The village of Iden, which sits on a hill overlooking the Rother Levels, and has a local community owned convenience store providing with everything from dry cleaning to lottery tickets, porridge to wrapping paper, and not forgetting the Post Office, bowls club, Norman church with castellated bell tower, village hall, cricket ground and public house.
There are many clubs and societies and a real community spirit in Iden.
From the village there are numerous footpaths and lanes leading across the surrounding countryside and down to the Royal Military Canal.
At the far end of the village stands a lovely fifteenth century hall house ’Oxenbridge’ and is by far the oldest building. There are many detached typical weather board and brick ‘Kentish’ style buildings branching off from the main road through Iden.
Two miles to the south is the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye with famed period Citadel, cobbled ways, medieval fortifications, range of local independent shops, leisure centre with swimming pool, popular restaurants, weekly market, schools for all ages and railway station on the Brighton to Ashford branch line with connections to the Continent via Eurostar and a high speed rail service to London, St. Pancras in 37 minutes. The attractive Wealden town of Tenterden, with wide tree lined High Street, is 9 miles and offers Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets together with Homewood Secondary School and a more comprehensive range of shops. In Peasmarsh village (2 miles) there is a large independently run supermarket. The coast is nearby with the spectacular dunes and sandy beach at Camber 6 miles.