This image was taken by me 35 minutes walk from Northcourt. For more of my images see https://www.flickr.com/photos/127929139@N04/sets/72157662857972160

NorthCourt is situated on the south-west side of the Isle of Wight on the edge of the small quiet picturesque rural village of Shorwell. It is an ancient parish with well preserved historical heritage and is graced by a twelfth century church, St Peters.

When approaching from Newport, the drive is at the bottom of a steep hill on right as you enter the village; or if approaching from  Brighstone, after passing the Shorwell village shop, the drive is accessed on a bend on the left. The postcode PO30 3JG can be used on sat navs to find us – although be warned, as it has been known to take visitors through a ford in Carisbrooke!

The Crown Inn, Shorwell, is where most guests eat on the first evening. It is just a five minute walk through the garden. There are also many other places to eat within a 20 minute drive. see recommendations places and ferries on our “offers and news ” page.

The house nestles below the Downs, two and a half miles from the sea in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is an ideal location for walking and cycling holidays. One can walk or cycle up onto the Downs from the house, or follow the Shepherds trail 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 Garden is to the east and to the west there is Mottistone Manor, Compton Beach, Dimbola photographic museum and the Needles, all within 25 minutes.

How to find us


Lymington to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight (car / bicycle / foot passenger)
30 minutes by ferry 20 minutes drive from Yarmouth to NorthCourt or 35 minutes by Southern Vectis bus number 12 via Freshwater.  By foot there is a 12 mile glorious walk over the Downs.
Portsmouth to Fishbourne, Isle of Wight (car / bicycle / foot passenger)
40 minute ferry crossing, 30 minutes drive from Fishbourne to NorthCourt
Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head (bicycle and foot passenger only)
22 minutes crossing on cat, 35 minutes drive to NorthCourt

Red Funnel

Southampton to East Cowes, Isle of Wight (car / bicycle / foot passenger)
An hour by ferry 25 minutes drive from East Cowes to NorthCourt
Southampton to West Cowes, Isle of Wight (foot passenger only)
23 minutes by catamaran, 20 minute drive to NorthCourt


Southsea (Portsmouth) to Ryde (foot passenger only)
10 minutes by hovercraft, 35 minutes drive from Ryde to NorthCourt


Southern Vectis www.islandbuses.info/
Bus no.12 takes you to our gate or to the Crown starting  from Newport. There are buses every 10-15 minutes from Cowes and Ryde to Newport.  

Cycle hire www.wightcyclehire.co.uk/
Car hire www.iowight.com/esplanade/

Walking http://www.ramblers.org.uk/INFO/paths/isleofwightcoastal.html