La Sterne de Loire

Souzay-Champigny, Maine-et-Loire
Bed & Breakfast
+33 (0)6 63 11 28 12

The lovely owner has lived all over the world, the deliciously eclectic house has stood for six centuries, she knows how to welcome you


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 3

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Véronique, who paints, is loving settling into the medieval village, gleaning crockery and furniture from brocantes and her own grandparents to bring a new life and soul to this delightfully eclectic 15th-century house. On a road beside the Loire, it has direct sightings of swooping “sternes” (terns), an authentically ancient atmosphere, small bedrooms with huge personality and pretty showers, a splendid fireplace with its original bread oven in the dark beamed dining room – and masses of steps. Your cosmopolitan, polyglot hostess knows all the fascinating things to do and see here.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
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No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 5-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €90
4 Doubles
From €90
1 Triple
From €140



We spent 10 days exploring beautiful places in France following our 6 day visit to Paris and La Sterne de Loire was by far our best and most memorable experience. Veronique and her family are so warm and welcoming of guests to their beautifully preserved and lovingly restored 15th century home. The b&b rooms are separate from the family home and are decorated in keeping with the period surroundings. Still, they are definitely fitted for 21st. century comfort. The beds are splendid and the bathrooms provide all of the cleanliness and hot water desired. Don't miss this magical place!

marianne, san francisco, california

A charming and unusual place. The hosts were very welcoming and helpful. We enjoyed our breakfasts in the courtyard and much appreciated the coolness of the room and the fan in a very hot week. Very interesting surroundings with cave dwellings immediately behind. We had a very enjoyable stay.

Paul & Vivienne, Cheltenham

This little chambre d'hôte was an absolute pleasure. Our bedroom and ensuite shower room were the most charming and tastefully decorated of our trip (though it was a very close run thing as Sawdays did us proud again!) The whole building was quirky and full of history and interesting brocante finds. Madame so obviously loves her house. She was charming and helpful and even encouraged our mistake-ridden French. We cannot recommend La Sterne too highly. We are already planning a return.

Margaret, Malmesbury

We had the warmest of welcomes from Veronique and Phillipe into their amazing B&B. It was lovely to be able to experiece a few nights in this beautifully and very authentically restored building. Everything was comfortable and of a very high standard from the beds, bathroom facilities and breakfast with homemade bread and cake. Both hosts were very generous with their time and were able to share lots of information on the local area includingplaces to visit and the best places to eat. we were only sorry that we only had time for two nights stay but would not hesitate to recommend La Sterne


We were 6 cyclists on a weeks holiday. I had fallen for La Sterne on the website and it did not disappoint. The building is beautiful, a perfect mixture of original features with artistic and contemporary touches and lovely views over the Loire which was full after the floods. Apart from our rooms we had a whole living area to ourselves, came back in the evening to swallows and bats swooping above our heads and candles lighting the stairs to our room, we woke to eat a delicious breakfast in the courtyard outside. Veronique was just the loveliest of persons..........

Susan, Bristol

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Véronique Van Eetvelde

  • Two months a year, a "guinguette" (outdoor café) welcomes you on the Souzay island - just opposite the B&B -. Karl offers you a beautiful menu of local organic wines and beers, pies and salads. In the evening, local bands perform jazz and folk music.
  • I will be most happy to organise wine tastings for you in our various friends' cellars, in the village and around.
  • Souzay is a troglodite village. I shall be happy to let you know the nicest walking trails in the 'troglos', along Queen Margaret of Anjou's Manor, on the island, and in the Champigny vineyards uphill.
  • Close to Souzay, you will not miss Montsoreau, its beautiful castle with stunning views on the confluence of the Loire and the Vienne, its famous antiques market, and "La maison du Parc" with many insights on the nature reserve "Loire-Anjou-Touraine".
  • Cycling along the Loire is an amazing and magic experience. If you let me know in advance, I can provide you excellent bicycles for rent. Popular destinations are Chinon and its Plantagenet Royal Fortress, as well as the majestic Fontevraud Abbey.
  • This is just a limited "avant-goût" of the many topics and good tips I will be happy to share with you (romantic castles to visit and not in the guides, excellent restaurants reasonably priced, local artists and craftsmen, etc.) Do not hesitate to ask me.