Osborne House is found on the Isle of Wight and was a favourite home for Queen Victoria and her family. It was built as a seaside home for the royal family to enjoy time together and to have holidays. It is unique as, although it was only lived in for 55 years, it shows visitors how Queen Victoria and Prince Albert once lived. This gives a real insight into their daily lives whilst they were on the island. This post will show you the Terrace Gardens that surround the house.
Prince Albert had a clear vision of how he wanted the gardens to look like. He was very much involved in their Italianate design and creation during his lifetime. The beds and planting have been recreated to include plants that would have been around during Queen Victoria’s lifetime and the whole appearance is stunning. Many of the plants have a Mediterranean feel with palms, cannas and magnolias. There are three main terraces; pavilion terrace, lower terrace and upper terrace.
In the centre if the lower terrace is the Andromeda fountain by John Bell cast in 1858-60. It is surrounded by bronze statues that are copies of classical originals such as the hunter, Meleager.
Queen Victoria would sit on this terrace to take breakfast, read and write.
Have you been to Osborne House? It reminded me a little of my trip to Versailles but obviously in a smaller scale!
There was also a beautiful walled garden there too full of cut flowers.
A blog about the renovation of our old house and it’s garden in the English countryside. I also blog about interiors, general gardening tips and visits to glorious gardens.