Original article from Kent Live
You know you've arrived in a tranquil place when the trespass signs identify "horses" and "model aeroplanes" as the primary potential perpetrators.
But that's the kind of thing you expect in Chilham, a village notorious simply for being so utterly quaint.
Lying in the valley of the Great Stour River, Tudor buildings dominate its ancient market square.
At opposite ends are the village's major buildings – the towering 15th-century parish church, where Thomas Becket himself is said to have been buried, and the monumentally impressive Chilham Castle.
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The latter was owned by Stuart Wheeler, founder of spread-betting firm IG Index, until his death last July.
It was left to a trust that recently put it up for sale for a cool £15 million.
The beautifully preserved buildings don't end there.
The former vicarage dates from 1742, the White Horse pub from the 16th century, and the 15th-century village hall was originally the tithe barn for the castle.
The local primary school, St Mary's Church of England, is another beautiful old red-brick building with tall stone windows, roof arches and doorways.
All of them come together to make Chilham seem like one of the most quintessentially English villages you are ever likely to see.
And that is probably what has drawn the attention of the TV and film industry.
Chilham and the surrounding area was one of the locations for much of Powell and Pressburger's 1944 film A Canterbury Tale.
In 1965 it was used for part of the filming of The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders.
It was also used as a location for the BBC's 2009 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma.
The village and the castle featured heavily in a fake snow-bound episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot called Hercule Poirot's Christmas.
It was made over to sunnier times for The Moving Finger, a mystery featuring Agatha Christie's other famous sleuth Miss Jane Marple.
Clearly then, it is a useful setting for those in the media needing to depict old England.
But for the rest of us, people looking for somewhere to live or planning a day out, the lure of the village is not just in its buildings.
The surrounding countryside of the beautiful Kent Downs is criss-crossed by footpaths, bridleways and country lanes, allowing breathtaking views of woodland and open country.
Then there's Shelley's Tea Rooms, the White Horse or another historic pub the Woolpack to enjoy.
And you would hardly know any of these wonderfully quaint and tranquil places were there.
They are all tucked away a stone's throw from the busy A28, protected from view by four narrow steep lanes that rise up from the valley to emerge into the beautiful open space of Chilham square.
If you fancy a step back in time to old England, the place is well worth a visit.
Just make sure you avoid the camera crews.