Just outside Rye on the East Sussex coast is the village of Winchelsea. I always call in here when I'm visiting Rye. It's about as cute and chocolate boxy as it gets. Centuries ago this was a bustling town of sea traders...but then the tide went out, and out, and Winchelsea became land locked. Today what remains is a quiet little village sitting on a hill overlooking the sea. It seems like it's set in aspic, unchanged for decades, and it's only the grandeur of some of the houses that give clues to it's ancient past.
You still drive in to the village through the old castle archway, Strand Gate, today.
The high street were the post office stands today has hardly changed over 100 years (top right in the photo below)
This was the Castle armoury ... now a beautiful home
Houses rarely come on the market in Winchelsea but there's a couple of beauties at the moment (all sadly well out of my reach but it's great to dream!) Do you have a favourite?