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“A little cottage by the sea”
Review of Osborne House

Osborne House
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US$43.04*
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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 27 June 2018

I'm a huge fan of the current series "Victoria" so it was a real treat to walk through their summer home to see how they lived. I took the elevator to see the top floors. The dinning room is a must see with it's India influenced decor and the amazing dinner set.

My favourite was the personal bathing chambers though. Both she and Albert either used a ladder or were picked up and lifted into the very deep tubs.

1  Thank OntarioTrekker
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

The house is as you would expect from such an historic history of the Royal Family.
If you are a bit unsure of walking or unstable then use the lifts which are available.
Lots to see and enjoy about life in a royal palace.

The grounds are so inviting and go down to the sea where the bathing carriage is sited.
But even more the grounds have lots of places for children to enjoy. So very good.

Thank LangleyCharles
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

A visit is a must. A wonderful experience. Disabled friendly. Use of lift with staff very helpful. Only place in the house a disabled person can't reach is the nurseries upstairs. Pick up a free bus outside the house down to the private beach where a welcome cup of tea awaits at the beach side cafe. Return on bus back to house to pick up another free bus to the Swiss cottage, where queen Victoria's children played. Bus drivers were very pleasant and helpful.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Lovely place for a visit. Our driver down to the beach was excellent and very informative. The house has a slightly creepy atmosphere that I’m sure would be dispelled on a sunny day. The building didn’t take as long as expected to go around though and information was basic.

Thank wutheringwithen
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

An essential place to visit if you're on the Isle of Wight. Maintained by English Heritage, after being left to the nation by Queen Victoria's son, it's expensive to visit if you're not an EH member or Art Fund member. That said, it's a lovely house, garden and estate in a beautiful setting overlooking the Solent to Portsmouth. The Durbar room has to be the highlight of the house. The terrace gardens and walled garden are pretty. You can catch a courtesy minibus down to the beach and Swiss Cottage - we needed that given the heat today.

We ate in the Terrace Restaurant - a lovely setting and efficient staff. Not a huge choice of hot meals but adequate, and lots of salad options. Enjoyed my steak and vegetable pie. There are other cafes and places to grab food around the estate, or take your own picnic.

Free car parking available. Toilets at the main entrance were clean but the ones near the Terrace Restaurant less so (and a challenge to squeeze in and shut the door).

1  Thank Rachael C
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