GARBALLY DEMESNE ICEHOUSE
Set in dense woodland, this subterranean icehouse, built c.1800. was part of the former Garbally Demesne. Although now disused, this icehouse is in good condition and a testament to the technical skill used in its construction.
Icehouses were an essential component of the demesnes of larger country houses to allow for the preparation of varied menus for the family and their guests. Ice was taken from nearby lakes or rivers in winter by servants and the thick walls and partly subterranean location would provide insulation to allow a constant supply of ice to the kitchen, allowing perishable foods to be kept fresh.
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