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Garden openings 2016


We open for the national gardens scheme on Sunday may 8th 12.30 to 17.00.

Clarks shoes chose us for the Spring catalogue photoshoot for two days.  The story line was for a country house weekend. Look out for images of Northcourt

in Clark's shops now. You may just see our stone steps and some shoes. look at .


Wildfitness ( have chosen us as their first UK location to start running their helathy living courses at Northcourt. ( see Sunday Observer supplement 5th February 2012). The next course is July 9th


BBC Countryfile. The team stayed with us in January to film Countryfile of the Isle of Wight ( Sunday 12th February).

Bed and breakfast reviews: What one visitor said ( taken from Tripadvisor)(

"What a surprise when we arrived; expecting Osbourne House to be the highlight of our visit we were not prepared for the magnificence of this Jacobean mansion, which looks every inch as if it should be included in a National Trust or English Heritage handbook. John and Christine are passionate about their house and garden and have prepared a fascinating history of both, which is really worth reading. We were encouraged to explore the 15 acres and could only marvel at John's unswerving dedication to all things green. We were treated to a Harrison family friendly tennis game on the lawn on Friday afternoon (I don't think they spotted us!) and we felt as if we'd been invited to a weekend house party 'Jeeves and Wooster' style! Our suite (Lady Gordon Room) was massive and extremely comfortable but more surprisingly, given the height of the ceilings and the original oak mullioned single-glazed windows, toasty and warm (especially appreciated by me). The piping hot water was plentiful enough even for the huge roll top bath, and the window shutters kept out any drafts and all of the light, meaning I was blissfully unaware of the presence of daylight and subsequently the last to breakfast every morning. We are grateful to John and Christine for the information about the local concert on Saturday evening, which was excellent; and also for allowing Robert, who is a talented musician, to play their beautiful and rare 18th century chamber organ, which resides in their hallway (well, doesn't everyone's?). This was our first visit to the Isle of Wight and there were other delights we enjoyed during our stay although 'the North Court experience' threatens to eclipse them all. "

Bed and breakfast. Sorry due to a high level of bookings we have no offers . So that you are not disappointed we advise booking at least 2 months in advance in peak weekends. My photo gallery

Our latest Tripadvsor review :

“A wonderful old world experience”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 12 October 2012


We only had a few days away on holiday and knew that at this time of year we couldn't guarantee good weather on the Isle of Wight so I really wanted to stay somewhere interesting and comfortable and after checking the reviews on Trip Advisor took a chance on Northcourt Manor.

It was wonderful! The house is really old but John and Christine have been restoring it with care and attention and it is warm, clean and comfortable whilst retaining many period features and charm.

We stayed in the General Gordon room which was probably bigger than our entire flat!! The bed was huge and comfortable with a thick feather duvet, the arm chairs were cosy and there was room enough to do a cartwheel across the room if we had felt so inclined. The bathroom was equally spacious with a rolltop bath in the middle big enough for two which we of course tested and enjoyed after a day out walking!

A large part of the rest of the house is open for exploration with a billiard room full of old books, the music room where you can also play table tennis and a sitting room with a log burner and comfy sofas.

The garden is beautiful with lots of nooks and crannies to explore and at the other end is the local pub which produces really good quality meals. John and Christine are also more than happy to advise on local sights, walking routes and places to eat - where to go and where to avoid.

You can stay at cheaper B&Bs on the island but you can also spend a lot more and I'm not sure for the same money you will get anything like the quality of experience that you will get at Northcourt. I have already been recommending it to friends and will be going back again in the future I am sure

And another :

"Our stay at Northcourt definitely exceeded our expectations. I agree with all the comments below so would recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful hideaway in a beautiful historic house with absolutely gorgeous romantic gardens. Accommodation on the Isle of Wight does tend to be a little dated but Northcourt is traditional & authentic and we were not at all disappointed. We appreciated the little extras that not all B&B's provide - fresh flowers from the garden, candles in the bathroom and fruit from the garden at breakfast which in our case were raspberries & blackcurrents. Christine & John obviously work extremely hard to keep the house & garden looking as wonderful as they do but are at the same time welcoming & helpful."


Self-catering.  The West wing is operated now by our son and his wife through Northcourt House holidays and events- see

and can now fit 16 with children . .  . See our availability chart. For large groups of over 14 we can add extra rooms, or wings . Please enquire.

Shooting parties. We have enjoyed hosting four shooting parties last year. If you want accommodation for a shooting partyon the Isle of Wight, we can do special rates and evening meals.

Waitrose have opened on the Island at East Cowes and can do free delivery. A big bonus to IW residents.

Garden openings.  Please see for latest gallery. Next opening is may 13  from 14.30 hrs.The National Gardens Scheme on May 10th raised £1300 . Group visits for 2015 welcome.  From £7 including talk and tea/coffee/cakes.


 Heating. For two years now we have heated the house with wood pellets, so we are green ! and very warm.

 Group visits.

We are very happy to have groups visit to view the garden and /or house-either day groups or special interest groups and will apply group discounts.


Shorwell Midsummer Fair. This will be on Saturday 18th June 2016 from 13.30. It is organised by the Shorwell Midsummer Fair committee, but no commercial stalls allowed.- see for midsummer fair photos June 19th 2010. The fair raised over £8000 in 2016.


 WEDDING RECEPTIONS. Please note we do not have a civil license for weddings. We just provide a location for receptions. , but we do not have receptions in school summer holidays and avoid bank holidays. Any reception requires you to guarantee guests taking a minium number of rooms for a minimum of two nights on a b&b and/or self-catered basis. This allows exclusive use.



Groups for 2015, included a Morgan rally We have string quartet tuition weekend booked for September 10th, if you want to join. For 2012 we started with a 4 day bridge party  . Why not put together your own bridge party ?  and in 2013 we had a Burns night.

This is what they had to say on Tripadvisor "

“Great place for a large group to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 15 February 2012

Sixteen of us stayed in February for a four night bridge break and it was a great success. Rather like staying in a stately home with genial hosts, John and Christine made sure we were very comfortable and we had the house to ourselves. All rooms were en-suite and were mostly very large, Although we stayed on a bed and breakfast basis (brilliant breakfasts) there were two additional kitchens for self-catering or the pub was just three minutes away, where we had a bar to ourselves as well. Although we stayed the coldest week of the year, we hardly noticed as the heating was turned up and two wood burners and an open fire blazed. The enormous lounge seated everyone comfortably and still had room for four bridge tables. Centrally situated on the island, everywhere is just a few minutes away and public footpaths are everywhere.
I would thoroughly recommend North Court for a large group of friends for a celebration or - a bridge break!

Room Tip: General Gordon or Lady Gordon probably the best but several others very desireable

60th birthday parties. We had 3 60th parties in 2015,and three 80th. It is a perfect place for celebrations.

 Concerts at Wolverton Manor. see  for programme of concerts at our neighbouring manor.

 Northcourt Stables . We have had planning granted for  residential courses in the stables and restoration of the building and kitchen garden. The plans are available on the Isle of Wight council website under Due to high costs of renovation and conditions to be satisfied, we are not yet in a position to proceed. However we have built a cottage on footprint of old glasshouses and replaced one glass house for which we received the top IW RIBA award.

Sunken rose garden

Please click any one of the pictures
to see a slideshow gallery

View from North wing
View from North wing

Early rose
Early rose


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