Orangeries are an enduringly popular addition to our homes. They are attractively elegant constructions which provide a wonderful space for dining, entertaining or relaxing.
Many stately homes are blessed with the most fabulous orangeries. We explore three such examples where you might find inspiration for your own orangery project.
This red brick, baroque style orangery was constructed in 1704 next to Kensington Palace. It was built by for Queen Mary’s younger sister, Anne, who was later to become queen herself.
The orangery was constructed with underfloor heating, which is a popular choice for warming today’s orangeries and conservatories. This allowed it to be used to overwinter delicate plants, including the queen’s citrus trees.
The classical style continues inside the orangery, with a fabulously vaulted ceiling and other architectural flourishes.
Today the orangery is a restaurant and the perfect spot to enjoy afternoon tea. At the time of writing it is closed for refurbishment, but you can still enjoy it from the gardens.
Visit the Kensington Gardens website.
This orangery was constructed in magnificent parkland in South Wales. It was completed in 1790 to house the citrus trees of the owners, the Talbot family.
It’s an impressive 327 feet long with 27 arched windows running the length of the sunnier side, ensuring plenty of light reached the trees. The back wall included fireplaces to provide winter warmth. A tall, central doorway allowed the trees to be wheeled outside for the summertime.
The estate fell into disrepair after the Talbot family sold it in the 1940s, until purchased by Glamorgan County Council in 1973. The orangery was restored to its former glory and now serves as an events venue. The orangery and its fabulous gardens can be explored by visitors to the park.
Visit the Margam Country Park website.
The orangery at Kew was designed by Sir William Chambers and completed in 1761. At 92 feet long, it doesn’t have the scale of Margam, but it is equal in beauty.
As with all historic orangeries, it was originally used to grow citrus fruit. However, in 1841 it was decided that the building was too dark, and the fruit trees were moved to a brighter location.
The orangery is now a café for visitors to the botanic gardens and available for event hire.
Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew website.
Whether you’re hoping to grow lemons, or simply want an elegant extension to your home, an orangery could be the perfect option.