An ideal base for you to explore the our beautiful Island Newbarn lies in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty  to the south of the small hamlet of Gatcombe in a secluded valley below the wooded slopes of the chalk downs which form the backbone of the island. Although consisting of only a handful of cottages, Gatcombe once had its own school and watermill (now derelict) and still has a fine 13th century church, originally the private chapel of the Lord of the manor Gatcombe. Sheltered by the woods of Gatcombe Park the church has benefited from many alterations over the centuries, so little of the original remains apart from the front and some intriguing legends.

From this ideal location all parts of the island are easily reached by car. Whether you love sandy beaches, spectacular scenery or the peace of a nature reserve, you can be there within 30 minutes. For those who enjoy walking Carisbrooke Castle is less than 3 miles to the north along the Shepherds Trail and many other walks can be started here, some enjoying spectacular views over the island and south coast of Dorset and Hampshire.

While the island is a walkers paradise with an   extensive, well marked network it is also a Mecca for cyclists and mountain bikers. Many other Activitiesare catered for locally including horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, sailing, golf and even ghost walks. More extreme sports such as para-gliding and water sports are also available. Although we enjoy a peaceful and tranquil location the islands capital town of Newport is only 3 miles away with various supermarkets and chain stores.

All three cottages are ground floor only with only a few steps, and with parking adjacent to each cottage are suitable for the elderly.

Parlour Cottage – Sleeps 6

Parlour is the largest of the cottages for larger families (why not bring granny and grandpa?).

It has three bedrooms, one with 3ft twin beds, one double with cot and children’s room with 3ft bunk beds.

The large kitchen is a dream with pine units, large pine table and ample seating and colour TV. Fully equipped with oven, hob, microwave, washer/dryer, fridge and freezer.

There is a separate comfortable lounge with colour TV, leading onto an enclosed patio.

The main bathroom has a shower over the bath and there is a second shower room with W.C. and hand basin off the living area.

Full oil fired central heating. Ample parking.


Stable Cottage – Sleeps 4

The Stable, originally horse stables and coach house, was the first conversion, being completed in 1994.

Completely on ground level, with only two steps and parking close to main entrance, it is suitable for the elderly, partially disabled or young families.

Accommodation is in one double room with en-suite shower and one twin bedded room with adjoining bathroom.

The large kitchen/living room leads onto an enclosed patio.

The kitchen is fully equipped with extensive range of units, oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, etc. Heating by night storage heaters.


Dairy Cottage – Sleeps 4

Dairy is a charming cottage, ideal for a small family, two couples or that special anniversary.

There are two bedrooms, one double with large en-suite shower room, the other with full sized twin beds and en-suite bathroom.

The cosy living room/kitchen is fully equipped with oven, hob microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and, of course, colour TV.

All the rooms open onto a very large enclosed patio with table and chairs. For those cooler days full oil fired central heating is included.



Children of all ages are welcome.

In the interests of hygiene and asthma sufferers, we do not allow pets in any of the cottages. We also have a no smoking policy within the cottages. To allow time for cleaning to the high standard we endeavour to maintain, we ask guests to vacate the cottage by 10.00am on day of departure, and not to arrive before 3.30 pm

We consistently achieve the Enjoy England 4 star rating for all three cottages and offer the discerning visitor old fashioned hospitality in peaceful surroundings. We hope that should you decide to take your holiday with us, you too will love the cottage and the surrounding area.

We look forward to welcoming you to Newbarn Country Cottages




Newbarn Farm, Newbarn Lane Shorwell Isle of Wight PO30 3EQ



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