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

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 860 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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

LA CHARTREUSE DU MAINE:

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.

LA MAISON DE MARC :

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 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 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 'PÉRIGORDINE 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

Owner
Catherine Lambert
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french, We are French and speak English fluently
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 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 Cubjac

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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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
Cubjac
Nearest Ferry
600 Kilometres
ST Malo
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Périgueux
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Perigueux
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
Perigueux
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

Amenities

Cubjac Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 860 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • 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
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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'As happy as God in France' at La Chartreuse du Maine, unique estate in Dordogne
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 37 reviews
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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: August 2008
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Wonderful peaceful property, beautifully presented, with delightful owners.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful peaceful property, beautifully presented, with delightful owners.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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A little piece of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely property in Cubjac. The house had all the charm and conveniences that you could hope for. The cottage was immaculate, had great appliances, comfortable sofas, and a huge bathtub. The internet service was strong and fast, and cell phone reception was excellent. The private garden with its quiet setting and dappled shade was very peaceful and welcoming. Catherine and Maxence could not do enough for you, and we very much appreciated their warm hospitality and expertise of the region. Their restaurant recommendations and itineraries were especially helpful. All in all, this was a delightful vacation!

R & L

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Class and authentic

  • 5 of 5

Heaven on earth

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Warm, beautiful, and restful escape

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely adored our one week stay at La Maison de Marc, which finished out our 3-week vacation in France. We chose this place based on the glowing reviews, which are 100% correct! Because we were a little road-weary, we spent most of our time in or around the house itself reading, preparing meals, sampling wine and cheese, hiking around the grounds, and sitting by the wood fire in the evenings. Catherine and Max were extremely welcoming and accommodating during our stay, and made some excellent recommendations that helped us have a really enjoyable time.

The cottage is gorgeous, and is easily one of our favorite places we have ever stayed. The pictures really don't convey how warm, cozy, and spacious the cottage is (especially when the wood fire is lit!) The kitchen was also furnished really well for both food preparation and cleanup. One of my favorite parts is that in the backyard, a wooden gate in the stone wall leads directly to the hiking trails in the forest. Fun!

Dordogne is absolutely stunning, and we enjoyed scenic drives and going to several markets. The village of Cubjac is both convenient and lovely, and the boulangerie in the village has wonderful baguettes and pastries. We barely scratched the surface at what all you could explore in this region.

Would recommend this place without question!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from 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: March 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax $0.78 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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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