 18 31 55
Price from: €50 per night, €290 per week
Open: All year
Open all year round, the three independent and private gites at Tranquille Vienne are perfectly located for cyclists who are exploring the Charente area. They're slap-bang on the Tour de Charente bike route, so perfect for tourers or those wanting a longer term base to rest and relax. The rolling countryside surrounding the accommodation is well suited for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Guy and Julie are keen to welcome all types of cyclists, from road riders wanting a training base to cycle tourers and families. It's perfect for group adventures, with a huge garden and an above ground pool to keep everyone happy. One of the gites is a 3-bedroomed cottage, while there are also two, 2-bedroom gites – all offering comfortable and affordable accommodation at nightly or weekly rates. There's safe parking for your bikes and lots of local advice on hand. English and French spoken. Free wifi.
Affordable studio apartments close to the city centre
9 rue Giscard de la Tour Fondue
de la Tour Fondue
63100 Clermont Ferrand
Price from: €49 per apartment per night
Open: All year
Apartment hotel in the centre of Clermont-Ferrand, near Place de Jaude, and a two-minute walk from the historic centre of the city. It has 122 self-catering apartments with fully equipped kitchenettes. The studio apartments can sleep up to 3 people. Free wifi access. Management advises that bikes can be stored in apartments.
Lovely bike-friendly option on the banks of the river Charente
16 rue des Pontis
Charente, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Price from: €78
Open: All year
Wonderfully versatile accommodation, with hotel/B&B-style accommodation, as well as self-catering lodges, 'houses on stilts' and even rustic Gypsy caravans. Twins, doubles, triples and quads, making this great for families and groups. In the middle of Cognac, it's handy for all the local attractions, including Cognac tours and distillery visits. Peaceful location on Charente River banks + swimming pool. Bike hire available on site. French and English spoken.
Cyclist-run gite at the base of the Tourmalet and Aspin
Chemin d’ Escaret
65710 Sainte Marie de Campan
Haute Pyrenees, Midi-Pyrenees
Phone: +33 (0)9 67 24 21 96, +33 (0)6 21 36 11 19 Fr mob, +44 (0)7799 064 560 UK
Price from: €385 per week for 2 people, €735 for 4 people, €1,065 for 6 people or €1,950 for 12 people
Open: April to October
Gite Belle Vie is an ideal choice for the more discerning cyclist looking to combine the most central of positions to access a wide range of cycling options from the door, the most peaceful of locations with accommodation that is out of the ordinary. Set in 10 acres of peaceful, stream-lined countryside, you’re in a different world but a mere few hundred metres off the main route that links the famous Cols of the Pyrenees. Gite Belle Vie is in a prime position for taking full advantage of the stunning cycling available – you can turn straight out of the lane and onto the legendary climbs of the Tour de France, including the Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourdes, Ancizan, Lac de Cap-de-Long, Hautacam, Aubisque and many more. Or, take a gentler route through stunning countryside and forests, alongside streams and around rolling hills. Gite Belle Vie provides flexible accommodation in their spacious 1, 2 or 3-bedroom gites or combined as 6 bedrooms. All of the gites are comprehensively equipped so you can self-cater and enjoy your own space. If you’d like to book as a group, you may like to take advantage of some of the support options for that ride like a pro experience which are provided by people that are passionate about cycling or maybe consider some tasty catered options. Various local bike hire options are available, we welcome guests from all over the world and speak cycling in either English, French or Portuguese. Garmin or Strava routes and loads of personal experience of the surrounding routes available. Free wifi is available and satellite TV.
Cosy famiily run hotel on the western side of the Col du Tourmalet
6 Place de la Comporte
65120 Luz St Sauveur
Phone: +33 (0)5 6292 8152
Price from: 75€-85€ per night. Organic buffet breakfast 9.50€pp.
Open: All year
Hotel Les Templiers is a small, family run hotel in the centre of Luz St Sauveur, and ideally located at the bottom of the western side of the Col du Tourmalet, and also at the bottom of a number of other interesting climbs (Luz Ardiden, Col des Tentes, Troumouse). Just down the road in Argeles-Gazost is the bottom of the climbs for Hautacam and Col du Soulor/Col d'Aubisque. The hotel has 10 traditional hotel rooms available for B&B, as well as a fully equipped self-catered apartment. Free wifi. French and English spoken (run by a Franco-Australian couple). On-site restaurant; free tea and coffee in the lounge.
One-bed apartment with stunning views just west of Nice
Route des Serres
Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +44 (0)7747 697 562
Price from: €130 per night
Open: All year
Olivade is a luxury one-bedroom villa situated on the Côte d’Azur in Saint Paul de Vence. It's run by David, a cyclist. It has panoramic views of the sea and mountains and a wrap-around balcony. There is a large private garden with a terrace, a dining table with a pergola and a private sun deck. There is also a full-size swimming pool to help cool off post-ride. The interior is spacious, tastefully decorated with a fully equipped kitchen, lounge area, dining for four and a super kingsize bed. St Paul sits at the base of the Préalpes with access to great cycling routes that take you into the mountains or along the famous roads of Cannes, Monaco and beyond. David has been living and cycling in the region for 18 years and he has a large database of routes and maps to suit all abilities and seasons.
Peaceful and traditional French cottages near Mael Pestivien
22160 Mael Pestivien
Cotes d'Armor, Brittany
Phone: +44 (0)1258 881233
Price from: €96 to €154 per night, with discounts availble for smaller groups
Open: All year
Kerguiffiou is surrounded by the quiet Breton countryside with lots of cycle routes passing the door. The super quiet and smooth roads make it ideal for riding and there are also MTB routes close by for those who enjoy going off road. The main house sleeps upto 11 plus there's a self-catering gite for upto 8 – both fully equipped. The large gardens, BBQ, and games room make the property perfect for larger groups, families and cycling clubs. For those who enjoy the water, there's a large lake, Kuerne Uhel, for fishing, kayaking and it has an abundance of wildlife. The Nantes-Brest Canal is 20 minutes away with its 380km of towpath for riding or walking traffic-free, perfect for a family trip. The 2018 Tour de France Stage 6 route also runs close by. If you want to bring your own bike, there's a lockable workshop for secure storage, plus basic tools available. Cycle route information can be provided by the owner, Nigel, who is keen to attract more cyclists. There are also house bikes available to borrow.
Perfect self-catering base just 4km from the Malaucène Ventoux climb
Chemin du Sublon
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 90 36 23 45 / +33 (0)3 36 15 57 49 27
Price from: €600-700 per week (shorter weekend rentals available October-April – please ask for prices)
Open: All year
There can be fewer nicer places to stay than a self-catering gite at the foot of the Ventoux that comes with its own restaurant for when you're too tired to cook. But that's what David and Fiejette have at La Fleur Bleue Restaurant & Gîtes in Crestet. There are two self-contained gites, each with two bedrooms and sleeping up to 5. From your door you are a measly 4.6km from the start of the Malaucène Ventoux climb, or a 17km warm up ride to Bédoin. When you get back, there's a hot tub in the cherry tree orchard (complete with views of Ventoux to remind you where you've been). Cook in your own kitchen or enjoy lunch or dinner in the restaurant courtyard (yes, with more Ventoux views). For non-cycling partners or for rest days, there are Roman excavations in Vaison la Romaine to discover, plus the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone. Free wifi. French, Dutch and English spoken.
Base run by cyclists for cyclists in uncrowded Limousin countryside
Phone: +44 (0)1622 371 131 or +44 (0)7595 895 462
Price from: €60 per room per night or €300 per week
Open: All year
Looking for somewhere slightly off the beaten track? Lesser explored roads? Lots of bikey support? Look no further than Andy and Cris's B&B farmhouse and self-catering gites – run especially for cyclists visiting the beautiful Limousin. This 200-year-old property offers versatile accommodation for cyclists wanting to stay one night or one week (or longer). Caters for single riders as well as families and club groups. Bike hire available direct from Andy and Cris. Above ground splash pool for post-ride cooling off. Bar/lounge with an iPod dock and library. Satellite TV and free wifi. Food is a real specialty here, with all diets welcome, including gluten/wheat-free/coeliac, plus meals for vegetarians and guests with allergies, and high-protein/lo carb options. Secure, fully equipped bike store and workshop (including resident mechanic!) French and English spoken.
Self-catering base for 5 ideal for short breaks or family holidays
Price from: €60 per night
Open: All year
This is a great base for cycling, roughly halfway between Granville and Domfront and within easy reach of Mont St Michel, the D-Day beaches and the ferry ports at Cherbourg and St Malo. The owners are keen to welcome cyclists, and have free bicycles available for guest use. The house itself is a modernised self-contained 'gite' that sleeps five people. It forms part of a typical old stone farmhouse. There's a double bedroom, twin bedroom and a single room. Outside there are mature gardens with high hedges enclosing the main gardens in front of the house. There are old barns and ample parking for both bikes and cars, plus an enclosed outside dining area for summer nights and an outdoor clothes line for drying cycling kit. In the garden there's a swing and ladder frame for mini-cyclists.
Cycle friendly gites between Nantes and Niort
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 49 70 09 71
Price from: €200 for 3 nights through to €350 for a week during low season, €450 per week during high season
Open: Mid-February to mid-November
Perfectly situated for both shorter local voie vertes (greenway routes) that are ideal for families, and the longer La Velo Francette route just 28km away, these two gites are well situated for a stay in peaceful rural countryside. As well as flat routes, there are also varied, hillier local routes for cyclists on training rides. There's a pool for chilling in summer and cosy heating for the cooler months. Both have two bedrooms and are fully equipped, including private patios and BBQ equipment, as well as vital necessities like coffee makers! Plenty of room for safe storage for your bike and there are free (but older) bikes to potter around locally on, plus local cycling maps thoughtfully protected in plastic. Flexible for families, groups (you can hire one gite or both together) as well as couples looking for a cycling base. Free wifi. English and French spoken.
** We've stayed (and cycled from) here - read our review! **
B&B/self-catering cottage on Paris-Mont St Michel and Francette routes
Le Bas Chenais
Phone: +33 (0)6 65 93 54 88 (France), +44 (0)795 6324047 (UK)
Price from: B&B €60 per room per night; Self-catering cottage from €55 per night, minimum 2 nights
Open: March to November
A warn welcome awaits from Jean and Paul (a cyclist), who offer both B&B accommodation and a quaint self-catering cottage for riders. Le Bas Chenay is ideally located near Domfront, which is at the crossroads of the Veloscenic Paris to Mont St Michel bike route and the La Rochelle to Caen Velo Francette. Both routes can be ridden in their entirety as point-to-point rides or you can use Jean and Paul's cottage or B&B as a fixed base for local day rides along the greenways. The area also has some excellent mountain bike routes for all abilities. Paul rides locally and loves sharing his favourites routes with guests. Jean and Paul also offer a local pickup service if you need collecting from a station, have a mechanical problem or get caught in bad weather (prices available on request). The B&B and the self-catering cottage sleep four people each. You can book direct on the numbers/email above, or online here for the B&B or here for the self-catering cottage.
Self-catering or B&B near the Veloscenie and Velo Francette routes
Le Bois Ellier
61700 Lonlay L'Abbaye
Phone: +33 (0)2 33 14 43 99 (France); +44 (0)78 7059 830 (UK mobile)
Price from: €55 per night for the cottage (book for 7 nights and get the 7th night free); please ask if you prefer B&B
Open: All year
Le Bois Ellier is a one-bedroom garden cottage that can sleep up to 4 people. This is a bike-friendly place that's really worth supporting. It's owned by Tina and Martin, who live on site and are keen to rent the cottage to cyclists on either a self-catering or a B&B basis. They are very flexible and happily offer just one-night bookings on your route through, or extended stays for fixed-base cycling. The cottage is set in the beautiful Normandy countryside in Lonlay L’Abbaye, which a commune in the Orne department in north-western France. It's roughly 10km north(ish) of Domfront and 18km south(ish) of Flers – perfect for the Velo Francette La Rochelle to Caen and the Veloscenie Paris to Mont St Michel bike routes. The D-Day landing beaches at Arromanches are just under 100km to the north. As the name suggests, Lonlay L’Abbaye has a beautiful abbey and town square and is surrounded by walks and countryside, including the local viewpoint Fosse Arthur. Secure bike parking in the barn + free wifi. Picnic hampers are also available for your panniers. English and some French spoken.
Cosy converted bakehouse for 2 in Normandy's cycling heartland
61350 L'Epinay Le Comte
Phone: +33 (0)2 33 96 13 67
Price from: €285 per week; €143 for the weekend
Open: All year
The perfect base for couples and friends looking to explore northern France. The Bakehouse sits of the western edge of the Parc naturel régional Normandie-Maine, and near the junction of the Orne and Manche departments of Normandy and the Mayenne in Pays de la Loire. This is prime cycling country, with 5 local signposted bike routes between 14km-30km (maps available), including 2 routes passing the Bakehouse's doors. Just 11km away is Domfront, where the Paris to Mont St-Michel route crosses over with La Velo Francette. The Tour de Manche, with direct links to the D-Day Beaches, ferry ports and Brittany, is also within reach, as is the picturesque towpath of the river Mayenne. Local villages here start their fete day celebrations with a cycling race, so the flash of Lycra is a regular sight from the Bakehouse. Sue and Phil are keen leisure cyclists (they have 4 adult 'house bikes' for guests), and would love to share their corner of Normandy with you. Free wifi. Bike storage in a lockable barn. Undercover hot tub in the garden. French and English spoken.
Stone farmhouse surrounded by the majestic Perigord Vert
Les Taloches Ouest
Lieu dit les Taloches
Phone: +33 (0)5 53 42 30 96
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.
Dordogne cottage for two - explore chateaux, caves and hilltop villages
Le Therme Rouge Bas
24540 Capdrot, Monpazier
Phone: +61 409 120 540 (phone and SMS messages)
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-friendly accommodation in the heart of the Dordogne
24590 St Crépin et Carlucet
Dordogne, Aquitaine (Nouvelle Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)6 84 22 79 86
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.
Explore Lascaux, Les Eyzies, Sarlat and the Vézère valley by bike
Phone: +33 (0)5 53 50 18 14 / +33 (0)6 61 53 58 18 / +44 (0)7710 470 680
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.
Specialist cycling base in the stunning Vercors area of the French Alps
Montee des Usines
26190 St Jean-en-Royans
Phone: +33 (0)6 71 88 86 72
Price from: Self-catering gites £780; B&B is £90 per room
Open: May to October
This is a specialist cycling holiday base located at the gateway to the stunning gorges, Alpine climbs and valleys of the Vercors National Park. As featured in Cyclist (April 2015), the Vercors offers spectacular scenery at every turn of the pedal, little traffic, superb road surfaces and no col-baggers to boot. It's a 'hidden gem' for those wanting an unforgettable cycling experience for all levels of fitness. Teresa has more than 10 years' experience riding in this area, and her and her team are passionate about the region. They can offer lots of local knowledge about routes that start directly from the door, and have maps and GPS files to share. Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux are within reach from here on day trips. This is a very personal service and relaxed atmosphere with 3 self-catering gites, B&B rooms and a large outside barn where guests socialise and relax. Based in a charming town with cafes, restaurants, shops, supermarket and weekly market. Excellent base for groups, couples, friends or families.
Apartments set in the vineyards a short bike ride from the town centre
1 Rue du 1er R.E.C
Price from: €440 for a week - check website for seasonal prices and offers
Apartments catering for up to 7 people set in a quiet rural area mid some of Alsace's finest vineyards. The pretty village of Eguisheim, with its typical regional architecture, is a shhort cycle ride away. The apartments are situated in a residence with a heated indoor pool and year-round bike hire.
Apartments and houses in eco-village near the Bay of Somme in Picardy
Promenade du Marquenterre
80120 Fort-Mahon Plage
Price from: Check website for seasonal prices and special deals
An eco-friendly, pedestrianised holiday village surrounded by a golf course and offering great access for nature-based outdoor activities and watersports. Great for birdwatching, seal-spotting and, of course, cycling. Accommodation varies from studio apartments for 2 people through to houses for up to 8. Facilities onsite for chidren aged from 3 months.
A quaint, newly renovated self-catering school canteen gite for 2 people
Route de Vieux Vouhe D131
Deux Sevres, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 49 94 27 29
Price from: €45 per night, €315 per week
Open: All year
Le Refectoire at L’ancienne Ecole is a quaint self-catering gite sleeping two people 15km south of Parthenay near the Velo Francette bike route in western France. It's also just north of the Tour de Charente loops and east or/inland from of the coastal EuroVelo 1 route. There are also many local 'boucles' and trails to explore. The gite is in a converted a canteen building at, as the name suggests, the old village school. Nestled among farmland and apple orchards, it's well-equipped for a self-catering break with a kitchen, plus a jacuzzi spa, BBQ and patio area. The sleeping area has a king-sized bed (linen and towels supplied), while the bathroom has a walk-in shower that's perfect after rides. A welcome basket is supplied for overnight stays, with emergency supplies of fresh homemade bread, butter, jam, eggs (when available) and a bottle of water. You will also find teabags, coffee and sugar. Picnics can be arranged for your pannier to set you on your way the next day. This is an ideal base for a cycle tour stopover or for a longer stay to explore this lovely part of SW France.
Self-contained studios and apartments on the Mediterranean
46 Quai dei caravello
Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Price from: €115 per night
Open: Year round
Studios and apartments sleeping up to 6 adults, making them ideal for families and groups. Apartments are fully furnished with kitchenettes, TVs and other creature comforts. The property faces the harbour and also has direct beach access and an outdoor swimming pool. Fréjus is a popular holiday town 40km from Cannes – book well ahead in summer and during French school holidays. As with all Pierre & Vacances properties, it's possible to store your bike in your apartment overnight. Wifi available at a surcharge.
Catered chalets and self-catered apartments in top mountain spot
05290 Puy St Vincent
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 23 08 36
Price from: €399 per week per person for a double room
Open: Chalet: December-April, then end of May until end of August. Apartment open all year
Family run gite overlooking vineyards, great for river and training rides
Phone: +33 (0)6 52 49 56 58
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.
Hotel with self-catering apartments close to the Grenoble city centre
41 rue Maurice Dodéro
Price from: €65
Self-catering studio and apartment rooms sleeping up to 4 people. Each room has a kitchenette with microwave, stove and fridge. Buffet breakfast also available for a surcharge. Free wifi. Management advises us that they have room for two bikes in a special storage area, plus clean bikes can be stored overnight in the apartments. Advice also available at reception on bike hire and local routes.
Apartments and houses in the Ardèche countryside
Le Domaine du Rouret
Price from: €133
Le Rouret Holiday Village is situated in the Rhone-Alps, within reach of both Cévennes and Provence. The village is spread across 197 acres, with the Ardèche gorges within cycling distance, along with prehistoric caves and the UNESCO-listed listed Vallon Pont d'Arc. Accommodation includes studio apartments for two people through to houses sleeping up to 8 people.
Idyllic B&B and gites at the heart of the WWI battlefields
3 Rue de l'Église
Somme, Picardy (Hauts de France)
Price from: €68
Open: All year
Le Clos du Clocher is an ideal base if you are riding between Lille and Paris or exploring the World War I battlefields. You can choose between B&B or self catering gites. Whichever you decide upon you will be able to enjoy a really magnifcent garden and jacuzzi, not to mention home cooking. You can also hire ebikes from the owners.
We have stayed here, read our review.
Cyclist-owned cottage and B&B in quaint hamlet
Rue de Rougerasse
Hameau de Ceps
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Price from: From €55-€65 per night.
Open: All year
Owned by a keen mountain biker, Ceps Cottage is a cosy stone building situated in a small, quiet hamlet in the French countryside. With two bedrooms, the gite can sleep 4. It's available self-catered year-round or on a B&B basis outside of the peak summer months. MTB and road cycling routes from your doorstep, as well as optional massages for an extra special treat. Enjoy your meals on the terrace, where there's a BBQ to help fully enjoy the outdoor life. Optional 'heat and serve' homecooked meals for when you don't feel like cooking, plus BBQ packs and picnic packs. Private chef service available on request for those special occasions.
Perfect base 55km south of Calais and ideal for exploring the region
19, Rue de Fruges
Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais (Hauts-de-France)
Phone: +44 (0)7919 926145
Price from: £61 per room per night B&B; £840 per week for self-catering (mention Freewheeling France when you get in touch as these rates may be cheaper than advertised elsewhere)
Open: April to end of October
Within easy reach of the ferry port at Calais, Herly offers an ideal spot for an overnight stay, a weekend base or a longer cycling holiday. Nestled in the heart of 'The Seven Valleys', this is a charming area and remains remarkably unspoiled. There's lots to do here on two wheels, from riding the Opal Coast to exploring villages or historic battlefields – including those of Agincourt and WW1. Janet's "19" guesthouse offers both self-catering and B&B accommodation options, with four en suite rooms sleeping up to 12 people, plus a large lounge area, kitchen, laundry, outside decking area and garden. It's ideal for solo riders as well as families and cycling clubs. Evening meals can be provided if you're arriving late or don't fancy going back out. There are lockable facilities for your bikes and free wifi for all guests.
*** We've stayed here – read our review. ***
Friendly B&B and self-catering option recommended to us by cyclists
505 Côte d'Equemauville
Price from: €60 per room per night B&B; self-catering gite for 2-4 people from €330 per week or from €140 for a weekends
Open: All year
Small and friendly B&B recommended to us by one of our contributors, Hilde, who used the B&B on a cycling trip from Caen to Honfleur. Just 1km from the town centre, it's a typically French affair, offering basic but comfortable accommodation and a versatile mix of double and family rooms (all rooms have private bathrooms). There is also a small self-catering gite for up to 4 people. Good locations en route to key towns and cities in Normandy: Deauville is 15km away, while the ferry at Le Havre is a 25km bike ride from the door. Free wifi. BBQ, garden, terrace.
Friendly campsite with pitches and bungalows on super cycling island
5, Route de la Noue
17630 La Flotte-en-Ré, île de Ré
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Price from: Camping pitches from €13 a night for 2 people, wood cabins from €132 for upto 5 people
Open: From April 6-September 29
Camping Bel Air is a 3-star campsite at at Flotte-en-Ré on the Ile de Ré. It's 900m from the beach and handy for the island's excellent network of bike routes. There is a heated outdoor pool + kids’ club. There are pitches for tents and camping cars, as well as wood cabins and canvas bungalows for self-caterers. Close to the star-shaped citadel and restaurants of St-Martin-de-Ré. The campsite has its own bike rental. Part of the Flower Campings network of independently owned campsites in France.
B&B with half-board option nestled at the bottom on the famous 21 bends
Hameau le Perrier
Phone: +33 (0)6 70 62 32 76
Price from: €89 per room including breakfast; groups should ask about sole occupancy prices
Open: All year except November and the first week of May
La Maitreya is a 8-bedroom B&B and self-catered chalet with a sun-blessed terrace, hot tub and sauna facilities. Add in bike storage and the delicious, healthy food on offer (3-couse evening meals are available on request), and it's ideal for anyone looking to conquer the famous 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez. James and Whitney can cater for individual riders and couples on a B&B basis, or groups of up to 20 who are interested in booking the whole chalet, making this a flexible and affordable option for everyone. They can also arrange massages, bike rental, help with route planning, or cater for any other special requests you might have. Alpe d’Huez is on the doorstep, with the Glandon, Galibier, Lautaret, Croix de Fer and many more all within reach from here. For mountain bikers the Grand Domain Alpe d’Huez lift system runs throughout summer for downhill and cross country trails. French, English, Dutch and German spoken. Free wifi.
Conquer Alpe d-Huez, Galibier, Glandon and Croix de Fer
38114 Oz en Oisans
Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)4 76 80 36 58
Price from: Self-catering from €90/apartment/night; B&B €105€ for 2 people; Half-board €155 for 2 people. Book directly for best prices.
Open: Mid-May to end of September for cycling; open mid-December to the end of April for skiing
The mythical 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez are just around the corner from Le Château d’Oz. The Galibier, Glandon and Croix de Fer are just up the road with their dramatic landscapes and lung-busting gradients. The Oisans has more than 30 routes, including famous stages from the Tour de France. All routes start from the door. Transport is available in the chalet's minibus by arrangement. Free wifi. Secured garage for bikes and maintenance/washdown area. Accommodation is flexible, offering both self-catered and catered options, with the latter including hot and Continental breakfasts, three-course evening meals and post-cycling pasta.
Specialist bike hotel with rooms and apartments, workshop and sauna
05320 La Grave
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (near Rhône-Alpes border)
Price from: €60 per person B&B based on double occupancy, or €85 per person for B&B and dinner (variety of room types and sizes available)
Open: End of May until the end of September for cycling; December to April for skiiing
Auberge Edelweiss is a specialist bike hotel in the heart of the Alps; Robin and Marlon are keen to welcome more English-speaking riders to enjoy the Galibier, Col d'Izoard, Alpe d'Huez and Col du Lautaret – all within easy reach. The hotel has information folders with profiles of all key climbs, plus cycling itineraries for both road and mountain bike routes (see their cycling page). The hotel is geared up for individual riders as well as groups, and can cater for big events like La Marmotte, Alpe d'Huzes, the Tour de France and Etape du Tour. Well-equiped workshop, plus Marlon and Robin work with a local bike shop that can deliver spares. Bike wash and sauna onsite; massages available on request. Oh, and plenty of wine and cold beer to help you relax on the terrace or in the restaurant. Then wake up to a generous breakfast of cereals, yoghurts, fruit juices, hot drinks, local jams and breads, meat, cheese and fruit salad. Bonne route!
Apartments and houses in a wooded area close to the beach in Gironde
Domaine du Golf
Price from: €125 per night
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.
Peaceful apartments and rooms set among the pine forest
Route Du Baganais
33680 Lacanau Ocean
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.
Mid-range hotel with self-catering in Saint Macaire
16 Allée des Tilleuls
33490 Saint Macaire
Price from: €55
Open: All year
Hotel Tilleuls Medieval has an enviable location being set in a medieval town close to the River Garonne and surrounded by some of the world's most famous vineyards. The hotel itself is a 16th century building with its own shady terrace and a choice of rooms or self-catering options, with an onsite restaurant with local cuisine and fresh breakfasts. The hotel is well used to hosting cyclists and has both hire and secure parking facilities. This location is just a great base for cycling with quiet rolling hills – it's not far from my patch, either, so drop me a line if you're staying there to organise a ride!
A lovely cyclist-run base close to Ventoux and lavender routes
200 Le Chemin de Choudeirolles
84330 Le Barroux
Phone: +33 (0)6 50 51 95 65
Price from: €110
Open: All year
La Ferme des Bélugues offers both B&B and self-catered accommodation. It's a home from home run by Karen and Spencer, both cyclists. Located just 3km from the start of the the Ventoux climb at Malaucène or 10km from Bedoin, it's the perfect base for an assault on one of the most iconic Tour de France summits. For gentler rides, the lavender fields and vineyards of Provence are within easy reach. Karen and Spencer host independent riders as well as cycle tour companies and pro riders, so it's fair to say they are local cycling experts. They arrived here four years ago and have lovingly renovated the house to ensure it is cycling friendly while also retaining its original charm and character. All the facilities are geared towards cyclists: there's a pool for post-ride cooling off (and perfect for non-cycling partners and friends) and a stunning bike room, while extra services such as bike hire, massages, and yoga can be arranged. In all there are 5 double rooms plus a really well set-up self-catering gite for two people.
Apartments and B&B by cyclists for cyclists in Auvergne volcano region
6 avenue de Clermont
63240 Le Mont-Dore
Phone: +33 (0)4 73 65 04 67
Price from: €50-€75 per apartment per night / €300-€475 per apartment per week (minimum 2-night stay)
Open: All year (cycling season runs mid-May to the end of September)
Les Camélias has 6 self-contained apartments of various sizes and layouts, each sleeping between 3 and 5. The apartments are owned and run by cyclists for cyclists. Located in the middle of the Auvergne volcano region, they are at the foot of the Col de la Croix-Morand, the Col de Guéry, the Col de Croix Saint Robert, and well-placed for the the climb to La Stèle. A wide variety of routes are available from Les Camélias on paper or downloadable as GPS track (a GPS can be rented). After a day of cycling you can relax in the garden and enjoy its stunning views. Les Camélias features a place to hose down mountain bikes, secure and spacious bike storage, workshop/maintenance area. There is a free laundry service for cycling clothes. Bike hire can be arranged by Vélo Plus, just 6km down the road. Apartments available on self-catering or B&B basis.
Coastal apartments for up to 6 people in the Loire-Atlantique department
74 boulevard de l'Atlantique
44510 Le Pouliguen
Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire
Price from: €180 for 2 nights - see website for seasonal prices and specials
A recently refurbished luxury residence set in the middle of a garden surrounded by 100-year-old pine trees. The residence has a relaxation area and an outdoor pool with solarium to rest your muscles after a day in the saddle. Located 200m from the sea and 400m from the beach, it has apartments catering for between 3 and 6 people.
Apartments on the edge of a forest a 1.5km ride from the beach
Boulevard de la Canche
62520 Le Touquet-Paris Plage
Price from: €420 per week
Apartments catering for up to 7 people and set in a quiet residence on the edge of a forest and within reach of Calais. The seaside resort of Le Touquet, on the beautiful Opal Coast, is a 1.5km bike ride away. less than an hour from Calais. Facilities include bike hire, heated indoor pool, tennis court, and children's playground.
Tranquil Normandy farmhouse with bikes for guest use and hire to non-guests (5km to beach)
60 Route de la Fontaine Felix
Phone: +33 (0)2 33 47 61 95 (France, May - September) or +44 (0)79 7670 5390 (UK)
Price from: Self-catering house for up to 6 people: From £535 per week or £90 per night (min 2 nights)
Open: May – September
The perfect base for exploring Normandy's western coast along the spectacular Cotentin peninsula, Les Tonneaux is a peaceful farmhouse retreat in the Cotentin National Park, 1km from the historic town of Lessay. It is just 5km from the sandy beaches of St-Germain-sur-Ay and Creances and 50m from the converted railway line that now forms part of the national cycle path from Cherbourg to Mont St Michel. It can sleep up to 6 people and has free wifi, a fully-equipped kitchen-diner, comfortable lounge and a.BBQ patio and large gardens to relax in after a hard day on the bike! There is safe bike storage and bike hire available to non-residents. French, English and German spoken.
Hotel with studios and apartments sleeping up to 4 people
14 Rue Jacqueline Auriol
Price from: €62
Open: All year
Hoel with self-contained apartments in Lyon's 8th district, opposite the Maison de la Danse Theatre. Each room haa a kitchette with a fridge, microwave and hotplate. Breakfast is also served daily in the breakfast room. There is a Vélov bike share dock in front of the hotel. Free wifi. Management advises that bikes can be stored in apartments.
Apartment hotel near the beachfront in the south of the city
46 rue des Mousses
La Corniche, Stade Vélodrome
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Price from: €76
Apartment hotel located south of the city centre with self-catering studios and 1-bedroom apartments for between 1 and 5 people. Each apartment has air-conditioning, a balcony, and a kitchenette. The hotel has 94 apartments, so it's good for groups and families. Management advises that bikes can be securely stored in the apartments overnight. Wifi. Outdoor swimming pool. 24-hour reception.
Provencal panoramas from the roof terrace of this cyclist-owned gîte
Drôme, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Price from: €36 per night or €250 per week for up to 5
Open: Available all year, just check availability outside of the main season
Explore the sun-drenched hills, medieval villages, markets, lavender fields and Rhone Valley vineyards from the door of Les Toits Roses. This charming self-catering two bedroom house is ideal for an ascent of Ventoux, whose slopes at Malaucène are just a warmup ride away. Les Toits Roses, which can sleep 5, is set on a quiet village street in the Provencal village of Mirabel-aux-Baronnies and provides an authentic rural retreat with a roof terrace and panoramic views of the hills. The area surrounding Mirabel aux Baronnies is often included in the route of the Tour du France and is a very popular cycling area for professionals and amateurs alike. The owners Lucy and Steven, are cyclists and can share their local knowledge. There are many quieter back roads for all levels, including marked cycling routes through the vineyards and villages (including to the Roman town of Vaison-la-Romaine), and more challenging rides into the surrounding hills. Cycle hire and repair close by. English, Dutch and French spoken. Secure locked garage for your bike and equipment.
Family friendly and with easy access to the beach
Landes, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Price from: €69
Open: All year
Under 2km from the beach and with its own pool, the Pierre & Vacances apart-hotel at Moliets et Maa is a nice option for combining a cycle with a beach holiday. The La Vélodyssée cycle route runs close by, and there's safe bike storage (as at all Pierre & Vacances properties in France). Each room has a kitchenette with all the pots and pans you'd need to cook up a storm, or you can have breakfast in the restaurant. There's free wifi. English and French spoken.
B&B and self-catering studio near Mont St-Michel
8 bis Route du Mont Saint-Michel
Price from: €50 B&B or €170-€305 for the self-catering studio
Open: All year
A unique B&B (with self-catering studio apartment) that's both a place to stay and a place to top up on souvenirs and French chic on your visit to nearby Mont-St Michel – the B&B has its own gift boutique! This is flexible accommodation that caters for solo cyclists through to families (some rooms comfortably sleep 5 people). Les Epinettes is an accredited Accueil Velo place to stay with secure parking and all the other bikey bits you'd expect from a cycle-friendly B&B. Free wifi. En suite bathrooms. Oh and fresh pastries for breakfast plus packed lunches can be prepared if you're heading off out on your bikes. Close also to local restaurants in Beauvoir. We've stayed here – read our review.
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