The roads of the Limousin are a cyclist's paradise. Well maintained and virtually traffic free, they offer routes of every distance which will take you through gently rolling hills, chestnut woods, pretty stone villages and grand châteaux. Bring your own bike to Le Moulin de Pensol and let us collect you from Limoges airport – we offer luxury accommodation and plenty of space for bikes and boxes.
Our largest gite Chataignier is particularly good for cyclists. It has three bedrooms with a family -sized shower room and spacious kitchen. It has tiled floors throughout downstairs with lots of space to store bikes within your living area. We understand that they are very precious to cyclists, and even if we gave you external bike parking you would still want to bring them into the house! This way you can know that your baby is fine at all times (and give it a little tickle on the handlebars while going to open another bottle of wine).
Limoges airport provides excellent links to the UK with regular flights to Stansted, Bristol, Leeds, East Midlands and Manchester. The baggage handlers are friendly and because it is such a small airport, you can quickly collect bike boxes and be on your way. We have a trailer, and are happy to provide a collection service – currently €50 each way. This leaves you to collect your hire car if you wish, or you can get a lift back to your gite with us if you don't feel you need a car. Ryanair get a lot of stick but they do provide a very cost-effective way to get to this part of France. Flights outside of school holiday times are quite ludicrously cheap making even a short stay or a long weekend a possibility.
If climate change is uppermost in your mind and you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint we would totally support you in that and the train is a good alternative. Get the Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris, then either the TGV to Angouleme or Intercity to Limoges. We can meet you from either of the stations. Travel across Paris with bike boxes would be tricky, but not impossible, and we have several companies who we work with locally to provide bike hire options. DispoVelo offer great quality hybrids and accessories such as tag alongs and car-mounted carriers. Sport Detente in nearby Chalus have road bikes for hire and even electric bikes. Furthermore they provide an excellent bike repair service and parts and accessories shop. They don't speak much English or have a website, but we can translate for you.
Once we have collected you from the airport and installed to you and your bikes in your gite, why not let us cook for you? We can provide homecooked evening meals , delivered to your gite. If you are here on a Monday evening, you can join in with our weekly pizza night. We also offer breakfast every day – also delivered to your gite. Vegetarian or vegan is no problem – just let us know.
I am writing this blog because we have two very keen cyclists who came to stay with us three times this year. They are very keen to spread the word about how good Le Moulin de Pensol is for touring cyclists. The things Leona and Simon liked most were:
The well-maintained traffic free roads
The simplicity of bringing bike boxes through Limoges airport
Being able to keep their bikes in the accommodation with them (bless)
Not having to cook for themselves on the first night
Breakfast every day with fresh bread, croissants, fruit, yoghurt and home-made jam
Storage for bike boxes
Repair and parts shop nearby
We are very grateful to them for their help and enthusiasm in developing this side of our business (and for the cycling photos in this article).
Leona is a Strava devotee and was keen to point out how easy it is to become Queen of the Mountain on such seldom used routes!
Finally, here is a great website to give you more information on all things cycling in France. https://www.freewheelingfrance.com/
And for more things to do around Pensol check out our website.
We look forward to welcoming you and your bikes to Le Moulin de Pensol in 2020.