5 star accommodation, 2 Master bedrooms, 2 ensuite bathrooms, luxury & peace
- english, french, We are French and speak English fluently
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-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. 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.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 5:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Fabulous experience from my first communication through to checkout and beyond. Perfect property and perfect hosts. So willing to help inexperienced travelers to France. Fabulous property and a classic French country experience.
Bucolic bliss! Truly outstanding.
We had a simply wonderful stay at Chez Colette et Mimi for two weeks in August 2018: top quality accommodation brilliantly planned and superb facilities in a truly beautiful setting. Catherine and Maxence were the most felicitous, discrete hosts and charming company. The gorgeous weather too made for an idyllic holiday, over of course far too quickly but we shall return! Kate B
A wonderful stay
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
Better really does not happen
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.
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!
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!
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