What Is An Orangery?
Jul 11, 2023 | Orangery
An orangery is a brick and glass structure with large windows and a flat roof with a roof lantern. A roof lantern is an architectural feature that sits on top of the roof, letting in lots of natural light. Often, after being asked ‘What is an orangery?’ and giving that description, people ask what the difference is between an orangery and a conservatory.
What Is An Orangery Used For?
Growing Plants – The original use for orangeries was to grow plants that were not hardy enough to withstand the Northern European weather. Often, these plants would be orange trees and other citrus fruit trees, hence the name ‘orangery’. There are a number of beautiful, historic orangeries, bursting with plantlife, open to the public – Belton House Orangery for example. Whilst an orangery of this size would be unsuitable for most homes, this can be a wonderful source of inspiration. If you’re thinking of growing plants in your orangery, we have some advice here.
Dining – Many of our customers use their orangeries as show-stopping dining rooms, holding a dinner party in a fantastic space like an orangery really brings the ‘wow factor’! You could also opt for a kitchen and dining room together to really make the most out of the space.
Entertaining Space – Orangeries are popular settings for events, particularly weddings. There are numerous orangeries around the country that make for beautiful wedding venues, here are some examples. You could even hold a ceremony in your own orangery at home!
What Is An Orangery To You?
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