Sainte-EanneHere, we cultivate rarity


Located on the upstream part of the Sèvre Niortaise to the east of Saint-Maixent-l’École, the commune of Sainte-Eanne has unsuspected heritage and landscape qualities. With its bucolic setting, the Sèvre valley is dotted with its mills and typical rural habitat, which can be explored on foot or by bike via cycle route 94. Follow us!

Rare landscapes

At the confluence of the Sèvre Niortaise and its tributary the Pamproux, stretches a landscape of valleys and wet meadows conducive to the observation of many species of fauna and flora. The Natural Area of ​​Faunistic and Floristic Ecological Interest “Prairie mothaise” with an area of ​​491 ha partly covers the commune of Sainte-Eanne. It is a remarkable wetland made up of a vast set of alluvial meadows, located at the confluence of the Sèvre Niortaise and the Pamproux and linked by an extensive network of canals.

Shh, we're fishing!

The clear waters of the Pamproux are sought after for the practice of sport fishing for rainbow trout and fario species: a no-kill course labeled Parcours Passion by the National Federation of Fishing in France is marked out at the starting point of the a place called “Rivières de Sainte-Eanne”.

Saint-Emmeran Church

Not far from the Sèvre and isolated by the roadside, the Saint-Emmeran church founded in the 12th century surrounded by its old cemetery is an essential stopover: this building, listed as a Historic Monument, has a sober and harmonious architecture that invites contemplation,

A little further on, you can see the majestic silhouette of Villedieu de Comblé castle surrounded by its outbuildings and gardens. This enchanting place is open to visitors during the “European Heritage Days »


Castle of the Villedieu de Comblé


Listed as a Historic Monument, it was built in the 15th century for defensive purposes due to the English occupation. Located on an island hugged by the Pamproux river, the building was protected by a first enclosure of ditches surrounding a vast courtyard. The porch flanked by two towers dates from the 15th century; the ornamented south façade rests on a gallery of arcades and is framed by corbelled turrets. The outbuildings date from the 17th century and include a portal with vermiculated bosses and oculi to illuminate the attics.

In the footsteps of the protagonists

Of great history

In the footsteps of the protagonists of great history: the town was a strategic place for the Resistance in Deux-Sèvres. During the Second World War, illegal immigrants and Resistance figures transited through Sainte-Eanne where the Deux-Sèvres Secret Army Command Post was based, partly installed at the Breuil school. Thanks to the spouses René and Suzanne Marsteau, socialist activists who arrived in 1942 as teachers, there was considerable clandestine activity until the Liberation.

Edmond Proust, known as « Chaumette » (1894-1956)

Born in Chenay, a teacher in Perré in Saivres before the war and a refugee in the Bidolière lodge in Saint-Martin-de-Saint-Maixent, very close to Sainte-Eanne, Edmond Proust was a departmental then national figure in the Resistance as a head of the French Forces of the Interior for Deux-Sèvres in 1944. After the armistice, Edmond Proust returned to the school of Perré until 1949 then devoted himself fully until his death in 1956, to the Presidency of the Mutuelle Assurance Automobile des Instituteurs de France (MAAIF), which he founded in 1934.