Orangeries vs Conservatories – What Is The Difference?

Home extension buyers are always intrigued to uncover the differences between a conservatory and orangery so that they know which one of these spectacular extensions will best suit their personal taste and house style.

Modern Orangery With Gable Front

Conservatories and orangeries have been popular selling products for many years, though they’ve arguably never been as sought after as they are currently as local householders continue to be squeezed out of the housing market and choose to grow their existing property.

They both promise to breathe new life into any home and it’s useful to understand what they each have to offer.


The most prominent features in a traditional orangery are the solid brick pillars, lengthy glazed panes, brick or stone base and lantern roofing system.

Most orangery roofs consist of less than 75% glass and an orangery is renowned for providing occupants with a light and airy feel.

Orangeries can be designed in all manner of shapes and sizes to suit and supply enduring thermal performance, especially if they have a tiled roof covering fitted.


Conservatories are nowadays utilised as luxury living spaces, but when they were originally developed they would be used for growing citrus fruits during the winter months.

A conservatory is most identifiable by its glass or solid roof, brick walls and typically consists of at least 75% glazing.

There’s an immense amount of flexibility in conservatory design which has led to the creation of a host of conservatory styles including Edwardian, Victorian, Gable, Lean-To, P-Shaped…the list goes on and on. These contrasting styles have a collective ability to add value to your home and significantly increase house space.

Both can cater for a host of purposes

Any conservatory or orangery you buy from Hazlemere Windows can be specially configured and designed to serve as anything from an exotic dining or living area to a kid’s playroom or home office – just tell us what you want.

Our designers are up to the challenge and are capable of crafting conservatories and orangeries of all kinds, as you will realise when you book an appointment with them.


Our showrooms are our shop windows and we have invested heavily to create extensive displays that best showcase our large range of windows, doors and living spaces. You will receive a warm welcome, plus a proper coffee, and the choice to browse at your leisure without interruption.


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Our friendly team will be pleased to help with any questions you may have.

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