The Swiss Cottage at Osborne House is undergoing major renovation work.
MAJOR renovation work costing £1.5 million has started at the Swiss Cottage at Osborne House.
The former playhouse for Queen Victoria’s children will be shut from September 4 until April 2, 2014.
It will undergo a number of alterations, with the current cafe being turned into a new exhibition area.
General manager Rob Flower said: "The aim with the new exhibition is very much about families and young children, as this was Albert’s intention for the Swiss Cottage."
One of the Victorian children’s favourite attractions was Albert Barracks, where they re-enacted the Battle of Balaclava with their father.
English Heritage now intends to open a play area near the toy fort.
Mr Flower said: "Albert Barracks has important historic value, so children cannot play on it, but the new area will give them that opportunity."
New access ramps will also be installed and the toilets will undergo refurbishment.
A new cafe will open at Gazelle House. This building was originally used to keep pet rabbits but will now be open to provide coffee and refreshments.
Further work will be carried out on Rhododendron Walk, the path Queen Victoria and her family used to get to the beach.
General maintenance will form the bulk of the work, with fixes to the drainage and main infrastructure.
Grants were supplied by the Heritage Lottery Fund for £750,000, while the rest was provided by the English Heritage Fund.
Mr Flower said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive lottery funding, without it we would not have been able to carry out work on this scale."