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La Chartreuse du Maine, near Sarlat, Dordogne

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Last updated: 07/05/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
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  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cubjac chateau / country house description

LA CHARTREUSE DU MAINE

Le Maine was built during the reign of King Louis XIV, and the estate encompasses 63 bucolic acres of gardens, meadowlands and wooded paths. Within Le Maine you will enjoy relaxing in a lounge chair by the sunny swimming pool that overlooks the estate. The shady woodlands are a protected game preserve and are crisscrossed with quiet pathways that invite you to explore nature.
Le Maine is the perfect relaxing base to experience France, get to know the Dordogne, go in search of 82,000 years of history of mankind, discover local gastronomy and wines, and enjoy an easy way of life in a peaceful, bucolic atmosphere.

CHEZ COLETTE ET MIMI :

Chez Colette et Mimi is a gracious two bedroom house on the grounds of the French country estate known as La Chartreuse du Maine. You can park 2 cars adjacent to the limestone steps leading up to your private terrace overlooking the 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 are furnished with all the dishes, glassware and utensils you will need to prepare a gourmet meal for your family. The spacious great room is open to 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.

The brand-new king bed in the downstairs master bedroom is made with Anne de Solene satin sheets. The room is painted in soothing shades of pale blue and soft green, and the French windows open onto the interior courtyard of the manor house. The sunny private bath features a clawfoot bathtub/shower and a window that overlooks the private gardens.

Upstairs is a second bedroom furnished with two twin beds that can be made up as a King bed for a couple upon your request. The stunning modern bathroom has a large glass stall shower with rain shower head, and a separate toilet chamber. Dormer windows overlook a peaceful pasture and gardens. The apartment has central heating. No air conditioning is needed, as the thick stone walls insulate the entire apartment and keep it quite comfortable throughout the summer.


THE VILLAGE OF CUBJAC

The shaded tree-lined entrance to Le Maine is on the outskirts of the village of Cubjac, which is in the Dordogne region along the banks of the peaceful Auvezere River. You can easily walk to the village center for a bite to eat at a local café or to buy your groceries at the local bakery, butcher shop or grocer. There is even a farmers’ market on Fridays with fresh local produce all year round, and hand-made regional crafts for sale in summer.

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Chateau / Country House
  • 1184 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome:

                Well-behaved children are welcome. The openness of the estate makes them feel free. Zebulon the donkey, Rothschild the sheep, Chérie-Bibi and Josephine the cats are always a big hit!...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Smoking is not allowed in the house, at the pool or in the woods (in Summer), but it is possible to smoke outside if our guests don't throw their cigarette ends on the ground....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed:

                Sorry pets are not allowed because some of our guests may have allergies...moreless

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Events Allowed

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

              • Colette's bedroom: 1 king

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              • Mimi's Bedroom: 1 king

                The King bed can be separated into 2 single beds on request...moreless

              • The bedding is new and of the best quality. Beds are made with Anne de Solene satin sheets. Colette master bedroom is painted in soothing shades of pale blue and soft green, and the French windows open onto the interior courtyard of the Chartreuse. Upstairs is a second bedroom furnished with a twin beds that can be made up as a king bed upon your request. Dormer windows overlook a peaceful pasture and gardens....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Colette's bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

                ...moreless

              • Mimi's bathroom: toilet, shower

                Rain shower. Separate private toilet...moreless

              • Downstairs the sunny private bath features a clawfoot bathtub/shower and a window that overlooks the private gardens. Upstairs the stunning modern bathroom has a large glass stall shower with rain shower head, and a separate toilet chamber. Best quality Descamps fluffy bath and toilet towels, and even pool towels are supplied and changed weekly....moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Pantry Items:

                We provide all basic necessities (salt, pepper, vinegar, oil, sugar, coffee, tea, bottled water, etc), for the start of your stay...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                The Burgundy cabinets are furnished with all the dishes, glassware and utensils you will need to prepare a gourmet meal....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                If something is missing, please let me know, I will lend you mine and/or buy it! (Very unlikely event)...moreless

              • Dining:

                The dining area is part of the living room and can comfortably seat 6 people....moreless

              • Kitchen:

                This elegant sunny kitchen is equipped with the best brands of appliances....moreless

              • Coffee Maker:

                In addition of a drip coffee maker we provide a Nespresso coffee maker ...moreless

              • Stove:

                SAUTER Multifunction electric oven of the highest quality, BRANDT range...moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Full-size ELECTROLUX refrigerator...moreless

              • Dishwasher:

                BOSCH silent dishwasher...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:

                6...moreless

              • Child's Highchair
              • Toaster
              • Microwave
              • Seating for 6 people

              Amenities

              • Air Conditioning:

                No air conditioning is needed, as the thick stone walls insulate the entire apartment and keep it quite comfortable throughout the summer. But, if not, we would switch-on the air conditioning!...moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                Finest linens (Anne de Solene satin sheets), and all table and kitchen cloths, are provided and changed weekly. Beds are made upon arrival....moreless

              • Living Room:

                Elegant sunny living room with comfortable sofa and armchairs. The large windows open onto the private terrace and Le Maine gardens ...moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                Best quality DESCAMPS bath and toilet towels, and outdoor/pool towels are provided. They are changed weekly....moreless

              • Fireplace:

                There is a stone wood fireplace in the living room. The wood is supplied (free of charge)...moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                Best quality ELECTROLUX washer/dryer is in your private kitchen for your convenience....moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                Best quality ELECTROLUX washer/dryer is in your private kitchen for your convenience....moreless

              • Parking:

                There is secure parking for two cars in the shadow near your house in the courtyard....moreless

              • Garage:

                On request, we are happy to allow our guests to park a motor bike in our garage....moreless

              • Wood Fireplace:

                The elegant and comfortable sofa and armchairs face the wood burning fireplace. ...moreless

              • Heating:

                Extremely comfortable central heating by low-temperature heated floor....moreless

              • Babysitter
              • Hair Dryer
              • Iron & Board

              Other Amenities

                  • La Chartreuse du Maine, where the holiday house called Chez Colette et Mimi is located, is a staffed property. Every day we take care of the cleaning of the pool, we water the flowers, 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-fashionned varieties of tomatoes Catherine grows with loving care every year! To allow our guests to enjoy their stay till the last minute we take care of the end of stay cleaning....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    Many English and French books: novels, books about history and prehistory of the Dordogne ('L'esprit dans la grotte/ The mind in the cave' highly recommended), thrillers, etc...moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    HDTV with satellite signal for stations in English, German and Spanish as well as French....moreless

                  • DVD Player:

                    HD movies...moreless

                  • Television
                  • CD Player

                  Communications

                  • Internet:

                    Wi-Fi internet access with your own laptop (we do not provide a computer)...moreless

                  • Broadband Access

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Communal Pool:

                        The large swimming pool is shared with a maximum of 6 other guests. It is equipped with a modern salt water purification system and has an automated security cover....moreless

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        The house provides a large private flower garden oriented to the east and the south with mature trees; and a 63 acres park with a vegetable garden, meadows and woods with many foot paths....moreless

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        The kitchen and the living room open onto a large patio overlooking the flower private garden, for you to enjoy breakfast in the morning sun, lunch in the shadow, dinner al fresco...moreless

                      • Bicycles:

                        Adult bikes are at our guests disposal at the property. One is equipped with a baby seat....moreless

                      • Golf:

                        9-hole course within 20 minute drive 18-hole course in Perigueux within 40 minute drive...moreless

                      • Kayak / Canoe:

                        Canoe rental in the village (500 m) on the Auvezere River banks....moreless

                      • Tennis:

                        Communal tennis court in the village (500 m)...moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill:

                        Weber Grill...moreless

                      Theme

                      • Adventure
                      • Away From It All
                      • Family
                      • Historic
                      • Romantic
                      • Sports & Activities
                      • Tourist Attractions

                      Activities

                      • Cinemas
                      • Groceries
                      • Hospital
                      • Laundromat
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Medical Services
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Hiking
                      • Golf
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Hunting
                      • Equestrian Events
                      • Fly Fishing
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Hunting Big Game
                      • Hunting Small Game
                      • Kayaking
                      • Hot Air Ballooning
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Museums
                      • Theme Parks
                      • Live Theater
                      • Restaurants
                      • Churches
                      • Library
                      • Playground
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Ruins
                      • Antiquing
                      • Water Parks
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Shopping
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Walking
                      • Miniature Golf
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Winery Tours
                      • Spelunking
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Summer
                      Jul 5 - Aug 29, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      €1,700 €6,460
                      Late Summer
                      Aug 30 - Oct 3, 2014
                      5 night min stay
                      €238
                      €1,900 €4,284
                      Fall Season
                      Oct 4 - Oct 31, 2014
                      4 night min stay
                      €178
                      €890 €3,026
                      Low season
                      Nov 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                      3 night min stay
                      €158
                      €790 €2,370
                      Christmas & New Year
                      Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      €232
                      €1,160
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Additional bed+linen €50
                      • Taxes Not included

                      Notes:

                      ADDITIONAL CHARGES

                      Taxe de Séjour : 0,22 € per night and per person (except children under 13)

                      SECURITY DEPOSIT

                      500 €, or equivalent value in USD, AUD, CAD, GBP; to be paid upon arrival by cheque of in cash.

                      From May to October, weekly rate is a set price for a 7 day stay from Saturday to Saturday.

                      The reservation is effective when we receive a booking deposit of 30% of total rental rate.

                      The balance of the rental rate is due 8 weeks (56 days) before the holiday starts.

                      Payments are only accepted in Euros.


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                      Location

                      37 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Bergerac
                      413 Miles
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Saint-Malo
                      12 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Perigueux
                      11 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Perigueux
                      124 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Bassin d'Arcachon - Cap Ferret
                      Cubjac
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Cubjac
                      15 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Perigueux
                      Cubjac
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Cubjac center

                      Car: Recommended

                      In the southwest of France, Le Maine benefits from its unique location in the center of the Dordogne region, which is famous for its attractions of cultural interest and its magnificent landscapes. You will enjoy the world renowned prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux, Font-de-Gaume, Combarelles and Rouffignac. Perigueux, the medieval Renaissance capital of the Perigord which contains the remains of a Gallo-Roman villa, offers many fine restaurants and good shopping; 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 -- all of these await your exploration within a short drive from Le Maine.

                      On request we organize private cooking lessons in your private kitchen with the Chef of the Ecole Hoteliere du Perigord, Jean-Francois Laroussarie.

                      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!).

                      In Summer you will enjoy Mimos festival International du Mime and many music festivals, and lakes.

                      Other Activities: Canoeing, hot air ballooning, shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, tree-walking, water parks.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1925

                      About the owner: 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 the Dordogne region which inspired so many writers, philosophers and artists. We are more than happy to help you in your discovery of the Dordogne 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 a very special experience. We look forward to having a chat over a glass or two of ‘Monbazillac’ and helping to make your stay a truly French experience.

                      Why the Owner Chose Cubjac:
                      La Chartreuse du Maine has been our family home for four generations. Catherine's great-grandfather bought it in 1925. Our whole life, whilst leaving and working in Paris, we used to spend most of our holidays in this Perigord we love. Eleven years ago we decided to leave Paris, restore our great-grandfather’s chateau and settle in the quiet 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.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
                      Our tips: : Because of the unique location of this Chartreuse, 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.


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                      Photos

                      • La Chartreuse du Maine, near Sarlat, Dordogne

                        La Chartreuse du Maine, near Sarlat, Dordogne

                      • Facade and terrace of the holiday home called Chez Colette et Mimi in Le Maine

                        Facade and terrace of the holiday home called Chez Colette et Mimi in Le Maine

                      • Downstairs en suite bathroom

                        Downstairs en suite bathroom

                      • Enjoy your diner !

                        Enjoy your diner !

                      • Upstairs bedroom with King-size bed (can be separated into 2 single beds)

                        Upstairs bedroom with King-size bed (can be separated into 2 single beds)

                      • Private patio Chez Colette et Mimi

                        Private patio Chez Colette et Mimi

                      • Hear the song of cicadas?

                        Hear the song of cicadas?

                      • La Chartreuse du Maine estate, near Sarlat Dordogne

                        La Chartreuse du Maine estate, near Sarlat Dordogne

                      • Cubjac, typical Perigordine village within 8 minutes walk from Le Maine

                        Cubjac, typical Perigordine village within 8 minutes walk from Le Maine

                      • The Fortress of Beynac like in fairy tales

                        The Fortress of Beynac like in fairy tales

                      • The village of La Roque-Gageac: here enjoy a boat trip on the Dordogne River.

                        The village of La Roque-Gageac: here enjoy a boat trip on the Dordogne River.

                      • Wandering around Saint-Amand-de-Coly fortified Abbey at sunset

                        Wandering around Saint-Amand-de-Coly fortified Abbey at sunset

                      • Roses Path of Le Maine vegetable garden in June

                        Roses Path of Le Maine vegetable garden in June

                      • Chez Colette et Mimi downstairs Master Bedroom

                        Chez Colette et Mimi downstairs Master Bedroom

                      • Warm and cosy sitting room with open fire

                        Warm and cosy sitting room with open fire

                      • Kitchen of Chez Colette et Mimi

                        Kitchen of Chez Colette et Mimi

                      • Upstairs shower room with rain shower

                        Upstairs shower room with rain shower

                      • Chez Colette et Mimi's patio overlooking the private garden

                        Chez Colette et Mimi's patio overlooking the private garden

                      • Your French English speaking hosts, Catherine and Maxence

                        Your French English speaking hosts, Catherine and Maxence

                      • Le Maine vegetable garden in July

                        Le Maine vegetable garden in July

                      • Market day in Périgueux in front of the cathedral (XII-XVI C.)

                        Market day in Périgueux in front of the cathedral (XII-XVI C.)

                      • Strolling through the streets of one of our countless stone villages

                        Strolling through the streets of one of our countless stone villages

                      • In Dordogne each bend of the roads has got a wonderful surprise for you!

                        In Dordogne each bend of the roads has got a wonderful surprise for you!

                      • Majestic Renaissance style Château de Losse overlooking the Vézère River.

                        Majestic Renaissance style Château de Losse overlooking the Vézère River.

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                      2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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