The gites at La Borie are situated on the outskirts of the village of Frayssinet-le-Gélat, on the border between the Dordogne and Lot regions of South-West France. The most popular areas of the Dordogne river valley are only 30 minutes’ drive to the north, while the main vineyard region of the Lot river valley is only 10 minutes’ drive south, meaning that the gites are perfectly situated to explore what are considered two of France’s most attractive regions.
Things to Do in the Local Area
Being so close to the region’s two main river valleys, there are dozens of opportunities for activities such as cycling, kayaking & canoeing, river swimming, climbing, horse riding, walking, and even balloon rides. Many of France’s most popular historical attractions are also found throughout the area, including dozens of impressive castles, bastide villages and prehistoric cave sites.
The area is also excellent for families with children, with waterparks, zoos, aquariums and theme parks throughout the region. Many of the area’s castles and prehistoric sites have excellent child-friendly activities and displays. Sporting activities within the region are particularly family-friendly, with kayaking along the gentle Dordogne river, and cycling along quiet, safe roads in the Lot Valley being especially popular.
Please see our Places for Children page for further information on local family-themed attractions.
About The Village
Set amongst rolling forested hills at one end of the beautiful Thèze valley, the village of Frayssinet-le-Gélat is typical of the region’s small medieval settlements. The foundations of Frayssinet-le-Gélat date back to the 12th century, contemporary with many of the region’s oldest castles and towns. There are many castles, pre-historic sites, vineyards, and dozens of attractive villages just a short drive away.
All within walking distance of the gites, the village has an excellent bakery and a restaurant/café; there is also a popular lake for swimming with an informal lake-side restaurant/bar. There are excellent circular walks around La Borie, with one of France’s well-marked Grande Randonnée hiking paths also passing through the village.