Garden openings 2017

We open for the national gardens scheme on Sunday may 7th 12.30 to 17.00.

The Shorwell Midusmmer fair is on Saturday June 17th at 13.30.


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. ”


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.


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 17th June 2017 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.


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.