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Osborne House, East Cowes

Glamour, grace, and elegance are the words that spring to mind in relation to Osborne House, a sprawling Victorian mansion set against the backdrop of the Isle of Wight’s lush pastureland. Once a royal retreat, the building was designed in the style of an Italian Renaissance palace by Prince Albert himself. It remains well-known for being the place where Queen Victoria died in 1901. The interior boasts a decor equally as ornate as the exterior, replete with sumptuous galleries and rooms. Osborne House is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, East Cowes Edition.
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  • Lovely house and gardens. Used the mini bus to get from the entrance to Swiss Cottage, then walked down to the beach and had a paddle, then got the mini bus back up to the house. Worth using if walkin...  more »
  • The sun finally paid us a visit so we set for the beach, with a country mansion thrown in. What was not to like. Beautiful house, gardens and beach. My wife and son (8) studied lots of the particulars...  more »
  • This is a lovely old house with well dressed rooms complimenting the architectural beauty. Adding to this is the royal connection to Queen Victoria, who used this beautiful place as her family retreat...  more »
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  • Quite a lot of history behind this place. The estate is massive and well worth a visit. There is drop off service available which covers all parts of the massive estate. There is a beach front a short walk away from the house. The interiors are well maintained with help available at hand. Staff/volunteers are helpful in providing information about the various sections of the house and the history behind it. Probably one of the best sites under English Heritage. Has a lot of visitors and well worth spending half a day atleast.
  • Nice now it has opened up for dogs n the grounds, lovely estate with great beach. Dogs not allowed everywhere but enough for a nice day out. House is stunning and wasn't too busy considering it was half term. However and this has lost 5 star status the food was seriously over priced
  • Very interesting especially if you like history. Wonderful.gardens, especially the area where the young royal children had their own mini allotment type plots. Very knowledgeable guides. Close to.beach where Victoria's bathing machine can be seen.
  • Excellently conserved part of the country's heritage. Beautiful grounds and walks including Queen Victoria's private beach. There is also a free mini bus to bring you back up the hill from the beach to the house.
  • Absolutely marvelous. By far the best I have visited with every room being interesting. Magnificent views and gardens which are a must to explore so allow yourself plenty of time. You wouldn't want to miss them. The restaurant is good but the menu could be a bit more extensive but is excellent quality and we'll priced. Sit inside..It is lovely. Overall,well worth making the journey from London. Will definitely return.

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