The Village of Seaview on the North Eastern coast of the Island is not only where our office is based, but also where we have the highest concentration of holiday properties, just shy of 100 cottages. So why all the fuss over a tiny seafront sailing village that time forgot? Here’s some reasons why:
The Seaview Regatta - Once a year, the village becomes adorned with bunting and the streets are awash with red trousers. The Seaview Regatta week is the busiest and most popular week of the year. This is the mecca for all Seaview fans with traditional family village fun, games and competitions centred on the beach or in the sea, culminating in a spectacular firework display.
Walking and Jogging – The seafront from Seaview through to Ryde is a popular spot for runners in the summer mornings and evenings, and is always busy with walkers and cyclists throughout the day. The largely flat and wide pathway along the seafront starts at the Seaview Yacht Club and stretches 2.6 miles all the way to Ryde Pier. Along the way, you’ll pass Puckpool Park, Appley Park and Ryde boating lake. There’s plenty of cafes and places to stop and enjoy the surroundings along the way.
Exploring the beaches – There are a number of different beaches accessible from the Village, from the slightly rocky stretch starting at Puckpool, to the sandy and popular Seagrove Bay.
The High street leads down to steps and a slipway onto Seaview Bay, which joins up with Seagrove Bay. For those adventurous types, it is possible to walk all the way to St Helens, via the Priory Bay and then a bit of a climb through the woods to St Helens beach – Luckily there’s somewhere to get an ice cream and a drink at the end of the beach!
Rock pooling on the beach - The Island of Wight is famous for its sandy beaches, but there’s a great deal of fun to be found in the rockier areas of the Island. At low tide, the beaches at Seaview become a treasure trove of marine wildlife, where all sorts of small creatures can be discovered in the hundreds of rock pools left by the retreating tide. The rocks can be slippery though so be careful, or you’ll end up with wet feet.
Nature Watch – The area is teeming with coastal wildlife, and a perfect place to sit and observe some of the local wildlife is the Hersey Nature Reserve, on Seaview Duver just a few feet from the seafront. We have dozens of properties within a few minutes’ walk of the reserve. This is a very peaceful and little-known spot, tucked away from the main village.
Eating and drinking – The centre of the village has plenty to offer hungry explorers, and during the day, you’re spoilt for choice for somewhere to grab a bit to eat. Starting the top of the High Street, there’s Lilys Café, where we all get our morning coffee, then a few yards down the hill is the Seaview Deli, a great place to grab a sandwich or ice cream. Across the road from the Deli is the Seaview Hotel, featuring a Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded restaurant or bar food in the Naval or Pump Bar. The hotel also has a dining patio at the front with Sea views.
Further down the Hill and onto the seafront, you’ll find the Old Fort Pub, which is a favourite for staff lunches. This wonderfully nautical seafront pub has uninterrupted views of the Solent and serves great food all day long.
We have a delightful collection of self-catering cottages in Seaview to choose from.