Holiday lets in Ryde on the Isle of Wight


Our holiday lets are located near the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight, an Island just off the south coast of England. The body of water separating us from the mainland is called The Solent, and the nearest major cities are Southampton and Portsmouth. There are no bridges, tunnels or commercial flights connecting us to the mainland, so the only way to reach us is by boat.

Wightsands and Appleysands are right next door to each other!

This is why we think they have a great location:

  • They are on a quiet residential estate.
  • They are only a few minutes walk away from an excellent restaurant.
  • A 5 minute walk from Appley beach and numerous childrens play areas.
  • A 20 minute walk from Ryde town.
  • A 5 minute drive from Tesco Extra and other popular outlets.
  • Within a 20 minute drive of the majority of the Islands main attractions.


Car Ferries

There are 3 car ferry services that operate across the Solent between the Island and the mainland:

RouteCrossing DurationCompanyTime to Wightsands
Portsmouth to Fishbourne45 minutesWightlink15 minutes by car
Southampton to East Cowes55 minutesRed Funnel25 minutes by car
Lymington to Yarmouth40 minutesWightlink40 minutes by car

Tip: Tesco Clubcard vouchers can be exchanged for Wightlink ferry tokens. See here for details.

Passenger Ferries

There are 3 foot passenger services that operate across the Solent (though you can travel on the car ferries if you wish):

RouteCrossing DurationCompanyTime to WightsandsConnections
Southsea to Ryde10 minutesHovertravel5 minutes by taxi
25 minute walk
Bus Route
Taxi Rank (Southsea end is collection only)
Portsmouth to Ryde Pier20 minutesWightlink10 minutes by taxi
35 minute walk
Bus Route (Ryde end is before the Pier)
Taxi Rank
Southampton to West Cowes25 minutesRed Funnel30 minutes by taxi
70 minutes on public transport
Bus Route
Taxi Rank
Train (Southampton end only via 10min bus)

There is also a chain ferry which crosses the River Medina between East and West Cowes. Both foot passengers and vehicles must pay a small fee, but its convenient location can mean avoiding congestion through the Islands administrative center, Newport.

Hovercraft Wightlink Ferry