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. The short boat journey is part of what makes our location special – the Island moves at a slower pace.

Wightsands and Appleysands are 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 DurationService OperatorTime to Holiday Let
Portsmouth to Fishbourne45 minsWightlink15 mins by car
Southampton to East Cowes55 minsRed Funnel25 mins by car
Lymington to Yarmouth40 minsWightlink40 mins by car

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 DurationService OperatorTime to Holiday LetConnections
Southsea to Ryde10 minsHovertravel5 mins by taxi
25 min walk
Bus Route
Taxi Rank (Southsea end collection only)
Portsmouth to Ryde Pier20 minsWightlink10 mins by taxi
35 min walk
Bus Route (Ryde end is before the Pier)
Taxi Rank
Southampton to West Cowes25 minsRed Funnel30 mins by taxi
70 mins 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 Location