Case Study

A Bespoke Lean-to Glasshouse for Passionate Gardeners

20 January 2021 | Daisy Faughnan

Residing in a house originally built in 1649, our clients were looking for a company that could bring their bespoke glasshouse design to life.

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National Trust Collection

Project Overview


Bespoke Lean-to



Wood Sage (RAL 7032)

When the property was acquired over 20 year ago, both house and gardens were in need of complete renovation; this was a retirement project for our clients, who had moved out of London.

Both with a passion for gardening, creating a beautiful and captivating landscape has been a labour of love for both of them. The love for horticulture stemmed from one of our client’s early years and the fond memories of his parents gardening. He started by growing in containers on a balcony of his flat where he lived in Istanbul.

Our clients discovered Alitex whilst researching bespoke glasshouses online. Once they moved, it was one of the first items on the project list. The glasshouse was viewed as essential and the garden could not run without it, it became ‘a central work room’ and takes pride of place in the garden.

Alitex was able to create a lean-to structure with a flexible growing space and our client commented that he trusted them to deliver what was promised, making it ‘a pleasure to do business with them’.

The glasshouse was erected in Wood Sage. The chosen colour matched the soft Cotswold stone which the house and inner garden walls were built with, the stone coming from the Taynton quarries near the property.

At the moment, the internal temperature of the glasshouse is kept at a constant 55 degrees and is currently being used to over winter delicate plants.

Most years the glasshouse is filled with aubergines, peppers and tomatoes, all things that enable our clients to create delicious recipes as they are both keen cooks.

‘The glasshouse is a place with a purpose and the garden would not be complete without it’.

Discover more about our client’s property and the gardens here.

A Bespoke Lean-to Glasshouse for Passionate Gardeners Gallery

Having owned an Alitex greenhouse, or two, for many years Alan Titchmarsh MBE accompanied Mary Berry CBE into our National Trust Ickworth greenhouse at Chatsworth Flower Show. Sharing his passion for the structures, Alan declared “Mary, if you’re going to buy a greenhouse it has to be an Alitex”.

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