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Westcourt Farm

REF NR: 838

Westcourt is an old Elizabethan Manor connected to a farm of 200 acres. It is noted as one of the loveliest old houses on the Island with a restful atmosphere which we are sure you will enjoy if you are able to stay with us. Westcourt is situated just outside the unspoilt village of Shorwell which nestles on the southwest side of the Island with rolling downs to the North and the English Channel to the South. 

The Bed and Breakfast accommodation at Westcourt comprises of two double rooms and one twin room, all of which are en-suite. The house is fully centrally heated.  All bedrooms are provided with colour TV and facilities for making tea and coffee. There is a comfortable dining room. We can arrange ferry bookings and tickets for our guests. Please ask for details.



For those who are interested in history in the Domesday records of 1086, West Court is called South Shorwell and North Court, North Shorwell. After the Norman Conquest, the Island was given to William Fitzosbern, kinsman of the Conqueror, and he, in turn rewarded many of his followers with gifts of Island land.  One of these was Gozelin Fitzazor, who was given several manors on the Island, including that of South Shorwell.  It became common practice amongst Norman landowners who settled on the Island to become known by the name of their possessions, and the Fitzadors became know as "de Insula". This later translated into "de l'Isle" and eventually became Lisle. The Lisle family are still connected with Wooton. The Lisle family remained at West Court until 1530.  Sir John Lisle built the East end of the present house in 1519.  His initials are carved on the spandrels of the inner porch.  During this period the land was farmed by tenants and in the early 1200's Robert Carpenter administered some of the "de Insula" lands. He wrote a manuscript handbook, (now at Cambridge University) describing his use of documents of administrative and judicial interest and a treatise on accountancy. The Dennis family held West Court from 1539 to 1717 but they lost it through failing to produce a son. The most notable of the Dennis family was Sir Edward who was Deputy Governor of the Island and a colleague of Sir John Oglander. It was possibly Sir Edwards' father Sir Thomas Dennis, who built the main part of the present manor house towards the end of the Elizabethan reign. During the latter part of the 16th century the manor house was occupied by Sir John Leigh until he bought North Court in 1586. The Russel family came to West Court in the 1900's as tenants when it was owned by North Court. They purchased it in the 1930's.

Situated at the entrance of the farm, Cart House is a self catering accommodation also available for our guests. The Cart House has been tastefully furnished and provides a spacious living/dining room with a vaulted, beamed ceiling.  The property is all ground floor with one twin bedroom and one double.  There is also a sofa bed in the lounge. The property has oil fired central heating throughout.  Power, fuel and bed linen are all inclusive. We regret we are unable to allow pets.Guests have access to their own enclosed garden with garden furniture. The Cart House is set on a working mixed farm on the edge of Shorwell, Isle of Wight. 

Shorwell, which is in easy walking distance of the self catering accommodation, is a delightfully unspoilt village with the church and pub at its centre. The Crown Inn at Shorwell is a short stroll away.

This is an ideal walking centre on the Island and we also have storage facilities for bicycles. There is an extensive network of bridleways for those who wish to venture off-road. Quiet sandy beaches are less than three miles away. Island Eye will help you find your way through the Island.

You can be assured of a warm welcome all year round.

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