The 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. 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.

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 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 in the Lot Valley being especially popular.

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

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, as well as a restaurant/café. There is also a popular lake for swimming with an informal lake-side restaurant. There are excellent forest walking trails from La Borie, and one of France’s well-marked Grande Randonnée hiking paths passes through the village.

  • La Borie Gites | The Dordogne River Valley

    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.