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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,237 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 star accommodation, 2 Master bedrooms, 2 ensuite bathrooms, luxury & peace

Chez Colette et Mimi :

Chez Colette et Mimi is a gracious two bedroom house in the grounds of the French country estate known as La Chartreuse du Maine. From your own garden, limestone steps lead up to your private terrace overlooking a pasture. You can read and sunbathe while relaxing in comfortable cushioned lounge chairs. A patio table and chairs invite you to dine on your terrace, which is equipped with a Weber grill for barbequing your dinner. The sunny, modern kitchen opens directly onto the terrace. Elegant burgundy cabinets contain all the dishes, glassware and utensils you will need to prepare a gourmet meal for your family. The spacious living room opens onto the patio and features a large window overlooking the gardens. There you can choose to dine inside on the comfortably cushioned dining chairs or sit by the wood-burning fireplace on a cool evening.

La Chartreuse du Maine:

Chez Colette et Mimi is one of the three independent holiday homes located in the 300 year old outbuildings of Le Maine, an early 18th century delightful Chartreuse. Here everything breathes peace, harmony and beauty. Located in the centre of the Dordogne region, Le Maine is the perfect relaxing base to get to know the Dordogne, go in search of 350,000 years of history of mankind, experience France, discover local gastronomy and wines, and be happy like God in France 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 village of Cubjac:

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.

The region and the 'Perigourdine lifestyle':

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
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 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 in Cubjac 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. Sixteen years ago we decided to leave Paris, restore our great-grandfather’s chateau 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

Because of the unique location of La Chartreuse du Maine, in the centre of the Dordogne near Sarlat, 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.


Cubjac Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1237 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ground floor en suite bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs en suite bathroom - toilet , shower , Large modern shower area and separate adjacent toilet room
  • Downstairs the sunny private bathroom features a claw foot bathtub/shower and a window that overlooks the private gardens. Upstairs the stunning modern bathroom has a large shower area with rain shower head, and a separate toilet room.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Upstairs Bedroom - 1 king , The King size double bed can be separated into 2 single beds
    Ground floor Bedroom - 1 queen , All beddings and linens are new and of the highest quality
  • The ground floor Master bedroom is painted in soothing shades of pale blue and soft green, and the French windows open onto the interior courtyard of the manor house. Upstairs is a second Master bedroom furnished with a king-size bed which can be made as 2 separate single beds on request. Dormer windows overlook a peaceful pasture and gardens. The bedding is new and of the best quality. On request we can put an additional bed (60€).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • 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 Chez Colette et Mimi 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

'As Happy as God In France' at La Chartreuse du Maine, unique estate in Dordogne
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews
Minneapolis, MN, USA

Considering the Dordogne? Book Le Maine!

  • 5 of 5

We’ve fallen in love with the Dordogne. We love the prehistoric caves, the vibrant village markets, and the magnificent river valley. We just returned from our third stay at Le Maine.

We find Le Maine is a destination itself – each of the cottages is spectacular; the glowing reviews are all true.

What do we love about Le Maine and the cottages named Chez Collette et Mimi, Cuisine D’Alice, and Maison de Marc? We love that each cottage is your own; the spaces are so private, you will feel like you are in your own pied- a-terre in the country. The grounds are expansive – there is room to stretch . We love that the interiors are as stunning as the countryside because Catherine and Maxence’s haute- concept is designed to surprise and delight… after all, this part of the country is called, “La France Profonde”!

We love that Le Maine creates a “diamond-standard” for quality and the cottages are immaculate. You will find modern appliances, luxurious linens, great furniture and cookware. Everything sparkles with cleanliness at Le Maine.

Le Maine is a short walk from the center of Cubjac, a village named for the goat cheese of the region. Cubjac is home to the second best boulangerie in the Périgord and the market foie gras paté is extraordinary. Did we mention the wine selections at LeClerc in nearby Trellisac or Auchan in Perigueux? You will have no trouble finding wine, local produce, cheeses, or handmade confit du canard here. After a full day and evening, you’ll slip into a soul- satisfying sleep.

Sightseeing: At Le Maine, you are short drives from adventures in every direction. To the southeast to Montignac and the newly opened Lascaux IV, Font de Gaume, Les Combarelles, Tourtoirac, the Dordogne River towns of Les Eyzies, Sarlat-la-Canéda… to the southwest, the roman town of Perigueux, the port cities of Bergerac and Bordeaux. Wine tastings in Pécharmant, St Emilion, and Bordeaux are a day excursion. This trip we explored the Corrèze to the northeast, and made a grand ronde of medieval mills and forges in the L’Auvérzère river gorge.

From the Heart: Your hosts, Catherine and Maxence are the vacation curators every traveler hopes for. They will help chart your adventures, offer off the beaten path experiences, or simply allow you the pleasure of a very private holiday. You will not want to leave.

Getting There: Fly to Bordeaux, Bergerac, or Toulouse. Or take the TGV from Paris to Bordeaux or Angoulême. B & Steve, Minneapolis, MN

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Une parenthèse ressourçante

  • 5 of 5

Domaine splendide, gite soigné, et décoré avec goût, accueil chaleureux. Tout est bien pensé et fait de façon a mettre les hôtes a l aise. Des noix et des petits fromages frais nous attendaient a notre arrivée , un panier pour faire le marché , bois pour la cheminée, vélos mis à notre disposition. Des petits détails mais qui font la différence. Une petite photo a la fin du séjour est prise pour immortaliser chaque venue. Les propriétaires prennent vraiment cela a cœur!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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...als god in Frankrijk...

  • 5 of 5

We (familie van 4, met 2 zonen van 12 en 15) hebben absoluut genoten van ons verblijf van 2 weken in het huisje 'Chez Colette et Mimi ', gelegen op dit unieke domein in de Dordogne. Het vakantiehuis was perfect in orde, zeer gezellig ingericht, aangename bedden, mooi uitgeruste keuken, twee volledig uitgeruste badkamers, een mooi aangenaam terras, wifi in orde, een aangenaam zwembad met een fantastisch zicht op de manoir en de omgeving... Het grote domein straalt een rust en kalmte uit, men waant zich eventjes in een andere wereld.

De eigenaars Catherine en Maxence zijn een zeer aangename gastvrouw en gastheer, geven je een warm welkom, respecteren je privacy, maar helpen je direct bij elke vraag, en zorgen dat alles steeds in orde is.

Je bevindt je hier in een eerder rustig gedeelte van de Dordogne, wat wij zeer aangenaam en mooi vonden, verschillende bezienswaardigheden en steden zijn allemaal vlot te bereiken met de auto. Kortom absoluut een aanrader !

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

Wonderful in Every Way!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to stay at Chartreuse Le Maine, and our first stay in the home called Chez Colette et Mimi. As in our two previous visits, we loved every moment of our stay. The beauty of the property and our home for the week are a sensual delight. Catherine and Maxence are extraordinary hosts. Their attention to detail in planning and preparing for your arrival is a balm to weary travelers. Throughout our week we enjoyed their companionship and advice on treasures to discover on the backroads of the Dordogne. When we stay at the Chartreuse, our only problem is leaving. To walk the land, to sit on the beautiful private patio, stroll the garden, make a dinner in the charming kitchen, read by the fireplace.....all these things make our stay so perfectly suited to us that though there are dozens of places we have yet to visit in the area, we are equally content to stay "home." We will return and soon. When we leave, a piece of our heart is left behind. Merci, Catherine et Maxence!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Portland, Oregon

Special Place and Hosts

  • 5 of 5

I won't repeat all of the glowing statements and the other reviews. They are all true. I would just emphasize the statements about hosts, Catherine and Maxence. Many vacation house owners promise advice on where to go and what to see. Maxence and Catherine truly deliver on that promise.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review and for being so kind to mentioning us. We love the Dordogne region and we are really keen to share our passion (as well as our Chartreuse) with our guests. We are happy to help them on any aspect of their stay with us, and want them to make the most of their stay in the Dordogne.
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Perigord Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in several rental homes in France and I have to say that this was the most comfortable, relaxing one we have found. Catherine and Maxence have created a wonderful place for anyone looking to discover this part of France in a very peaceful manner. The home itself is the old barn which has been converted into a two bedroom, two bath unit. It retains all the old charm one could hope for (limestone walls, large fireplace, exposed wood beams) with all the modern conveniences (air conditioning, dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) The kitchen is very well equipped.

The property has to be seen to be appreciated. Over 60 acres, much of it forested, is really beautiful. The rose gardens, the lavender garden, and the herb gardens are outstanding. Our outdoor eating area was really nice with table and chairs as well as two chaise lounges. The pool area is very comfortable and private with lots of chaise lounges. It was a welcome diversion after a day of touring around this beautiful part of France.

Probably the best part of staying here were our hosts, Catherine and Maxence. When you arrive they greet you with walnut bread (delicious), strawberries and wine. Throughout our stay they were always available to give good advise regarding the property or traveling around the area. Maxine has very good knowledge of the roads and what is interesting in all the towns nearby.

If you have any problems or questions about features in the apartment Maxine will take care of it quickly.

All in all it is an excellent place to stay if you are looking for a peaceful stay on the edge of a sleepy little village.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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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-Massif Central)
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 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, 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

Cubjac Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Lilacs and Peonies
Apr 1 2017 - May 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Roses Time
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Lavender Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Grape Harvest Time
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 6 2017
5 night minimum stay
Bright Season
Oct 7 2017 - Nov 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
Food Lovers Season
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax $1.20 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
During the Peak Season (July 1st to September 1st) the rental is only weekly, guests cannot rent for less than a full week stay from Saturday to Saturday. Changeover day is only Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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