The Village and Local Area

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, one of the country’s most attractive rural areas. Set amongst rolling forested hills, the village 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.

Village Amenities

All within walking distance of the gites at La Borie, the village of Frayssinet-le-Gélat has an excellent bakery, as well as a restaurant/café. There is also a popular lake for swimming with an informal lake-side restaurant. A small village shop provides essentials, with several larger supermarkets just a short drive away. There are excellent forest walking trails from La Borie, and one of France’s well-marked Grande Randonnée hiking paths passes through the village.

The Local Area

Frayssinet-le-Gélat is situated at one end of the beautiful Thèze valley, with many castles such as Château de Bonaguil, prehistoric sites, vineyards, and dozens of attractive fortified villages just a short drive away. Being so close to the region’s two main river gorges, the Dordogne and Lot, the surrounding landscape is ideal for cycling, kayaking & canoeing, river swimming, climbing, horse riding, walking, and even balloon rides.

The area is also excellent for children and young people, 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 being especially popular.

For further information, please see the Local Sights and Activities page, or request a copy of our brochure.

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    The Dordogne and Lot Valleys

    With popular activities including kayaking & canoeing, boat tours, hiking and balloon rides, the Dordogne and Lot river valleys are especially popular for visitors to the region. They also have some of France's most attractive villages and best restaurants along their lengths. Read more about Local Sights and Activities.