Northcourt Manor bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation on the Isle of Wight offers a peaceful country atmosphere in a historic setting.

NorthCourt is a glorious Jacobean manor surrounded by fifteen acres of beautiful gardens, rising from the stream and walled kitchen gardens to the terraced walks, recognised nationally for their historic importance by English Heritage. It is ideal for those seeking a relaxing break in a comfortable heritage building,  surrounded by unspoilt countryside and beautiful coastline.

However please note that we are no longer taking stays of less than three nights, and have reduced our rooms to two rooms.


NorthCourt is situated on the south-west side of the Isle of Wight on the edge of the rural picturesque village of Shorwell. There is a local pub, church and village shop, all within 3-5 minutes walk. However as at October 2021 the pub is not serving evening meals.

The house nestles just below the Downs, two and a half miles from the sea and beaches, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It is an ideal location for walking and cycling holidays. One can walk up onto the Downs from the house in all directions and there are single track lanes down to the sea.

By car nowhere on the Isle of Wight is more than 35 minutes away. To the north one can visit Carisbrooke Castle at Newport and Osborne House at Cowes. Ventnor Botanic Gardens are to the east and to the west there are Mottistone Manor, Compton Beach, Dimbola photographic museum and the Needles, all within 25 minutes.


NorthCourt,the largest of the Island’s Jacobean manor houses on the Isle of Wight was built in 1615 on the site of a monastic building, dating back to the 13th century. The present house was built by Sir John Leigh , a deputy governor of the Isle of Wight. It passed through onto to Sir Henry Percy Gordon, who greatly enlarged the estate, with five farms stretching to around 2500 acres. He was the Uncle of Algernon Swinburne, the Victorian poet, who stayed frequently.
One of their daughters, Mary, married a neighbour of their Scottish Estate, General Robert Disney Leith, who later acquired the title of Lord Burgh.  John and Christine Harrison bought the house from cousins in 1984 and are restoring the house and gardens, making the gardens of national importance, and sharing the house and gardens with visitors. 


James and Katherine Harrison offer self catering in Little Northcourt, with seven bedrooms for up to 16 guests. Contact them on 01983740891.