La Flow Velo

Nous accueillons de nombreux invités avant de commencer et de terminer le Flow Velo.

Notre hôtel est situé à seulement 0,5 km du départ du Flow Velo.

Nous avons reçu la marque Accueil Vélo.

Nous avons un stockage sécurisé pour les vélos, qui comprend des installations pour recharger les vélos électriques.

L’hôtel se trouve à seulement deux minutes à pied de la gare de Thiviers pour ceux qui arrivent en train.

Il y a un parking longue durée gratuit pour le Flow Velo à seulement 200 mètres de l’hôtel.

Nous avons un restaurant gastronomique disponible au sein de l’hôtel appelé L’Escapade des Sens, pour une réservation veuillez appeler le 0553 621923 ou par e-mail

Il y a un magasin local qui propose des services de location et de réparation de vélos.

Si vous avez des questions, veuillez nous envoyer un courriel à

We have many guests stay with us before starting and finishing the Flow Velo.

Our Hotel is located just 0.5km from the start of the Flow Velo.

We have been awarded the Accueil Vélo Mark.

We have secure storage for bikes, which includes facilities to charge electric bikes.  

The hotel is just a two-minute walk from Thiviers train station for those arriving by train.

There is free long term parking for the Flow Velo just 200m from the hotel.

We have a gourmet restaurant available within the Hotel called L’Escapade des Sens, for a reservation please call 0553 621923 or e mail

There is a local shop that provides bike hire and repairs.

If you have any questions, please email us at

La Flow Vélo,
un itinéraire inspirant

Aux portes du Sud-Ouest, cette véloroute chic et bucolique, longue de 290 km, relie Thiviers en Dordogne à l’île d’Aix en Charente-Maritime. Après une incursion dans le Parc Naturel Régional du Périgord Limousin, elle rejoint Angoulême pour ensuite flirter avec le fleuve Charente, dans un décor de vignes. Au fil de l’eau, Cognac, Saintes, Rochefort sont autant d’étapes “d’Art et d’Histoire”… avant d’embarquer pour l’Ile d’Aix, perle de l’estuaire. Inspirez, respirez, pédalez… sur la Flow Vélo ® . Bon voyage !

At the gates of the South-West, this chic and bucolic cycle route, 290 km long, links Thiviers in the Dordogne to the island of Aix in Charente-Maritime. After a foray into the Périgord Limousin Regional Natural Park, it reaches Angoulême and then flirts with the Charente river, in a setting of vineyards. Along the water, Cognac, Saintes, Rochefort are all stages of “Art and History” … before embarking for the Ile d’Aix, pearl of the estuary. Inhale, breathe, pedal … on the Flow Vélo ®. Have a nice trip !

We have received a fantastic review that may interest anyone considering a cycling holiday in the Dordogne.

Freewheeling France Hotel Review

Published by Lyn on 7 May 2018

We stayed at Hôtel de France et de Russie in Thiviers at the end of our Flow Velo bike ride from the Atlantic Coast.

This hotel is on the Flow Velo bike route – here is our itinerary

Hôtel de France et de Russie
51 Rue Général Lamy, 24800 Thiviers
(Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
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We arrived at Hôtel de France et de Russie in Thiviers at the end of a very long day on the bike. It was the final leg of our Flow Velo bike trip and we’d had a day of drama with two punctures in 10 minues leaving us eating our last rations after we missed restaurant/boulangerie hours at our designated lunch stops. We were tired and had the cloud of thunderstorms hanging over the next day’s ride. This hotel was a welcome find.

5 things we liked

1. The hosts. British owners Sharon and Adrian were thrown in at the deep end when they bought this hotel a few years back. With little or no French when they arrived, they have created a wonderful local retreat that has stayed true to its origins. The hotel and the restaurant (see below) employ a mix of French and English staff, and all were friendly and knowledgable during our stay. Adrian and Sharon were great hosts and they are keen to see more cyclists stay with them.

2. The hotel. The hotel itself offers the privacy and independence of a hotel but retains the feel and intimacy of a B&B. Sharon and Adrian quickly whisked our bikes away to store them overnight in their laundry, and they had additional storage available for larger groups. Our room was large and comfortable (Nicky said it was the best night’s sleep she had all trip), and the shower was hot and beautiful after a long ride. Each room is individually decorated, with the decor sympathetic to the building’s roots. Sharon explained they were keen to offer modern and ocntemporary facilities (including super fast wifi), while retaining the character of the building.

3. The restaurant. When Adrian and Sharon bought the hotel, there was a large kitchen and two rooms downstairs not being fully utilised. They quickly teamed up with local chef Nicolas Cousinou, who at the age of 27 was keen to open his own restaurant. And so l’Escapade des Sens was born in the downstairs section of the hotel. The restaurant is simply wonderful, with a menu packed full of classic Dordogne dishes with a modern twist. Nicolas serves only freshly prepared gourmet food cooked with locally sourced ingredients (his family has cattle and duck farms in the area, so many of the ingredients don’t have far to travel). He takes care of all the food at the hotel, including the breakfasts. When we requested eggs on the Sunday morning, two perfectly boiled eggs appeared minutes later for each of us.

4. The extra bikey support. The guys work with a local bike hire delivery firm, and regularly host cycling clubs and cycle touring groups. There was stacks of support here for us. I was determined to cycle to Perigueux under my own steam on the Sunday despite the persistent rain. I wanted to check out this route for you guys. However Nicky wasn’t so sure. With the rain bucketing down, she had no altruistic notion in mind when Adrian offered to give her (and her bike) a lift to our designated lunch stop in Excideuil (the cyclist-run Gaillard Gourmand cafe), 18km away by main road. She was a very happy fair-weathered cyclist. Adrian explained that he regularly helped walkers on the Compostella route with their baggage, and was more than happy to oblige for cyclists too. He even managed to dig out a spare inner tube for us – just in case …

5. The area. Thiviers – and indeed this entire area of the Dordogne – is lovely. There is a lot going on with a lively Saturday market (fill up on cheese and baguettes for picnics en route!), as well as local culture and cuisine. The town has a Maison du Fois Gras (8 Place Foch) where you can find out more about this local delicacy. The roads around here are also much quieter than further south in the more touristy areas of the Dordogne. The Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière to Thiviers voie verte is deadpan flat and ends on the outskirts of the town (and forms part La Flow Velo). Around the town itself routes tend to be a bit hillier, but perfect for road riders and leisure riders wanting fresh air and rural views. A club group from the UK visits the hotel regularly and has mapped a selection of rides in the area. Here is the Saturday market and a shot of the road out of Thiviers on the way to Perigueux. Lovely!

All in all, we loved our stay here and would heartily recommend this Hôtel de France et de Russie to other cyclists passing though. We’d also happily have used it as a fixed base for a longer stay – for example, for a weekend of rides in the area. Sharon and Adrian went out of their way to make us feel welcome and to help make our visit to the Dordogne enjoyable.

Hôtel de France et de Russie
51 Rue Général Lamy, 24800 Thiviers
(Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
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