Stay at Julia Child's
If like us your dream is to go on a culinary tour of Europe, then you'd better book yourself and your fellow travellers for a few nights into the French cottage formerly owned by famous US chef Julia Child and her husband Paul. Based in the French Riviera town of Plascassier, the quaint three-bedroom home includes a kitchen that's geared towards cooking, while the rest of it is dedicated to informal entertaining with a sprawling garden and gorgeous view to boot. According to Food Republic, the cottage is used as the La Peetch École de Cuisine cooking school, but when school is out, it's available to rent via Airbnb for a mere R9 090 a night on a minimum stay of five nights. Known as La Pitchoune ('the little thing'), this is the home that Julia and Paul built themselves and where they would spend weeks at a time. Interestingly, the property itself was owned by Julia's collaborator Simone Beck, who co-authored Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julia's great nephew Alex Prud'homme notes in a 2015 article by NY Times that they all called it 'the house built on friendship'. You can expect three bedrooms, four bathrooms, an open-plan lounge and dining room and of course, a kitchen kitted out by Julia herself and largely kept that way. An added bonus to your stay is the concierge who lives nearby and who offers a variety of services, including as a private chef, stocking your larder for breakfast or helping organise your tours of the area. As the house and its contents are of historical value, the owners have installed a camera to ensure nothing is taken. However, the Airbnb profile goes on to say that cooking in the kitchen is encouraged and that no footage will be kept longer than the duration of your stay.