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                                The beach at Appley , viewed from the stunning 'beach hut gardens', all                                                      just a couple of minutes walk from Seahaven.

James and Cheryl took over at Seahaven in 2008 after both giving up hectic lifestyles.

James enjoyed an award-winning career as a national sportswriter, covering major events ranging from football and cricket World Cups to Ryder Cup golf, Wimbledon tennis and horse racings showpiece, the Grand National.

Throw in Premier League football, the Tour de France, athletics, Superbikes, The Open Championship, ice hockey and rugby, life on the Isle of Wight provides welcome relief from full time deadlines.

James remains a prolific freelance writer for publications both here and, increasingly, abroad and is involved with the Bulldog Rescue charity who rescue and rehome mistreated bulldogs across the UK.

Cheryl enjoyed a successful career as a travel agent before coming to the island and remains the engine room of Seahaven. She has transformed this friendly, family-run Guest House with a lot of hard work and only a small team of helpers.

Cheryl has taken on several winter refurbishments at the Guest House, overseeing each one and often plunging in headfirst herself.

She is also a qualified child-minder and first aider with both, at times, coming in handy at Seahaven!

All About Our Service

Our aim is to offer a comfortable stay at a fair price -and ensure your day starts with a hearty breakfast.

We are fortunate  to be positioned on the edge of town (close to all bars restaurants and shops) yet with stunning sea views and just 100 yards from the beach.

Ryde itself  is the unofficial 'capital' of the island and is at the centre of the Isle of Wight Music Festival each year as well as the 'Bestival' and the famous Scooter Rally. It has a population of only 27,000 and is situated on the north-east coast regarded as the gateway to the IOW.

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 and 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, celebrating its 200th birthday in March 2014!


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. 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 harbourmaster 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.

Famous connections

  • Raymond Allen - TV screenwriter (Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em), attended Ryde Secondary Modern School.
  • William Booth - the founder of the Salvation Army spent the first part of his honeymoon in Ryde.
  • Pablo Fanque (1810-1871) - circus proprietor, equestrian, referenced in The Beatles song, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! performed in Ryde in 1840, and promoted the performances through advertisements in the Hampshire Advertiser.
  • Mark King - the Level 42 musician, originally from Gurnard, opened a pub, Joe Daflos, in Union Street, Ryde in the 1980s.
  • John Lennon and Paul McCartney - the title of the song "Ticket to Ride" was inspired by a trip they took to Ryde in the 1960s[6] supposedly visiting Paul’s cousin who worked in the Bow Bars public house in Union Street. McCartney also mentions the Isle of Wight in the song "When I'm Sixty-Four".
  • Karl Marx - visited Ryde for health reasons in the summer of 1874, staying in Nelson Street.
  • Anthony Minghella - the Hollywood director was born in Ryde in 1954. His parents ran a cafe in Ryde High Street.
  • Michael Sheard - actor (Mr Bronson in Grange Hill; Star Wars) lived in Ryde and died there in 2005.
  • M. J. Trow - military historian and detective fiction writer, taught history and politics at Ryde High School.



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               Seahaven's Breakfast room overlooking the pier and (below) a                                  view of the Guest House taken from a boat!

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