We are very proud of our home in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. It offers a gentle and healthy lifestyle that is in keeping with our philosophy and our focus on natural beauty and wellbeing. From panoramic landscapes and iconic landmarks to beautiful beaches and charming villages, the Island is a treasure trove of stunning scenery. We've hand-picked just a few of our favourite Island gems to share with you – just click on the numbers on the map below to find out more.
Our Island gems
Ryde is a 10 to 15 minute crossing from either Portsmouth or Southsea in Hampshire and 90 minutes from London. View a map and directions.
Osborne House, Cowes
The Island's most iconic residence, Osborne House was acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1845 and soon became a welcoming holiday haven for the monarch. Visit this seaside palace today and delve into the opulence of an age gone by, with stately rooms lined with portraits, frescoes and marble sculptures and tributes to the British Empire. We love the Italianate gardens, which also boast a summer house, a museum, and a miniature fort and barracks.
english-heritage.org.uk+44 (0)1983 200 022
Our Island store, Ryde
We couldn't resist mentioning our very first Liz Earle store, located on Union Street in Ryde. Pop in and visit us, where Karla and her team will be happy to help you with your skincare queries and talk you through our full product range. And don't forget to join us for Cake Friday, every week from 2.00pm.
22 Union Street, Ryde
+44 (0)1983 813 980
Walk from Ryde to Seaview
The two-mile journey from Ryde to the quaint village of Seaview promises myriad charms for both experienced and novice walkers. Amble along the coastal path, soaking up memorable views of the Solent (particularly lovely at sunset) as you head towards Seaview, a nostalgic haven that boasts some of our favourite beaches.
Ventnor Haven Fishery, Ventnor Esplanade
Sample the freshest catch of the day as soon as it arrives at Ventnor Haven Fishery on owner Geoff Blake's boat. As well as purchasing lobster, crab, shellfish, plaice, sea bass, cod and more, you can enjoy our favourite seaside indulgence – the fishery's much celebrated sustainable fish and chips.
+44 (0)1983 852 176
Steephill Cove, Ventnor
Wonderfully secluded and often touted as the prettiest spot on the Island, Steephill Cove is a traditional fisherman's cove on a sandy beach. A far cry from the neon lights of typical seaside resorts, this soothing, sleepy retreat invites you to build sandcastles, feed the donkey and sample the exemplary fresh lobster (or a local crab pasty) while admiring the sunset.
Botanic Gardens, Ventnor
Ventnor Botanic Gardens exists in its own unique microclimate thanks to its sheltered location, protected by chalk downs. This means an unrivalled selection of tropical plants grow unprotected outdoors, allowing you to peruse the spectacular flora and fauna in the Americas, New Zealand and Australia gardens, as well as on the Mediterranean, Japanese and South African terraces. We always lunch at The Garden Café, renowned for its innovative seasonal dishes and decadent afternoon teas.
botanic.co.uk+44 (0)1983 855 397
St Catherine's Point and Lighthouse, near Ventnor
For stunning coastal views, head to the Island's most southerly point just five miles from Ventnor and close to the village of Niton. Take a tour of St Catherine's Lighthouse and climb the 94 steps of this landmark, which was built in 1838 following the loss of the Clarendon ship, and was subsequently bombed in the Second World War then restored. A quick drink at the nearby Buddle Inn is always on our itinerary.
Cliffs of Compton Bay, West Wight
We're sure you'll be captivated by the wild splendor of Compton Bay, a sandy stretch much loved by surfers and paragliders for its rugged high cliffs and tenacious waves. The perfect picnic location, it's also a great fossil-hunting spot – see if you can find the dinosaur footprints when the tide is low.
Newtown National Nature Reserve
Nature lovers won't forget a trip to our Island's ecological heart. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Newtown National Nature Reserve encompasses important habitats including mud-flats, salt marshes, ancient woodlands and meadows, as well as a breathtaking number of unusual birds, wildfowl and wild plants. We recommend a trip to the nearby Newtown too, which promises to inspire with its impressive ancient architecture.