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Iden is 2 miles due north of Rye with a current population of about 450 souls. It sits some 50 metres above Rye, being the highest point around.

The word 'IDEN' is derived from 'DEN' meaning a Danish settlement  and  'I' (or 'E') describing a watery place.   There are certainly a lot of ponds in the village!

Established as a village earlier than the 10th century it was valued at 30 shillings (1.50) in the Domesday Book of 1089 AD.    Playden - the village between us and Rye was entered at a value 100 shillings (5.00).

We are lucky to have 'THE BELL INN' (serves good food), 'IDEN VILLAGE STORES' (sells a wide range of produce including wines, newspapers, freshly baked bread, etc) and 'ALL SAINTS' Norman Church (for your spiritual needs!)    The Village Hall, Bowling Green and Recreation Ground with village cricket and children's' swings makes this pretty village complete.

The footpaths and lanes around Iden make exercise for us and our dogs a real pleasure. Horses and Tractors are the biggest problem!  In spring the apple orchards are a mass of blossom.

  We are easy to find - 2 miles north of RYE

Take the A268 - Signposted to London - and follow this road up the hill past 'Top of the Hill' Pub (good English food) on your left  -  past  'The Playden Oasts'  (friendly atmosphere with French cooking) on your right  - To 'The Peace and Plenty' Pub (good food but cramped!)  where you leave the London Road and head for Tenterden on the B2082.   On entering Iden you meet a sharp double bend with 'The Bell Inn' (good village pub food) on your left.   We are the third house on the right past 'The Bell'  -  about 200 yards  -  where a warm welcome awaits you!

RYE has so many licensed drinking and eating premises - it goes back centuries when buildings selling alcohol were free of taxation!   Plenty of choice - but the popular ones need booking in advance. We maybe able to help.

Web Sites of Further Interest

Rye Tourist Information

The Rye Guide

Ancient Town of Rye


Bodiam Castle

RH&D Railway

Kent & E.Sussex Railway

Paul's Gauge One

Sissinghurst Castle

Great Dixter Gardens