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Osborne House could be opened to visitors

Thu 27 Jan 2011

Osborne House could be opened to visitors

Popular Isle of Wight tourist attraction Osborne House may have a convalescent home at the residence opened up to visitors.

A recent planning meeting to discuss the future of the building was attended by just 17 people and English Heritage, which pays £60,000 a year only for it to stay empty, stated that it had looked into turning it into a hotel but it would have been too expensive.

For the last ten years the home has sat empty and the law currently restricts it to being used for former military officers and senior civil servants, reports the Isle of Wight County Press.

However, English Heritage hopes this law will be repealed in order to allow other possible functions for the building, including opening it to visitors.

Osborne House was originally built for Queen Victoria to stay in during her regular Isle of Wight holidays but more recently has become one of the top tourist destinations on the island.

Posted by Louise ParkesADNFCR-3083-ID-800368649-ADNFCR

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