La Pitchoune or La Peetch was the summer home of Paul and Julia Child for nearly 3 decades. Built on the homestead of Simone Beck, known as Bramafam, La Pitchoune was the house ‘Built on Friendship’. Childs school Alex purchased La Pitchoune in the 1990s, and turned into a cooking school.
La Peetch returned to her roots as a center for culture, food, and community in 2016. La Pitchoune is a country home in rural-ish Provence. It is charming and quaint and comes with all the loveliness that is rural France. The ambiance of La Pitchoune, as Provence 1970 author Luke Barr said, is a bit “freewheeling and a little tipsy”.
When you’re at La Pitchoune, you’re family. La Pitchoune is a multi-use space, and can be visited in the following capacities. There is nothing else like it. Our Chefs, and our Culinary Director have tested and crafted what we believe to be the most beautiful way to teach cooks of all stripes how to create, explore, and play with food.
Sessions are limited to 6 guests, and are all-inclusive vacations. Wednesday or Thursday on your own. All sessions begin on Sunday and end on Friday. Enjoy the grounds and energy of the cozy home and kitchen. And relax into the space of creating food, making new friends, and gallivanting around the countryside of Provence. We get a lot of emails asking for more details. And focus on the newest and most in-season experiences, so answering what your week will look like is nigh impossible.
But we promise it will be an amazing experience. Bring your family for a vacation like no other. Cook freely in the kitchen, and relax the day away next to the pool. Insurance is included, and a security deposit is required. Starting in June 2020, we will offer one bespoke wedding experience a year. You just show up with your people, your photographer, and your guests.
At this point in time we no longer host other peoples’ retreats. Any other commercial use must be cleared with the staff at La Pitchoune. Please note: We can also accommodate larger groups if you’re all joining together! Larger groups much be at least 10 people.
And we can host up to 16 folks at once in the two properties. Just email us if this is of interest, and we’ll plan your dream group trip! We’re also happy to make any week ‘family friendly’ during Spring Break Season! All we need is one family to sign-up, and we’ll delineate it as such. NOTE: If we cannot find a suitable date within 72 hours of booking, your deposit will be fully refundable. After that time, no monies are refundable. We highly suggest you book travel insurance if you’re concerned about needing to cancel once booked.