Orangeries burst into popularity in the 18th century as ornate greenhouses built to grow tropical fruit during cold British winters, and many of these have blossomed into orangery wedding venues - a popular choice with lots of wedding planning couples.
Lots stately homes, country houses, and castles have since transformed their orangeries into gorgeous wedding venues. These beautiful, light-filled buildings are characterized by their glass and timber frames, bright and open spaces, and tall windows, which provide breath-taking views of the estates on which they sit.
Since they are often attached to historic properties, orangeries are perfect for couples who want chic, contemporary settings that still have a touch of old-world charm. And since these historic homes often come with lavish overnight accommodations, they make for ideal destinations to spend an exclusive wedding weekend with all your loved ones.
If you’re looking for a light and airy wedding venue that is a blank canvas for your dreams, there’s nowhere better than an orangery. We’ve rounded up the 20 best orangery wedding venues in the UK to inspire and delight you.
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1. Gunnersbury Park House – Hounslow, West London
With the historic beauty of Gunnersbury Park House lying just beyond, the elegant Rothschild Orangery is a breath-taking wedding venue just aching for fresh florals and traditional hues. Surrounded by 72 hectares of beautiful parkland, this brilliant white Orangery is ideal for intimate minimonies and chic fairy-tale weddings.
You could even choose to exchange your vows in an open-air ceremony overlooking the pond before heading into the resplendent venue for a sophisticated meal. Bliss.
2. Hayne House – Hythe, Kent
New wedding venues have something special about them, as no-one else you know will have married there first. Hayne House opened its contemporary and eco-friendly Orangery at the end of 2017 and stands out among Kent venues for its romance, style and eco-credentials.
This all-under-one-roof orangery is a blank canvas that you can decorate to your style and theme, with glass roof lanterns and 12 French patio doors filling it with light in all seasons. Their inclusive pricing includes venue hire, drinks, award-winning catering, an award-winning DJ, chair dressing and a secure post-box so there’s nothing to worry about.
3. De Vere Tortworth Court – Bristol, Gloucestershire
This Victorian manor, set against the lovely Gloucestershire countryside, is a dramatic and enchanting venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. The Orangery was built in 1874 and boasts cascades of natural light from its ornate, domed roof.
De Vere Tortworth Court’s orangery is able to host 90 guests for a sit-down meal and 120 in the evening – luckily the hotel has 210 en-suite rooms so there’s a luxurious night’s sleep for everyone.
4. Stubton Hall – Newark, Lincolnshire
Stubton Hall is an elegant 19th-century country house sitting on the Lincolnshire-Nottinghamshire border. With 24 acres of parkland and a tranquil lake, you’re spoiled for choice of views from their bright and beautiful Orangery.
Each wedding couple gets exclusive use of the house and gardens, and after you’ve finished dancing the night away, your guests can fall into the gorgeous four-poster beds in each of their 25 lavishly appointed bedrooms.
5. The Orangery – Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cornwall
Surrounded by a pebble beach and rugged coastline, Italian Gardens and 865 acres of glorious parkland, The Orangery is truly one of the UK’s most breath-taking wedding venues. Built in 1775, this 100ft venue is bathed in light from the floor-to-ceiling windows and offers views over the Italian Gardens and water fountain.
With a dance floor and band area, you can move from a sunny Pimm’s reception on the lawn to dancing the night away inside, while watching the stars come out. It’s able to host up to 120 guests but is ideal for more intimate weddings too.
6. Syrencot – Salisbury, Wiltshire
Tucked away at the end of a meandering drive and fringed by forest is the charming Georgian country house of Syrencot. At the heart of the estate is its walled garden, which is overlooked by the Glasshouse orangery – a perfect ceremony space – and the modern Farmshed reception barn.
The Glasshouse is a blank canvas that suits every season, with the garden filled with wild orchids in the summer and frosted berries in the winter.
7. The Orangery at Goldney House – Clifton, Bristol
If you’re after a fairy tale orangery wedding, look no further than The Orangery at Goldney House. This hidden gem in Clifton Village is set within 10 acres of walled gardens and looks out over a gorgeous Italianate water canal. Built in 1714, it’s an elegant and graceful venue that still feels light and airy even with up to 150 guests.
You might recognise The Orangery as the setting of the wedding of John Watson (Martin Freeman) in Sherlock too!
8. Elmhay Park – Frome, Somerset
In the centre of Elmhay’s Victorian walled gardens is their Orangery. This gorgeous space makes the most of the beautiful views of the Italian Gardens, while providing the perfect shelter from the British weather (cross your fingers for sunshine!).
The Orangery can seat 80-300 guests for your wedding breakfast, and is ideal for later evening celebrations too. It has built-in surround sound, party lighting and more. Because of its privacy, you don’t have to stop at 1am – Elmhay Park’s motto is “We keep the party going until you say stop!”
9. Kew Gardens – Richmond, Surrey
If you’re after a botanical twist to your big day or want a unique venue, Kew Gardens is ideal. The Nash Conservatory and Temperate House are beautiful locations for a ceremony, followed by a reception in the elegant orangery. Dance the night away with up to 200 guests and admire the classic high ceilings, arched windows and terrace overlooking the lawns.
For a wedding full of history and beautiful photo opportunities, there’s nowhere like it - it's also a pretty popular celebrity wedding venue too!
10. Old Rectory House Hotel - Worcestershire
Brimming with retro charm, Old Rectory House Hotel is a dreamy Worcestershire destination for your wedding. The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies in The Lavender Barn and the Victorian Orangery, which, when it's not rented out for weddings, doubles as an upscale restaurant and bar.
We love all the quaint touches at Old Rectory House Hotel, including the porthole windows, exposed brick walls, and stunning glass ceiling fixture. Coupled with the ivy that adorns the outside of the hotel and the sumptuous bedrooms within, we know you'll fall in love with this venue too.
11. The Orangery Suite - Dorset
The Orangery Suite is a private and picturesque wedding venue tucked into the countryside of Dorset. The recently refurbished orangery seats 75 for intimate ceremonies, while wedding breakfasts are welcome in the on-site pagoda marquee. Loud music isn't permitted, but The Orangery Suite is close to other venues that you can head to for the after-party.
This makes it an ideal location for couples who want a serene, quiet ceremony site where they can tie the knot surrounded by a walled garden, lush tropical flora, and vintage touches.
12. The Orangery - Kent
Nestled on nine acres of lush, manicured grounds, The Orangery exemplifies why Kent is known as 'the garden of England.' This picturesque wedding venue has three ceremony sites, including a classic white gazebo, a thatch-roof Lapa, and an elegant garden room.
The orangery itself can accommodate up to 250 guests for evening receptions and provides breath-taking views of the surroundings. However, it is the gardens at The Orangery that have us bewitched, and which feature enchanting woodland walkways, a tranquil lake, and a stunning waterfall.
13. Hestercombe – Taunton, Somerset
Looking for a romantic English country garden wedding? Hestercombe is conveniently located just three miles from Taunton, but you’ll feel in your own world. When you get married at Hestercombe, you will have access to the entire estate – 50 acres of gardens, a collection of historical buildings and that all-important orangery.
This iconic hamstone building, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, offers unrivalled views across the gardens to the Blackdown Hills.
14. The Orangery at Settrington – Malton, North Yorkshire
Found in the ornamental gardens of the Georgian stately home of Settrington House, The Orangery is a wonderfully romantic stone building featuring impressive architecture. The interior is filled with pillars and lanterns while Palladian arched windows look out over the grounds and vaulted beamed ceilings sit above your head.
The Orangery is one of the largest indoor venues in the North of England, yet is truly tranquil. It offers a very bespoke service with only a limited number of weddings a year, so is perfect for couples who want complete privacy.
15. Wrest Park House and Gardens – Silsoe, Bedfordshire
Wrest Park’s ornate Orangery is just a short walk from the majestic mansion house, styled after an 18th-century French chateau. This sun-drenched space is perfect for both your ceremony and reception and is able to hold up to 170 guests. There’s a number of backdrops to choose from, from the impressive exterior to around 92 acres of gardens and wooded walks.
16. Northbrook Park – Farnham, Surrey
With a built-in bar area, floods of natural light, and generous space for up to 250 seated guests, Northbrook Park's Orangery has a lot to offer. Incorporated into one of the gardens striking brick walls, this chic rustic space has a refreshing summer feel which will add a breath of fresh air to any traditional country do.
And if that's not enough, the resident peacocks and stunning 18th-century manor house will most certainly make your country wedding one to remember.
17. The Secret Garden – Ashford, Kent
Nestled in a quiet corner of a romantic walled garden, the Glasshouse at the Secret Garden is a quirky setting made for intimate micro weddings. Ideal for boho styles and eco-conscious couples, this Victorian glasshouse is a charming blend of exposed brick, pine furnishings, and lush green foliage.
Here you can host a rustic ceremony before indulging your wedding party in a private alfresco meal just outside.
18. Beamish Hall Country House Hotel – Beamish, Durham
The Victorian Winter Gardens Orangery is a dream setting for a luxury wedding. Set in the fairy-tale grounds of Beamish Hall, this marquee-inspired setting is a winning blend of sophisticated drapery and glittering lights that gives the space year-round garden party vibes.
Far from casual gatherings, this incredible suite can seat 280 guests effortlessly, allowing them to flow between the outside terrace and light-filled interiors like a warm summer breeze.
19. Carlowrie Castle – West Lothian, Scotland
Struggling to decide between an ancient castle and a contemporary orangery for the setting of your special day? At Carlowrie Castle, you don't have to choose. This spectacular Scottish castle exemplifies all the old-world glamour of a medieval fortress while boasting a chic, light-filled orangery.
Spend a dream-come-true weekend at this fairy tale wedding venue, which is nestled on 32 acres of manicured lawns. A marquee with floor-to-ceiling windows and chandeliers is also available for the big day, and afterward you are invited to spend the night like royalty in the castle.
20. Plum Park Manor – Paulerspury, Northamptonshire
Warm, intimate, and breathtakingly beautiful—Plum House Manor's newly constructed Orangery is a masterful blend of contemporary design and ageless elegance. An extension of the Victorian home's grand architecture, this deceptively large space can easily host up to 120 guests for a civil ceremony.
And with the immaculately manicured grounds just a step outside, it's a wonderful excuse to embrace those lavish blooms with abandon. Just wait until you see the marquee!