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The Dunmore Pineapple

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If it looks like a pineapple you should call it a pineapple. Built in 1761 this is a folly with a use, it was a hothouse and garden retreat on the grounds of Dunmore House – well a hothouse is essential if you're going to grow pineapples in Scotland, which was the plan of John Murry, the 4th Earl of Dunmore. In this case the pineapple cupola design is also designed to let light into the roof and to keep the frost off the plants growing within in – ingenious and stylish.

The interior, over two floors, is more laid out more for comfort than for growing pineapples these days and can be booked though The Landmark Trust.

The grounds and park, over six hectares of them, including a woodland, pond and crab apple orchard, are open to the public all year.

Written by  Jemima Jones.

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