The Village and its Facilities
Set amongst forested hills at one end of the Thèze valley, the village of Frayssinet-le-Gélat is typical of the region’s small medieval settlements. Its foundations date back to the 12th century, contemporary with many of the region’s oldest castles and towns. All within walking distance of the gites, there is an excellent bakery, a small but well-stocked village shop, and a restaurant/café; there is also a popular lake for swimming with an informal lake-side restaurant/bar. There are plenty of walks and cycle paths outside the village, which can be accessed straight from the gites.
The Local Area
The gites at La Borie are situated on the border between the Dordogne and Lot regions of South-West France. The most popular areas of the Dordogne river valley are only 35 minutes’ drive to the north, while the main vineyard region of the Lot river valley (pictured) 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
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.
Please see our more detailed page about Local Sights and Activities for further information and photos.
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.