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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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, We are French and speak English fluently
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 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 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. 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Cubjac in Périgueux

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1237 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
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 ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ground floor en suite bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Upstairs en suite bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 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 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The King size double bed can be separated into 2 single beds
    Ground floor Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 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 ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 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 theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • 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.


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'As Happy as God In France' at La Chartreuse du Maine, unique estate in Dordogne
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews

A wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property. Wonderful Location. Wonderful Host and Hostess Maxence and Catherine.

What more can we say! We stayed in Colette et Mimi and we were very impressed with the property and the tasteful decoration and high quality of the furnishings an appliances.

We spent 7 wonderful days in this beautiful region and would highly recommend the property and location to all our friends and family.

Maxence helped us with directions and lots of hints and tips which enable us to have stress free visits to Bordeaux, Perigneux just to name a couple of places that we visited. Catherine was extremely helpful and friendly too and both spoke English extremely well.

We enjoyed sitting by the log fire in the evenings and relaxing with a nice glass of red wine.

We hope to be back to visit you one day

  • Review Submitted: 11-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Better really does not happen

  • 5 of 5

Our hopes regarding a stay in the Perigord boiled down to a beautiful (borderline elegant) country estate well situated for exploration of local chateaux / villages / truffles / foie gras / walnuts. Chez Colette et Mimi at the Chartreuse du Maine easily exceeded those hopes.

Maxence and Catherine are perfect hosts, providing beautiful accommodations and all the TLC a stranger to the area could need. Their property resembles a monarch's weekend hunting lodge -- expansive, gorgeous, quiet, secluded. The only neighborhood noise comes from Zebulon, the family donkey, who hee-haws at all hours and becomes your bff after the first apple. Wood for the fireplace, flowers on the table, wine and cheese and fresh fruit on arrival --- these folk could give lessons to Dale Carnegie.

We will hope for an early return and can't imagine a nicer place to center a sampling of the Dordogne.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

Charming cottage, in a beautiful peacefull domain with lovely pets (Bibi and Zebulon). Catherine and Maxence are very nice, and caring hosts. The houses are fully equiped and the domain is very well located in Dordogne.

We loved our stay!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Gite

  • 5 of 5

Catherine and Maxence are wonderful hosts at their lovely Gite in Cubjac. The accommodation has two bedrooms and baths, privacy, and beauty. A small country experience close to castles, caves and towns. A very special place!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Do not hesitate to stay at this gorgeous place. The accommodations are superb, elegant, and well planned. The grounds, gardens, pool, woodland walks make it hard to leave the premises even for all the sightseeing in the area. Walk into town in 10 minutes, drive anyplace for 10 minutes and you are immersed in the beauties of rural France and fall under the spell and charms of the French way of life. If you like gardens, ruins, churches and small villages, this is the perfect place. If you want history, chateaux, prehistoric cave paintings, hiking, canoeing, all nearby. But each time you leave for an outing, you get to come back to your own private space. The hosts, Catherine and Maxence will help you plan your days, and make your stay so much more meaningful. They are there for guidance, but leave you in tranquility. My husband and i sketched and painted in the countryside, villages, markets, and on the grounds, and though we have been home only 2 days, we are dreaming of returning. It far surpassed anything we expected.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Cubjac, Dordogne

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Lavender Season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Grape Harvest Time
1 Sep 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Bright Season
6 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Food Lovers Season
3 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Truffles Season
2 Jan 2019 - 29 Mar 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Lilacs and Peonies
30 Mar 2019 - 24 May 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Roses Time
25 May 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Lavender Season
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Grape harvest Time
31 Aug 2019 - 4 Oct 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Bright Season
5 Oct 2019 - 1 Nov 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Food Lovers Time
2 Nov 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas and New Year
21 Dec 2019 - 1 Jan 2020
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £0.97 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 for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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