Frogmore House

Frogmore House

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Frogmore House is a 17th-century English country house owned by the Crown Estate. It is a historic Grade I listed building. The house is located on the Frogmore estate, which is situated within the grounds of the Home Park in Windsor, Berkshire. 

Standing about half a mile south of Windsor Castle in Windsor Home Park, Frogmore House has been a Royal retreat for more than 300 years and today is used by the Royal Family for private entertaining. Frogmore House is only open to individuals on three summer Charity Open Days each year when all proceeds are donated to specially selected charities. Frogmore is also open to pre-booked groups of 15 people or more during August only.

The original Frogmore House was built in 1680-4 by Charles II's architect Hugh May for his nephew. It stood on the estates of Great and Little Frogmore, which were bought by Henry VIII in the sixteenth century and led to various tenants.

Highlights of Frogmore House

Queen Charlotte's passion for botany is reflected in the decoration of the house. She commissioned the renowned 18th-century flower painter Mary Moser to decorate one of the principal rooms so it resembled an arbor open to the skies.

The Cross Gallery was painted with garlands by Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of George III and Queen Charlotte.

There is also a Charlotte closet, filled with drawings by Charlotte, Princess Royal (eldest daughter of George III and Queen Charlotte).

The Duchess of Kent's time is evoked in her lilac-coloured Sitting Room recreated as accurately as possible as it appears in photographs of 1861.

Queen Mary's taste and style of decoration are represented in her Flower room and her so-called Black Museum, the latter filled with her collection of black papier-mache furniture, the former with her assemblage of wax and silk flowers.

There is also the Britannia Room, where, following the decommissioning of the Royal Yacht in 1997, The Duke of Edinburgh arranged a selection of items to reflect the interior of the much-loved vessel.

Gardens

The gardens were created in the 1790s by Queen Charlotte's Vice-Chamberlain, Major William Price, and by the Rev. Christopher Alderson of Derbyshire. Price and Alderson created the winding lakes, wooded mounds, glades, walks, and bridges in the picturesque style. The Queen had a passionate interest in botany and introduced over 4,000 trees and shrubs to create a picturesque landscape.

The historic plantings, including tulip trees and redwoods, provide a rich setting for the garden's seasonal variations. An 18th-century summerhouse in the form of a Gothic ruin is covered in wisteria in the summer, and a teahouse made for Queen Victoria is both still standing.

The Royal Collection at Frogmore House

The Mary Moser Room was commissioned by Queen Charlotte to reflect her passion for botany. The renowned flower painter, Mary Moser, was employed to decorate one of the principal spaces in the newly acquired house with botanical works, some on canvas and some painted directly upon the wall.

Continuing the floral theme, Queen Mary's Flower Room contains several artificial flower arrangements from the 19th century.

Frogmore Mausoleums

The Mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert stands on the west side of the gardens at Frogmore House. The external design of the Mausoleum is based on the Italian style of the thirteenth century. The central tomb, formed from a single block of Aberdeen granite, was by Baron Carlo Marochetti and completed in 1868.

A perfect place with beautiful grounds for extensive peaceful walks and good guided tours to know British and house history.

 

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