Bodiam is a small village in the Rother Valley that was a major hop growing area (growing hops for Guinness). The village has a 12th-century church and it is the western terminus of the heritage Kent and East Sussex Railway but it is best known for the medieval moated Bodiam Castle.
Bodiam is accessible by Stagecoach bus route 349 which stops here en route between Hawkhurst and Hastings.
Another option is to take a steam train on the heritage Kent and East Sussex Railway to Bodiam from Tenterden. However, to do this you first have to get to Tenterden, which means taking bus 2 or 2a from Ashford, bus 2 from Hastings, bus 12 from Maidstone or bus 312 from Rye.