Good Friends, Good Food,

    & Courageous Cooking

    Nestled in La Pitchoune :: The cottage that catalyzed a food movement in 1970s Provence

  • La Peetch is a space for magic...

    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'. Kathie 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. Pitchounians, as they have been called for decades, return year after year. They are drawn by the magic of the countryside, the good company, and of course...the wine.

    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". La Peetch is by no means 'fancy' it an unfussy space for Courageous Cooking™, deep conversations about food/culture/art, and a place to make or deepen relationships. It's rural, it's petite (La Pitchoune literally means 'the little one'), and it is a museum that lauds times long past.

    We turn timid home cooks into courageous chefs, melt tension into magic through food & wine, and create new friendships through impeccable service. When you're at La Pitchoune, you're family.


    La Pitchoune is a multi-use space, and can be visited in the following capacities....

    Courageous Cooking™, La Peetch École de Cuisine

    The Courageous Cooking™ School and Retreat is a recipe free (mostly), immersive culinary experience. 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. The goal of the Courageous Cooking™ School? To teach ANYONE, and yes we mean ANYONE to cook from the hip, meaning from intuition and joy (rather than following a recipe). It is country French cooking in a country setting, and all sessions take place in the famous kitchen. And OF COURSE our menu is classic French, and inspired by the food of the times when this house was occupied by culinary greats.

    Sessions are limited to 6 guests, and are all-inclusive vacations. Every session of the cooking school includes daily courageous cooking™ lessons (2-4 hours a day!), daily continental breakfasts and lunches (and all dinners with the opportunity to go out on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday on your own. But most guests simply eat at the house all meals), excursions throughout the local area to food hot spots, daily (optional) yoga, beaucoup wine from the region, and all you can manage dips in the pristine, mosaic pool. From the moment you arrive, you'll have a glass of wine in hand and food in your belly.

    All sessions begin on Sunday and end on Friday.

    Enjoy the grounds and energy of the cozy home and kitchen. Get messy without fear (we clean up the big messes! Including omelettes on the ceiling, powdered sugar gone awry, and the like). And relax into the space of creating food, making new friends, and gallivanting around the countryside of Provence.

    Vacation Rentals

    Bring your family for a vacation like no other. Cook freely in the kitchen, and relax the day away next to the pool. We rent directly through AirBnB so your worries (and ours) will be none! Insurance is included, and a security deposit is required. Weekly rentals (six nights, seven days) include a stocked larder for a continental breakfast. PAY IN FULL is the only option, and the cancelation policy is quite strict.

    Dream Use

    Simply email us or message us via our Facebook page. We'd be happy to discuss with you how you'd love to use the space. Please note: Rental of La Peetch starts at a minimum of $5000. And your dream use does not include cross promotion or planning on our end.


    Starting in June 2020, we will offer one bespoke wedding experience a year. The last week of June. It includes rental of all the available properties on Bramafam, all food for a reception, flowers, makeup for the bride and bridal party, tables/chairs, dance floor, music, etc. You just show up with your people, your photographer, and your guests. Everything else? 100% sorted. Max 60 guests. Lodging included sleeps between 20 and 30 depending on set up.

  • Reserve your place at La Peetch École de Cuisine :: Courageous Cooking™ for 2017 or 2018

    Sessions run weekly in Spring and Fall every year.


    2017 Availability

    4 spots the week of October 29th


    2018 Availability
    May 6th :: 4 spots

    May 13th :: 6 spots

    September 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and 30th & October 7th :: 6 spots available each week

    September 16th :: 4 spots


    In 2019, we will (most likely) run February through May.


    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.

  • Want to Rent La Pitchoune and treat it as your own for 6 nights or more?

    We have VERY few weeks available for 2018. We are accepting reservations as far out as 2019. All availability is up to date. To view availability click "inquire and reserve" below.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Everything you've ever wanted to know about La Peetch.  ;)

    Can I rent La Pitchoune for my event?

    The short answer?  Yes. 

    The long answer? That depends on your use of the property. We strive to host our own high-end retreats and we prioritize those. If you would like to host for your own event, you're welcome to rent via Airbnb. We do not promote others' events.

    Can I come cook in the Kitchen?

    Yes! And an enthusiastic one at that. La Pitchoune hosts a minimum of 16 cooking school sessions a year. And if you rent it, cook up a storm!

    If you're interested in joining one of our sessions, simply make a deposit and we'll be in touch with dates. First come, first serve. And these WILL sell out.

    We run sessions weekly from April to June, and September to November. All sessions start on Sunday evenings and end on Friday mornings. A maximum of 6 people can stay in the house. These sessions are kept small on purpose.

    Is it safe to visit La Peetch?

    Yes, and....​

    Nowhere is guaranteed to be safe in this day and age. But our location is isolated in all the best of ways. So yes, it is safe. But there is an inherent risk in doing anything...Even driving to the grocery store from your home.

    So yes, La Peetch and the area is safe as you would be at home. And we endeavor to keep it that way.

    Can you host more than 6 at a time for the cooking school or Airbnb rental?

    Yes. And no. :)

    There are other homes nearby that you can rent on Bramafam. Including our neighbors GORGEOUS remodel of Simone Beck's home, and two other smaller properties. Which means...If the dates align, then yes! We sure can! And are HAPPY to organize it for you.

    But in the house itself? No. MAYBE 6 adults and a few kiddos, but it will be a tiiiight squeeze.

    Is La Peetch or the Courageous Cooking School affiliated with the Julia Child Foundation?

    No. We have no affiliation or connection with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, which is based in Santa Barbara, California and controls the use of Julia's name, image and/or likeness.


  • The Current Steward of La Pitchoune

    Makenna Held

    CEO & Chief Visionary

    Makenna grew up imitating Julia's lilting voice, and imagining deboning ducks by way of her troll dolls. A graduate of Smith College, she saw La Pitchoune on the market and knew it was meant for her.

    A self-taught chef and amateur wine lover–she's cooked at high-end retreats, and in her own kitchen for well over a decade. And she can't wait to share her courage with you. (It's infectious) Come and enjoy her love of cooking and hospitality . She will begin studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris in early 2017.

  • Have questions Airbnb or our site doesn't answer?

    Fear not and reach out here.  We'll get back to you within 72 hours.

  • La Pitchoune Missives:: Blog, Recipes, and Tales from a Food Capital of the World

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations on modern French cuisine, with a hat tip to our muse. Our blog, launching in 2017.


    We'll be in touch once a month or so with missives from La Pitchoune. Be first in the know about offerings and availability of the space.

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