In 1845, Queen Victoria fell in love with and bought the Osboe Estate, which is in one of the Isle of Wight’s most desirable and picturesque locations. For more than 50 years, she would entertain royalty here and enjoy her own private beach. Today, many of the rooms in this stunning mansion are still filled with original, antique fuiture and priceless works of art, as well as still housing gardens designed by the monarch herself which have lovingly maintained.
Within these extensive and beautiful grounds, English Heritage have built a contemporary, comfortable and inviting holiday cottage with all the comforts of home. Available throughout the year, this charming and romantic cottage is tucked away in a secluded spot in the grounds of Osboe House (where you might even spot a red squirrel), and you can enjoy exclusive use of the private beach outside normal opening hours. This means sunset barbecues with fresh line-caught mackerel, and the opportunity to relax away from earshot to the world, and simply enjoy the view over the sea without crowds or distractions.
The public have to leave the beach by 6pm, so in the summer months, you have plenty of time to enjoy this space entirely to yourself, much like Queen Victoria and Prince Albert did during their golden years together – and it’s this very beach where they watched their children lea to swim.
The cottage itself is like a home from home. All the mod cons are well looked after and efficient, and you have a large cooker, microwave, washer/dryer, dishwasher, freezer etc. There’s also enough space for two parked cars, and it’s only a mile to the local pub.
Whilst staying within the grounds, you have free roam of the gardens and get discounts on tours of the mansion. High in demand during summer months but at it’s most spectacular at Christmas, it’s best to book your tour in advance, so do please mention this when making your booking with Function Fixers and we’re happy to arrange it for you.
Call us to lea more about staying at or visiting Osboe House, and also for great tips on where else to stay on The Isle of Wight!