What’s the Difference Between a Conservatory and Orangery

What’s the Difference Between a Conservatory and Orangery

Hi everyone – Kenny here! If you are looking to upgrade your home with a beautiful conservatory then you may have come across the word ‘orangery’ while doing your research, and today I wanted to explain the difference between a conservatory and orangery.

What is an Orangery?

If you’re scratching your head at the word ‘orangery’ then don’t worry, you’re not alone. Orangery isn’t a word that you hear very often, with the term dating as far back as the 17th century.

An orangery was built to protect citrus trees and other plants from the harsh, winter weather outside, and was considered the ultimate status symbol for wealthy families. This structure was also used for entertaining guests and, as time went on, saw elaborate internal features such as foundations and plush seating being installed.

Orangeries can either be attached to the property or are constructed as a separate building, and instead of feeling like an additional room that compliments the house, orangeries often have their own design that sets them apart from the rest of the house.

What is a Conservatory?

The conservatory is a modern touch of luxury that adds value to your home, and has become increasingly popular in recent years.

Conservatories are thought to have been inspired by the orangery, however they were intended for the protection of herb plants and shrubs rather than fruit thanks to the abundance of light coming into the glass structure, as well as providing a contained area for entertaining guests and relaxing.

A conservatory normally reflects the features, design and furnishings of the property, making it feel more like an extension of the home rather than a separate building.

Conservatories also tend to use less brickwork than orangeries and feature a glass ceiling and walls – allowing for an uninterrupted view of the garden without exposing you to the elements outside.