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UK: An historic 200-year-old converted former ice house on the east coast of Scotland has been put up for sale.

The ice house is believed to date from the late 18th or 19th century and was originally part of a salmon fishing station owned by the Tay Salmon Fishery Company. It is thought to have been one of a number originally in the area, built into embankments and slopes, or down into the ground.

During the 18th and 19th centuries ice houses proliferated in Britain for both commercial and private use. Blocks of ice were cut from the lochs and rivers, or artificial ponds, and stored in ice houses to provide a plentiful supply of ice even during the summer. It enabled the Tay Salmon Fishery Company to ship fresh salmon to London for the first time.

The ice house gradually fell out of use in the early 1900s with the introduction of mechanical refrigeration.

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Sitting on St Cyrus Beach in Kincardineshire, the three-bedroom property with an open plan contemporary interior has a living grass roof, paved terrace and garden, high vaulted ceilings and impressive views. Savills estate agency is inviting offers over £340,000 for the property.

Further information here.