A gorgeous 3 bedroom cottage that catalyzed the food movement in 1970s Provence. Exquisite in its maintenance, it still carries the charm it was built to embody. A space to cook, commune, explore, and walk the footsteps of culinary greats.
Starting in Summer 2019, all guests will have ONE gourmet meal (dinner) cooked in the home by a private chef.
This cottage sits on well-maintained acres of gardens nestled just outside the community of Grasse.
A 3 bedroom, 3.5 Bathroom property that boasts glorious gardens, a kitchen that is designed for cooking (the twin of it is in a museum!). The space can comfortably sleep 6 adults, and we have additional sleeping spaces (think shared sleeping cots) for children (up to 4 easily).
A yoga space is available in the garden, and is a 16 ft canvas tent some times of the year. It can host up to 6 students or so comfortably.
La Pitchoune was built by Julia and Paul Child in the 1960's and has hosted hundreds of famous food influencers over the years. In the 1990's Kathie Alex turned it into a cooking school, Cooking with Friends in France, and is now the home of La Peetch École de Cuisine :: Courageous Cooking.
Cooking classes run from April through June, and September though October. To book for the cooking school please visit our website. To find it simply search for "la peetch" on any browser.
In the off season, La Pitchoune is available for rent exclusively through AirBnb.
For new Airbnb users: La Pitchoune is not a hotel. It is a living, breathing home that is and has been used heavily as a cooking school and home for nearly 50 years. It is also an indoor/outdoor living space, with many many nooks and crannies! It is always clean as a whistle when you arrive, every surface scrubbed and whisked. But know that it might not be up to the expectations of a traditional hotel go-er. It is an old house, with the same charms attached.
You'll have access to the entire house, the famous kitchen, and all the gardens. The yoga space may or may not be available, so if that matters to you please let us know and we'll make sure it is up for you and your guests.
The kitchen is marvelous, and is certainly a jewel! It is not a museum though. It is a functional, professional kitchen. And has been for years. Everything you need to cook is included.
THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY COOKING CLASSES OR OTHER AMENITIES! The cooking school runs April-June, and September-October. To book the cooking school please search for "la peetch" in any web search of choice.
Please note: The guest house is private and houses the owners and/or our help on the property.
Interaction with guests
A unique piece about this property is that there are frequently concierge services available. But, those services are limited, and not guaranteed. What we do guarantee is a stocked larder for the first few days of breakfasts, some treats, and more.
The owners frequently are on site, and can assist in finding private chef services with the folks we know. (There is a lack of local private chefs except through services which a quick internet search can provide, or we can pass off our contacts.)
Please note: the courageous cooking school is not available to book via Airbnb. Airbnb is for rental and light concierge (information, not maid) services only.
Other things to note
You absolutely need to rent a car to have access to the area. The house is semi-rural, but only 10 minutes from many many villages.
There is a drop camera in the kitchen to ensure that the utensils of near priceless value aren't removed. The intact kitchen is similar to that of the one in the Smithsonian.
You'll be more than welcome to cook in the kitchen all you like! THAT is what it is there for. No footage will be kept longer than the duration of your stay. The camera is on intermittently only.
Your deposit is to cover the utensils in the kitchen, and the integrity of the space.
Gather, cook, enjoy. But be respectful of this beautiful and historical property. Small events are welcome, large events are not.
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Makenna Held is a women's leadership coach, the CEO of the courageous cooking school at La Peetch (Julia Child's former summer home in France), the CEO of ALo Records (one of the very few women-owned record labels in the country) and hails from Colorado.
She lives in Macon, GA; Provence, France; Door County, Wisconsin; and can be found slaying the slopes in Colorado depending on the time of year. And travels extensively.