In 1927 Clarence and Daisy Calhoun built a 30-room Scottish castle on 100 acres of woodland in Chevy Chase as a nod to the original Calhoun family estate on Loch Lomond in Scotland. They also built this turreted gatehouse next to the pond, dubbed Wee Loch Lomond. After their deaths, the castle was razed, but the grand gatehouse remains.
It’s now on the market for $1.5 million. The listing says: “Call this castle home! Rossdhu Gate is a one of a kind Scottish Tudor Castle with crenellated roof, four-story tower with circular staircase, gargoyles, fountain, and terrace with views of wee Loch Lomond. Two sections are joined by enclosed bridge over wide gate.”
The Washington Post wrote about the house: “The L-shaped house has undergone changes over the years but still maintains its medieval character.”
There are 3 bedrooms and 4 baths.
Sadly, after the stock market crash of ’29, the Calhouns were financially devastated. They turned the original castle into a nightclub and moved into this gatehouse. The castle was later converted into apartments and eventually torn down after their deaths.
There’s a Rossdhu Gate website devoted to its history that includes old photos of the original castle that stood on the property.
More recently, the house has been featured in several magazines, including Old House Interiors.
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