Osborne House is a wedding venue in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. Once the seaside retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, this stunning estate is steeped in history and has played host to royalty and dignitaries from all over the world. The property was recommended to Victoria and Albert by the then prime minister Sir Robert Peel. The royal couple purchased the estate in 1845. The new house was built in the Italianate style, later known as ‘the Osborne style’, and was imitated throughout the Empire. Prince Albert took an especially keen interest in the design of the house and grounds. Much of the gardening work is still done in accordance with his original designs. After Albert’s death in 1861, Queen Victoria continued to visit Osborne House and find solace here. Queen Victoria died at Osborne in 1901. In 1954, Victoria and Albert’s private rooms were opened to the public. Today, Osborne House is a place where new love stories are told. You and your guests are invited to experience the splendour of this magnificent stately home for yourselves. Enjoy your special day in a setting so romantic and picturesque that it really is fit for a queen.
Facilities and Capacity
Osborne House hosts gatherings of all sizes, from the intimate to the extravagant. The venue boasts several lavish function rooms and features numerous artefacts from the Royal Collection. The pair of adjoining rooms that comprise the Duchess of Kent Suite are perfect for small ceremonies of up to 30 guests or drinks receptions for up to 70 people. The larger of the two rooms was used by King George V and Queen Mary for their honeymoon. Both rooms offer sweeping views of the grounds and the Solent beyond. Victoria Hall, formerly Queen Victoria’s private chapel, seats up to 120 ceremony guests or 100 guests for a wedding breakfast. It features exquisite stained glass windows and arched windows that overlook the charming garden terraces. In the evening, the lamps and chandeliers illuminate the Hall, creating an enchanting, magical atmosphere that you and your guests are sure to remember for many years to come. The Orangery, located adjacent to Victoria Hall, features beautifully arched windows, a marble bar, and large glazed windows. Its aura of sophistication makes it a perfect spot for an elegant post-dinner retreat. The Durbar Room comfortably seats up to 50 ceremony guests or up to 80 dinner guests. It features magnificent carved white plaster walls and ceilings, and its grand banqueting table is surrounded by some of the many treasures given to Queen Victoria over the course of her long reign. Marquee celebrations for up to 2,500 guests can be held on the Durbar Lawn, which enjoys spectacular views of the grounds, extending all the way down to the Solent. This stunning property is the delight of couples and photographers alike, and unique backdrops and myriad wonders await at every turn.
Osborne House is available for exclusive use. The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies, and its dedicated hospitality staff would be delighted to meet with you to discuss your options. They can recommend top-quality local suppliers, answer any questions you may have, and provide the expert guidance and support you need to make the most of your time at Osborne House.
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York Avenue PO32 6JT East Cowes (Isle of Wight)