JULIA Meere was devastated to hear about the loss of Daylesford’s iconic Boathouse cafe.
The Baringhup resident has many fond memories of the Boathouse and has her fingers crossed it will be rebuilt.
Mrs Meere and her friend Karen Harman visited Lake Daylesford on Monday and took in the rubble that was once the Boathouse.
“My husband, Michael, grew up at Hepburn Springs so we spent our courtship up here,” Mrs Meere said.
“We have enjoyed many a picnic along here with our son, he used to swim in the lake when he was young.
“And we used to get the mineral water from down there and so it’s been a great source of enjoyment over the years.
“The other day we came up here, it was on a Friday, and it looked beautiful.
“We walked around and decided we were going to come up on a Friday and have a picnic.
“And then I heard on the radio that it had burnt down – I couldn’t believe it.”
Mrs Meere said her husband and his siblings used to spend many a day down by the lake, with the Boathouse in the backdrop.
“It’s just such a gorgeous place,” she said.
“It’s such a shame it’s happened, especially over summer because so many come here and enjoy it.
“The great thing about it down here is that it’s not spoilt – it hasn’t been overrun with shops and buildings – and that’s what’s so lovely about it.