Orangeries burst into popularity in the 18th century as ornate greenhouses built to grow tropical fruit during British winters.
Many stately homes and country houses have transformed their orangeries into gorgeous wedding venues, flooded with natural light and impressive architecture.
If you’re looking for a bright and airy wedding venue, there’s nowhere better than an orangery. We’ve rounded up the 16 best orangery wedding venues in the UK to inspire you.
1. The Orangery – Margam Country Park, Neath Port Talbot
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As well as monastic ruins and a Gothic-style mansion house, the 850 acre Margam Country Park is home to one of the most picturesque wedding venues in South Wales. The brilliant white Orangery is ideal for a romantic and unique wedding. You’ll have exclusive use of the orangery and their on-site chef and banqueting team will help tailor-make your perfect day. It holds the title of the longest orangery in Wales, so if orangeries are your thing, there’s little better.
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 to decorate to your style and theme, with glass roof lanterns and 12 French patio doors filling it with light in all seasons too. Their inclusive pricing includes venue hire, drinks, award-winning catering, an award-winning DJ, chair dressing and a secure postbox 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 breathtaking 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
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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 looked over 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 fairytale orangery wedding, look no further than The Orangery at Goldney House. This hidden gem in Clifton Village is sat 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.
10. The Orangery – Maidstone, Kent
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Known as the Garden of England, Kent is a natural home for an orangery wedding. The Orangery in Maidstone is surrounded by nine acres of landscaped grounds with endless photo opportunities: the waterfall, boathouse, giant Wellingtonia Pine and sweeping lawns. It’s all visible from the magnificent Garden Room, with its stunning glazed roof lantern. There’s two other licensed rooms here so you can take full advantage of the beautiful space between your ceremony and reception venues.
11. Lemore Manor – Hereford, Hertfordshire
In the summer, The Orangery at Lemore Manor is the dream setting for a wedding. The doors open out onto the landscaped gardens, sun floods through the pitched glass roofs and chandeliers catch the light. In winter, it’s equally welcoming, with cosy interiors looking out over snow-dusted grounds. We love the orangery but it’s the other facilities that have us hooked: a Hen’s Den with a hot tub and Champagne bar, and Gentleman’s Den with pool table, bar and games room. The ideal place to get ready!
12. The House and Orangery – Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
The newly-built orangery at The House and Orangery is a modern take on the traditional glasshouse, with exposed brick and rustic beams. There’s room to accommodate up to 300 guests at this restaurant in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside. It boasts a first-class kitchen that stretches from a 10-course tasting menu to an informal hog roast, so your guests will be impressed by the food as well as the setting. The light-flooded space is a beautiful blank canvas to decorate.
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 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 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. Chiswick House & Gardens – Chiswick, South West London
Achieve the feeling of an outdoor wedding in the comfort of the indoors in Chiswick House’s 19th century Conservatory. This glasshouse is full of natural light and looks onto the Italian Garden, blooming in summer with roses and wisteria. The Conservatory has a charming summerhouse feel with a glorious amount of light and space.
16. 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 able to hold up to 170 guests. There’s a huge choice of backdrops, from the impressive exterior to around the 92 acres of gardens and wooded walks.
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