Julia Child liked to immerse herself in the culture and atmosphere of French rural life when she wrote her groundbreaking cookery books. Her home, La Pitchoune in Provence, became both a refuge for her and a place for other chefs to come and share their ideas. She cooked, she reflected, she wrote... and the rest is history.
Now, the cottage – which she built with her husband Paul in the 1960s – is available to rent throughout the year. That means you cook your next boeuf bourguignon or côte de veau in the kitchen of the very woman who helped export those dishes around the world.
From April to June and from September to November, it’s reserved for aspiring chefs, who can take part in cookery classes in Child’s original kitchen (these cost £1,137 or $1,500 per person per day). From June to August, meanwhile, the whole place is given over to a luxury ‘gastronomy experience’, complete with unlimited wine, four chef-cooked meals per day and an on-site concierge (costing £1,949 or $2,571 per night for a group of six).
But if you fancy just having the run of the place yourself? From December to February, you can rent the place for £667 ($879) per night for up to six people, with a four-night minimum stay. Here are a few more pics of the place:
Inside the ivy-covered cottage, you’ll find beautiful, modern takes on traditional French farmhouse furniture, while the kitchen is covered in copper pans, drying herbs and all the eccentric, unruly clutter you’d expect from the home of Julia Child. Outside, there’s a vegetable garden and swimming pool.
Can you see yourself whiling away the months here? Cooking up a hearty cassoulet for you and your pals? To find out more and book a stay, head over to the official Airbnb listing.
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