Pictures of Osborne House
About Osborne House
It is often said, in spite of the fact Queen Victoria spent much of her time at Balmoral in the Scottish highlands, that Osborne House in its lovely setting overlooking the waters of the Solent, was her favourite home.
Victoria married her cousin Prince Albert in 1840, and four years after, with a growing family they felt the need for a retreat which would afford them a degree of privacy away from the heavy burdens of state. They discovered Osborne House, and although it was not ideal, they fell in love with the landscape and the views. They rented the property for about a year before purchasing it in 1845, when the Prince set about a massive program of rebuilding.
The grand house we see today was master-minded by Prince Albert and his builder Thomas Cubit. It is an extravaganza of Italianate design, providing comfortable luxurious accommodation set amidst magnificent grounds with terraces, fountains and statutory leading down to an idyllic private beach where the Royal couple spent happy hours with their children and entertaining Royalty from around the world. To give the seclusion they craved, hundreds of trees were planted in the grounds. Also, in the surrounding parkland a playhouse in the form of a Swiss Chalet was built for the Royal children.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were so attached to Osborne, when the Prince died in 1861, the Queen gave orders that nothing should change there, thus Osborne became a shrine to the memory of Prince Albert.
The Prince's desk remains just as it was when he died and even though the Queen spent much of her time here after Albert's death, very little altered. Queen Victoria died here in 1901. Osborne remains almost exactly as it was then with family photographs and paintings still in situ, together with a scattering of the Royal couples personal possessions, preserving for us a valuable insight into a relaxed Royal family life away from the formality of the Royal court.
This very special Royal home can be found a short distance from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, it is open to the public and is well worth seeing.
Please upload your photos of Osborne House or see below for towns & villages near Osborne House and a list of other nearby attractions to visit.
Planning a visit? We have thousands of Hotels, Bed & Breakfast and Holiday Cottages to choose from at highly competetive rates when booked through the Pictures of England website. Click here for accommodation near Osborne House
Add attraction to favourites
Submit a history of Osborne House
Recommended towns & villages near Osborne House
(1.7 miles, 2.8 km, direction NW)
The most famous yachting resort in the world. Cowes dates back to Tudor times and is divided in two by the River Medina, creating East and West Cowes.. (3.4 miles, 5.5 km, direction S)
County Town, being sited on the River Medina, about 5 miles from the sea. Despite its name, the town became the 'New Port' and was given its charter by Richard de Revers, Lord of the Island, as early as 1180... (4.7 miles, 7.6 km, direction E)
One of the Island's most popular resorts and is situated on the north-east coast. The town is the first port of call from the mainland on the south-east side... (4.7 miles, 7.6 km, direction SW)
Carisbrooke sits close to Newport on the lovely Isle of Wight... (6.8 miles, 10.9 km, direction NW)
Standing close to the saltmarshes and creeks along the Beaulieu River, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Exbury must be one of the most captivating villages for miles around...All towns in Isle of Wight
Complete A to Z of towns in England
Recommended attractions near Osborne House (3.2 miles, 5.2 km, direction SE)
The ruins of Quarr Abbey can be found close to the entrance of Wooten Creek, a pretty waterway used by small fishing boats and..... (4.8 miles, 7.7 km, direction SW)
The castle is where the Roundheads kept King Charles I a prisoner from 1647 until shortly before his execution on 30 January..... (6.0 miles, 9.6 km, direction E)
.. (6.6 miles, 10.7 km, direction NW)
This is a spectacular garden hidden in pleasant countryside overlooking the Beaulieu River in the New Forest.
The..... (7.3 miles, 11.7 km, direction SE)
All attractions in Isle of Wight
Complete A to Z of attractions in England
Hotels near Osborne House
Hotels near Osborne House Cottages near Osborne House Bed & Breakfast near Osborne House
Prince of Wales
East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (0.4 miles, 0.6 km)
In East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, the Prince of Wales is opposite Osborne House, the former home of Queen Victoria....
More info and book online.. Price from £49.00
Crossways House Bed and Breakfast
East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (0.5 miles, 0.7 km)
Located in East Cowes, Crossways House Bed and Breakfast offers free WiFi access, a bar, and beautiful gardens with koi ponds. It is just 100 metres from the entrance to the English Heritage Osborne H...
More info and book online..
East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (0.8 miles, 1.2 km)
Set in East Cowes in the Isle of Wight Region, this holiday home is 42 km from Bournemouth. The property is 20 km from Southampton and free private parking is offered....
More info and book online.. Price from £127.00
East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (1.0 miles, 1.6 km)
Situated 42 km from Bournemouth and 19 km from Southampton, Marina View offers pet-friendly accommodation in East Cowes. The property is 15 km from Portsmouth and boasts views of the garden....
More info and book online.. Price from £124.00
43 Marinus Apartments
Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (1.4 miles, 2.2 km, direction NW)
43 Marinus Apartments is a self-catering accommodation located in Cowes. FreeWiFi access is available. Accommodation will provide you with a TV. Complete with an oven, the dining area also has a refri...
More info and book online..
All Accommodation near Osborne House..
Osborne House Reviews
See all Osborne House reviews..
Please login to make a review
Please like us on Facebook to get all the latest pictures each day - Thank you!
© 2001-2015 Pictures of England.com - All rights reserved
Terms & Conditions
PestControl-Supermarket.com - Worldwide Pest Control Supermarket Price Comparisons including England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.
South Coast Campsites - Your best guide to camping and caravanning along the beautiful
south coast of England