Last year, Julia Child fans learned that the culinary icon’s French home was for sale. Listed by Sotheby’s International Realty, La Pitchoune—or La Peetch – was where Julia and Paul Child spent summers in Provence for almost three decades. The property was purchased by American life coach Makenna Johnston, who with a team of partners has created a cooking school and wellness retreat. La Peetch will be transformed in 2016 into a “center for culture, food and community.”
La Peetch École de Cuisine will launch cooking courses in 2017, and these culinary experiences will include lodging (rooms come with ensuite bathrooms and 2 twin beds/1 king bed each). Six people can stay in the house at one time, and the sessions will be held weekly from April to June, and September to November. In the meantime retreat rentals will be open to small groups starting in the spring. These rentals include on-site concierge, in-house chef services and other amenities.