If there is one thing the Island seems to have rather a lot of it’s manor houses and luckily for the discerning visitor many offer fabulous B&B deals. From Elizabethan and Jacobean to Georgian and of course Victorian, there are some that even date back to the Doomsday Book and beyond.
For a stunning example of Jacobean architecture surrounded by fifteen acres of beautiful gardens, Northcourt Manor in Shorwell on the south side of the Island offers oodles of period character.
Or maybe Arreton Manor located in the fertile Arreton valley appeals with its Tudor knot gardens, Elizabethan style terraces and Tudor décor in the East Wing accommodation? Though early Jacobean in architecture parts of the manor date as early as 872 as noted in the Doomsday Book.
Another manor boasting a prestigious history dating back over a thousand years and recorded in the Doomsday Book is Gotten Manor nestled at the foot of St Catherine’s Down. Here you can experience the unique and beautifully renovated The Old House, which has lime washed walls, exposed beams, wooden floors, Persian rugs and cast iron freestanding baths within the rooms.
Interestingly all three offer amazing locally sourced and homemade breakfasts – in fact they are worth a visit for the breakfast alone. So why not step back in time and enjoy some time away soaking up the character of these grand historic houses.