La Pitchoune: Julia Child’s Holiday Cottage In Provence

Julia Child's Provence Cottage La Pitchoune

La Pitchoune is the name of a small stucco cottage that beloved American chef Julia Child and her husband Paul built in the Provençal village of Plascassier in France in the early 1960s.

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

As a charismatic cookbook writer and television show cook, Julia Child was known as much for her wit and charm as she was for her bœuf bourguignon.

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

The cottage was built on property belonging to Julia’s best friend and coauthor of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Simone Beck and her husband Jean Fischbacher. They had a “handshake agreement” that the Child’s would turn the cottage back over to the Fischbachers when they were finished using it.

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

La Pitchoune is as delightful as its original inhabitant’s sunny disposition.

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

Bright and airy throughout, this cozy cottage is deceiving because it actually has 3 bedrooms, and of course, a large and very functional kitchen.

Julia Child's Cottage in Provence

The Childs had La Pitchoune built in 1963 and visited the property each year for decades until Paul Child’s health declined.

Julia Child's Cottage in Provence

Following the deterioration of Paul and the death of Julia’s long-time friend Simone Beck in December 1991, Julia relinquished the property in 1992. She said that La Pitchoune had lost its “raison d’être” without Paul and Simone and she knew it was time to pass it on.

Julia Child's Cottage in Provence

In the mid-1990’s a chef named Kathie Alex turned the cottage into a cooking school called Cooking with Friends in France. 

Julia Child's Cottage in Provence

In recent years, Julia Child’s home in Provence has been available as a vacation rental through Airbnb.

For $700 a night, you can sleep in the cottage and cook in the very same kitchen where Julia Child cooked!

Julia Child's Cottage in Provence

The kitchen has been replicated to what it looked like when the Childs owned the property, and many of Julia’s cooking ware and utensils remain.

Julia Child's Cottage in Provence

Julia Child in the kitchen of La Pitchoune:

Julia Child's Cottage in Provence

Julia Child's Cottage in Provence

Today, the kitchen has been updated with a LaCanche double oven and stove with five burners.

Most everything else has stayed the same as when Julia was here: the pegboard full of cooking tools, the spice rack, the dark green tile backsplash, and wood countertops and cabinetry.

Julia Child's Cottage in Provence

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

Julia Child's Cottage in Provence

La Pitchoune is a Provençal expression for “the little one”.

Apart from the famous kitchen, La Pitchoune features 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

As an Airbnb, the cottage can comfortably sleep 6 adults.

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

But take note: the cottage is offered strictly as a rental in the  ‘off-season months’ which are December-February. Cooking classes (along with accommodation) are held at La Pitchoune during the rest of the year.

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

From the website:

“Weekly rates are inclusive of 4 chef’s cooked meals, unlimited wine (house & 24 bottles from our favorite vintners), on-call concierge, and daily breakfast service. Price starts at $18,000 a week for six people.”

Sounds like a lucrative venture!

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

The website also warns that La Ptchoune is a living “breathing home that is and has been used heavily as a cooking school and home for nearly 50 years.”

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

This is to alert potential guests that it might not be up to the expectations of a high-end hotel aficionado. It is an old house, after all, but that is why it is so utterly charming.

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

Guests have access to the entire house, including the famous kitchen, the pool, and all the gardens.

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

The property also boasts a gorgeous outdoor kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven, BBQ, and Tuscan grill.

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

It’s absolutely perfect for outdoor dining, or, salle à manger en plein air.

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

The grounds boast glorious terraces and gardens filled with vegetables and herbs.

Another bonus: fresh eggs from the resident chickens.

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

La Pitchoune is located on a hillside near the small village of Plascassier, 30 minutes from Cannes and 40 minutes from the Nice airport.

Julia Child's cottage in Provence

It’s not hard to see why this magical little place was Julia and Paul’s long-time sanctuary.

Julia Child photo

Julia’s spirit will always be at home in the kitchen of La Pitchoune.

 

 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Pitchoune#:~:text=La%20Pitchoune%20is%20a%20small,from%20the%20Occitan%20word%20pichon.

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/julia-childs-home-in-provence-for-sale

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/10698076?locale=en&_set_bev_on_new_domain=1645484166_YmJkOWYzOGRhNTNm&source_impression_id=p3_1645484165_UoqVT2xxfoJNQ6YY

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