Gentle streams amble past thatched cottages and a graceful church in the village of Shorwell. This peaceful community lies near the Isle of Wight’s southwest coast, six miles south of Newport. If you are looking for a picturesque base from which to explore the island, a holiday cottage in Shorwell is hard to beat. Within a few miles of the village, you will discover sweeping, sandy beaches and towering cliffs, famous for their dinosaur fossils. Shorwell was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite places to visit and, as you explore the village’s sleepy streets, it is easy to see why. In the heart of the Shorwell, you will find the 12th century church of St Peter and the Crown Inn, a lively 17th century pub with a garden, trout pond and menu of pub classics. The land surrounding Shorwell is unusually hilly by the island’s standards, and backs on to the chalk downs which lead to the bays of Chale and Compton. There are three Jacobean manor houses in Shorwell: Wolverton, Westcourt and Northcourt, which was built in 1615 and has a lovely spring, Shor Well, which feeds a stream before it joins Buddle Brook.

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Northcourt House is a large Isle of Wight holiday home on the edge of the picturesque village of Shorwell. This pet friendly Grade II-listed Jacobean Manor House set in 15-acres of rural splendour offers sublime group accommodation for 36 guests in 2 wings of the Manor.

Self-catering holidays in Shorwell would be incomplete without visiting Northcourt, which is surrounded by stunning gardens with stone bridges over trickling streams, woodland walks and distant sea views. Just to the south of Shorwell, Brighstone Bay is a glorious five-mile stretch of sand and shingle where fossils are often found. Holiday cottages in Shorwell are ideally located for exploring the Isle of Wight. A ten-minute drive northward, Newport is a delightful town full of elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture. In the maze of narrow streets by the banks of the River Medina, you will discover a pair of pretty squares, markets, independent shops and some of the island’s best restaurants.