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What’s the Difference Between an Orangery and Conservatory?

It’s a very common question and one that should be fully considered before making any home improvement decision.

Orangeries have been around since the 15th Century and were predominantly built in large manor house gardens to grow fruit, hence their name.

However modern build techniques have made them an affordable living solution, becoming a beautiful extension to your home.


Tend to have solid wall construction with windows and doors fitted between columns. The roof is partially enclosed giving a lantern light detail, with a perimeter plastered internal pelmet in which downlights or mood lighting can be installed. It gives more of a feel of an additional room but the benefits of natural light flooding through the lantern light.


Conservatories tend to have all glass roof and windows. Open views of your garden letting natural light flood all round. They still have brickwork, but this is normally kept to small dwarf wall and large wall if abutting a neighbouring property. Evening light is generally provided by downlighters fixed to the original house wall.

Each have a place in your considerations, Conservatories being a simpler build, costs less than Orangeries.

Both are designed to suit your space, garden orientation and required use.

Both generally do not need planning permission, but we can advise once we carry out our initial survey

We have an orangery and conservatory set up in our showroom, so you can visually see the difference and with the assistance of Simon visiting your property you can make the right decision to suit your needs.

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