Launch of the Orangery at Larchfield

Apr 16 2015

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the stunning new Orangery building at Larchfield. This traditional style building, 110sq metres in size, represents a £200K investment in the Estate by owners Gavin and Sarah Mackie, and has transformed the courtyard area by replacing the former marquee with the Orangery to link through to the interior of the main Barn.

Original render images of Orangery prior to the start of the build
Orangery ready for the first event on Saturday 28th March 2015 - spot the difference!

The Orangery will be used primarily as an area for welcome drinks reception on arrival to Larchfield Estate – the perfect first impression for your event, be it a fairytale wedding or corporate occasion. It has been designed to be an indoor/outdoor space, depending on what the weather is doing, and the time of year of your event. The large arched glass doorways all open fully so guests can flow between the Orangery and courtyard on those nicer days, and in cooler weather or during the winter months the building can be closed up to create a cosy and welcoming indoor space.

Preparations underway for the first drinks reception in the new Orangery
Guests enjoying post ceremony drinks in the Orangery - photo courtesy of Ulster String Quartet

With stone gable walls both inside and out, flagstone style flooring and tongue and groove ceiling (some temporary draping has been put in place to allow the Orangery to dry out before putting in the ceiling at a later stage), the Orangery creates a stunning and welcoming space with a traditional feel to enjoy before entering in to the main Barn for the evening celebration.

The project was quite the undertaking for the Estate team and numerous external suppliers, who worked against a considerably tight time frame of just three short months. The final event of the year finished around 2am on the morning of the 31st December 2014, the marquee was well on its way down by 9am, and there was a rather large hole dug in the ground shortly after lunchtime. This speed of working continued throughout the build, with everyone involved very aware of the urgency and the fast approaching deadline. Knowing that the first event of the year was taking place at the end of March –no bride and groom want an unfinished building site as a feature of their big day was a huge motivation for all involved. We would like to say a huge thank you to MaryLou Designs for their endless patience on queries on detail large and small from concept to completion , to Taggarts for the architectural design, Glazing Design for the stunning custom made doors, Aidan Turner and his team for help with the build and of course to our staff Philip, Errol and Brian for all their hard work.

The Orangery opened its doors on Saturday 28th March for the first wedding of the season, and we’re delighted with how it has all come together – we’re looking forward to everyone enjoying this fantastic space for their celebrations and corporate events over the coming months and years!