Dear friends and fellow travellers


Bookings for our French brocante tours are now complete. 
We understand that September seems a long way off at the beginning of the year, but unfortunately we have to have an early cut-off date so we can secure our accommodation. To the many who expressed an interest, we’re sorry if you missed out this year and can only recommend that you contact us – or better, come and visit us well in advance to talk about next year’s tours.  We’d love to see you.

This year, after a couple of weeks of eating, drinking, exploring and brocanteering in the Loire, we are heading to the Charente with a small contingent of our guests to take part in the Circuit des Remparts d’Angoulême – three days of classic and vintage car exhibitions, parades and rallies, culminating in the races around the ramparts of Angoulême - fabulous cars from all over Europe, a tight and twisty circuit and views over the surrounding countryside to die for. And afterwards we’ll take our friends to Limoges for a little light treasure-hunting in the ceramics factories and outlets we frequented for our business in the past.


All going well, we could include a visit to the Angoulême races and Limoges as an option for future guests in the Loire.

And while we are on the subject of cars, a shameless plug for the inaugural La Grande Auto Show to be held in Akaroa on Saturday March 18th. 150 classic, vintage and new cars have been invited to take part including McLaren, Porsche, Classic American, Bugatti and Ferrari; music will be provided by our very own Drew Peacocks and food and drink by local vendors. This promises to be a glamorous and well-organised affair with all proceeds this year to go to our much needed new Akaroa Health Hub. 

And if you are in Akaroa for the weekend, you would, of course, be very welcome chez nous for a little post-car show brocante hunting in our storeroom.

À bientôt

Geoff and Jennifer.