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“Absolutely stunning”
Review of Osborne House

Osborne House
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US$47.16*
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Former retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (circa 1845) still retains a large collection of the royal couple's possessions, art work and photographs. Also home to the Swiss Cottage for Victoria's children, and the private beach and bathing machine.
Reviewed 15 June 2014

I went for a week to Isle of Wight and an excursion to Osborne House was included.
The house is huge and has some lovely rooms. There are many stairs to climb, however there is a lift for those that cannot manage the stairs.
Some of the chandeliers were huge. Don't think I have a favourite room, though was excited to go down the stairs to where the servants shall have worked very hard.
The room where Queen Victoria died still has the bed in which she died. It was all very interesting. There were information boards in every room.
It was very hot the day I visited so found myself rushing round the house. Photos cannot be taken in the house, however the gift shop sells a booklet with pictures in as well as information.
The grounds were immaculately kept, there were some plants for sale near the gift shop, I would have liked to have bought some but being on a coach would have been difficult.
Queen Victorias private beach can be reached by either walking or catch a mini bus from the house. I caught the mini bus going. There are a couple of wooden benches where it has a little board saying mini bus stop.
Once at the beach there is like a cricket pavilion, it's a cafe, sells tea, biscuits, cakes and ice cream. Toilets are in there too.
There are deck chairs so you can sit and sunbathe. There's also the beach hut machine there, that Queen Victoria used to change in. Though the door was shut, there is suppose to be a toilet in it too.
After refreshments (which are not cheap) I decided to walk back to the house. Missing the Swiss Cottage out as too the Ice house.
I would take a picnic and drinks as this would be better then paying for the expensive food and drink.
In the gift shop there are jams/chutneys/wines/gifts and toys.
I can see why Queen Victoria and Prince Albert holidayed there. It's lovely.

Thank ladylouie
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Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

Historical buffs will love this place.it is a good half day out if you go to the swiss children's chalet and visit the beach area.however I could not recommend having something to eat and drink in the cafe unless you take out a second mortgage.

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Osborne House is well worth a visit, Really well thought out tour and very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Worth walking down to the beach too for an ice cream on a nice day. Beautiful house and the furniture and décor is amazing. Highly recommended

1  Thank Kim D
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

English Heritage signing is so discreet ii is unhelpful and needs a rethink. Otherwise Osborne a great place to visit.

Thank Peter W
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Osborne House, is no Chatsworth or Palace of Versailles in terms of it's architecture (in my opinion) but once you get inside the facade, there are some really exquisite pieces of furniture, ornaments and decorative features which make Osborne House a real home.
There are also extensive grounds to explore and I would particularly recommend a stroll down to the beach to buy yourself an ice cream and sit in the free deck chairs provided to look across the Solent and take in the atmosphere which is stunning. On your way back up from the beach you must pop into the Swiss Cottage to see all of the historical artefacts on display dating back to the 1880's when Victoria & Albert and their 9 children lived at Osborne House. Without doubt this is the No 1 Historical Attraction on the IOW and probably one of the jewels in the English Heritage crown of properties under their stewardship. Highly recommended

1  Thank David L
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