If you’re planning on designing an Orangery or Conservatory on your property, one question you might be pondering is what the difference between them is and which one would be ideal for your home.

Here at Castle Conservatories, we design and supply bespoke conservatories and orangeries that stand the test of time and are made-to-measure.

To really understand the subtle differences between a conservatory and an orangery, we need to understand how conservatories developed from orangeries. 

Read this article to delve deeper into it and understand the benefits of each.

What is an Orangery?

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An orangery is a type of a building, typically constructed from brick or stone that originated in the Renaissance period.

It was designed to house citrus trees and other exotic plants during the winter months, providing them warmth and protection from the cold.

Featuring large windows or glazed walls, orangeries allow ample sunlight to enter the space creating a well-lit oasis. 

Over the years, the concept of orangeries evolved into forms of glazed structures including modern day conservatories.

What are Orangeries used for Today?

Today, orangeries are often repurposed for a variety of uses beyond their original function of housing citrus trees and exotic plants. Some common contemporary uses of orangeries include:

  1. Garden Rooms: Orangeries are often used as elegant garden rooms or extensions of the home, providing a tranquil space to enjoy views of the garden while being sheltered from the elements.
  2. Dining Areas: Many homeowners convert orangeries into stylish dining spaces, offering a unique and bright setting for meals with family and guests.
  3. Living Spaces: Orangeries can serve as cosy living areas, providing an inviting spot to relax, read, or entertain guests while enjoying ample natural light and garden views.
  4. Home Offices: With their abundance of natural light and peaceful ambiance, orangeries make excellent home office spaces, offering a conducive environment for work and creativity.
  5. Entertainment Areas: Some individuals transform orangeries into entertainment hubs, featuring amenities such as home theatres, game rooms, or lounges for hosting gatherings and social events.
  6. Greenhouses: While not as common as in the past, some people still utilise orangeries for their original purpose of housing plants, including tropical species, herbs, and flowers, creating a mini indoor garden.

What is a Conservatory?

A conservatory is a type of a glass-enclosed structure attached to a building, typically a house, that is designed to serve as a sunroom or greenhouse.

It features extensive use of glass in its construction, including walls and roof, allowing ample natural light into the space.

Often used for relaxation, dining, gardening or as extensions, providing a bright and airy environment with views of surrounding landscape.

Conservatories come in various designs, including Victorian, Edwardian, lean-to, or bespoke styles, catering to different architectural styles and space requirements.

In summary, while both orangeries and conservatories share similarities as glass-enclosed structures designed to bring the outdoors indoors, they differ in architectural style, historical purpose, and functional usage. Orangeries tend to have a more substantial, solid appearance with a focus on plant cultivation, whereas conservatories emphasise transparency, versatility, and integration with residential living spaces.

Should I use an Orangery or a Conservatory?

An orangery might be the better option for you if:

  • You have a traditional detached house or a house with a grand style.
  • You want to use the space all year round or during winter.
  • You prefer a space with more climate control and less temperature fluctuation.
  • You want a grand looking structure that could potentially add significant value to your property.
  • You want a building that is in keeping with the style of your house.
  • You prefer a standalone structure.
  • You want a space that is bright but avoids too much glare.

On the other hand, a conservatory might be the better choice if:

  • You have a Victorian, Edwardian, Post-War semi, or modern build.
  • You want a space to enjoy sunny days.
  • You prefer the look of an all-glass structure.
  • You don’t mind fluctuations in temperature.
  • You want a structure that sits against the side of the house.
  • You want a structure flooded with light from the roof and walls.
  • You want to feel like you’re sitting outside.

Consider these factors carefully to make a wise choice. In other case, contact our professional team here at Castle Conservatories, and they will be more than happy to guide you through making the right decision.

Why Choose Castle Conservatories?

With over 25 years of experience in designing and installing conservatories and orangeries, Castle Conservatories has a proven track record of delivering high-quality results. Our team consists of skilled professionals who specialise in conservatories, ensuring that you receive expert guidance and service throughout the entire process.

Conservatory & Orangery Prices 

At Castle Conservatories we employ a team of expert professionals who are specialised in conservatory and orangeries. We are committed to meeting your expectations at all stages, from initial consultation and design to final installation and aftercare support. Our friendly staff will walk you through the entire process, answering any concerns you may have and providing expert advice to help you make informed decisions about your conservatory roof. 

To begin your conservatory or orangery project with us, call us today or use our online quoting engine to receive a bespoke quote.

Alternatively you can fill our contact form and a member of our team will contact you. 

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