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OSBORNE HOUSE NAMED AS ONE OF ‘THE 50 BEST HOME AND GARDENS’

Osborne House has been named as one of the 50 best home and gardens in the UK by independent.co.uk.

The former royal house in Ease Cowes has been noted in the list for its views across the Solent’s newly-opened beach. It was built between 1845 – 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home/rural retreat.

The list aims to unearth the ‘horticultural hot spots in the UK’ and comes amid reports Brits are staying at home due to the many hassles of foreign holidays. Dailymail.co.uk reports that many Britons are ditching foreign shores due to the ‘rip-off’ charges once they arrive at their destination.

A YouGov poll revealed Brits feel they are being overcharged for use of sun-loungers, cash machines and mobile phones; with 60 per cent saying they thought data roaming charges were too high on mobile phones when on holiday.

James Hickman, managing director of foreign exchange company Caxton FX (which commissioned the research from YouGov), said: “It is clear the nation feels there are a host of rip-offs to be aware of when holidaying abroad.”

This contrasts with rising numbers of Brits who are holidaying at home, with 10.3million Brits making the most of the UK this summer – according to breakingtravelnews.com.