BILLINGSHURST feels more like a small town than a large village, with some fine 15th-century houses beached on a shore of modern developments, and a new £6m public swimming pool. It is very much divided by the A29, which follows the route of the old Roman road, Stane Street. Commuters love it because it is more intimate than Horsham or Crawley yet has the fast rail links. ‘Our looks and intelligence distinguish us from other villages,’ says one resident. A Grade Two listed, three-bedroom attached cottage on High Street, with garage, garden and cellar, would cost £275,000. Wisborough Green, two miles away, is a film-set village, regularly used by movie directors as a backdrop. It has a cricket green that borders the A272, a village shop-cum-post-office and two inns. A lovely 16th-century four-bedroom cottage with seven acres and stabling would be priced at £775,000. You need to remember that stations south of Horsham are much less well served by trains to London.