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'As Happy as God In France' at La Chartreuse du Maine, unique estate in Dordogne

Bedrooms 1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 star One Bedroom Accommodation. Peace and harmony Near Lascaux 4 and Sarlat


La Cuisine d’Alice is a stylish one bedroom cottage on the grounds of the French country estate known as La Chartreuse du Maine. When you enter La Cuisine d’Alice, you step into a spacious room (600 square feet) with high ceilings and beautiful limestone walls. The sunny, modern kitchen has a window overlooking the courtyard of the château, where a table and chairs and two lounge chairs invite you to dine al fresco or sit in the sun. The living room has a table and chairs for dining inside, as well as a comfortable leather sofa and armchair facing the large wood burning fireplace. As you step up four stone stairs, you are in the master bedroom featuring a brand-new King-size bed made with fine linen sheets. The stone walls of your bedroom are of warm beige local limestone. The sunny private bathroom features a large modern bathtub/shower and a dormer window facing a peaceful pasture field.


La Cuisine d'Alice is one of the three independent holiday homes located in the grounds of Le Maine, an early 18th century delightful Chartreuse. Here everything breathes peace, harmony and beauty. Located in the centre of the Dordogne region, La Chartreuse du Maine is the perfect relaxing base to experience France, get to know the Dordogne, go in search of 350,000 years of history of mankind, discover local gastronomy and wines, and enjoy an easy way of life in a peaceful, bucolic atmosphere.

The estate of La Chartreuse du Maine encompasses 67 acres of gardens, meadows and woods with many pathways, on the edge of the peaceful village of Cubjac. Within Le Maine you will enjoy relaxing in a lounge chair by the sunny swimming pool that overlooks the estate.


The shady tree-lined entrance to La Chartreuse du Maine is on the outskirts of the village of Cubjac, which is in the Dordogne region on the banks of the peaceful Auvezere River. You can easily walk to the village center for a drink at a local café or to do your shopping at the local bakery and general store. There is even a farmers’ market on Fridays with fresh local produce all year round, and hand-made regional crafts for sale in summer.


It is not pure coincidence that man has been living in this paradise for over 350 000 years. When strolling alone in the superb unspoilt countryside you can just imagine why. Often, mostly in low season, you might catch yourself thinking the Dordogne has not changed at all. The joy of holidays in Dordogne is that nowadays you still can fully indulge in that ‘simple art de vivre’ which all these cultural and historical sites speak of. The Dordogne is synonymous with food and life in Perigord revolves around markets, recipes, seasons of mushrooms, truffles, foie-gras, broad beans, goats cheese, strawberries, wine harvest. Everybody here has a kitchen garden to grow their own preferred vegetable varieties. Every woman has her old secret recipes, a family heritage.

More Details

Catherine Lambert
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french, We are French and speak English fluently
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About Catherine Lambert

Your French English-speaking hosts, Catherine and Maxence:

We live permanently on site and are delighted to welcome you to our “Maison de famille” and share with you our passion and knowledge of this Perigord region which has inspired so many writers, philosophers and artists. We are happy to share our extensive knowledge of the Dordogne region, and love to help with suggestions of best places to visit, scenic roads and itineraries, history of the region, little-known fine restaurants where you can enjoy regional specialities such as magret de canard and foie gras; wineries, farmers' organic markets… to make your stay with us a wonderful French experience. However, we are very discreet and respectful to our visitors’ privacy.

Catherine Lambert purchased this chateau / country house in 1925

Why Catherine Lambert chose Perigord Blanc

La Chartreuse du Maine has been our family home for four generations. Catherine's great-grandfather bought it in 1925, even then, to escape the ‘busy town of Limoges’! All our lives, whilst living and working in Paris, we spent most of our holidays in this Perigord we love. Fourteen years ago we decided to leave Paris, restore our great-grandfather’s château and settle in the Dordogne. We wanted to share a certain 'Art de vivre' with friends and guests who would appreciate the harmony of an authentic beautiful place in this peaceful region of Dordogne.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Our tips: : Because of the unique location of La Chartreuse du Maine, in the centre of the Dordogne near Sarlat and Lascaux 4 (Centre International de l'Art pariétal), you will have so much to visit you might feel ‘overloaded’! Anyway, accept the idea that you will never have enough time to see every place of interest, unless you come back every year for decades (which we would love). So, please take it easy, select the sites you’re be interested in: visit less, but in more depth. Or take the other option, don’t plan anything, wander aimlessly in this away-from-it-all countryside and let yourself be filled with wonder at each bend in the road. Whatever you choose, make the most of this quiet timeless life: at every moment experience the peace, harmony and beauty which are definitely the real magic of Perigord.


Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Ferry
600 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Ski
200 Kilometres
Super-Lioran (Cantal)
Nearest Beach
200 Kilometres
Bassin d'Arcachon - Cap Ferret
Car: recommended

In Aquitaine (Southwest of France), La Chartreuse du Maine benefits from its unique location in the center of the Dordogne-Perigord region, which is famous for its Art de Vivre, magnificent landscapes and its attractions of cultural interest. You will enjoy the worldwide renowned prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux 4 (Centre International de l'Art Pariétal), Font-de-Gaume, Combarelles and Rouffignac. Perigueux, the medieval Renaissance capital of the Perigord which contains the vestiges of a Gallo-Roman villa, offers many fine restaurants, good shopping and a wonderful market; Sarlat, nearby exceptional medieval town; Les Eyzies, known as the capital of prehistory; the Vézère Valley featuring 15 World Heritage UNESCO sites; the town of Brantome – called the “Venice of Perigord”; the 1,001 chateaux of the Dordogne region; the vineyards of Bergerac and Bordeaux; the stunning pilgrimage town of Rocamadour -- all of these await your exploration within a short drive from Le Maine.

In winter, especially during the festive season, you will enjoy the special foie-gras and truffle markets of Perigueux, Sorges and Sarlat. You may even go in search of truffles at Le Maine or in a nearby truffle field (with the owners dog or sow!).

Other activities: canoeing, tree-walking, hot-air ballooning


Cubjac Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • En suite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The sunny bathroom features a large modern bathtub/shower and a dormer window facing a peaceful field. There is a heating-towel radiator in the bathroom. The washer/dryer is in the bathroom for your convenience.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Romantic Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
  • The so romantic bedroom opens onto the living room. From your bed you can see the burning fire in the fireplace! The bed is 160 cm x 200 cm (the perfect width between King and Queen-size). An electronic skylight opens to let in the cool evening air, and even has an automated shade to darken your room if you want to sleep late in the morning.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
La Chartreuse du Maine, where the holiday house called la Cuisine d’Alice is located, is a staffed property. We, Catherine and Maxence your French English-speaking hosts, are more than happy to help you on any aspect of your stay on request. Every day we take care of the cleaning of the pool, we water the gardens, maintain the park and the vegetable garden. Our guests are more than welcome to pick herbs from the kitchen garden, and in summer, to taste the 15 different old-fashioned varieties of tomatoes Catherine grows with loving care every year! To allow you to enjoy your stay up to the last minute we take care of the end of stay cleaning.


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'As Happy as God In France' at La Chartreuse du Maine, unique estate in Dordogne
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Perfect property

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Cuisine d'Alice from 13-25 August. This charming property was clean and comfortable with lots of lovely individual touches. The cottage is much more spacious than it looks on the website photographs. It has its own outside seating area which was ideal for enjoying quiet meals.

The surrounding grounds were extensive and well kept, as was the lovely swimming pool. Catherine and Maxence were charming and discreet hosts. We thoroughly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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We did not want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing relaxing stay for a week. La Cuisine d'Alice was very well equipped and spotlessly clean. Catherine and Maxence's warm welcome was very appreciated and their helpful advice throughout the stay was invaluable. We loved the pool and woodland walks as well as the resident cat and donkey. We feel that we have only just scratched the surface of this beautiful part of France and as La Cuisine d'Alice had everything we could ever wish for we will be returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Excellent experience at the farmhouse and a great location in the Perigord

  • 5 of 5

Overall a wonderful experience at Le Maine. Our hosts were kind, gracious and most helpful in exploring the area. The facilities were immaculate and well equipped. The grounds are fantastic with an outdoor pool, but we enjoyed most was the hiking/running trails on the property (to work off the foi gras, truffles, duck confit, cheese and wine). We loved the donkey and cat on the property. The small town of Cubjac is sleepy but has one of the best boulangeries in the region. The property is within a 30 minute drive to Perigeaux.

Overall, we very highly recommend this property if you are looking for an off beaten path escape with a great central location as a base to explore this region of France.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our 'Happy Place'

  • 5 of 5

Despite the unsettled weather during our stay La Chartreuse du Maine was nothing short of wonderful. Catherine and Max were the perfect hosts and did their utmost to make our holiday both enjoyable and memorable. We were kindly greeted with freshly cut flowers from the beautiful gardens of La Maine and a fridge full of mouth watering goodies which went down a treat after our lengthy drive to reach Cubjac.

We fell in love with the place as soon as we arrived and forming an instant bond with Bibi the resident cat certainly clinched the deal, we struck up quite a friendship and was really sad to leave her. My husband found Zebulon the donkey highly amusing, notably with his loud and unmistakeable eeyore that was to be our daily alarm clock, a welcome wakeup call following a wonderful night’s sleep in our sumptuous bed.

Our charming little French conversion was faultless, la Cuisine d’Alice has been impressively restored to create the perfect ‘French country chic’ bolthole for two, its bold colours and antique pieces providing a warm and welcoming place to stay from home. The bedroom certainly took centre stage on its mezzanine floor, the idyllic spot to enjoy your morning cuppa whilst appreciating the rest of the open living space in all its grandeur!!

The La Maine estate is vast and praise to the owners for cleverly positioning the pool in the perfect spot to enjoy the pretty roof tops and breathtaking scenery afar. The view of the main house when you enter La Maine’s sweeping driveway is simply stunning, beautifully perched with its cool rustic shutters and ivy clad exterior.

La Chartreuse du Maine is extremely peaceful, you really can just kick back with a good book, glass of vino and forget the stresses of everyday life, unquestionably well worth the long journey from the UK.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Top of the Line Comfort in a Country Retreat

  • 5 of 5

"La Cusisine d'Alice" is a cozy and beautifully equiped property for a couple that was designed with style and efficiency by the owner, Catherine Lambert. There are two other rental properties on the Chartreuse du Maine property in the small Perigord Blanc village of Cujac, some 30 km. east of Perigueux. We spent a wonderful week there exploring the Perigord region and the Dordogne, returning each day to the comfort of this quiet sanctuary. Catherine and Maxence Digouy both speak perfect English, love their region, and offer excellent advice on what to do and where to eat. They are accomplished and wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Excellent accommodation in wonderful surroundings. Catherine and Max the perfect hosts very welcomin

  • 5 of 5

We needed a restful holiday in idyllic surroundings and Cuisine d Alice was the perfect spot. Exploring The region of Perigord was very much like stepping back in time So many interesting places to visit within easy driving distance

Our hosts Catherine and Maxence were very welcoming helpful and obviously very proud of the area. The property itself has everything you can ask for cleaned to a very high standard and has a warm welcoming atmosphere. The grounds are scenic and well worth exploring Catherine and Maxence are more than happy for guests to do so. Not a lot going on in Cubjac but it retains an old world charm and you will be glad to have experienced it. A car is a must unless you are happy to relax around the pool in the garden or around the grounds. This destination has the best of both worlds we alternated our days between exploring the region and resting around the grounds.

A week simply was not long enough to fully appreciate the area.

We thoroughly recommend this property and will definitely be returning.

Although next time it will be for a fortnight at least.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Cancellation Policy: Guests will receive a 70% refund if they cancel at least eight weeks before the start of the holiday; or a 25% refund if they cancel up to four weeks before the start of the holiday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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