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Top 5 Heritage Orangeries

Last week, we looked at orangeries through the ages. Highlighting how long these stylish buildings have been adorning our homes. So, today, we’re rounded up some of the best and brightest. We’re looking around 5 heritage orangeries, to take a look at how these buildings used to work.
Fota House, Co. Cork

After several years of renovation, the Fota orangery straddles the worlds between old and new. Constructed in the 1800s, it is a relatively modest size. Fota’s orangery boasta seven arched doorways and a fully glazed dome. Which make this orangery an impressive sight in any century. In fact it’s white façade and minimalist style could just have easily emerged from the architecture of our own time, as from its.


Kew, London

No list of the best botanical style around would be complete without mentioning Kew Gardens. The orangery here was once the largest glass house in England. Constructed in 1761 on behalf of Princess Augusta, the mother of ‘mad’ King George III. This famous orangery truly sets the bar for modern and heritage designs alike. Ironically though, citrus fruits never blossomed in this space, due to low light levels. Great news for us as it’s now a suite for weddings, parties and the like.

Knole, Kent

It is true, we may have chosen Knole in Kent, more for its romantic history than anything else, but you’ll be hard pushed to argue. The space is a perfect setting for gothic romance. It’s was also the home of Vita Sackville-West who is infamously remembered as the lover of Virgina Woolf.


Kensington Palace, London

The perfect example of a heritage orangery lives at Kensington Palace in London. It’s now used as the beautiful setting for a restaurant. Built during in the reign of Queen Anne, the orangery was intended for right royal recreation. Doubling as a ‘supper house’ and seeing many opulent engagements. In this way, despite being architectural entrenched in its own time, the Kensington orangery could be the very first begins of the orangery as home hub. Or, in this case…palace hub!

Tredegar House, Newport

Erected in the early 1700s, the Tredegar orangery was another structure using ideas which now seem way ahead of its time. Originally heated by hot air ducts concealed in the floor and rear wall, which were fed from a boiler below and derived from the ancient roman technique for under floor heating. This technical innovation was a mark of the family’s financial and social success – as well as a stepping stone along the way to modern underfloor heating (which still works exceptionally well in domestic orangery extensions)!

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