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Queen's palace may become hotel
Osborne House
Plans to convert part of the palace are in the early stages
A section of Queen Victoria's former palace on the Isle of Wight may be turned into a hotel.

English Heritage said it was considering converting part of Osborne House, more recently used as a convalescent home until 2000.

It said much work was needed before the plans would be formally proposed.

But consent had been given to turn the Petty Officers' Quarters and Golf Cottage into a new visitor centre, a spokeswoman said.

"At Osborne House we are in the early stages of exploring the possible development of the former convalescent home as a small hotel," she said.

"This follows the assessment of a number of development options since the closure of the convalescent home in 2000.

Photographs and paintings

"We are in the process of consulting with local partners."

She added that the new visitor centre would "include admissions, interpretation, catering, retail and welfare facilities".

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House in 1845.

After Prince Albert's death, Queen Victoria spent most of her time at the palace and died there in 1901.

Many royal possessions, including photographs and paintings, are still on display.




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