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If you've paid a visit to the Isle of Wight, you'll know that it's a real contrast to other parts of the UK; easy to get around, drop-dead beautiful and a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life! Perhaps that's why then, that in 1845, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert chose to build a private family home here. Named Osborne House, their grand creation was destined to become a regal retreat away from the pressures of London. And now, over 100 years later, the English Heritage has opened Osborne House to the public, so you can enjoy the majestic delights of this former royal residence all for yourself. Why not pay this glorious abode a visit on your next cottage holiday to the Isle of Wight?
So much to see and do in an Isle of Wight cottage near Osborne
Explore the numerous private family rooms of Osborne House, from the cosy nursery where Victoria's nine children were raised, to the grand drawing room where the Queen's guests would retire to after dinner to enjoy a spot of charades. If you tire of the house's illustrious interior, take a step into the garden. Curated by Prince Albert and the Queen herself, the garden of Osborne House is a stirring reminder of the couple's fashionable taste. Stroll through the tree lined Valley Path and find Queen Victoria's private beach, Osborne Bay, complete with The Alcove, the Queen's private viewing booth, where she enjoyed views across the stunning strait of Solent. Can you imagine a prettier spot for a cottage holiday?
Discover Osborne House on Isle of Wight cottage holiday
There's no better way to enjoy a holiday on the Isle of Wight than with a self-catering holiday cottage. We've a superb range of Isle of Wight Cottages, perfectly placed for ambles on the beach, lunch in one of the Isle of Wight's charismatic seaside towns or a day-trip to Osborne House. The English Heritage site is open 7 days a week between 10am- 6pm, and includes refreshment venues and picnic areas, so you can really make a day out of your trip to this compelling royal retreat.
If you want to go even further back in time on your Isle of
Wight cottage holiday, visit Carisbrooke
Castle. A mere 6 miles from Osborne House, this 12th century
structure offers visitors a much murkier peep into the island's