Located just ten-minutes’ walk away from the vibrant village of Availles-Limouzine, the gîte complex is situated on the slopes of the stunning river Vienne. VéloGîtes is a collection of six gîtes contained within a two hundred-year-old converted barn with its ancient oak beams framing many of the rooms. The business was launched in August 2019 by the husband and wife team of Graham and Kathy who have a clear objective to provide an unrivalled holiday experience for guests.
Whilst VéloGîtes offers unrivalled supported cycling, guests who do not wish to explore the local roads on a bicycle can rest assured that a stay at VéloGîtes is first and foremost a wonderful family holiday destination with access to animals, a lovely swimming pool and lots of local activities!
A keen cyclist who recently completed a 1,150km ride from St Malo to Amsterdam and who, after doing extensive research, established that it was almost impossible to fuel a passion for cycling whilst taking a family holiday. There are a number of cycling holidays offered in France however they are usually multi-centre trips which excludes family members who may want to just chill out around the pool or explore the local areas.
Kathy has been involved with the service sector for her entire career and loves nothing more than providing a warm welcome for all our guests. She was awarded a Guernsey customer service award, voted for by her clients and has a passion for interior design which is reflected in the renovated gites.
Key to the success of the business was finding the perfect location and Availles-Limouzine is just that. Nestled in between the rolling hills and valley of the river Vienne, the town is alive with colour and activity. Fresh bread and croissants for breakfast are a short ten-minute stroll away and there is a market in the village every Thursday. Please see our page “Things to do” for more information but the highlights are, of course, the cycling on amazing roads with stunning scenery, the river Vienne which is just a five-minute stroll away and hosts an annual carp fishing competition and the Val de Vienne racetrack which is only a ten-minute drive away.
An extensive renovation program is underway with the first major works being to install a new swimming pool before the end of 2019. The large pool will overlook the village and is the perfect place to unwind after some time on the bikes or simply to have family fun. A flat bottom pool with a fully secure conforming fence is the perfect place for families to have fun in safety.
The gîtes will be renovated in a program that is expected to last eighteen months with Gîtes 9 and 10 being the first to receive Kathy’s makeover expertise. Our gallery of photos will be updated with progress reports as works are completed.
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