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Escape summer's heat and come to Light Heart Retreat in downeast Maine where the pace of life is such that one can hear themselves think AND hear the wind through the trees, the whistle of an osprey, smell the fresh scent of morning's dew and take a walk on wooded trail without running into another human being.
What we have to offer you, sanctuary for the soul, has prompted a number of our guests to pursue living in the area full time or to carve out a vacation sanctuary of their own.
Huckleberry Hideaway at Light Heart Retreat is nestled in amongst old growth pine and spruce overlooking Taunton Bay and the Lucerne Hills to the west. From your second story deck you can look southward onto the Sacred Stone Circle, ala` Stone Henge. Looking east out the bedroom you can see the sunrise over the largest quarry at the retreat. Everywhere you look, nature greets you with a warm and welcoming smile...not another soul in sight nor is there the noise that often accompanies many vacation rentals.
You’ve found your way to magical, mystical Light Heart Retreat, where heaven touches earth. Solitude and beauty--safe sanctuary in our changing times, is beckoning you to return to your Light Heart.
The Huckleberry Hideaway was designed and built with much love and respect, with pine and granite from the retreat. Though initially planned as a one bedroom cottage for a couple or a single person on retreat, the choice to have two bedrooms has proven to be divinely inspired. Sometimes a loving couple needs to have their own space in which to dream their own dreams. And sometimes friends make good, respectful housemates to share a retreat with.
The two bedrooms are private to each other. The master bedroom is on the second floor with a private half bath, skylights and sliders out to the west facing deck. There's a bodywork table with linens supplied in this spacious room. The first floor bedroom is immediate to the full bathroom and has a skylight and entry onto a private granite patio. This bedroom is bumped out from the main house, so guests in each bedroom have their own quiet and privacy, as desired.
The Huck’s kitchen is well stocked with herbs. spices, oil, vinegar, foil, etc. You can cook, barbecue on the grill and even bake cookies if you want to. The dining nook table is pub style giving you great views to look out upon the changing light, birds and wildlife.
There’s a built in u-shaped window seat and comfy chairs facing the glass fronted wood stove. The radiant in-floor heat and the wood stove keep guests toasty year round. When damp, snow or cold winds keep you inside, you’ll be cozy and still connected to nature through the views provided by the ample windows.
Guests of the Huckleberry have a private outdoor hot tub on the south patio and access to a wood-fired sauna on the quarry. The stewards of the retreat maintain gardens, hiking trails and swimming areas on this 100 acre old growth forest and granite quarry ponds. There’s a library with holistic, spiritual and some mainstream reading and media.
Additional amenities include your own fire pit, a canoe on each quarry and a meditation hut that overlooks Bragdon Quarry, a serene place to meditate, canoe, sunbathe, bird watch and skinny dip.
You don’t have to pack a large bag when you visit. Your Huckleberry Friend has a laundry room with washer and dryer. You can travel light when you come here and when you leave you’ll be feeling even lighter. The stewards love to see the transformation that guests experience here reflected in a more youthful, relaxed countenance. Is the muse of Light Heart Retreat calling you?
Check out our current special on the Light Heart Retreat site www.lightheartretreat.com
If the Huckleberry Hideaway is a stretch for your means, please be sure to see the one bedroom Blackberry Cottage, 112158. It’s much beloved and has its own unique gifts to share with you.
Light Heart Retreat is 30 minutes from Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor and centrally located for day trips.
We do our best to provided an allergen free environment for our guests. This means that we have chosen to honor the needs of sensitive guests over pet owners. Our policy of no pets is without exception. Light Heart Retreat is entirely non-smoking.
Maine has many wonderful cottages for families to stay in. The Huckleberry Hideaway is for adults only.
Please visit our website www.lightheartretreat.com for more details.
Light Heart Retreat has two large water- filled granite quarries, wonderful for swimming and canoeing. There's a sauna located on the shore of the largest quarry. If you think the quarry water is cold, think granite swimming pool! These quarries are no deeper than 20 feet and for the most part are just over ones head or shallower. Bragdon is a 10 minute walk through old growth forest--a very beautiful, serene setting with a meditation hut, canoe, chairs. One can experience an outer silence here, just the sounds of nature, allowing an inner peace to emerge. Great place to sunbathe and skinny dip, too. ...moreless
Light Heart Retreat is close enough to the ocean to benefit from the sea breezes and miss the fog that can keep Mt. Desert Island blanketed for a day. Guests of the the Huckleberry Hideaway have an outstanding long view of Taunton Bay and the Lucerne Hills to the west from the ground, though the sunset view from the deck is even better. ...moreless
Light Heart Retreat is just 2 miles off from Route 1 in Sullivan. The only neighbors for a mile or more in any direction is a relative. Though rural, convenience stores and restaurants are just a 10 minute drive away. ...moreless
The Huckleberry Hideaway is just a few steps away from a crystaline water-filled granite quarry, suitable for swimming, canoeing and diving into after taking a wood-fired sauna. There will be no noise from children, jet skis, motor boats--osprey, raven and kingfisher, the sound of the wind in the leaves and through the pine needles are the only sounds you're likely to hear....moreless
Lovely built in window seat 2 chairs and Jotul wood stove, easy to operate. There's room for the bedroom desk to move to the living room by the woodstove during the winter time, to be extra toasty....moreless
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Jun 27 - Sep 11, 2015
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Fall/Early Winter 2015
Sep 12 - Jan 2, 2016
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
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Minimum age to rent is 25 years old.
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The Huckleberry Hideaway is located at Light Heart Retreat a 30 minute drive to Acadia for site seeing, hiking, horse back riding, a whale watch, schooner ride, swimming at pristine Sand Beach, cross-country skiing in the winter. Many craft shows, fairs and local festivals through out summer and fall--wonderful local crafts people with great galleries. Rent kayaks or bikes. Visit nearby Schoodic Point. Sail on a schooner from Bar Harbor or go whale watching. Schoodic for the Arts Program: great, short workshops in storytelling, music, art...Eat lobster in the rough. Visit Theodore Roosevelt's Campobello. Attend the Rockport Blues Festival, first weekend after 4th of July. Bangor American Folk Festival, last weekend in August. Weekend contra dances. So much to do, see and eat!
Visit historic Eastport, the Botanical Gardens, Camden/Rockland, the Booth Bay area, all make for a great day trip.
There are several excellent galleries within 15 minutes of Light Heart Retreat. Though rural, we have several fine dining restaurants... Our favorite is the Crocker House Inn in Hancock for a special dinner. Everyone loves Chester Pike's Friday night fish fry...not just fried fish...and their breakfasts with homemade breads. Great lunches and deserts, too.
Head south of here and explore the Blue Hill Peninsula. The lovely town of Blue Hill has been nicknamed, Little Cambridge and is home to Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. Visit Stonington and Deer Isle, getting there is part of the joy as the drive takes you along open fields, farms and forests along the water's edge.
This is one of the most visited areas in the country and for good reason. Maine--the way life ought to be.
Other Activities: Whale Watching, Nature viewing, Kayak, Fishing
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: David Buell and Joanna Pinney Buell are the hard-working stewards of a very special place on planet earth, called Light Heart Retreat. David is a stone artisan, gifted pianist, poet and inspired gardener. Joanna has many years in the holistic and spiritual healing field, is an inspired cook, gardener, writer and designed the retreat houses and their own home, at Light Heart Retreat. Together David and Joanna share a deep love and respect for nature, of the Great Spirit and of humanity. They delight in seeing the transformations that happen for the guests of Light Heart Retreat.
Why the Owner Chose Sullivan:
The Huckleberry Hideaway is one of 2 adult only retreat houses offered at Light Heart Retreat. No words can rightly capture the spirit of peace, tranquility and beauty that this space exudes from within and that which is part of the surroundings. This year-round house is for adults only and is best suited to one or two couples as well as making a very wonderful retreat space for an individual. This is not our own home...it is a space designed and built with deep intention for those who are seeking beauty, peace, rest, renewal, peace and inspiration. Light Heart Retreat offers all of this and there is the added benefit of being just 30 minutes away from Acadia National Park with it's vistas of the Atlantic and great hiking. The Huckleberry has a fully equipped and well stocked kitchen for cooking at home or one can treat themselves to some fine dining locally.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
I love the opportunity to retreat to the Huckleberry myself, (Joanna) especially in the winter and early spring. Though the outdoor hot tub is a delight anytime, I especially enjoy it on a snowy night or a spring morning when the birds are beginning to sing. The long view from the balcony of Taunton Bay and the Lucerne Hills is is particularly nourishing to the soul when arrayed in autumn's reds and golds. I like to begin and end a winter's day in the rocking chair in front of the wood stove. There is no place I'd rather be on retreat than at our very own Huckleberry HIdeaway at Light Heart Retreat. Our guest book is filled with many thanks for the special touches and warm welcome our guests receive at Light Heart Retreat. Guests of the Huckleberry Hideaway enjoy a homemade loaf of bread upon their arrival and have a seasonal floral arrangement on their dining room table. There really in no place like Light Heart Retreat. Where can you go on retreat, have the comfort of a well designed retreat house, privacy, quiet, solitude, beauty, beauty, beauty...a wood-fired sauna, library and not be sharing it with 30 or more other guests? It's just us and the guests of the two retreat cottages on 100 acres with a gated entry. We offer so much that is of REAL value here. The retreat is 30 minutes from Acadia National Park. The Park is phenomenal, but can be crowded. Bar Harbor is a favored destination and with the many cruise ships in can be crowded in the high season. Cottages on Mount Desert Island cost 3 times our fees for a similar size rental. But why compare apples to oranges? See our site. Your heart will call you here if Light Heart Retreat is for you.
Believe in miracles. Everything is possible. Make a heart wish here.
Huckleberry Honeymoon Hideaway for your June Honeymoon.
Easy to use Jotul, dining nook with views to Bay and mountains.
2nd Floor is Master Bedroom w/Bath & Balcony and awesome views to bay and hills.
Secluded, magical SecludBragdon Quarry. Skinny dipping, eagle watching, canoeing
Late summer morning in Standing Stone Circle. Say your morning prayers here.
Wood Fired Sauna in the Light of Sunset on main quarry.
Let your light heart lead you along a new path to discover your soul's purpose.
Can you feel the peace and serenity? New beginnings are inspired by being here.
Overlooking Sand Beach in Acadia National Park from the Beehive trail.
When the sun goes down the Light Beings come out to play.
Outdoor spa has a screening for early in the season.
Huckleberry's Kitchen, Well Equipped for Cooking
First Floor Bedroom has its own Granite Patio. Watch moon rise through skylight.
Balcony & bodywork table in Master Bedroom. Onsite bodywork by previous appt.
Greet the sun at the Meditation Hut overlooking Bragdon Quarry.
Meditate in the Dolman
Late Spring visitors are rewarded with many rare wildflowers and warbler's songs
Our guests love to visit Schoodic Peninsula, a piece of Acadia right up the road
Sunset from your deck or the bench at the Standing Stone Circle.
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