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

Cubjac, France
  • Chateau / Country House645 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights

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.


Catherine Lambert

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Apr 12, 2018
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 Périgueux

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.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, 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.


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      Finest bed linen and all table and kitchen cloths are provided (free of charge) and changed weekly. The bed is made up upon arrival.
                    • Fireplace
                      In the sitting area, the comfortable leather armchair and sofa face the large original wood fireplace. Wood is provided at no extra charge.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Extremely comfortable and efficient underfloor heating in the living room, big radiator in the bedroom and heating-towel rack in the bathroom.
                    • Internet
                      Free Wi-Fi internet access (with a strong signal) for your own laptop. We do not provide a computer.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Garage
                      A garage, part of the property, is available on request for a motorbike.
                    • Living Room
                      The sitting area takes place in the living space under the 300 year old vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. It offers comfortable leather sofa, armchair and coffee table by the large fireplace
                    • Parking
                      You can park your car in the courtyard in the shadow near the limestone steps leading up to your private house.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Finest quality fluffy white bath and hand towels, and even outdoor/pool towels are provided (free of charge). They are changed weekly.
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      The house has its own washer/dryer.
                    • Washing Machine
                      The house has its own washer/dryer. Laundry soap and detergents are provided.
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Drip coffee maker and a Nespresso coffee maker. Please note that we do not provide Nespresso coffee pods. You can purchase them at the nearby supermarket.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Elegant black cabinets contain all the dishes, silverware and utensils you need to prepare a gourmet meal. If something is missing, please let me know, I will lend you mine and/or buy it!
                        • Dishwasher
                          Silent dishwasher of the highest quality, detergent is provided.
                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen area is included in the large open space of the living room. A bar separates the kitchen from the sitting area.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Brand new Multifunction and self-cleaning electric oven of the highest quality, BRANDT range
                        • Pantry Items
                          We provide all basic necessities (salt, pepper, vinegar, oil, sugar, coffee, tea, bottled water, milk, soap, etc), for the start of your stay.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Electric ceramic hob
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              The dining area is part of the living space and can comfortably seat 6 people. The French door opens onto the private flower garden with dining furniture, BBQ and deck chairs.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Many English and French books: novels, books about history and prehistory of the Dordogne ('L'esprit dans la grotte/ The mind in the cave' highly recommended), thrillers, etc
                                • DVD Player
                                  HD movies
                                • Games
                                  Scrabble and cards
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Satellite HDTV with satellite signal for stations in English, German and Spanish as well as French.
                                • Stereo
                                  Excellent BOSE bluetooth speaker for your iPhone, smartphone, iPod, iPad or else.
                                • Television
                                  Satellite HDTV with satellite signal for stations in English, German and Spanish as well as French.


                                    • Bicycles
                                      Bicycles for adults are at our guests disposal at the property. One of them is equipped with a baby seat. For more specific bikes, there is a bicycle hire nearby, which delivers bikes at your doorstep
                                    • Golf
                                      9-hole course within 20 minute drive, 18-hole course in Perigueux within 40 minute drive
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Canoes and life jackets can be hired in the village, on the Auvezere River banks, within 5 minutes walk.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      The house provides a large private flower garden with mature trees, and a shared park of 63 acres with a vegetable garden, meadows and woods with many footpaths.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Private Weber grill (charcoal) in your own garden for barbequing your meals.
                                    • Tennis
                                      Communal tennis court in Cubjac, within a 5 minute walk from Le Maine
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      - AquaCap in Périgueux (20 Km) - Etang du Coucou in Hautefort (aqua-course, toboggan, etc), 18 Km - Plan d'eau de Rouffiac in Lanouaille (beach, water-skying, sailing, windsurfing, swimming), 30 Km


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              The large swimming pool is shared with a maximum of 8 other guests. It is equipped with a salt water (chlorine-free) purification system and has an automated security cover. It is cleaned every day.

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Staff


                                                    • museums
                                                    • autumn foliage
                                                    • caves
                                                    • churches
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • forests
                                                    • library
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • botanical garden
                                                    • 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

                                                                • hiking
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • equestrian events
                                                                • 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.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 5:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      26 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      A wonderful experience

                                                                      Ellen G.Ottawa

                                                                      We had an amazing stay at Le Maine in September. The Cuisine d’Alice was a joy -- large, and beautifully and thoughtfully decorated. It had a well-equipped kitchen that we often used to eat the wonderful prepared foods we bought in the nearby town of Périgueux. We had our own large private garden area where we sat whenever we could and where we were often joined by Bibi, the delightful resident cat. We admired the beautiful landscaping and walked in the woods on the estate, making friends with Zebulon the donkey.

                                                                      Catherine and Maxence were excellent and congenial hosts, helping us with suggestions about places to go and making impeccable restaurant recommendations.

                                                                      We marvelled at everything we saw in the Dordogne in our 12 days there. From caves to fabulous gardens to beautiful towns to museums, there was no shortage of opportunities to admire and learn. Our visits to Lascaux and Rocamadour were highlights of our stay.

                                                                      Last but not least were the people we encountered, who were friendly, inquisitive and engaging.

                                                                      Away from it all in rustic luxury!

                                                                      Lesley H.

                                                                      A very relaxing week - as others have said the photos don't do this lovely cottage justice! Very welcoming and helpful hosts with lots of suggestions of places to visit and nice walks. We loved the bikes, the pool and the easy access to beautiful countryside trails on our doorstep.Would love to go back one day!

                                                                      Perfect property

                                                                      Christopher G.

                                                                      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.

                                                                      We did not want to leave!

                                                                      Andrew P.

                                                                      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.

                                                                      Excellent experience at the farmhouse and a great location in the Perigord

                                                                      David I.

                                                                      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.

                                                                      Our 'Happy Place'

                                                                      Jo C.

                                                                      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.


                                                                      Cubjac, France

                                                                      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

                                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      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.

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