Le Village, 30430 Rochegude
+33 (0)4 66 56 61 59 or +33 (0)7 84 33 10 44
From €95 (sleeps up to 6 people); 7-night minimum but ask about shorter stays outside the busy summer months
Just to the north of Nimes, Capricorne Gite sleeps up to 6 people near the river Cèze. This is a super base for visiting the nearby Cévennes – a wonderful spot for cycling. From the door you can also visit the prehistoric Chauvet caves, as well as other UNESCO sites in the area. In addition to the great cycling, there’s also canoeing on the river and walks through poppy fields. Bicycle storage is in a locked garage. Tony and Gillian, the friendly owners, live close by and can help with route and tourist information, as well as bike hire. Free wifi. English and French spoken.
Mas de la Bousquette, 30580 Lussan
Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
+33(0)4 66 57 90 14
From €1320 per week, open Mid-March to end October
Mas de la Bousquette has three self-catering gites located between the Pont du Gard, Avignon, Uzes and Nimes. The property is a 500-yearr-old mas near Lussan, which is officially designated as one of France’s Plus Beaux Villages – or ‘Most Beautiful Villages’. The gites are set within 8 acres of landscaped gardens, complete with pool and BBQ area. Each gite has a terrace and is kitted out with the full range of mod-cons, including programmed iPads for guest use. The cycling here is ideal for all levels, with gentler family bimbles through to more challenging rides into the Cevennes. There’s also the Les Concluses de Lussan – or canyons – to explore nearby. The three gites sleep between 2 and 6 people so they offer flexible accommodation for couples, families and clubs. On-site help with essentials, baguettes and croissants baked daily, plus there are restaurants nearby so you can sample the local cuisine (or if you don’t feel like cooking at the end of your day on the bike).
1-3 Grande Bourgade, 30700 Uzès
From €95, book online
Hostellerie Provençale is a popular stop for cyclists. Right in the centre of Uzès, it offers a friendly welcome to guests on two wheels. It has its own restaurant, so there’s no need to go back out if your legs have had enough for the day. (The restaurant is actually very popular with locals as well, and serves up hearty Mediterranean menus). It’s a small hotel – there are only 9 rooms – so book well ahead in summer, during French school holidays or if you’re arriving on a long weekend. The hotel is built in a renovated house that’s more than three centuries old, yet it still has all the modern creature comforts, including free wifi. There is a bike storage room and you can even book a massage through the reception.
5 allée Boissy d’Anglas, Triangle de la Gare, 30000 Nîmes
From €57, book online
This is a clean and reliable apartment hotel in the centre of Nîmes. The Hotel Adagio is made up of apartments sleeping 2 or 4 people. There are more than 100 rooms here, so this is an ideal base for groups and families wanting to self-cater (each room has a kitchenette). Free wifi. Staff at the hotel can arrange for your bike to be safely stored away overnight.