St Mildred's Church in Whippingham is best known for its connections with Queen Victoria. Whippingham was the centre of a royal estate supporting Osborne House and Barton Manor. Queen Victoria took a close interest in ‘her people’ in Whippingham. This is reflected in the many memorials in St. Mildred’s Church which commemorate members of the Royal Family and household. Prince Albert took an active role in the redesigning of the church, building distinctive turrets resembling a German Castle.
Osborne House – the summer retreat of Victoria and Albert built by Thomas Cubitt between 1845 – 1848. This spectacular former royal residence is now looked after by English Heritage. Set in a beautiful location with views over the Solent, it has stunning interiors, vast gardens and a private beach complete with Queen Victoria’s bathing platform, offering visitors an intimate glimpse of royal life in Victorian times.
There are hundreds of miles of interesting walking routes across the Isle of Wight, which immerse you in some of the most beautiful landscapes the Island has to offer. So whether it’s a short stroll to watch the sun setting along East Cowes Esplanade, or more serious exploring on some of the Island's 67 miles of coastal paths (path 6 heads through East Cowes), there is sure to be a walk to suit all tastes. For something more laid back why not start from the Folly Inn and walk along the banks of the River Medina towards Newport, perhaps stopping midway at The Breeze Restaurant. All this within striking distance of Princess Court
Quiet country lanes and scenic off-road cycling routes make the Isle of Wight an ideal destination for cycling. There are cycling routes to suit everyone, with a choice of challenging off-road bridleways, peaceful byways and level purpose made tracks on former railway lines. Within an area of just 147 square miles you will find over 200 miles of cycle routes enticing you into the countryside or along the coast.
With a designated bicycle store on site, Princess Court could be the perfect base for exploring the Island.
Possibly the most famous nautical town in the world and widely considered the home of sailing in the UK, Cowes is located just over the River Medina from East Cowes and is easily accessible by the Chain Ferry (400m from Princess Court). There’s always something to be seen on the water with the Round the Island Race attracting over 1600 boats in June, ‘Cowes Week’ taking place in early August, or just the Island Sailing Club Tuesday evening racing . Many of the apartments at Princess Court boast a ringside view, and are located just a short way from East Cowes Marina, and also just a few steps from the planned Victoria Marina with its new hotel, restaurant and bar on East Cowes Esplanade.
Located on the east bank of the River Medina, East Cowes has a rich history with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert making it their summer retreat, building Osborne House in 1845. John Nash was also an East Cowes resident and is buried in the tower of St James's Church which he designed. Industry forms a large part of the heritage of East Cowes; it was home to J.S. White’s shipyard which built destroyers, submarines and motor torpedo boats mainly for the Royal Navy, and although it closed in 1966 the yard was used by the British Hovercraft Corporation to build hovercraft until the early 1980s. The Town was also home to the aircraft manufacturer Saunders Roe, who built the Columbine Factory opposite Princess Court in 1935. The hanger doors of the Columbine have been adorned with the world's largest Union Flag since the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977. Saunders Roe built many sea planes including the magnificent ‘Saunders-Roe Princess’ from which the development takes its name.
The East Cowes Redevelopment Project, which is being overseen by the Homes and Communities Agency as part of the flagship project for the Cowes Waterfront Initiative, includes redeveloping the town centre of East Cowes. The redevelopment has been designed to create a better environment for residents and visitors alike, providing quality amenities and new homes together with opening up access to waterfront spaces.
This exciting redevelopment has brought a new Waitrose store, medical centre and pharmacy, all situated adjacent to Princess Court in the centre of East Cowes. Also included has been the new housing development at “Victoria Walk” undertaken by David Wilson Homes, which was completed in the spring of 2016.
Work has commenced to create a new 300 berth marina inside a new breakwater, the plans for which also include a new hotel, restaurant, café and bar which will be a stone's throw from Princess Court.