We stayed in the Sir John Leigh bedroom which overlooks the back lawn. This is the room that has what appears to be a red panelled bathroom with claw foot tub. The panelling is actually faux wallpaper made to look like panelling, which I think is very clever. They provide candles if you are in the mood for a romantic candlelit bath. We enjoyed the Billiards room which boasts a full size snooker table, but beware, in the cold months the room is very chilly as they keep the heat off in rooms not used frequently. The warmer months is when you will see the true beauty of this place because the garden areas look so lovely. We'd love to come back for the walks and watch any tennis matches that might be happening on the grass courts. The hosts are both avid tennis players as well. The only letdown was perhaps the breakfast as it was geared towards Full English so both mornings we kept to just eggs and toast being non meat eaters. It would be nice to be offered a selection like pancakes, vege sausages, oatmeal, or smoked salmon even. Perhaps it would be different if you arranged something with this B&B in advanced? There was the usual assortment of cornflakes, granola and muesli with plain yoghurt. No fresh fruit was available but Christine made some stewed rhubarb to go with it. She also makes her own homemade marmalade which is available on each table. Keep in mind if the self-catering cottage is booked with a large group, they will spill over into the main building as well. We found this to be the case when a group of writers stayed there as well. They seemed to all camp out in the lounge. We felt we were intruding everytime we had to make our way through the lounge which is located near the entrance and we never found it completely empty to enjoy for ourselves. The only other thing that was a negative was that the front door was unlocked when we arrived and no key was provided to lock our room. So we were very trusting to leave our valuables in the room whilst we were away for the entire day and out for dinner both nights. Again, we didn't ask for a key, so maybe they will provide with one if you ask.
- Also Known As:
- NorthCourt Manor Shorwell, Isle Of Wight