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Osborne House and Gardens
Osborne House & Gardens (Isle of Wight)
Member Name: frankie23
Osborne House & Gardens (Isle of Wight)
Advantages: The View
I visited Osborne House as part of my holiday in April.
I was really excited to be visiting and let me say I was not disappointed, we had such fine weather that day.
Osborne House sits on roughly about 2000 acres of land, which also has it's own private beach, You can't access some of the land as some of it is privately owned now.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were lucky to buy Osborne house and it's estate from a Lady Isabella Blachford in 1845.
Most of the original house was demolished and replaced with the one we see now with its wings and clock/flagstone tower.
When I first walked into the house my breath was taken away with all the beauty of the pictures and architect, you really get the feel of how much pride Queen Victoria and Prince Albert put into making it a family home away from their hectic life back in London.
When first walking in your greeted with seeing pictures, letters and even a night dress that Queen Victoria wore.
You then move on to the rest of the rooms, as you walk through the corridors to get to the next room you get the full scale of the gifts that Victoria and Albert gave to each other.
Each room is unique in different ways and shows the personality of the couple and their taste in furniture and decoration.
My favourite rooms would be the drawing room and the billiard room that are connected but in a L shaped way so that the men of that day could be hidden from the Queen but still be in her presence.
To make the rooms feel as if they are separate from each other they have beautiful marble pillars to give that separate look.
The furnishing in the drawing room is this bright gold colour, unfortunately not the original, with big windows mostly all the way round the room it gives it a bright and airy look.
I loved the house but I loved the gardens more, I felt so at peace walking round the grounds it really makes you feel as if your in the middle of nowhere and as if nothing can trouble you.
It's like it's own little world.
When you stand on the garden terrace you have a nice view looking out to the sea, you can't access all of the terrace as it's not open to the public, to admire the middle terrace you have to look down to it from the top terrace.
To get to the Swiss cottage you have a lovely walk down this road, if you don't fancy the walk then you have a shuttle bus that takes you there and back which is included in you ticket price (so no extra cost).
What me and my partner did was we walked down to Swiss cottage and got the shuttle bus back up to the house.
Swiss cottage is this cute little 2 storey timber cottage that the royal children used for their educational learning.
Just near by to the cottage is the museum that houses all the natural history collection that the royal children collected throughout their learning.
I wasn't to keen looking round the museum as looking at stuffed animals gives me the chills (I always think they are looking at me), If your not keen on stuffed animals either then stick to the front of the museum don't go right to the back.
The house and gardens are accessible for wheelchair users, I did notice that some of the grounds were a bit uneven so there might be some trouble on pushing a wheelchair.
The only parts that aren't accessible for wheelchair users is Swiss cottage as you have to walk up a flight of stairs to look round.
Prices to look round the house and grounds which also includes looking round Swiss cottage, the museum and the shuttle bus are:
Family Ticket:- £27.30
I thought this was a very reasonable price for what you was going to see.
Opening times for Osborne house are from 10am to 5pm or 6pm depending on the season you are visiting.
If you was planning to visit the whole day I would suggest paying a visit to the terraced café, a bit on the expensive side but they did some very tasty cream teas which was all made fresh that day.
If you want a proper lunch they did sell proper food but nothing that interested me though, but just outside Osborne house on the main road there was a little pub that looked like it sold hot food.
I didn't have a car when I went to the isle of Wight so I used their public buses.
You can either get a number 4 or a number 5 bus right outside the main entrance depending where on the Island your staying.
A wonderful house and grounds that I can't wait to visit again.
Anybody planning to go on holiday to this Isle of Wight should make sure to fit this in their schedule, if you live there but have never visited then I would suggest when you have that spare time to go and visit.
I would not recommend for younger children though as I think they might get bored easily.
Summary: It's own little world
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