The Royal Holiday Home
This is a remarkable home and worth visiting. The original building was an extended three-storey residence owned by the Blachford family. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first leased the building in 1844 and, just one year later, bought the property and immediately began to remodel and rebuild. The Queen engaged master builder Thomas Cubitt to advise on the Pavillion extension. The Pavillion would be the Royals’ private rooms and nurseries. In 1848, the second phase was completed, including the wing for the Royal household.
Just a few years later, the main wing was completed with pathways around the perimeter of the land and leading to a private beach. A Swiss-styled cottage was built for the Royal children just one mile to the East of the main building.
Queen Victoria died at the home she loved. The bottom floor and grounds were open to the public. However, it was not until 1954 that Queen Elizabeth II was permitted to unlock the private rooms of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
There is something for everyone at Osborne House. A visit inside the house provides a glimpse into royal life. Explore the private apartments and marvel at the grand reception rooms adorned with artwork and antique furniture from the Royal Collection.
The gardens are beautifully maintained, and children love to explore the Swiss Cottage and play on the same beach where the royal children learned to swim.
Visit the English Heritage website HERE for more information and tickets.