From the outset, more than anything else, it was Rosslyn's boathouse that seduced us. As a boy I'd often spied this peninsular folly, and decades later it still beckoned. I honestly believe it's one of the most architecturally charming utility buildings in the Champlain Valley!
Technically a “dock house” built atop a pier that protrudes out into Lake Champlain, this Eastlake inspired structure was originally conceived and constructed as a seasonal residence for the engineer/captain of the Kestrel steam yacht. It is the only surviving example of residential Essex boathouses and one of few historic Lake Champlain boathouses. (Note: there are two commercial boathouses in Essex, the Old Dock Restaurant and the Essex Marina.)
In 2004 through 2006 when we finally purchased the property, Rosslyn’s boathouse—a pleasure-promising peninsula from our perspective—mesmerized Susan and me with her beguiling siren song… What if we abandoned all sensibility and dove into this fantasy?!?!