Ryde, Isle Of Wight

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Bedrooms: 8
Solent House is a fine Regency property constructed in circa 1860, which has been comprehensively refurbished over recent years to provide a beautifully presented and attractive family home. Comprising an impressive four bedroom house with four ensuite bathrooms and elegant and well-proportioned reception rooms in addition to a wing incorporating two self-contained two bedroom apartments, as well as workshop, gardens and woodland extending to approximately 2.4 acres.

The house is constructed of brick elevations, sandstone sills and lintels with an array of beautiful period features throughout, including original stained glass, high ceilings, period coving and original flooring in a number of the reception rooms in addition to a grand staircase with hand-carved banister. The ground and first floor apartments are typically used for visiting friends and family, however they are often let on a Holiday let basis and currently yield a return of £30,000 per year with scope to increase. Both offering there own dedicated entrance and parking with outdoor space with a shared enclosed garden and enclosed courtyard area for the bottom apartment.

Adjacent is Beechwood Cottage, formerly the gardeners cottage, a three bedroom charming property set within its own gardens with Solent glimpse and ideal for holiday and long term letting and is included within the sale.

The amenities of Ryde including a range of shops, restaurants and fast passenger ferry links to the mainland are all within easy reach. The FastCat provides a 15 minute crossing direct to Portsmouth mainline rail station with frequent trains to London Waterloo. The well-regarded independent school Ryde School is within walking distance. Ryde also has a small marina; excellent sandy beach whilst nearby Seaview offers sailing facilities.




The house is entered beneath a magnificent arched portico with colourful tiling inset and on the floor with a pair of timber doors beneath a stained-glass fanlight. Beyond the entrance hall is a vestibule with further stained-glass fanlight over a pair of timber doors with original Minton tiled flooring and plenty of space for hanging coats and cloaks.


A huge space in the heart of the house with patterned tiled floors and an open fireplace with red metro tile surround.


A good-sized room with original shutters and open fireplace incorporating a marble surround and ironwork inset. Alcove shelving to each side.

Sitting Room

A stunning bright room of excellent proportions with deep bay window with original shutters overlooking the garden and high uPVC sash casement windows on dual aspect. Deep skirting boards are common among the rest of the house, but this room offers intricate coving around the ceiling in addition to matching pelmets and wall and ceiling lighting.

Dining Room

An excellent entertaining space off the kitchen with a large open fireplace with marble column surround as well as an alcove to one end with walk-in pantry cupboard.

Garden Room

A useful room with excellent views over the garden.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

With plenty of light and a garden outlook, this is an attractive room and benefits from the original tiled floors in addition to high ceilings and a full range of under-counter and wall-mounted storage units incorporating Corian tops, kitchen island and sink with mixer tap over. Bosch integrated dishwasher and fridge freezer and integrated washing machine and tumble dryer.


With wall-hung cistern and pedestal wash basin.


Stairs down to a cavernous area for food and fuel storage bays in addition to a large room which houses a commercial grade heating system incorporating a set of pressured water tanks and there is also an external loading door.


A wide set of stairs gently rise to a half landing and onto a substantial galleried landing and access to all rooms. There is also access to the top floor annexed flat providing a convenient link should more accommodation for the main house be required.

Utility Room

Space and plumbing for washing machines and shelving for linen and bedding.

Seperate W.C. Door to Loft storage room and further stairs to attic on the second floor

Bedroom 4

Double bedroom overlooking the front and ensuite shower room with shower, pedestal was basin, W.C. and heated towel rail.

Bedroom 1

With huge proportions, this light and dual aspect bedroom overlooks the gardens. With high ceilings, picture rails, deep skirting and also an ensuite bathroom with freestanding oval bath, vanity unit wash basin, illuminated mirror, shower and W.C.

Bedroom 2

Another generous double bedroom with wood flooring and double doors out onto a balcony. Ensuite bathroom comprising shower, pedestal wash basin, heated towel rail and W.C.

Bedroom 3

A substantial double bedroom with ensuite bathroom comprising 'P' shaped bath with electric shower over, pedestal wash basin, heated towel rail and W.C.


The grounds to Solent House are extensive with gardens extending to 1.9 acres. A gravelled driveway sweeps around to the front where there is parking for several cars. There is also dedicated parking for the flats. Discreetly hidden behind the garage and within the trees are a number of shipping containers roofed in the middle to provide a labyrinth of workshops/stores which have three phase power and lighting, integral roofing and lockable doors. To the side and rear gardens extend into mature woodland with a large gravelled area to the back of the house for entertaining. To the far end of the lawn is a pond which is naturally grown attracting a plethora of wildlife with a further range of beautiful walks to be enjoyed among the deciduous and coniferous mix woodland. A large fir has been laced with colour lighting which is ideal at Christmas. A further range of out buildings include a shed, summer house, ruins and a small folly styled Victorian chapel.

Ancillary Accommodation

Off the eastern elevation is a two-storey annexe, which comprises of two, two bedroom apartments with an excellent quality of accommodation ideal for holiday or long term letting. They both have dedicated entrances and one enjoys a rear courtyard adjacent to the main garden. The top apartment has direct but lockable access from the house allowing for a larger balance of rooms should it be required.

Beechwood Cottage

Beechwood Cottage is a charming period property built it was believed for the gardener of the neighbouring Solent House, situated within particularly private and tree lined gardens extending in all to half an acre. The cottage has plenty of character with red brick elevations beneath a tiled roof and sitting at the rear of the plot where splendid garden views can be enjoyed from all principal rooms including views to The Solent.


Ground Floor


Porch with stained glass fanlight opens to;

Open-plan Kitchen and Dining Room

With vaulted ceilings and Velux window. The kitchen is well equipped with a comprehensive range of under-counter and wall-mounted storage units incorporating a stainless steel sink with mixer tap over, four ring ceramic hob, oven with extractor over in addition to built-in washing machine, fridge and freezer.

Sitting Room

Dual aspect room with doors onto the garden and ornate store fireplace.

Bedroom 3

With garden views.

Shower Room

With shower, vanity unit wash basin, mirror with lighting, heated towel rail and W.C.

First Floor

Stairs rise to a first floor with two double bedrooms, both are good sized with garden outlook in addition to a shower room with pedestal wash basin, heated towel rail, illuminated mirror, shower and W.C.


Siting within a walled and tree lined garden Beachwood Cottage has a wonderfully green and private setting. The gardens are largely laid to lawn with a well-stocked bed running along the rear wall. There is plenty of parking and outdoor entertaining space with a large paved terrace.

Services Mains electricity and water. Heating is provided by gas-fired boiler and delivered via radiators. Drainage is to a private septic tank. Services for Solent House and the cottage are combined.

Tenancy Both properties are offered as Freehold


All viewings will be strictly by prior arrangement with the sole selling agents Spence Willard.


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Important Notice

1. Particulars: These particulars are not an offer or contract, nor part of one. You should not rely on statements by Spence Willard in the particulars or by word of mouth or in writing ("information") as being factually accurate about the property, its condition or its value. Neither Spence Willard nor any joint agent has any authority to make any representations about the property, and accordingly any information given is entirely without responsibility on the part of the agents, seller(s) or lessor(s). 2. Photos etc: The photographs show only certain parts of the property as they appeared at the time they were taken. Areas, measurements and distances given are approximate only. 3. Regulations etc: Any reference to alterations to, or use of, any part of the property does not mean that any necessary planning, building regulations or other consent has been obtained. A buyer or lessee must find out by inspection or in other ways that these matters have been properly dealt with and that all information is correct. 4. VAT: The VAT position relating to the property may change without notice.

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