Orangery vs conservatory, what’s the difference?

There is often confusion about the difference between an orangery and a conservatory.  

Orangeries originated in the 15th century when Italian nobility used Roman inspired buildings to grow citrus trees, hence the name, ‘orangery’. Today, like then, orangeries are made up from solid brick pillars, large glazed windows, brick or stone bases, a lantern roof and a corbel gutter, creating a parapet inside.

Conservatories on the other hand are rooms made with a glass roof and walls. Like an orangery, conservatories were originally built to maintain citrus fruits and tender plants that weren’t native to the UK throughout the winter.

One big difference between an orangery and a conservatory is the amount of the structure that is glazed. A conservatory tends to have 75% or more glazing on the roof, and 50% on the walls whilst it is the opposite for orangeries.

Both will add value to your home and certainly make selling it far easier. It has been estimated that a conservatory/orangery will add as much as 10% to the value of your home.


At Presswarm, we have decades of experience supplying and fitting both conservatories and orangeries. We will guide you through the entire process to ensure you have exactly what you want and for a price that you can afford.

Contact us today to discuss how you can create a fantastic feature in your home that will give you years of pleasure.

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