my french country home tours for 2017

by Sharon Santoni

french antique market

We are very excited about the tours planned for 2017, this is going to be a great year!      Each tour is timed to make the most of a particular season here in Normandy and in Paris.   Each tour is limited in number of guests, and each tour is carefully planned to ensure that we get off the beaten track and return home with happy and long lasting memories; with new friendships and a real insight into authentic French living.

We start the season with our Floral Tour in May.    This tour was inaugurated last year when I hosted two groups, (one in the spring and one in the fall) and together we shared our passion for floral design and in particular flowers in Paris.  If you would like to get a feel for this delightful tour that is ideal for including as part of a longer trip to France, then I invite you to look at our video, showing my friend Clarisse Beraud, at work in her Parisian flower workshop.

Early Summer sees the launch of our new Luxury and Tradition tour.   We listened to clients who expressed a wish to sample different activities during their tour;  other ways of discovering some of the wonderful French traditions and secrets of French living.

For that reason we have put together a dreamy tour for the beginning of June, our new Luxury and Tradition tour that will include antiques; flowers; perfume; French cuisine; antique shopping as well as an introduction to several prestigious French brands who open their doors exclusively for us.

In September this year we host guests for our sixth edition of the MFCH Brocante tour.     I love this tour!  We spend six days together searching for antiques and brocante treasure at my favorite addresses in Normandy and Paris.   We stay at beautiful country manor houses, we enjoy lunches out and about.   We visit all my favourite local antique dealers and also take time to visit a big antique fair in Paris.

antique paitnings in french market

Besides shopping for brocante, we are also happy to include a half day cooking class with a French chef and cook book writer, and a visit to Monet’s garden at Giverny.    My guests come to my house for a morning coffee or afternoon tea, and time to look around the garden.   This tour is all about taking our time and while we shop we take plenty of time to visit some of the beautiful little towns and villages in this part of France.

fishing boats in the harbor of honfleur

If you would like more information on any of these tours, please don’t hesitate to email me here.    The brocante tour is already half full and we have some bookings for the floral tour and the luxury and tradition, but now is the moment to think about the spring and summer ahead of us, and how much fun it would be to spend it in France!

mirrors at antique fair

And if none of these dates fit in with your travel plans, and you have a small group of family or friends, then don’t forget that we are happy to offer you a tailor made tour, built around your own wishlist, and exclusively for you.

facade la reserve giverny







Belinda January 29, 2017 - 12:23 pm

Hello, I am very interested in the brocante tour. Can you please tell me more details and the price, thank you, Belinda

Sandra January 30, 2017 - 9:52 am

Hello I am very much interested in brocante tour. Can you also give me more details and the price.

Sharon Santoni January 30, 2017 - 10:29 pm

Dear Belinda, thank you for your comment, I am emailing you now.

To everyone else requesting more information, we are getting back to everyone as fast as we can,

Thank you for your interest in the tours


Jeana January 29, 2017 - 12:34 pm

I am very interested in the Brocante Tour. Please send info to me if you would?

Elaine January 29, 2017 - 12:49 pm

I am interested in all of these tours, please send dates, prices, and other details. Merci beaucoup!

Mary January 30, 2017 - 3:14 am

I would like information on all three tours. Thank you, Mary

Lynn January 29, 2017 - 1:12 pm

Like Elaine, I would like more information on your tours, including dates and pricing.

Sue January 29, 2017 - 1:14 pm

I am interested in the Brocante tour, would you please let me have details Sharon, merci.

Debbie Nelson January 29, 2017 - 1:34 pm

Enchanting video of the floral shop! I, too, would like information about the tours!

Cathy January 29, 2017 - 2:16 pm

Your blog posts are a gift! Thank you for providing one of those little gems that make my day brighter, much the way a hot morning coffee or a letter from a friend does.

Sharon Santoni February 2, 2017 - 8:29 pm

Thank you Cathy

pam meier January 29, 2017 - 2:20 pm

am interested in tour details (dates, pricing) — thank you!

Patricia Miller January 29, 2017 - 2:52 pm

Yes we are interested in all your tours for 2017 and spring 2018. I do enjoy your blogs, they always like a breath of fresh air Thank you.

Lane Smith January 29, 2017 - 2:53 pm

I would love information about the fall brocante tour. Thank you.

Fiona January 29, 2017 - 3:27 pm

Interested in the brocante tours, please send dates, price and details.

Michele Cohagan January 29, 2017 - 3:39 pm

I would love more information and price of the dreamy tour early June? Thanks, they sound very interesting.

Lynn Jenkins January 29, 2017 - 3:40 pm

Hello Sharon,

These tours seem the stuff of dreams. Please send me information with respect to the brocante tours (dates, price and details) . I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Lynn Jenkins

Penny Morgan January 29, 2017 - 3:57 pm

How long are each of the various tours? One week or two? Thank you.

Name *brigitte charalambous January 29, 2017 - 4:05 pm

Thanks to send me dates and rates of your programm

Pam Nordahl January 29, 2017 - 4:08 pm

Please provide dates and pricing for brocante tour. Thank you!

Kathy January 29, 2017 - 4:11 pm

Hello Sharon – please send additional info on the brocante and flower tours. Is the weather in October still nice enough to plan a tailor made tour for a group of friends? So enjoy reading your blog.Thank you – look forward to hearing from you.

Shelby January 29, 2017 - 5:03 pm

I would also like to receive the dates and price for the September brocante tour. Have enjoyed your blog for a long time now and love your book. Would be a very special time to meet you in person and visit your favorite places.
Thank you.

Michele January 29, 2017 - 5:12 pm

Please send specific dates and pricing for MFCH Brocante tour in September. Sounds wonderful!

Betty Frederick January 29, 2017 - 5:26 pm

Please send dates and pricing

Isabel January 29, 2017 - 5:28 pm

Hello, could I please get more information on the floral tour and the luxury and tradition?

Thank you!

Paula January 29, 2017 - 5:29 pm

Please send pricing and information concerning tour in September. It would be lovely !!
Thank you Paula

janice collins January 29, 2017 - 5:46 pm

The fall tour sounds enchanting. Please send me particulars.

andrea sowden January 29, 2017 - 6:08 pm

Hi I am dreaming about doing this but can i afford it? Could you send me some costs Can I sleep in the stable? Can I ride in the trunk of the car?

Diane Polscer January 29, 2017 - 6:57 pm

I am interested in luxury and brocante tours. Please send dates, more details and pricing. Merci!

Taste of France January 29, 2017 - 7:02 pm

Looks like you have a great assortment of tours for francophiles.

Janet January 29, 2017 - 7:15 pm

Hi Sharon,
I’m interested in the fall tour. Hope to be in Europe in September maybe the stars will align.
Thank you

Abby January 29, 2017 - 8:51 pm

I am very much interested in your tours. Please email me details and cost of all your tours . Thank you

Jan smith January 29, 2017 - 8:54 pm

Hi Sharon could you please send me more details of your tours thank you jan x

Stephanie Raine January 29, 2017 - 9:20 pm

Interested in more information on the upcoming tours. Thanks so much!!!

Jenny January 29, 2017 - 9:29 pm

Hello Sharon, all tours sound exciting! I’m interested in both September and early June tours. Please provide us more details. Also , are hubbies welcome? Thanks!

Penny Oliver January 30, 2017 - 12:44 am

These sound wonderful. Please send additional information on the June, traditional and luxury tour, as well as the brocante tours. You are totally amazing and love all you do.

Susan January 30, 2017 - 5:30 pm

Please send me information on each tour, each one sounds delightful and tempting! Thank you.

Paula O'Connor February 2, 2017 - 12:37 pm

Will be in France end of May-beginning of June. Would love some info re: brocante tours. It is on my bucket list.
Thanks, Sharon!

Sharon February 2, 2017 - 4:58 pm

I would love the info on the 2017 tours

thank you


Francine February 3, 2017 - 2:51 am

Would it be possible to know the name of the feathery, frothy grass your friend, Clarisse was using?
Thank you for all the beauty you take time to find and share with us.

Marianne Mack February 3, 2017 - 11:56 am

There’s so much beautiful stuff in this post I can’t handle it. Let’s do some planning and maybe I’ll join in!

Vida Snyder February 5, 2017 - 8:01 am

I also would love to know more about the details. Please also the price and suggested amount necessary to enjoy oneself with shopping.
Thank you in advance!

Sharyn A Walter February 6, 2017 - 12:10 am

Your tours sound fabulous! I am interested in all three. Are they “Girls Only”?

Meryl February 7, 2017 - 10:53 pm

I would love details & prices of all three of your fabulous tours, please Sharon. Love your blog so very much. Thank you.

Carol Kleifgen February 8, 2017 - 3:53 pm

Please send all information on your 2017 scheduled trips as I am interested in a trip with my daughter.

Kelly Warren February 8, 2017 - 7:03 pm

Interested in dates and tour prices. Accommodation options as well.

Shannon February 8, 2017 - 9:36 pm


Sue Sims February 15, 2017 - 2:46 am

Airfares finally booked…and your tour dates are before & after we are in Paris at the end of July. On the 31st I would love to go to the flower market,if it is open, do you know how I could get in to see this wonderful place? I love floral art, gardening, painting and would love to visit some markets while we are in your area,Sharon? Love all your blogs & always look forward to the next, thank you.

Linda Ori March 18, 2017 - 10:18 pm

Sharon…ME TOO, PLEASE! Info on all
tours that still have openings.
Linda Ori

Isabel Jara April 1, 2017 - 2:48 pm

I would like prices and details for the Brocante tour.
Thank you


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