Julia Child is world-famous for her distinctive style of teaching cooking to her TV audiences. For many of us her TV shows, like The French Chef and In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs, were often on in the background even if you didn’t come from a particularly kitchen-happy household. This proves just how well-liked she was that even people who didn’t enjoy cooking loved watching her! Like her TV sets her home kitchens reflected her love of cooking. As in the kitchen of her Massachusetts home in Cambridge, Child outfitted her small house in Plascassier, France, with a pegboard so that she could see all of her pans and cooking tools at all times. This modest house was used as a cooking school for years, but now you can stay here in the house that Child built.
Julia Child had been living in France with her husband, Paul, for years before building La Pitchoune (which means “Little One”) in 1963. The small house was used as a cooking school after Child sold her home in the 1990s and for a while the future of the house was unknown after the cooking school closed. But, it is now a rental on Air BnB where you can stay the night and even cook in Julia’s famous kitchen.
The home has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms and features quaint French features like a tiled roof and charming blue shutters. But, of course the kitchen is the focal point of the house and is very well laid out.
Pots and pans line the walls and two rows of sleek tile form a backsplash all along the countertops. Much of the kitchen is wood and many of the pans are copper, making this a very warm and inviting space.
The property also features a stunning patio in stone with trailing wisteria blooms in the summer months. The terraced yard is planted with herbs and olive trees, which grow well in the warm Riviera climate.
La Peetch (as the place is affectionately known) is furnished in timeless French furniture and outfitted in classic fabrics like toile and damask. According to the Air BnB page for the house there is a concierge who lives on site most weeks and the pantry is stocked with basics.
The current owners offer a cooking retreat at La Peetch that’s immersive and doesn’t rely on recipes. But, you can also rent the house for just a family vacation or for weddings.
To stay as a vacationer the entire house will set you back $746 a night and that includes beds for 6 adults with spare beds for children available as well. Divided by 6 people that would only be $124 a night, which isn’t a lot of dough to stay in a home that was designed for one of the most well-known chefs in the world.SKM: below-content placeholder