Categories: Europe

Top 10 Villas for Cycling Holidays

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of freedom you get on a bicycle, and if you couple that with a beautiful natural landscape you’ve got an utterly spellbinding natural experience right there. The fact you’re getting fit at the same time is just the extra-tasty icing on an already delicious cake.

Cycling holidays in Europe and the Caribbean are becoming more and more popular, and it’s not just because of the increasing amount of people turning to the joys of pedal power. Exploring the country by bike really gives you a feel for a region you won’t get in a car, and you’re free to explore wherever takes your fancy. Spot an intriguing little cafe that just draws you towards it? All you need do is hit the brakes and head in. Who needs the hassle of parking?

1. Villa Drvo

Location: Istria, Croatia

Sleeps: 10

Price from: £31pppn | $36pppn

Best for Cycling: The owner of this villa absolutely loves cycling, and it’s no wonder when the countryside of Istria provides such amazing scenery and landscapes for a day out on a bike. The villa has recently been assessed as a 5* cycling villa, with the owner planning on becoming a professional cycle guide – taking guests out on cycle tours (either for free off-season or a small price in-season). 

2. Waterside House

Location: Sussex, England

Sleeps: 18

Price from: £53pppn | $62pppn

Best for Cycling: Waterside House is on the banks of the stunning Bewl Water Lake. Here you can explore idyllic routes and enjoy a peaceful bike ride along the water. Bikes are provided too which is always a bonus!

3.  Villa San Michele

Location: Puglia, Italy

Sleeps: 8

Price from: £56pppn | $67pppn

Best for Cycling: Prepare yourself for a true Apuglian experience! The owners of this Masseria have thought through all the details, so once you’ve booked your stay, just get in contact with them to arrange some wine, olive oil and cycling tours. Locals always know best!

4. Villa Shambhala

Location: Dordogne, France

Sleeps: 8

Price from: £35pppn | $41pppn

Best for Cycling:  Even if you go on holiday with toddlers, you can still escape for a few hours and enjoy the beauty of the region by bike, especially if you are a wine and food aficionado. The villa owners can arrange for a babysitter to look after your kids, so it’s time for you to head out and go for a wine and food adventure in the world-famous St-Emillion!

5. Castello Cavica

Location: Sicily, Italy

Sleeps: 16

Price from: £30pppn | $35pppn

Best for Cycling: You might need a GPS to find this amazing property (it’s a little off the beaten track) but once you’ve arrived there all you need to explore is a bicycle and a map! Make sure you visit the grottos, necropolis, and the underground castle. An archaeologist’s dream!

6. Les Gueybauds

Location: Dordogne, France

Sleeps: 8

Price from: £22pppn | $25pppn

Best for Cycling: Situated in the picturesque Dordogne this place is perfect for those who love cycling. A stone’s throw from the property, there is a mountain bike rental shop. You can take the bikes to the Voie Vert, which is a wonderful cycle route through the Dordogne. It runs 29km from the region’s medieval capital along the river. A perfect place to enjoy Dordogne’s stunning landscape and it is only a short drive away from the villa. Perfect!

7. Manoir Mer et Lacs

Location: Aquitaine, Italy

Sleeps: 18

Price from: £53pppn | $80pppn

Best for Cycling:  Manoir Mer et Lacs is located close to Biarritz, and at just 7km from the outstanding Atlantic coast it’s a perfect base from which to explore south-west France, famous for its gorgeous golden sandy beaches that stretch for miles, its majestic lakes, forests, vineyards and world-famous golf courses. Discover the outdoors with one of the suggested cycling routes you can find here.

8. Meadow Manor

Location: Norfolk, UK

Sleeps: 14

Price from: £28pppn | $33pppn

Best for Cycling: Norfolk is a brilliant county for cycling, whether you’re after a relaxing Sunday pedal or something a bit longer. We searched for a few routes to inspire you, so just bike it!

9. Villa Impruneta

Location: Florence, Italy

Sleeps: 14

Price from: £59pppn | $69pppn

Best for Cycling: Close to Tuscany’s main attractions, Villa Impruneta is ideal for an action-packed holiday as you’ll have plenty of activities on offer. Located in the Florentine hills, you’ll spend your stay surrounded by vineyards and olive orchards – the perfect setting for a scenic bike ride!

10. Chateau Seiguier 

Location: Loire Valley, Central France

Sleeps: 12

Price from: £32pppn | $37pppn

Best for Cycling: Chateau Seiguier is perfect for those who want to go on a cycling holiday. The chateau provides bikes and also has many scenic routes to cycle through. The property has its very own private park to roam around as well as many wonderful vineyards surrounding the area to explore too!


What do you think of our selection of French villas that are perfect for cycling holidays? Check out the full portfolio of villas in France on Oliver’s Travels, and contact our concierge team who will be happy to share knowledge of the area and advise any extras to make your cycling holiday one to remember!

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