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Goodnestone Park to build custom made Orangery Marquee

A modern addition

Goodnestone Park has commissioned LPM Bohemia to build a luxury timber-framed Orangery marquee, which will be custom made for clients. This will be the first Orangery to be built on the estate.

Every aspect will be carefully designed to make it a wonderful modern addition that pays homage to the past. Below is a CGI render of the new Orangery marquee.

The History of the Orangery

An orangery is so-called because of its original purpose as a dedicated room or building to protect oranges and other fruit trees during the harsh winter months. The Orangery originated from the Renaissance Gardens of Italy, where glass technology allowed the production of clear glass.

The Orangery became popular in the 17th Century, first emerging in Europe – France, Germany, and the Netherlands, and was usually found on the grounds of fashionable residences. As the popularity of the Orangery grew, designers began to connect the house design and the architectural orangery design.

A Perfect Acknowledgement to the Rich History of Goodnestone Park

The story behind the Orangery makes it a perfect choice for Goodnestone Park. The estate was purchased in 1704 by Sir Brook Bridges, and not long after, he built the grand house. The estate passed onto his descendants, but there are no records that any of them added an Orangery despite its appeal.

The addition of an Orangery is also the perfect choice from which to enjoy the extensive gardens, which have seen many changes since 1704. Formal gardens were initially added until formality was swept away in favour of open parkland. This era also saw the introduction of the terraced lawns, a sweeping driveway, and a grand entrance to the house. The year 1763 saw the addition of the Walled garden and a wilderness garden that was later adapted to the Lawn and Walks garden, Lime Avenue, and the arboretum.

Around 30 years later, the brother of the famous novelist, Jane Austen, married Elizabeth Bridges and began their wedded years at Goodnestone Park. Jane was also known to frequent the estate and would probably have relished there being an Orangery. She is known for being rather fond of orange wine, as can be seen in one of her personal letters:

Letter to Alethea Bigg, Jan. 24, 1817

The real object of this letter is to ask you for a receipt, but I thought it genteel not to let it appear early. We remember some excellent orange wine at Manydown, made from Seville oranges, entirely or chiefly, and should be very much obliged to you for the receipt, if you can command it within a few weeks.

The New Orangery Marquee at Goodnestone Park

The large dimensions of the new Orangery, 9m x 22m, will allow for up to 120 wedding guests. The flooring will be made from ash plank, and the black and white dance floor area will feature a nautical compass design. The bespoke design for the inner linings will follow a botanical theme.

The position of the marquee adjacent to the house will provide guests with a magnificent view of the historic parkland.

The marquee is available for dry hire in conjunction with the house; guests will be provided with a preferred supplier list.


“Jane Austen — Letters — Brabourne Edition.”, Accessed 1 Oct. 2021.

Wikipedia Contributors. “Orangery.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Oct. 2019, Accessed 1 Oct. 2021.

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