Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought the estate in 1845, and it became their private escape from court life. They used Osborne for more than 50 years. The house was built as a sea-side family home rather than a palace, so it was really interesting to see how a Queen really lived. (Still very luxurious and ornate.) We were able to visit almost all the rooms. . even the Queen's bedroom where she died.
|The gate house? It was out by the road and matches the main house.|
|The grounds on the way in.|
|For a pound each, Hannah, Maggie, and I were able to travel up to the house by horse-drawn carriage--the same way the Royal Family traveled the estate.|
|The gardens leading down to the sea.|