Isle of Wight holiday cottages must see – Northcourt House
Congratulations to Northcourt on 400 years!
Northcourt House is the illustrious neighbour of Brookside Cottage (our holiday cottage in Shorwell). Northcourt is the largest of the island’s Jacobean manor houses, built in 1615 on the site of a monastic building, dating back to the 13th century. The present house was started by Sir John Leigh, a deputy governor of the Isle of Wight. The manor was purchased by the Harrison family in 1962 and they have been restoring the beautiful house and gardens ever since. We were privileged to hold our wedding reception there in 2009 so lots of happy memories for us.
The 15 acre, glorious garden enjoys a very special microclimate which enables the Harrisons to grow around 4,000 different plant varieties from around the world from subtropical plantings of exotic palms and bananas to bog loving primulas, arums, and Mediterranean plants.
There is lots going on to celebrate 400 years, including regular Wednesday afternoon openings with special talks/tours starting at 3pm (proceeds going to charity):
- 10 June – walled kitchen garden
- 24 June – plants of the 21st century
- 8 July – looking at the present and the future
The gardens are also open on 3 June, 17 June and 1 July at 14.30-16.30, without any talk guaranteed, or bookings required.