Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Osbourne House, Isle of Wight


Gardens

Osborne House, seaside summer home of Queen Victoria.

I'd completely forgotten that I never got around to sharing my pictures of this beautiful royal residence! I visited way back in May while staying on the Isle of Wight and promised in that post that I'd share my photos from the English Heritage property. So better late than never, right?!

English Heritage Osborne House


Osborne House is one of the filming locations for the new film, Victoria and Abdul, and it's all the promotion around this that reminded me I had yet to share a post on the place.

First up - it's beautiful. It is so different from many of the other stately homes and palaces I've visited in the past. Queen Victoria deliberately wanted it to be a light, summery residence and the bright decor is like nothing I've seen elsewhere. Walking through the house, I almost didn't know where to look - the stunning colours and patterns on the floors, walls and ceiling caught my eye in every room.

Coloured freize ceiling

Staircase and artwork

Palace corridors

Rooms in Osborne House

coloured glass chandelier

Corridors

Dining room


Something of a surprise was the Durbar Room - an ornate dining room with heavy Indian influence in its decor. Laid out as if prepared for a banquet, it's really something to behold. It feels completely unexpected among the rest of the house!

Dining table Durbar room

Banquet table

Dunbar room


It's not just the house that's amazing though - the rest of the grounds make for a wonderful walk! It's easy to see why Queen Victoria chose to spend so much time here with beautiful woodlands and a private beach looking out over the Solent. 

View over Solent

Bridge to beach

Gate in woodland

Beach

When I visited in the springtime, the gardens were blooming with colour and the whole place looked magnificent in the bright sunshine.

Deckchairs with Queen Victoria quote

Flowers outside Osborne House

Garden Gate

Osborne House is certainly worth a visit if you find yourself on the Isle of Wight, and do look out for it in the film!


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2 comments

  1. What a beautiful place! I love the decor inside - especially those pink walls... So dreamy! I can't wait to see Victoria & Abdul - the trailer looks so good! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  2. So, so beautiful! I love all the details that you can see in these kinds of buildings. Like the decor inside is just always so intricate! That beach also looks pretty amazing to have on site!

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