When we were staying in Pat's (larigan - www.flickr.com/photos/larigan/) flat in Bexhill, we went for a drive to visit Bodium Castle. We were so lucky on the day that it was sunny and the reflections in the moat were so beautiful. We paid two pounds to park in the car park and for once we had a lovely view of the castle and we were able to walk right around the moat taking photos. We didn't have time to go into the castle sadly, but I was so excited to see it without being covered by walls or trees, as is usually the way.
One of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain, Bodiam was built in 1385 as both a defence and a comfortable home. The exterior is virtually complete and the ramparts rise dramatically above the moat. Enough of the interior survives to give an impression of castle life. There are spiral staircases and battlements to explore, and wonderful views of the Rother Valley from the top of the towers. In the impressive gatehouse is the castle's original wooden portcullis, an extremely rare example of its kind.