The village nestles
in the forests between Loulle and Fontenu. It is a firmly
agricultural community. There is
no shop or bar, but you pass the
farm of the apiculteur who sells
pine honey and the rich honey
liqueur of the Chalain region.
The village square is dominated
by the wellhead, and the church
sits a bit further south on high
I found the church
locked, but a man repairing the
roof after the storm damage of
the previous day told me that the
key was kept by Mme Guy who lives
in the chalet le Petit Prince
across the road.
She let me in, and
gave me a guided tour of the
church. She was able to tell me
that the early 20th century
windows of the Presentation in
the Temple and the Last Supper
were given by the family now
buried beneath the large tombs to
the north of the church. They
were the Oliviers, and they lived
in the big house; but now,
they've all gone.
The post-Vatican II
altar is curious, being in the
shape of a wooden manger. The
sanctuary is flanked by windows
to St Philip and St James, the
patrons. The 18th century statue
of St Nicholas is rather
battered, but presumably dates
from the building of the church,
as does the shell-like font.
It is a typical
cruciform church, the west front
shingled in copper, a rich round
stair turret rising to the north.
I left Saffloz on the road to Chevrotaine, impressed that a
church was repairing its roof
less than 24 hours after the
tiles had blown down.
et Saint-Jacques, Saffloz, is to
the south of the village centre,
just to the east of Fontenu and
the Lac de Chalain. I found it
locked, but a key is available at
the chalet across the road.