Julia Child’s French House is available for rent
When Mastering the art of French cuisine Launched in 1961, the recipes allowed home cooks to transport themselves to the French countryside at dinner time. Now, Julia Child fans can get even closer to life as cookbook author and TV personality. La Pitchoune, the former home of Julia and her husband Paul, is available for rent via Airbnb.
La Pitchoune means “the little one” in Provençal, and the chalet served as a summer refuge for children in the south of France from the 60s to the beginning of the 90s. The house was the site of many dinners, and the kitchen on measure remains exactly as it was when Julia cooked there decades ago, right down to the iconic pegboard. Unlike Julia’s American kitchen, which is on display at Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, this room is fully functional and available.
In addition to the historic kitchen, La Pitchoune has three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a saltwater swimming pool and lush gardens. There is also an outdoor kitchen with a barbecue, pizza oven and Tuscan grill for cooking on sunny days. The house comfortably sleeps six adults and on-site dining is encouraged. Guests can spend $ 1,500 on a full-day cooking class that includes a shopping trip, wine pairings, and cooking instructions for a multi-course meal. For those who would rather watch Julia instead of cooking with her, private chefs are also available for $ 500 per meal (ingredients and alcohol are not included in the price).
The Pitchoune hit the market for $ 880,000 in 2015, and since its purchase, it has received a steady stream of fans as a vacation rental. The entire chalet is available for reservation for $ 703 a night, but by finding open dates through Airbnb can be difficult. If you can’t make it to the south of France to live in Julia’s place, spending a Friday night at home with a bottle of wine and its bœuf bourguignon is a good substitute.