Superb 2 Bedroom Village House For sale in ST SAUVEUR SUR TiNEE ALPES MARiTiMES France
4 RUE bLANQUi
ST SAUVEUR SUR TiNEE
Typical village house. 4 floors, 80m2, 300 years old, fully renovated. 4 rooms. 1 1/2 bathrooms. 2 bedrooms. Electric radiators. internet access.
Ski resorts 25mins. Auron & isola 2000. Skiing, mountain biking, horse riding, walking.
Village amenities, Cafe, Restaurant, Grocery Store, Schools, Gendarmerie, Fire service, Notary, Lawyer, Hotel
About the Area
St. Sauveur-sur-Tinee is in the geographical center of the Vallee de Tinee, 25 km up the D2205 after it branches north off the N202, 32 km north of Nice. The town sits astride the route to the upper valley and the ski stations of isola and Auron. As you approach St. Sauveur from the south, you’ll see Roure perched high on the side of the mountain to the left. Further up the valley to the left of Roure, the village of Roubion is also visable from some places in St. Sauveur. * Market day Tue.
This is a true mountain town, with the buildings grouped tightly together down in the valley, where two east-west valleys join: the Vionene river valley to the west and the Vallon de Rocaille to the east, below the cliffs of Roccagia.
St. Sauveur is a pretty large place, considering its small population, with a lot of buildings, interesting little streets and vaulted passages. Some of the streets are just a bit wider than a person, so there’s not much risk of traffic in the old section. Many of the buildings are interesting because of old, fading trompe l’oeil style painting or ancient stone or bright Provencal colors.
An interesting discouvery in our wanderings was the several ancient doorway lintels, some engraved with the date and the name of the builder, and some with symbols of the occupant’s trade. We found one with the scissors, comb and razor of an ancient hairdresser. We wouldn’t have recognized the razor without the help of the current owner, who also explained the painstaking work she had invested in restoring the engravings from their previous cover of cement. Another doorway had an engraving of sheep, representing an unknown (to us) metier. The oldest know one is dated 1504
Also in the old village we found a moulin (mill) and four (the old communal oven), both clearly marked. Both were closed on that Saturday morning, with no signs about opening hours or opening days. We also liked some of the fine wrought-iron balconies at various places in the village. The church bell tower, visible across the tiled roofs of the houses, was built in the 15th century and restored in 1532. Above a side door to the church is a marble statue of Saint Paul.
small photoSt. Sauver, in the heart of the Moyenne Tinee Valley, hosts a large fire department and a mountain gendarmerie: the gendarmes trained in all aspects of year-round mountain rescue. A large, very-nicely decorated building is the home to the fisheries section of the department of water and forests
The road through St. Sauveur continues up the Upper Tinee Valley, via isola, Auron, St. Etienne-de-Tinee and over the Col de la Bonette pass 54 km north. Past the Col de la Bonette, it’s another 24 km of switchbacks down the other side to Jausiers, beside Barcelonnette.
Traffic through town tends to be mostly tourist cars (of course), carrying mountain bikes in the summer and skis in the winter. Summertime traffic includes lots of motorcycles and bicycles; great roads for both. Even with traffic, St. Sauveur is a quiet, relaxed place. The Tinee river flowing down past the village and the little Riou flowing into the village from the east to join the Tinee provide that lovely mountain sound of constantly rushing water. The high hills on all sides are heavily forested, with some large patches of the red schiste (a slate used for the roofs) exposed here and there.
There’s only village-level commerce in St. Sauveur, and no real shopping possibilities. The village shops are all located along the main road through town There’s one boulangerie beside the main square and fountain and another down the street that also serves as a tiny grocery store. There’s a small magazine shop, and that’s about it.
* 2 Bedrooms
* 2 Bathrooms
* Plot (metres squared): 80m2
* Covered area (metres squared): 80m2
* Parking: Off Street Parking
* No of Outbuildings: none
* View: Mountain, Country
* Orientation: South-West
* Distance from Sea: 1 hour
* Distance from Airport: 1 hour
* Distance from Golf: 1 hour
* Distance from Main Attraction: 30 mins