National Trust Conservatory Collection

Our association with the National Trust began in 2005. Following a lengthy and detailed selection process, Vale are now one of the National Trust's longest licensed partners.

The remit was to design and manufacture a very special range of conservatories, aptly named "The National Trust Conservatory Collection". It consists of four stunning designs, each inspired by a different architectural period and style and built to Vale’s same exacting standards of quality. Every purchase from this range helps the National Trust conserve special places for ever, for everyone... thank you.

The Belton

Belton House in Lincolnshire, with its classical proportions, symmetry and fine detailing, provides the inspiration for our Classical Georgian Conservatory.

Example of a belton conservatory from our national trust collection

Classical pilasters are positioned between each window and support ornamental eaves and gutter. The window and door sizes are calculated to align with the slender roof members, all in keeping with the passions and precision of the period. The Belton can be built in two standard heights, offering suitability to the proportions of both original Georgian homes and their modern equivalents.

Close-up of belton conservatory exterior
Close-up of belton conservatory exterior

A wide choice of traditional timber window designs is offered, all incorporating fine 26mm glaze bars and individual double glazed units. The eaves offer a choice of dentil or continuous mould depending on the level of decoration preferred.

Belton conservatory exterior
Belton conservatory interior
Belton conservatory exterior

The Hardwick

This design is influenced by Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire - a 16th-century 'Prodigy house' designed for Bess of Hardwick, Elizabethan England's second most powerful and wealthy woman. Hardwick Hall is recognised as being one of Britain’s greatest Elizabethan stately homes. Inspired by this period of architecture we have designed a glazed conservatory which incorporates much of the fine detailing of the time.

Example of a hardwick conservatory from our national trust collection

The conservatory framework is built with delicately moulded timber mullions and period corner columns. We offer a choice of plain or castellated gutters and a wide choice of ridge detail.

Close-up exterior shot of a hardwick conservatory
Interior shot of hardwick conservatory
Interior view of hardwick conservatory showing decorative swan neck stay
Close-up exterior shot of a hardwick conservatory showing corner columns

Within this framework sits beautiful handmade architectural bronze casements and side opening windows made by Vale’s partner company, Architectural Bronze Ltd. These windows are made with period scroll handles with decorative backplates and swan neck stays with fleur de lys pegs.

Beautiful interior view of a hardwick conservatory
Garden view of a hardwick conseravtory
A bright interior of a hardwick conservatory

The Cragside

Cragside House in Northumberland, an elaborate mansion in the Free Tudor style, provided the inspiration for our National Trust Cragside conservatory. It was the first house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power and at one point the building included an astronomical observatory and a scientific laboratory.

Example of a Cragside conservatory from our national trust collection

During the Victorian era a large number of historical periods and styles were popular simultaneously and all were freely interpreted and mixed, the detailing exquisite and diverse in style. Vale's Cragside conservatory incorporates delicate framework punctuated with superbly detailed columns, lozenge motifs and other timber mouldings throughout the structure which reflect the period detailing.

Close-up showing exquisite detailing on a Cragside conservatory
Cragside conservatory reflecting the period detailing

The door and window designs can be created using traditional timber methods incorporating 26mm glaze bars and individual double glazed units. Alternatively, as was popular with the Victorians, decoration is created by means of metal tracery sitting to the exterior of the glass.

Beautiful example of a Cragside conservatory providing a great addition to the garden
Interior view of a homely Cragside conservatory
Exterior view of a Cragside conseravtory

The Argory

The design is influenced by The Argory in County Armagh - a fine example of neo-classical architecture. The Argory Conservatory features slender proportions, allowing flexibility to complement wider periods of architecture. Classical pilasters frame the front sections with decorative mouldings to the capital and base and an Ogee profile to the eaves.

Example of a Argory conservatory from our national trust collection

As with the Belton, door and window designs are created using traditional timber methods incorporating 26mm glaze bars and individual double glazed units. All windows are top hung opening.

Close-up of classical pilasters on a Argory conservatory
View of guttering on a Argory conservatory
Top opening windows on a Argory conservatory
Decorative moldings on the outside of a Argory conservatory

For more information on this conservatory collection visit NationalTrustConservatories.co.uk

For information on the National Trust visit NationalTrust.org.uk

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