Horse Riding and Local Activities

Les Séchoirs self-catering holiday gîtes are ideally situated midway between Bordeaux and Toulouse international airports and nestle amidst the trees, medieval hilltop villages and lush vineyards that make the Lot so special. Les Séchoirs gîtes are situated on the banks of the River Lot and are just a short walk (300m) from the nearest boulangerie and Carrefour supermarket. The centre of the market town of Clairac is situated just over the bridge, just 10 minutes walk and has everything visitors need, include a second boulangerie, a butcher, post office, a mini-supermarket (open all year round from 8am-8pm); two restaurants, and a riverside beach (supervised in the summer) with restaurant (see photo below).

Clairac Beach in summer (source : Hugh Mcknight)

Clairac Beach in summer (source : Hugh Mcknight)

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Horse Riding

The hills surrounding the river Lot offer a wonderful experience for both experienced and less experienced riders. Within 10 minutes of Les Séchoirs there are a number of horse riding stables. Our favourite is an excellent, family run, horse riding centre which offers lead walks for younger and / or inexperienced riders to full hacks of an hour or more duration through the gorgeous countryside.

The riding experience starts with walking to the paddock to meet and collect your horse. You will then groom and ready the horse with all the necessary tack.When ready, you will be taken in a  small group across fields, through forests, and down to a lake. Upon your return, you will stay with your horse, remove the tack, ensure he/she is watered and then lead the horse back to the paddock.

The cost for this (up to two hour) experience is €20 per adult and €17 for children. John and Chrissie are happy to make reservations on behalf of our guests.


The river Lot and the local area is perfect for those who enjoy –

  • Bastide hilltop villages
  • Stunning riverside scenery and attractive countryside
  • Prehistoric caves and medieval villages
  • Water sports including swimming, fishing and kayaking
  • Plenty of other sports including walking, cycling, horse riding and golf
  • Local wines and cuisine

To find out more visit the Lot-et-Garonne tourism site which is packed with up to date information.