From 1545, when the first Orangery was built in Padula Italy, it was built for practicality and not the ornate buildings we see today. In the 17th to 19th centuries where most large houses had an Orangery, was a practical building for your well fruit trees to overwinter safely.

Now in present days, we can use these beautiful additions to complement our homes and give much needed extra room whilst also adding value to the property. But what are the other reasons to own an orangery?

Installing an Orangery would make your property more attractive to buyers should you wish to sell it. The additional room and functionality of such a space is a buyers dream. A room that can be used all year round and decorated as grandly or simply as you dream of, an extension of the house and the garden bringing the two together.

In the past they would be heated by an open fire or a stove, we now have many options from underfloor heating to radiators so the room can be used for all seasons.  You can create a second lounge, an office, dining room or simply utilise the space to accommodate all your needs.  With some careful design there is no end of ways to make it function to its highest capability.

Imagine a bright summers morning sitting reading your paper glancing out into the garden watching the birds and bees go about their day. A frosty winter day, the robin redbreast hopping about bringing a little colour and joy to your day whilst you sit at your desk working.

The Orangery can be a light and airy space during the day and with the addition of blinds or curtains an ideal retreat in the evenings. It will become a beautiful space to entertain friends on a summers eve to watch the nightfall and in winter to close the blinds and sink into a comfy armchair with hot cocoa and a good book. When choosing the perfect lighting, it will change the feel of your space and the natural light during the long hot summer and the cosiness of beautiful lighting in winter will make it your perfect retreat, to escape the hustle and bustle of life.

Most Orangeries do not need planning permission as they have permitted development, as long as they meet with the necessary criteria.

  • Maximum height of a single-story Orangery is four metres.
  • No more than half the area of land around the original house would be covered by other buildings.
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • Maximum eves height of an orangery within two metres of the boundary and three metres from the lowest point on the ground.
  • Side Orangeries to be single-story with a maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house.
  • Maximum depth of a single-story rear Orangery of three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house.
  • Orangeries on the front or the side of a house that will be closer to the public highway, than the original house, will need planning permission.

In short, you can have the extra room you need or desire. A room that will never tire or fade from fashion, as it is a timeless classic used through many centuries and finding much favour again today as opposed to a conservatory.

Relax in your very own garden room with access to and from the garden so you can feel part of it, whatever the British weather throws at you, an invaluable asset to both your house and your well-being.

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