Ye Olde Bell is the ideal place to stay for the Tour de France


The route is set, the teams have been chosen and very soon the country will be gripped by yellow fever as the Grand Départ of the Tour de France comes to the north of England for the first time in its history.

The second stage of the legendary cycling race will finish in Sheffield on 6th July before going on to Cambridge the following day – and one four-star hotel in north Nottinghamshire’s has launched a special three-day package for anyone who wants to watch the event in style.

Ye Olde Bell, at Barnby Moor near Retford, is just 40 minutes away from Sheffield and is also close to the A1 which makes convenient to travel to Cambridge to catch the third stage. Cycling fans can also get to Leeds and Harrogate by train to see the first stage on 5th July. 

The former coaching inn is offering guests the chance to stay in an individually-styled classic room at a cost of just £47.50 per per per night including a full English breakfast by quoting  ‘Le Grand Depart Rate’ when booking. And for anyone arriving on two wheels there is also secure, complimentary bike storage available.

Kate Firth, who is general manager at Ye Olde Bell, said: “Our guests can get to all three stages of the Tour de France easily.  With Retford Mainline Rail Station on our doorstep, it’s so quick and simple to hop on the train to the main destinations and leave your car with us free of charge.  

“Leeds, Sheffield, York and even Harrogate are also less than an hour away by car and with Cambridge being straight down the A1 and A14 from us, we’re looking forward to hosting cycling fans and enthusiasts, not just whilst the Tour de France is here in Britain, but over the longer-term too.”

To take advantage of this special cycling rate call (01777) 705121, email or visit the website.  For more inspiration on cycling around Nottinghamshire, including trails and accomodation, visit our website.

Posted on 27 June 2014
Featured author: Catherine Allen Marketing Assistant

Arts fan, runner and cyclist who has been living in Nottingham for more than a decade. Loves real ale, craft beer, good food, travelling and sausage dogs.

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