Towards the eastern end of the town of Ryde, Seaview is a village with unbeaten views across the sea and Solent. Here are some of our highlights…
The sea views of Seaview
Seaview by name, sea view by nature — this charming Edwardian resort on the north-eastern corner of the Isle of Wight is celebrated for its panoramic seaward viewpoints and vast sandy beaches. All year round, these remain two of Seaview’s greatest assets. What’s more, it’s just 20-minutes from our terminals – take the car over to Fishbourne or hop on a bus from Ryde after crossing on our FastCat passenger service.
From the beach of Springvale, you can see straight across the Solent to Portsmouth, with the Spinnaker Tower and the Solent Forts dominating the skyline.
Dining and sleeping at the Seaview Hotel
With a restaurant described as ‘a class act’ by The Times and a range of rooms in a quaint building which was once a bank, accommodation doesn’t get better than the Seaview Hotel.
The hotel’s kitchen strives to keep as much of their menu based on local Isle of Wight produce as possible. There’s a focus on fish and seafood, with a quality selection of meat, plus vegetarian choices. You’ll fall in love with the relaxed informal atmosphere of the restaurant, traditional pub and cosy lounges.
Expect an equally indulgent experience in the hotel rooms, too, with linen-lined beds, fluffy towels, TVs, slippers and bathrobes, and plenty of fine details to make your stay enjoyable and memorable.
One of the rooms in the old bank building harks back to its roots as a Lloyd’s banking hall — it was, in fact, once voted the prettiest bank in England. This suite comprises an open-plan lounge and dining area, separated by the original banking counter. The master bedroom was once the bank manager’s office, and a second bunk bedroom once housed the vault itself.
Journey inland a little bit and you’ll discover Puckpool Park tucked away within a former Victorian fortification battery. Here, you’ll find an 18-hole putting green, a 15-hole crazy golf course, two tennis courts, and three bowling greens. You can spend the whole day getting active and having fun in historic surroundings dating back to 1865!
And, of course, Seaview is perfectly suited for watersports, with beaches making for ideal launch platforms for boats. The Sea View Yacht Club is home to the Seaview Mermaids, who welcome over 2,000 guest sailors every year.
If you don’t yet have your sea legs, look out for the annual Seaview Regatta – it’s quite a spectacle. Expect traditional family village fun, games and competitions too.
Seagrove Beach is the best spot for swimming, with gently-sloping golden sands that also accommodate a number of other waterborne activities.
Getting close to Seaview’s nature
Seaview’s beaches boast perfect conditions for rockpooling. When the tide goes out, a treasure trove of marine wildlife is revealed, where the whole family can inspect tiny sea creatures with amazement.
Head onto Duver Road and find the Alan Hersey Nature Reserve; the prime place to spot coastal birds, from the Mediterranean gull and the Sandwich tern to the dark-bellied brent goose and the Eurasian teal.
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