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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
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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 August, 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 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-Auvézère-Val D'Ans

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house around the Cubjac-Auvézère-Val D'Ans around the Périgueux

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 860 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
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
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with 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 Extra Lg. Double Bed , All beddings and linens are new and of the highest quality
    Twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed , 2 Cot , 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 ...
  • Video Player
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck 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 theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • 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
  • 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.


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'As happy as God in France' at La Chartreuse du Maine, unique estate in Dordogne
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 45 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.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Feb-2009
  • Date of Stay: August 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Such a beautiful place to stay. Amazing

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two weeks in the old farm house which has been stunningly renovated. The Chateau has amazing grounds to explore and a wonderful swimming pool. Right on the edge of Cubjac it's is perfectly placed to access all the amazing places in the Dordogne but slightly off the beaten track so more French than a tourist hot spot.A quiet and peaceful place to stay with wonderful hosts. Perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
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  • 5 of 5

Just back from a delightful week in this enchanting patch of heaven on earth. Our hosts Catherine and Maxence couldn't have done more to welcome us and ensure our stay was perfect. We didn't move far from the house and village making made full use of the pool and the charming outdoor spaces and found a sense of much needed peace and relaxation. There is something magical about this place. We would like to think Catherine's grandmother would be very happy to see that the La Chartreuse magic lives on. Hope to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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An oasis of calm in a sea of green.

  • 5 of 5

This is a very attractive cottage on the edge of a lovely village. There is much to see and do. Our hosts made us more than welcome. They could not have done more for us and, as a bonus, we were adopted by their lovely cat. It is somewhere visitors come back to regularly, and we can quite see why. We can thoroughly recommend it

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
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All we had hoped for.

  • 4 of 5

Better than the average rental cottage by far.

Lovely meet and greet, and everything was explained fully. We were also given great ideas of what and where to go .

The cottage was beautiful with much attention to detail, very scenic and private.


A super visit 9/10.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A lovely gite situated in a stunning private estate in the heart of the Dordogne. The standard of accommodation and beauty of the surroundings are exceptional. Our hosts Catherine and Maxence were delightful and we hope to visit again very soon. Highly recommended and worthy of all the excellent reviews posted.

Ann & Richard

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Patricia and Richard for this wonderful five star review. We are happy you liked so much our authentic Chartreuse and its estate that we have the privilege to maintain every day with loving care. Thank you for allowing us carrying on the work begun more than 3 hundred years ago. Our pleasure is to share it with friends and guests. Meeting you both was lovely and we keep happy memories of our chats and your stay with us. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon !
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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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house around the Cubjac-Auvézère-Val D'Ans,

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per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
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
3 night minimum stay
for 3 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
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Grape Harvest Time
31 Aug 2019 - 4 Oct 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Bright Season
5 Oct 2019 - 1 Nov 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Food Lovers Season
2 Nov 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
21 Dec 2019 - 1 Jan 2020
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £0.59 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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