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

Bedrooms 2
Space 860 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 star accommodation with 2 bedrooms situated in the center of Dordogne-Perigord


La Maison de Marc is one of the three independent holiday homes located in the outbuildings of La Chartreuse du Maine, an early 18th century delightful Manor. Here everything breathes peace, harmony and beauty. The estate of La Chartreuse du Maine encompasses 27 hectares (63 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.

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 be “happy like God in France” in a peaceful, bucolic atmosphere.


This 2 bedroom stylish cottage, La Maison de Marc, is the detached farmhouse of La Chartreuse du Maine. This south-facing house has recently been restored to a high standard, preserving most of the original features. Tastefully furnished, this cottage includes a living room, a kitchen-dining room and a bathroom. All the ground floor rooms open onto a private flower garden and woods. Outside, on the terrace there is outdoor dining furniture and a BBQ for delightful meals under the old oak tree. Everything inside the farmhouse and outside in the estate: terraces, gardens, vegetable garden, speaks of a French ‘art de vivre’ in the bygone days.


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 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
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 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 specialties 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. Fourteen 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

Our tips: : Because of the unique location of this romantic cottage, 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Le Maine was more than we ever expected, we and look forward to coming back to experience the other seasons. Louise and Sean Niven, London - January, 2005

Our time in this lovely cottage has been wonderful beyond our expectations.

You have both been marvellous hosts, warm, generous and informative. Your suggested itineraris and restaurants have been invaluable in helping us get to know this lovely part of France. We leave you reluctantly but with many happy memories.

Doreen & David Rosenthal, Australia – May, 2005

Your place was wonderful and the Perigord was magical. We hope to come back for another visit very soon. Lynn & Andre Raszynski, USA – June, 2005

We’ve had a fantastic time in the Perigord region. What a great way to experience France !

Please let us know when you have finished the other cottage so that we can book both and bring back some more friends.

We would love to share the experience with them too.

Mitch & Fiona Nash, Robert & Noeline Smith, Australia
Nov 2007
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Cubjac Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 860 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , The toilet room is separated and adjacent to the bathroom
  • In the bathroom a French door leads to the terrace, and a window opens onto the private woods.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , All beddings and linens are new and of the highest quality
    Twin bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 2 baby crib , Beddings and linens are new and of the highest quality
  • Oriented to the south, the main bedroom opens onto the flowered courtyard of the Chartreuse. The twin bedroom has wonderful views onto the oaks wood, and the swimming pool in the distance.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • 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
  • water skiing
La Chartreuse du Maine, where the holiday house called la Maison de Marc 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

'As happy as God in France' at La Chartreuse du Maine, unique estate in Dordogne
average rating of 4.962963 based on 28 reviews
London, England

French style and charm

  • 5 of 5

La Maison de Marc is a spacious holiday home, immaculately appointed in a French country style and with its own private garden. Set in the extensive grounds of a manor house, Le Maine, and complete with a beautiful swimming pool, it is located on the outskirts of a village and a convenient place from which to explore the Dordogne.

Catherine and Maxence are delightful and charming hosts with an extensive knowledge of the area. Their suggestions of sights to visit, markets and restaurants to savour helped to make our time there extra special. We wholeheartedly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cosy in Cubjac

  • 5 of 5

La Maison de Marc is a stunning cottage in an idyllic location close to the village bakery and small supermarket. The decor is delightful and the bed linen and towels are of the finest quality. The Internet connection was fast and there is a well-equipped kitchen with large fridge/freezer and all utensils required to prepare and cook a gourmet meal. The living room has very comfort-able armchairs and a sofa in front of a lovely log fire. The bathroom was beautiful with views into the woods, an unbelievably powerful shower and a nice large bath.

Although there are 2 further cottages at the property, all the cottages are extremely private and you are not even aware of other guests. We thoroughly enjoyed the peace and quiet, interrupted only by birdsong and the occasional owl, and loved walking or running through the private woodlands directly behind the cottage. The owners, Catherine and Maxence, were very welcoming and provided us with maps and information on local markets, etc. We would definitely be happy to stay at any of the cottages at Chartreuse du Maine when we are next in France.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

Shelter from the Storm

  • 5 of 5

There are places you visit that you yearn to return to time and again for both their beauty and their way of creating calm that is elusive elsewhere. La Chartreuse du Maine is such a place for us. We have visited many times and stayed in each of the 3 charming homes that Catherine and Maxence have created for their guests. Many hosts attend to detail, but few do so in in such a way that makes it feel as though it was done just for you, and in getting to know them, we discover, their care for their guests is personal. The owners take such gentle care of the land and their homes and the animals that reside there that you can spend hours exploring them and each time find new reasons to love this place. With each visit, we have taken new day trips to parts of the Dordogne and the Perigueux. Instead of thinking we have now experienced it all, we find new place that we are certain we want to return to and identify others that must wait for the next trip. History, conservation, modernity and La Chartreuse du Maine all welcome the visitor to this region of France. We will return again soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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conveniant stay, lot of sightseeing possibilities

  • 5 of 5

It is a very nice and quiet place. Catherine and Maxencé are both very friendly persons, helping us to optimize our planning.

The place is located perfectly for doing Sightseeing and visiting a lot of attractive places in the area. The house is well equipped, very convenient and in a good shape. We can really recommend to stay there and enjoy the nature!

Joe and Renate from Germany

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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A wonderful, relaxing week in the Dordogne, staying in a beautiful, authentic cottage.

  • 5 of 5

La Maison de Marc is a gorgeous, very well equipped holiday home. The cottage is tastefully styled, there is a private garden which you can sit/eat out in. The pool area is very relaxing and welcome on a hot day. Catherine and Maxence were wonderful hosts, they made us very welcome right from the start. They are both very knowledgable about the area and can give you lots of advice/tips. Catherine and Maxence also speak very good English! The strawberries, goats cheese, walnut bread and of course the local white wine were a much appreciated arrival gift.

Cubjac has a very good boulangerie, great bread, croissants and cakes.

During our stay we visited several places, Domme, Brantome, Perigeux, St. Jean de-Cole, La Roque de St. Christophe and even canoed down the Dordogne river for 9 kms from La Roque Gageac. There is of course plenty more to see and do.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Outstanding hosts

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect place to stay if you need peace and quiet. Le Maine has its own secluded garden, perfect for a quiet read or a glass of wine. The kitchen is exceptionally well equipped. The house is very well presented. Catherine and Maxence are perfect hosts, always available with advice and help when needed and yet not at all intrusive. The pool is in a lovely spot in the grounds and is exceptionally well kept.

We fell in love with the donkey and seemed to spend a lot of money on carrots! He will remind you if you forget to take him one.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Ferry
600 Kilometres
ST Malo
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Cubjac (in Summer)
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-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, 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
5 night minimum stay
Lavender Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
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 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax $0.72 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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