Chez Colette et Mimi is the converted barn of La Chartreuse du Maine, and the largest of the three vacation homes situated around the chateau.
We, Catherine and Maxence, live permanently on site and are more than happy to welcome you to Le Maine, our family home for four generations. With us discover another Dordogne than the one on the holiday brochures. Our passion and local knowledge will allow you an intimate, authentic and unforgettable taste of the real Périgord.
The spacious South-East facing terrace of "Chez Colette et Mimi" has a table and chairs, inviting lazy breakfasts in the sun and evening gatherings around a bottle of Bordeaux. The terrace overlooks the house's private garden with its sweeping view of the hills and forests opposite.
Once inside, the contemporary interior design contrasts with the exposed stone walls and 300 year old carpentry, a juxtaposition which gives the house much of its abundant charm. Sophisticated modern furnishings enhance the honest simplicity of the ancient architecture, and touches of bold color highlight the exquisite patina of the walls, faded by the centuries.
Downstairs the master bedroom is painted with soothing lime wash in pale tones. The windows of both the bedroom and ensuite bathroom with its claw-foot bathtub/shower open onto the interior courtyard of the Chartreuse. Upstairs, the large bedroom and modern shower room have vaulted ceilings and impressive original beam-work. The King-size bed can be separated into twin singles on request.
The two ensuite master bedrooms, one downstairs and one upstairs, give each other total privacy, making Chez Colette et Mimi ideal for groups of 2 couples traveling together or families with teenagers. Then you will appreciate relaxing together around the open fireplace in the spacious sitting room, gathering in the comfortably furnished dining room, and preparing gourmet Périgordine meals in the sophisticated Burgundy kitchen.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Arcachon/Cap-Ferret 200 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 60 km, Nearest railway: Périgueux 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Chez Colette et Mimi has a very comfortable under-floor heating downstairs and large radiators upstairs.
In Summer at ground level the heated floor is reversible and becomes a cooling floor. There is air conditioning in the bedroom upstairs.
In the living space there is an HDTV that receives a satellite signal for stations in English, German and Spanish as well as French.
The kitchen is fully equipped with high-end appliances, utensils and tableware you will need to prepare gourmet "Perigordine" meals.
The two bedrooms' king beds are brand-new and made with Anne de Solene satin sheets.
The king-size bed in the upstairs bedroom can be separated into twin singles.
On request, we can add a single bed in the upstairs bedroom. 60 € will be charged, bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are included in this rate.
|Further details outdoors|
The terrace has dining furniture, lounge chairs and Weber outdoor grill.
In addition the estate offers you:
- Private woods with many footpaths to enjoy walking, footing, bird and wild life watching
- A kitchen garden with rose-trees on ancient arches and lavender bed. Our guests are welcome to pick herbs for cooking
- A pasture where Zebulon the donkey and Rothschild the sheep are happy to socialize with (not only) children
- A meadow on the Auvezere river banks ideal for fishing
- Bicycles for adults are at your disposal at the property. One is equipped with a baby seat.
The large swimming pool is to be shared with a maximum of 6 other guests. It has
- A large teak deck with lounge chairs and parasols
- Modern chlorine-free purifying system (slightly salt water not aggressive for eyes and skin)
- An automated security cover to protect non swimming children
- It is located some 80 meters away from the houses, so as children can play without disturbing nap enthusiasts!
We provide an exceptionally high-standard of accommodation and service with everything included:
- Welcome pack on arrival
- Cots and high-chairs available on request
- All finest quality linen including bed linen, bath and toilet towels, pool towels, table cloth, serviettes and dish towels
- Beds are made before arrival
- Free Wifi
- Wood for log fire
- All cleaning materials
- End of stay cleaning is included (except if the property is not left in a reasonable state)
We are your French English speaking hosts and are on-hand to help you on any aspect of your stay with suggestions regarding:
- What to see and what to do
- Best itineraries through wonderful scenery
- History of the region
- Shops, restaurants, wineries and vineyards
- Restaurant bookings
- Farmers' markets
- And so much more…
The Aquitaine region in the South West of France is one the most beautiful areas of the country and has much to offer visitors: unspoiled scenery, important architectural heritage, Bordeaux wines, an agreeable climate all-year-round, and it is a renowned gastronomic paradise.
The jewel of the Aquitaine is the Dordogne region of which the name itself evokes a way of life and an authenticity that has disappeared elsewhere, but remains true here. Although it has been inhabited since prehistoric times, its numerous valleys, dramatic cliffs and high limestone plateaus covered in dense oak forests have made it historically difficult to access the area, thus explaining why the region has changed very little and speaks of stories long since passed.
After Paris area, the Dordogne has the most historical monuments. At each turn of the road, you will be amazed by romantic landscapes offering views of small medieval villages, castles, fortresses perched on hilltops, and cliffs inhabited from prehistoric times. Not visible from the roads, but also noteworthy, are the caves covered in paintings dating back 17,000 years.
There is magic in the air throughout the region, but there are certain places that should not be missed while visiting Perigord. The medieval town of Sarlat has a very unique historic city center from the 15th century. The valley of the Dordogne River meanders peaceably below castles, seeming to not have moved for centuries. This valley is known for the fortress of Beynac, which has served as the backdrop for several films, the castle of Castelnaud; the village of La Roque-Gageac where the houses are built into the cliffs, and Domme, a “bastide royale” town of the 13th century.
The Valley of the Vézère River, also called the Valley of Prehistory, offers the original caves of Font de Gaume and Les Combarelles, in addition to the most famous painted cave of Lascaux, and the Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies. Also nearby are the cliffs of La Roque Saint Christophe which were inhabited until the end of the Middle Ages. Many castles are open to the public like Hautefort, which dominates in the middle of French formal gardens, one of the most beautiful in the Aquitaine region. The tour of the geological cave of Tourtoirac is an extraordinary visit to an unusual area which was formed by an underground river. Brantôme, named the green Venice of Périgord, is a city with Medieval and Renaissance influences, especially known for its abbey and an angled bridge of the 15th century.
La Chartreuse du Maine benefits from its unique location in the center of the Dordogne region, close to Sarlat and any major attraction the area has to offer, whilst being in the peaceful countryside, away from the crowds, a little off the beaten track. Guests really appreciate coming back to the peace and quiet of Le Maine after a day's visit around Brantome, Sarlat and along the Dordogne Valley. After the buzz and activity of the major sites, the tranquillity of this traditional corner of the Périgord is invaluable. From Le Maine you can walk or go bike riding amidst the surrounding countryside and villages. The Auvézère river, which runs through Cubjac, is perfect for canoe rides. Nearby, children will love tree walking and aqua parks.
Le Maine is located at the edge of the small village of Cubjac. You are a short walk away from the center of this typical Dordogne village which features a picturesque stone bridge and old houses. Here you will find a bakery, a butcher shop, a small grocery store, a post office and a pharmacy. There is also a café with outdoor seating and a pizzeria. On Fridays, there is a farmer's market with local produce, cheese, and more.
Perigueux, the vibrant capital of Perigord, only 20 km from Le Maine, is a city rich in art and history with much to see: a Roman villa housed by the magnificent museum designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, a medieval renaissance city center filled with narrow, cobbled streets, Romanesque churches and a byzantine-style cathedral which hosts a twice-weekly market with local products in its square.
Retaining its gastronomic traditions, this city offers a number of refined restaurants and wintners. In winter, the very special foie gras and truffles markets add excitement to the peaceful city. Some local producers are happy to invite you to hunt for truffles with them in their truffle fields. At any season, you can take advantage of a dedicated cooking class in a new and unique kitchen/restaurant, the only one of its kind in Perigord.