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Bay-window of flat - front of 1844 Victorian Residence (Grade 2 Listed)

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

Doranes luxury Victorian flat: plush self-catering apartment on ground floor level for discerning couple; part of an 1844 Victorian Grade 2 Listed building.

It is a six minute walk to the High Street in Ryde, boasting pubs, restaurants, Chemist, Supermarket, clothing and gift shops. This upmarket flat is set in the heart of Ryde, conveniently located for access to the esplanade with its glorious, sandy beaches, ice-rink and bowling alleys.

Doranes is only a ten minute walk to the beach, train station and hovercraft; forty metres to a bus stop providing access to most parts of the island.

Beautiful, spacious lounge with bay-window and original Victorian fire-place

Very comfortable, high quality double bed, overlooking well maintained, south-facing garden with original stone wall

Fully equipped, compact kitchen with all modern appliances, including fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing-machine, microwave, electric cooker and oven

Large enamelled, cast-iron bath with over-head shower facility, toilet and wash-basin

Nb. Also suitable for semi-disabled persons

The front of the building boasts off-road parking for one vehicle.

This charming holiday flat is full of character and offers the opportunity to really enjoy a care-free stay on this most exquisite English island, with all you could possibly need, being close at hand!

HISTORY: This flat is part of a Grade 2 Listed 1844 Victorian residence, which was owned by wealthy families with live-in servants.

In August 2010 the present owners, Vyvyan and Lynn Richards, undertook the massive project of restoring this badly neglected building to its former glory.

Besides replacing most of the ground level flooring with original Victorian pine, introducing adequate sub floor ventilation, painting and decorating, they also restored 3 of the 6 Victorian fireplaces, making use of original tiles, surrounds and metal inserts.

In July 2011 the twelve-month project was completed.

Non-smoking establishment

No pets (except official guide dogs)

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach 10 minute walk 1 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: 15 minute drive 3.7 km, Nearest railway: 10 minute walk 1 km
Family friendly Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Access Parking

The Isle of Wight region

Ryde is a British seaside town, civil parish and the most populous town and urban area on the Isle of Wight, with a population of approximately 30,000. It is situated on the north-east coast. The town grew in size as a seaside resort following the joining of the villages of Upper Ryde and Lower Ryde in the 19th century. The influence of this era is still strongly visible in the town's central and seafront architecture.

As a resort, the town is noted for its expansive sands that are revealed at low tide, making its pier necessary on the wide beach for a regular passenger service. Ryde Pier is a listed structure which is the fourth longest pier in the United Kingdom, and also the oldest

History

In 1782 numerous bodies of men, women and children from HMS Royal George, which sank suddenly at Spithead, were washed ashore at Ryde. Many were buried on land that is now occupied by The Esplanade. A memorial to them was erected in June 2004.

Transportation

The hovercraft to Southsea is operated by Hovertravel near the Esplanade close to Ryde Esplanade railway station and the bus station. A catamaran service run by Wightlink operates from Ryde Pier to Portsmouth Harbour which connects with both Island Line trains and mainland trains to London Waterloo. The Island Line Trains service runs from Ryde Pier Head via Ryde Esplanade to Shanklin, a distance of 8½ miles. Ryde St John's Road railway station lies further south in the town. A major bus interchange is situated between Ryde Pier and the Hover Terminal on the Esplanade with frequent services to many island towns and villages. Ryde is the second busiest place in the Southern Vectis network, smaller only to Newport. The most frequent service is route 9 to Newport, running every 10 minutes in the daytime. Other main routes include services 2, 3, 4, 8 and local route 37.[2] An open top bus tour called 'The Downs Tour' is also run in the summer,[3]

Amenities

At one time Ryde had two separate piers; the other being the Victoria Pier, no longer in existence. Ryde has its own inshore rescue service which mostly has to deal with people becoming stranded on sandbanks as the incoming tide cuts them off from the shore. The pier is also a feature of the 67-mile Isle of Wight Coastal Path, which is marked with blue signs with a white seagull.

Ryde has a small marina located to the east of Ryde Pier. It is tidal and dries out at low water hence it is more suitable for smaller sailing (bilge keel) and motor cruisers. It has provision for up to 200 boats, either on floating pontoons or leaning against the harbour wall. It has a full time harbour master who posts useful snippets of information on the noticeboard outside the harbour office including weather information, tide times, cruise liner movements and events that occurred on this day in history.

Buildings

The twin church spires clearly visible from the sea belong to All Saints' (the taller) and Holy Trinity churches. All Saints' Church is located in Queens Road on a road junction known as Five Ways. It was designed by George Gilbert Scott and completed in 1872. The spire is 177 feet tall. Holy Trinity Church is in Dover Street. It was designed by Thomas Hellyer and completed in 1845.

The town's Roman Catholic church, St. Mary's, is located in High Street. It was built in 1846 at a cost of £18,000. This was provided by Elizabeth, Countess of Clare. The church was designed by Joseph Hansom inventor of the hansom cab. Other churches include St. James' Church, Ryde and Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Swanmore, Ryde. There are also Baptist, Methodist and Elim churches in the town.[4]

Entertainment

Sited on The Esplanade is an ice rink and a pavilion, converted to house a nightclub and bowling alley feature on the Esplanade, the former being the home of the Isle of Wight's ice-hockey team, the 'Wightlink Raiders'. Many bars, pubs and restaurants can be found on the Esplanade and on the town's main shopping street, Union Street.

The town's local football team was for many years Ryde Sports F.C., now replaced by Ryde Saints F.C. & Ryde FC Sunday.

Speedway is staged just outside the town. The Isle of Wight Islanders started as members of the Conference League before moving up to the Premier League.

Carnivals

Ryde is noted for its carnivals. There are five throughout the year - an Arts Parade in June; Children's, Main and Illuminated processions at the end of August and a Lantern Parade in December. The Carnival at Ryde is the oldest in England. Ryde Carnival remains the island's largest carnival, with local crowds and mainland visitors totalling in excess of 50,000 spectators. Performers consist of community groups, schools, multiple samba and brass bands, stilt walkers and family groups, with over 2,000 performers taking part in August 2006.

In 2001 a London carnival group called Kinetika was brought to the island to teach carnival skills to adults and young people in community workshops. Since Kinetika's input the carnival has been expanding, with its effects felt throughout the island's other carnivals. Near Ryde at Westridge is the Arts Council-funded Carnival Learning Centre where carnival skills and crafts are taught.

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