Book a hotel in the Ardèche for the 2017 Tour de France

The Grande Boucle - the "Grand Loop" - as the Tour has been nicknamed for over a century, has always drawn attention to countryside as it passes through on each stage. The effect is particularly striking with the vineyards of Tain l'Hermitage, in the Rhone Valley, through which the Tour de France will pass on 18 July. Lovers of stunning landscapes and French culture can't help but be delighted.

The long-awaited arrival of the cyclists of the Tour de France is always marked with a giant festival. In addition, it also represents an opportunity on the days before and after the race for local producers to show off the quality of their local produce, including the Tain l'Hermitage wine range. The season of the Tour de France is therefore unique opportunity for all visitors to the region to discover the highlights of the local cuisine and produce.

What could be better than choosing an amazing hotel that combines romance and tradition with contemporary style and comfort? The Hotel de la Villeon, located in the village of Tournon-sur-Rhone in the Ardèche, is the ideal destination. This converted and renovated, eighteenth-century mansion house has retained its old-world charm while offering all the latest, contemporary facilities for an enjoyable and luxurious stay. Nestled in the Rhone Valley, this family-run luxury hotel is the ideal location from which to watch the Tour de France as the race passes so close by each year.

While the Tour de France and its associated events only last short time, the property’s calm, relaxing location and beautiful surroundings can be appreciated throughout the year - just like the walks through the Hermitage vineyards or the region's extensive monuments and architectural treasures. Keen cyclists can also follow their own route around the Gateway to Provence on two wheels, at their own pace.

This luxurious hotel in Tournon-sur-Rhone, in the Rhone Valley, has sixteen rooms (including four suites) that have retained some of their traditional details. These well-lit, spacious rooms offer views over Tournon's museum-chateau, the vineyards, and the traditional houses of the Ardeche. The Hotel de la Villeon also has its own salon bar, which opens onto a charming inside court. it goes without saying that the bar benefits from a cellar that with wines from the entire Rhone Valley in pride of place. A stay in this charming hotel during the Tour de France will provide the opportunity to combine the joys of sport with a relaxing and refreshing stay in an idyllic setting in the heart of the Ardeche.