We all know how much culinary legend Julia Child loved France. She and her husband Paul built this 1,500-square-foot cottage in Provence in the mid-1960s and dubbed it La Pitchoune (“The Little One”).
It’s on the market for the first time.
The Sotheby’s listing says:
The charming stucco cottage was built in 1963 on grounds belonging to Julia Child’s best friend and co-author of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” Simone “Simca” Beck.
With a “handshake deal,” the Childs promised the Fischbachers to return the house to them when they had finished their use.
From the 1960s until the 1990s, Julia and Paul visited the property yearly and often entertained other culinary legends such as Jim Beard and M. F. K. Fisher there.
In 1993, La Pitchoune became home to the culinary school Cooking with Friends in France run by American Kathie Alex, who had personally known Julia Child and studied under Simone Beck. Child wrote to Alex: ‘I’m counting on you to teach Americans about butter and cream!’
Alexander Kraft of Sotheby’s International Realty France says the kitchen remains almost exactly the way Julia left it: “You could almost say we’re selling the kitchen with the property thrown in. It’s really got the same look and feel as the one in the Smithsonian. Whoever buys it is really buying a true piece of Julia Child’s history.”
The couple last visited the house in 1992, after which Paul became too ill to travel from their home in Massachusetts. The cottage has 3 bedrooms, all with updated ensuite bathrooms. The asking price is 800,000 euros (about $880,000).
For photos and information, check the Sotheby’s International Realty listing.
You can read more about it and see more photos in the New York Times.
2016 UPDATE: It’s now an Airbnb rental!