Orangery

The Orangery was a 16th century Italian invention which became popular throughout stately European homes for the next 300 years. The dedicated building or rooms at the time were often heated during the winter by wood-burning stoves to protect citrus fruit trees during the winter. They went from a practical use to a symbol of prestige and wealth.

This classical construction of orangeries made their way from Padua, Italy (1545) to some of the most prestigious addresses including Kensington Palace and Kew Botanical Gardens in London (both 1761) and the beautiful Killruddery House in Co Wicklow (1850), home of the Earl and Countess of Meath. An orangery was also added to Glenveagh Castle in Co Donegal in the last century and is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Today the classical construction from hundreds of years of change has been designed for modern living by the Designer Builder Michael Taggart.

Modern under-floor heating may well have replaced the wood-burning stoves for winter use but the principles of luxury living from three centuries remain. Each of our orangeries is individually built and designed to fit perfectly into your home, adding a luxury room of distinction to your property – and adding huge extra value, so it’s a great investment too! As a dining area added to a kitchen, or as a standalone chill-out area for you, your family and friends, the Orangery is a timeless luxury you can afford.