ISLE OF WIGHT, OSBORNE HOUSE

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I had been planning a visit to Osborne House for some time. I am so glad that I made the trip. And to think was Queen Victoria’s summer retreat ! Its such a beautiful place !

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This Victorian post box was gifted to Queen Victoria to commemorate the Centenary Celebrations in 1897.

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This is such a beautiful place and we were so lucky that our day was sunny. We first came across the Walled Garden so we headed there first.

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This was amazing. This was so big, and with two green houses filled to the brim. I think I would like this in my walled garden one day.  We then left and made our way to the house. This is the courtyard.

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We walked through the household wings seeing hundred of paintings from the 1850’s. We then went down to the basement – a ‘downton abbey downstairs’ moments when they had recreated the kitchen and prep.  Before we walked back up the servents staircase through the pavillion – the dining, drawing and billard rooms.  Again back up the servents staircase to the nurserys, sitting and bedrooms. And then down the Queen’s stairs to view the private quarters of  Albert and Victoria.  Her bed looked tiny but we were told that she did die in her room, that was not her bed.  We then walked into the  Dunbar room, which looked amazing.  It is such a pity that you not allowed to take photos. We exited on the formal gardens.

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We then started the long walk (so wear comfortable shoes) down to the private beach.

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Victoria’s bathing machine.  Before we walked back through the Rhododendron walk where there was various carvered animals.

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Before we came across the Swiss cottage. This is where the Royal children played and they each had their own plot and grew vegetables.

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This was a lovely trip and I so enjoyed my time here. This is a lovely place.

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