Najac – one of the most beautiful villages in France.

>This pretty village in the department of Aveyron is one of the stops on the pilgrim route of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. The house I have been asked to survey here nestles within the shadow of the castle – built as a royal fortress in 1253 – and is itself said to date from the 13th century.

The portcullis was up in Nebian, Herault.

>My latest survey, last week, was of a quaint house directly overlooking the portcullis tower of this ancient fortified village – originally a stronghold of the Knights Templar. I learned that the present portculls, a full-size reproduction of the original, constructed of oak from the department of Tarn, was hand-made by Jim Buck, a retired Englishman who has been a Nebian conseiller municipal for the past eight years.

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