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The Victoria Hotel Orangery

Located a few miles south of Whitby on the North Yorkshire Coast, Robin Hood’s Bay is a picturesque fishing village built into the hillside with some of the best coastal views in the country.

The most eye-catching views of the bay are from The Victoria Hotel, occupying a prominent position in the centre of the village and known as the ‘Jewel in the Bay.’

Watch: ‘The Jewel in the Bay’

In order to capitalise on the breathtaking sea views, David Salisbury was commissioned to design and build a traditional orangery extension to enhance the south elevation of the hotel and serve as a restaurant and function room.

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Maximising the sea views

Sea View Orangery

The Victoria Hotel is a luxury Victorian hotel which was purpose built in 1897.

The distinctive Victorian architecture is perhaps the most striking feature of the hotel so designing an orangery to be in-keeping with the existing building was essential. Dan Featherstone, one of our most creative designers, was particularly well-suited to this design brief.

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Design Complemented existing architecture

The new ‘Sea View Orangery’ would need to provide unobstructed panoramic cliff top views overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay, whilst providing space for a new restaurant extension to seat guests for different meals and functions.

Design & Planning

During the design and planning phase, the orangery design evolved, with the roof changed from fully glazed to a different construction with partial tiling combined with sections of patent glazing.

This was partly to assist in providing additional soundproofing of the orangery interior, to alleviate any concerns from residents, but also to help blend the glazed extension with the host building through the use of matching materials.

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Enhancing the hotel

Choice of material was a vital contributing factor in gaining the final approval for the project, which is located within the North York Moors National Park.

The timber joinery of the traditional joinery was painted in ‘Slipper White,’ from our own unique colour palette, complementing the windows of the existing hotel building.

Orangery Restaurant

From hotels to wedding venues, a wide range of well-appointed commercial settings are increasingly choosing to enhance their premises with a luxury orangery or conservatory.

In this case, hotel guests can enjoy a leisurely breakfast or light lunch in the light-filled orangery with views across the bay. 

Three sets of French doors provide convenient access into the cliff top garden, whilst the panoramic outlook can be enjoyed whatever the weather or time of year.

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unique Views from the orangery

The Sea View Orangery at The Victoria Hotel in Robin Hood’s Bay is another successful example of a commercial design and build extension, for which David Salisbury has developed unrivalled experience.

Take a look at some more inspirational examples of our commercial orangeries and conservatories via the Case Studies below.

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Photography Credits: Steve Husband & Aiden Clarke

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Designer ​, David Salisbury Dan Featherstone

Dan has been in the conservatory & orangery industry since 2003, starting life as a concept artist watercolouring proposals by hand and moving into sales quickly, as he enjoyed the challenge of designing a beautiful structure from every different design brief. This beginning made him appreciate the smaller details and the impact they have when designing a structure to complement the host building.

Dan arrived at David Salisbury in 2016 and has enjoyed being part of the team over the last few years, successfully designing a wide range of fantastic projects. From lovely little quaint spaces to vast structures, every project requires individuality to make it belong and so no two projects are the same.

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