Victorian Fernery vs. Modern Orangery: Which House Would You Choose?

Victorian fern versus modern orangery: which of these two plant paradise houses would you choose?

  • We look at two different garden rooms in two separate houses for sale – a fernery and an orangery
  • A property on Scotland’s Isle of Bute has a Victorian glass-covered fernery that is underground
  • The other house in Lymm, Warrington has a huge garden room with solar reflective and self-cleaning glass

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It is not surprising that after several lockdowns, house hunters crave extra outdoor space.

Going to a nearby park or going to the beach for a day with the family proved to be a popular pastime during the summer.

But as the dark – and colder – evenings set in, people may long for space and greenery a little closer to home.

We take a look at two different garden rooms in two separate houses for sale, including this one in a property in Lymm up for sale for £2.4m (scroll down for more details)

For them, the ultimate luxury must be a garden room in the house. These spaces are covered with glass, allowing the outside to be brought in, but captured in the warmth and comfort of your own property.

We take a look at two different garden rooms in two separate houses for sale on the real estate website Zoopla for our latest property fighting series – the question is, which one would you choose?

Ascog Hall with an underground fernery

The first property for sale has a yard known as a “fernery,” a term that became popular in the 1830s when the nation was gripped by the so-called “fern fever.”

Depending on the budget, people would collect ferns and put them in a small ‘fern box’ indoors or in an area of ​​the yard referred to as the fern.

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Ascog Hall on the Isle of Bute and is for sale for £699,000 through Robb Residential Estate Agents

Ascog Hall has a large Victorian glass-covered 'fernery' - a term that became popular in the 1830s when the nation was gripped by the so-called 'fern fever'

Ascog Hall has a large Victorian glass-covered ‘fernery’ – a term that became popular in the 1830s when the nation was gripped by the so-called ‘fern fever’

Our first property is called Ascog Hall and it has a large Victorian glass covered fernery which is underground.

Ascog Hall is a seafront property on the Isle of Bute with many period features including turreted fishtail grille towers.

Ascog Hall is a seafront property with stunning views and period features including turreted fishtail turrets

Ascog Hall is a seafront property with stunning views and period features including turreted fishtail turrets

Ascog Hall is a detached family home with a large living room with an intricately carved stone fireplace

Ascog Hall is a detached family home with a large living room with an intricately carved stone fireplace

The property has five bedrooms, comes with three acres and is currently for sale for £699,000 through estate agents Robb Residential.

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘This magical property is set in a truly stunning location in rural Scotland.

‘Perfect for nature lovers, there are not only three acres of land with woodland and wildflowers, but also a Victorian-style fernery with more unusual plants.’

Modern family home with orangery

The second property we have chosen is also a historic property. But instead of an underground fernery, it has a modern orangery.

The garden room has been recently built with solar reflective and self-cleaning glass which overlooks a swimming pool and the surrounding countryside.

This six-bedroom house in Lymm, Warrington, has a price tag of £2.4 million and is being sold through estate agents Banner & Co

This six-bedroom house in Lymm, Warrington, has a price tag of £2.4 million and is being sold through estate agents Banner & Co

The property's garden room is beautifully decorated with an established vine and a flowering passion flower

The property’s garden room is beautifully decorated with an established vine and a flowering passion flower

Inside, the property's large kitchen features an Aga, central island and stone floor, with a seating area

Inside, the property’s large kitchen features an Aga, central island and stone floor, with a seating area

A stone and tiled fireplace with a wood burner and an antique style central heating radiator ensure the room is comfortably usable space all year round.

The room is decorated with an established vine and a flowering passion flower.

The property has six bedrooms and is situated on 1.8 acres in Lymm, Warrington. You will need a lot of money to buy this property as it has a price tag of £2.4 million and is sold through estate agents Banner & Co.

Mr Copley added: ‘This spacious family home has a cozy interior complete with exposed wooden beams and original flagstone floors.

‘There are also various luxurious facilities such as a heated swimming pool, three driveways and an orangery with beautiful climbing plans and panoramic views.’

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