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

Bedrooms 1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

5 star One Bedroom Accommodation. Peace and harmony Near Lascaux 4 and Sarlat


La Cuisine d’Alice is a stylish one bedroom cottage on the grounds of the French country estate known as La Chartreuse du Maine. When you enter La Cuisine d’Alice, you step into a spacious room (600 square feet) with high ceilings and beautiful limestone walls. The sunny, modern kitchen has a window overlooking the courtyard of the château, where a table and chairs and two lounge chairs invite you to dine al fresco or sit in the sun. The living room has a table and chairs for dining inside, as well as a comfortable leather sofa and armchair facing the large wood burning fireplace. As you step up four stone stairs, you are in the master bedroom featuring a brand-new King-size bed made with fine linen sheets. The stone walls of your bedroom are of warm beige local limestone. The sunny private bathroom features a large modern bathtub/shower and a dormer window facing a peaceful pasture field.


La Cuisine d'Alice is one of the three independent holiday homes located in the grounds of Le Maine, an early 18th century delightful Chartreuse. Here everything breathes peace, harmony and beauty. 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 enjoy an easy way of life 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 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.


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:
19 June, 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 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 château 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 La Chartreuse du Maine, in the centre of the Dordogne near Sarlat and Lascaux 4 (Centre International de l'Art pariétal), 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:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • En suite Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The sunny bathroom features a large modern bathtub/shower and a dormer window facing a peaceful field. There is a heating-towel radiator in the bathroom. The washer/dryer is in the bathroom for your convenience.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Romantic Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • The so romantic bedroom opens onto the living room. From your bed you can see the burning fire in the fireplace! The bed is 160 cm x 200 cm (the perfect width between King and Queen-size). An electronic skylight opens to let in the cool evening air, and even has an automated shade to darken your room if you want to sleep late in the morning.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • 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 la Cuisine d’Alice 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 4.962963 based on 27 reviews
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Best ever

  • 5 of 5

I frequently travel and stay in VRBO properties. This one is the best one in my experience. Beautifully decorated, comfortable, with everything I needed to prepare meals with produce from local farmer's markets. It is peaceful, quiet, yet near so many wonderful local attractions and historical sites. The owners are delightful and welcomed me with a bottle of wine, walnut bread from the local bakery, local goat cheese, fresh strawberries and a bouquet of flowers. I knew from the 1st day that I wouldn't want to leave when the week was up. Will be returning.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at Le Maine in September. The Cuisine d’Alice was a joy -- large, and beautifully and thoughtfully decorated. It had a well-equipped kitchen that we often used to eat the wonderful prepared foods we bought in the nearby town of Périgueux. We had our own large private garden area where we sat whenever we could and where we were often joined by Bibi, the delightful resident cat. We admired the beautiful landscaping and walked in the woods on the estate, making friends with Zebulon the donkey.

Catherine and Maxence were excellent and congenial hosts, helping us with suggestions about places to go and making impeccable restaurant recommendations.

We marvelled at everything we saw in the Dordogne in our 12 days there. From caves to fabulous gardens to beautiful towns to museums, there was no shortage of opportunities to admire and learn. Our visits to Lascaux and Rocamadour were highlights of our stay.

Last but not least were the people we encountered, who were friendly, inquisitive and engaging.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Away from it all in rustic luxury!

  • 5 of 5

A very relaxing week - as others have said the photos don't do this lovely cottage justice! Very welcoming and helpful hosts with lots of suggestions of places to visit and nice walks. We loved the bikes, the pool and the easy access to beautiful countryside trails on our doorstep.Would love to go back one day!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect property

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Cuisine d'Alice from 13-25 August. This charming property was clean and comfortable with lots of lovely individual touches. The cottage is much more spacious than it looks on the website photographs. It has its own outside seating area which was ideal for enjoying quiet meals.

The surrounding grounds were extensive and well kept, as was the lovely swimming pool. Catherine and Maxence were charming and discreet hosts. We thoroughly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We did not want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing relaxing stay for a week. La Cuisine d'Alice was very well equipped and spotlessly clean. Catherine and Maxence's warm welcome was very appreciated and their helpful advice throughout the stay was invaluable. We loved the pool and woodland walks as well as the resident cat and donkey. We feel that we have only just scratched the surface of this beautiful part of France and as La Cuisine d'Alice had everything we could ever wish for we will be returning.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent experience at the farmhouse and a great location in the Perigord

  • 5 of 5

Overall a wonderful experience at Le Maine. Our hosts were kind, gracious and most helpful in exploring the area. The facilities were immaculate and well equipped. The grounds are fantastic with an outdoor pool, but we enjoyed most was the hiking/running trails on the property (to work off the foi gras, truffles, duck confit, cheese and wine). We loved the donkey and cat on the property. The small town of Cubjac is sleepy but has one of the best boulangeries in the region. The property is within a 30 minute drive to Perigeaux.

Overall, we very highly recommend this property if you are looking for an off beaten path escape with a great central location as a base to explore this region of France.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • 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)
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 4 (Centre International de l'Art Pariétal), 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
Roses Time
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Lavender Season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Grape Harvest Time
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Bright Season
29 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 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
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 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.
Cancellation Policy: Guests will receive a 70% refund if they cancel at least eight weeks before the start of the holiday; or a 25% refund if they cancel up to four weeks before the start of the holiday.

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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