Nestled to the west of Chichester is an enchanting village that has been dubbed Sussex’s Venice for its picturesque houses and waterside location.

With a population of less than 3,000 people, Bosham is the perfect destination for a rural escape from busy city life.

It was even described this year as one of the country's greatest villages by The Telegraph which wrote people "may just expire from sheer overload of beauty".

It added: "Between a quay pleasingly strewn with little wooden boats and a Grade I-listed church, Bosham village green is perfectly orientated for sunset, when locals and regulars gather to picnic, pop corks, play badminton, drag sailing dinghies up the ramp from the water – the whole blissful bucolic scene painted rosy by the sinking sun.

"Find a seat in one of the pub gardens in summer, and life doesn’t get much better."

But Bosham's quaint atmosphere comes with house prices averaging at an eye-watering £999,143 over the last year.

"The majority of sales in Bosham during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £1,363,165," Rightmove reports.

"Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £790,000."

A view of Bosham A view of Bosham (Image: Phil Brandon Hunter)

The village's early history tells of its use as a port by the Romans and its occupation by a monastic order in the seventh century.

Dicul, a Celtic monk, established a church there on the remains of the Roman Basilica and by 750 AD, the village was named Bosanhamm, meaning the water meadow of Bosa.

Harold II, king of England, also set sail from Bosham in 1064 to meet William of Normandy, leading to William the Conqueror's conquest in 1066.

Visitors can connect with Bosham’s history at the Holy Trinity Church, which is the oldest place of worship in Sussex.

The Holy Trinity Church in BoshamThe Holy Trinity Church in Bosham (Image: Paul Gillett)

The church is described as “quintessentially Saxon” and is featured in the Bayeux Tapestry which depicts the events that led up to the 1066 Norman conquest of England.

The village is also home to the Bosham Walk, a gallery containing art for sale, craft and artisan shops, a café and an ice cream and sweet shop - the perfect spot for browsers.

The picturesque waterside views that the village is famed for can be enjoyed at Bosham Quay with a walk along the coastline.

Wildlife from Chichester Harbour can also be spotted on the coastal path, such as wildfowl, shelduck, wigeon, Brent geese, waders, and more.

Bosham also provides great options for a hot drink, pint, or bite to eat, as the village boasts multiple pubs and cafes.

The Anchor Bleu pub in BoshamThe Anchor Bleu pub in Bosham (Image: Chris Allen)

The family-run Anchor Bleu pub offers drinks, lunch and dinner, as well as vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, with its charm amplified by the serene coastal views across the water.

It is "a nice cosy traditional pub with fantastic views" and "the most amazing fish and chips", customers have written on TripAdvisor.

Also by the water is the Shoreside Café, which serves hot drinks, pastries, sweet treats and sandwiches.

Bosham is the perfect spot for a day trip with gorgeous views, historical insight and good food.