Channel your inner chef and rent Julia Child’s house

The living room of Julia Child's French cottage, which is now available to rent // Photo via Courtesy Côte d'Azur Sotheby's International Realty Living room

The living room of Julia Child’s French cottage, which is now available to rent // Photo via Courtesy Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

Julia Child enthusiasts rejoice: You can book a stay in the little cottage the Childs built in France’s Provençal countryside, where they entertained the likes of M.F.K. Fisher and James Beard for decades, reports Conde Nast Traveler.

Sotheby’s put the house—called “La Pitchoune” (meaning “the little one”) or “La Peetch,” for short—on the market at the end of last year. It sold soon after, and now its new owners are turning it into a culinary retreat, an incarnation it previously had in the 1990s when another post-Julia owner ran a cooking school there.

The official retreat schedule won’t begin until next year, but through Airbnb, the stone-and-stucco tile-roofed cottage is already available as a holiday home for vacation rentals for $590 a night (five-night stay minimum required).

La Peetch has three antique-dotted bedrooms, a sitting room, and surrounding gardens with a terrace and swimming pool. The kitchen is the only one in any of the cook’s homes to remain intact, in site, and open, and features wooden countertops, and pegboard pot and utensil storage, painted with the outlines of the original cooking implements that Julia hung there, many of which still remain.


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