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Charming dining-room with 8-seater Victorian table and rustic fireplace

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

This very comfortable Grade 2 Listed, four-bedroom holiday home has been lovingly restored and refurbished. It is beautifully presented throughout, making extensive use of Victorian and other antique furniture, together with six charming fire-places. Set in the heart of Ryde, it is particularly convenient for all the local shops, cafés, restaurants and, of course, the esplanade with its glorious, sandy beaches, ice-rink and bowling alleys.

Set over three floors and arranged to provide flexible and substantial accommodation, this property caters for families and groups of all shapes and sizes.

There are charming sea glimpses across The Solent from the top floor bedrooms and the lounge on the first floor. The main kitchen and dining room are both well equipped with all the modern conveniences, including a dish-washer and washing-machine. In addition to the 2nd floor shower room with toilet and wash-basin, there is a further family bathroom and separate WC in the main part of the house. Two of the four spacious bedrooms have a private shower, whilst each one has its own wash-basin.

The south-facing rear garden is spacious and provides a real sun-trap! It is mainly lawned with a wind-protected patio area, together with adequate furniture. This oasis is ideal for sun-bathing and barbecues.

The front of the building boasts off-road parking for two vehicles.

This awesome holiday home 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 Grade 2 Listed 1844 Victorian residence 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.

Subsequently, this magnificent four bedroom residence with spacious accommodation for eight guests, was furnished with top quality beds, together with Victorian and other antique furniture.

The secluded, south-facing garden is a veritable sun-trap with patio and pergola, furnished with table and chairs.

The lawned area provides adequate space for ball games and sun-bathing.




NO PETS (except official guide dogs)

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach 10 minute walk 600 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: 15 minute drive 7 km, Nearest railway: 10 minute walk 600 m
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Sea view
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 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
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


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.


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]


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.


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]


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.


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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29 Apr 2014


"A lovely relaxing break"

If your looking for a lovely relaxing break away, then this is the place to come. The minute you walk through the door you feel at home. The surroundings are so peaceful, waking up to the sounds of birds tweeting in the background and the gentle sound of the sea in the distance. The location is perfect, a few minutes walk from the shops, cafe's, a very vintage cinema(very good value for money) and the beach. The rooms are very comfortable and spacious too. An enjoyable experience.

8 Apr 2014


"Beautiful & Warm home feeling"

I want to start off by saying the owner and his wife of this property were very welcoming and very accommodating to our needs. Very friendly and made us feel at home. My wife and I stayed at this accommodation and must say it's a beautiful home. When you first walk into this house, it really feels like a home and has nice character to it. The dining area has a big table which is perfect to have many around the table for a meal and also to play games. The dining area lead into a nice full-size kitchen with all the amenities. The kitchen lead on to a beautiful, very quiet garden that was perfect to just sit out in the sun while eating our lunch and listening to the birds. As for the bedroom we stayed in, plenty of space! Big comfortable bed with plenty of room to put things. One of the bathrooms, which was next to our room, was really big with a shower. Very nicely decorated bathroom. The house itself is just a stones throw away from the shops, so we could easily do some shopping for food, go to a pub, restaurant or cafe. The house was situated just far enough so we didn't have the noise from the area of the shops. The waterfront was about a 10min walk away which was perfect. We would highly recommend this place and we can't wait to go there again!

8 Apr 2014


"Just the place"

I do love to be where the owner can be easily contacted and someone to show me how to use the facilities. Friendly, warm hostess; bright airy rooms, clean and a short skip to local amenities. Could not have asked for more and would be back this September and again and again.

Lee Moi Green

7 Apr 2014


"Great place, Enjoyed being in Isle of Wight"

What an amazing experience!! Had a lovely time with some amazing friends. Hosts were very welcoming, friendly and hospitable, fed us well too, really looked after us well. The room i stayed in with my… More

7 Apr 2014


"A truly scrumptious delight"

This grade 2 listed Victorian BB is indeed luxurious throughout with no attention to detail has been spared.Our stay was very comfortable and the very warm and hospitable owners just added to the excellent level of service we experienced throughout our stay . Situated very close to Ryde high street there is plenty to keep you occupied or a nice stroll along the beachfront equally as good . We will definitely be re- booking again .

6 Apr 2014


"We loved every minute of our stay here."

We spent ten lovely relaxing days here. The owners are very nice. The rooms were very pretty and clean. Public transport was very near. We are looking forward to our next visit here!… More

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