Victoria’s Swiss Cottage part of £1.4m refurbishment

By Emily Pearce

Sunday, January 20, 2013

 

Victoria’s Swiss Cottage part of £1.4m refurbishment

Swiss Cottage at Osborne House.

THE former Isle of Wight playhouse of Queen Victoria’s children is to be refurbished at a cost of £1.4 million, providing funding is secured.

English Heritage hopes to carry out a number of alterations to the Swiss Cottage, at Osborne House, and has applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to cover half the cost.

It has submitted a planning application to repair and redecorate the building, replace the cafe with a new exhibition area, install new access ramps and refurbish the toilets. It also hopes to create a new cafe in Gazelle House, repair Albert Barracks, build a play area, lay new paths through Rhododendron Walk and repair the drainage system around the Swiss Cottage site.

Osborne House general manager Rob Flower said: "Nothing is set in stone yet. It depends on obtaining the HLF funding. The driver behind this is to conserve and repair the Swiss Cottage buildings, to maintain them for future generations.

"It would be a major project as part of the ongoing development of Osborne House, which has included opening Queen Victoria's beach."

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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