La Cuisine d'Alice is a gracious one-bedroom house on the grounds of the French country estate known as La Chartreuse du Maine, and is one of three vacation homes located on the property, around the courtyard.
Le Maine is situated in the peaceful countryside, at the edge of the small village of Cubjac, just five minutes walk from the local shops and weekly farmers' market. The estate encompasses 63 acres of gardens, meadows and wooded paths. In the middle of a meadow filled with wild flowers, the swimming pool is an ideal spot to relax. The unique situation of La Chartreuse du Maine in the centre of the Dordogne region makes it the perfect base to explore the many châteaux, villages, prehistoric caves, markets and wine yards of the area.
Newly restored in the most pure Périgord tradition, this very spacious home has kept, in addition to impressive vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, its carved stone sink and its large original fireplace.
From the garden, a few steps take you into inside the house. The beautiful limestone walls, the softly colored limewash tones, and the natural materials make for a unique and inviting atmosphere. In winter, the heated floor warms the room and makes it cozy.
La Cuisine d'Alice boasts an open-plan layout. In the main living space, there is a sitting room with comfortable leather sofa and armchair in front of the fireplace, and a dining area to enjoy your meals. The modern kitchen is complete with high-end appliances.
The bedroom is a few steps up from the living space. The openness of this room allows you to see the fireplace from the bed, making it the most romantic getaway for couples. All bed and bedding and linens are new and of the highest quality. The ensuite bathroom has a heated towel rack so you can enjoy warm towels after your shower or bath.
The living space has windows overlooking the private garden, where dining furniture and lounge chairs invite you to sit in the sun or spend wonderful evenings al fresco.
We, Catherine and Maxence, live permanently on site and are more than happy to welcome you to La Chartreuse du Maine, our family home for four generations.
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.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 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|
|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, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 2|
|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|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
La Cuisine d'Alice has a very comfortable under-floor heating downstairs, large radiators upstairs and a heated towel rack in the bathroom.
In Summer the heated floor is reversible and becomes a cooling floor.
The bedroom benefits from an electronic opening skylight with an automated shade.
Bed and bedding are brand-new and of the highest quality.
The kitchen is fully equipped with all the appliances, utensils and tableware you will need to prepare gourmet "Perigordine" meals.
|Further details outdoors|
La Cuisine d'Alice's private garden has lounge chairs, dinning furniture and a 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. There 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
The large swimming pool is to be shared with a maximum of 8 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, Catherine & Maxence, your French English speaking hosts are on-hand and happy 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.
Le 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 La Chartreuse du 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 produce 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.