The Good Digs Guide

Discussion in 'Europe' started by MarkN, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. pckopp

    pckopp Aged Adventurer

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    email sent. I hope we can visit.
  2. bavarian

    bavarian bavarian

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    There's a lovely B&B in Rosbella, which is near Boves which again is near Cuneo - https://it-it.facebook.com/rosbedbreakfast.
    Spent a week there and was delighted. Ideal for riding in Liguria, Valle di Stura, Valle Maira and Via del Sale. Great place, very quiet, very friendly and great service!
  3. SimonUK

    SimonUK Grumpy old bugger

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    Just confirming this post. My wife and I stayed here in June. Thoroughly recommended.
  4. Shaunj10

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    I booked my holiday with Jewelsofthemed, and they were awesome, however, it takes a bit long for them to answer the phone if you need to ring them for any reason, probably their customer service is lacking personnel......
  5. Frgich

    Frgich Long timer

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    Lobagola B&B placed in center of Zagreb, Croatia is operated by myself and loads of good energy and information's :ricky

    We opened in June 2014 and had lot's of inmates and RTW travelers come by either on motorcycles or on bicycles.

    In first 7 months of our work we have won a TripAdvisor Travelers'Choice award as the best B&B in Zagreb http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Re...iews-Lobagola_B_B-Zagreb_Central_Croatia.html

    Also on www.daodao.com which is Chinese TripAdvisor we have been crowned as TOP 1 accommodation out of 562 in central Croatia

    http://www.daodao.com/Tourism-g2599431-Central_Croatia-Vacations.html

    I have traveled extensively on bicycle and motorcycle, so everything is organized to suite the needs of two wheeled friends. We have garages, tools, and can arrange parts if you ran into any kind of trouble. I have been helping inmates in the Balkans for a decade and it just continued through Lobagola B&B.

    We have 6 rooms, a 150 m2 terrace, and are 10 min walking distance from the centre.
    We operate guided bicycle tours in the city, and MTB tours on the near by mountains as well.

    I do not need to mention that first beer is on the house, that's kind of compulsory stuff :D

    www.lobagola.com

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  6. Schtum

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    I've recently listed the ground floor, one-bedroom apartment, which is attached to our house, on Airbnb. As you might expect, we're more than happy to accommodate touring motorcyclists. We're only 30 mins away from Perth, the gateway to the Highlands and Fife itself has some great roads and cracking goat tracks. I could probably even be persuaded to show you around. :thumb

    If you'd be interested in staying with us, please feel free to get back to me either on Airbnb or via PM on here.

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    https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/6041493
  7. caliform

    caliform Been here awhile

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    Can very highly recommend the hotel in Bourg en Bresse "Le Logies de Brou". Ran by an older couple, gives out free (10 euros worth) of motorcycle parking in a locked garage (!!!) and great deals. Fantastic restaurant, good breakfast included in the decent price (about 80 euros) for the night. Had a wonderful time there.
  8. BigJaffa

    BigJaffa Adventurer

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    Not sure if these have already been mentioned on here , but I have stayed in these a number of times en route from Calais to the Grossglockner ;- the hotel Lion d Or , in la Petit Pierre in the Vosges, (after a blast through France) cross the Rhine by ferry at Drusenheim ride the 500 down to the hotel Schworer in Lenzkirch, head east to the hotel Ochsen in Uberlingen, and finish at the hotel Gruner Baum in Zell am See (The last leg between Uberlingen and Zell can be done in a day but its worth splitting the journey to fit in the Gerlos pass on the way) this route is a good intro into Mountain riding gradually building in elevation, and complexity !! all welcome bikers and all have dedicated parking - I can also recommend the hotel gourmet & relax in Esch sur Sure in Luxembourg ( some excellent roads around here too)
  9. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    A great campsite in the Luberon. Located in the Vacluse Department of France.
    Les Challottes is signed from the D4, and is behind the VVV holiday village (a long way behind!)
    http://www.provenceguide.co.uk/outd...-campsite/provence-HPAPAC084CDT0000056-1.html
    Now 14,50€ a night for tent, vehicle and people, branchment extra (2/3€?).
    Not exactly facility rich - no toys for kids or pool, it does offer the basics, which tends to keep certain sorts away. There is a fridge/freezer in the office, so you can chill your drinks or freeze a water bottle to cool your beer/wine for later (office shuts at 6pm ish) There is no one there in the day, so you arrive and pitch and they come and find you in the evening.
    The emplacements are mostly very generous, but often not so smooth or level.
    What you do get is a stunning location and lots of fantastic roads for miles around - even the approach, especially the one from the north, starting in Carpentras along the D4. If you don't enjoy it, you must be riding a Harley. The continuation to Apt is fun too.
    Little tuck shop towards the village for basics and odd hours. The village restaurant has been through several owners in the last few years since it was sold by the last original family member. Always been closed when ever I have been recently, so can't comment on the new (est) regime. In the old days, they had rooms and an apartment - no idea now.

    Closest town and shopping is Apt. Great Saturday market all through the town, farmers market in the big car park on Tuesdays. Several restaurants, my favourite is La Palatane in the centre, you'll need to hunt it out. Only ever eaten on thte terrace, under the trees for shade. Brilliant away from it all location despite being in the middle of town and excellent food and service.
    Gordes and Rousillion are very close and feature on all the postcards of the area. They also have shed loads of eateries, some of them ok and affordable.

    My favourite nearby village is Coustellet. On the main road and a scruffy looking place which is pulling itself up. It has three decent restaurants, a couple of boulangeries, and a great farmers market on Sunday mornings until late in the season, and a Wednesday evening market in high season. Most of the stalls are producers, not just market traders. Usually several local vineyards have a stall - watch the generous tastings.
    The Cave du Luberon/Coop du Coustellet have a range of decent wines, my favourite is Quercus. Too late for this year it is always sold out by the end of August, but there are others to try. Their fizz is drinkable enough for me to bring some home.

    Not far away is the nice village of Goult. The Cafe de la Poste is a lively place serving decent food in a very amicable atmosphere. They have wifi and don't mind you unplugging the lights to charge your electronics.
    The Cave Cooperative at the bottom of the hill also has decent wines, the white Auberpine is pretty good. Another one that gets brought home.
    There are lots and lots of vineyards all around, all doing tastings and selling anything from a single bottle, a range of BIB's (Bag in Box) and cases, all for you to take away now. If you ask they can recommend a wine/year for immediate consumption or one for your cellar.

    Travelling north east, to Sault, will have you at basecamp for Mont Ventoux. Worth a blast, as are the roads there and back. Smell the garigue and lavender. You can continue and do a round trip via Carpentras.

    Carpentras is more north west ish. Big town and lots of stuff to ogle. Has a big market on Fridays. Contains a great restaurant Chez Serge (on Fridays it's best to book).

    Continuing north, you come first to Beaume de Venise. Famous for its sweet wines, which work well as an aperitiv, or with rich food like foie gras or even chocolate and deserts. They also make decent reds. The Cave Cooperativ on the roundabout, Balma Venitia, shares with the next village, Vaccayras. Vaccayras is some of my all time favourite red wine style. Again watch the generous tasting samples.

    Beyond Vaccayras, you come to the Plan Dieu, home of many Cote du Rhone Villages, like Gigondas and Rasteau. My two favourite restaurants in the area are both near Cairranne, one actually in the village is Le Tourne au Verre. Local seasonal food and good local wine by the glass, and excellent place to pass most of an afternoon. A little out of town, back towards Carpentras is Côteaux et Fourchettes. A bit more "stylish" as Ms NG would say. They also have a cave selling local wines.

    Most villages in the area will have a wine festival at some time during the year.

    You could continue up to Vaison la Romaine or Nyons, both have decent markets and restaurants worth the effort.
    Travelling south also has some great roads and villages and towns to explore. The Rhone delta and on to the Carmargue is doable easily.
    I have even gone as far as the Med at Cassis. That's also deceptively pleasant for a tourist resort. But the afternoon was enough for me and that was out of season.
    Last year I revisited Avignon, to the west, after about 25 years, and was pleasantly surprised but it was way out of season. Just mooching about and generally getting lost.

    All the above is within easy there-and-back-in-a-day riding distance of the camp site in Murs.
    Needless to say, being on the end of a ridge over looking the valley and the Montagne Noire in the distance and at about 500m altitude, it is much cooler and fresher in high summer, a real plus in August if you have been down in the valley all day.
    There are no street lights, so the night is inky black or bright silver if the moon is out. On a couple of occasions I have seen the Perseid meteor shower, not just as there and gone points of light, but as discernible tracks of light your eye can follow. Wow!


    If you're a France noob, bear in mind lunch starts at 12.00 noon. (the French generally start work early) Most small restaurants are only set up to offer so may covers per sitting, so late comers can be disappointed. Desole.
    Fortunately/or not, the lunchtime shut down is not as total as it was, although I still come across even supermarkets which are closed for lunch.
    It seems nearly all local petrol stations have given up. For a while getting fuel could be tricky, but the adoption of card vending service stations at Centre Commercial/hypermarkets and small local supermarkets has come to our rescue. Most machines accept most UK cards. People still report occasional difficulties. Try not to become too desparate for fuel. Somewhere there will be a service station that is the local depot for propane/butane canisters. They mostly need an attendant. Still often shut for lunch.
  10. Brit/Man II

    Brit/Man II Been here awhile

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    Just spent afew day in the Black Forest at http://www.pension-williams.de/, it was nice full of Brits and only 7.5 km away from the route B500 schwarzwald hochstrasser. look it up some time, have fun Joe
  11. tigersteve

    tigersteve Been here awhile

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    + 1 for this place, great base and a well stocked 'honesty bar' for all night drinking if required !!
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  12. lipsee

    lipsee Been here awhile

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    On my holidays I had a trip between the two Capes in the UK ,Cape Wrath and Cape Cornwall,At both ends I stayed in Youth Hostels..its a great way to get your head down for the night on the cheap,and more importantly gets to meet and talk to other travellers..In Scotand I met a German guy and a chinese cyclist,we went for a meal and drink...In cornwall I met an actor working on the BBC Poldark series...All for £20 a night,,way to go I say!!
  13. Ali in Austria

    Ali in Austria Been here awhile

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    Anyone doing an early trip to The Alps, we have a Low Season Rate until and including 19.05.2016 of €35,- single and €60,- Double Occupancy (plus night tax) including Breakfast.

    The Großglockner and Nockalmstraße will be open on or just before May 1st
  14. spokester

    spokester Long timer

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    In South Tirol I would like to recommend Garni Birkenau in St. Martins Italy. Great People, Location and Honesty bar!
  15. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Camping in Kinsale Cork, at the start of the wild atlantic way.
    Outdoor and indoor camping, dorm and private room.
    PM for details.
  16. chrisu

    chrisu n00b

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    if you like the pyrenees there is a great bike friendly B&B in Vielle Adour near Tarbes. I've stayed there 3 times and they can advise on some great routes to/from Spain or lead you. I can really recommend Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours.
  17. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    It's super helpful for us north americans to be really specific which country and region you guys are mentioning. I have read through many replies and I would have to do some major google mapping to find some of these places mentioned. Ali in Austria....where are you located exactly?

    To us your street names and addys and even regions can be harder for us to understand but I really appreciate all the info posted up so far!!!
  18. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    Whoops, skipped a page saw where Ali was....
  19. alanholt

    alanholt Adventurer

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    We have a place just a few km outside Flix, Tarragona, Spain. We have a 2 bedroom spanish farmhouse which we rent for €50/night which sleeps 4. We also have a studio which will sleep 2 for €25/night. There is a pool which both properties can share with us. These are self-catering rates, however as i'm a great cook and we're both bikers, if you want a breakfast or evening meal, let me know before you arrive and i'll sort something out for a nominal charge. We're surrounded by great roads, lots of trails, take a look at the website and if you have any questions, fire away.
    www.goodlifefarm.es
  20. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Motofeirme in ireland offers camping, a dorm room or even a private room.
    We are located at the very southen tip of the "wild atlantic way" 3 km's outside the charming town of Kinsale.
    Secure bike parking,
    Workshop facilities,
    Guided tours into the non tourist areas,
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