Snowy Paradise! Snug & Secluded. Huckleberry Honeymoon Hideaway W/ Outdoor Spa
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Sullivan cottage description
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.
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.
- 2 story
- 1200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Low Allergen Environment
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Not Suitable For Children:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Not Allowed:
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- We've done the best to make the first floor bathroom wheel chair accessible. The bathroom door is 32 inches wide. There's a 36x36 standard shower with a 32 inch space between the wall the shower lip. Grab bars are installed beside the toilet, outside the shower, and one bar inside the shower under the controls. A quality, sturdy, shower bench is available with adjustable legs, so that one can transfer from a wheel chair outside the shower and using the grab bars, move to the interior of the shower. The 2nd story bathroom has toilet sink and closets, making for a private dressing room area. We provide plenty of towels and the utility room has a washer and dryer if you need it....moreless
- 100% cotton bedding. The cottage is cleaned with natural cleaning products and we furnish wonderful aromatherapy soaps and candles from Sweet Grass Farm in Greenland, NH. Your kitchen is stocked with herbs and spices, cooking oils, plastic wrap, etc.; all the basic items your kitchen at home has. Light Heart Retreat has a library with holistic, new age and popular media. Games, including Scrabble. You bring: bug spray, beach towels, camera, toiletries and your groceries. We have coolers and other items you might need--just ask. Owners are happy to accommodate you! A frequent comment from guests has been, 'You've thought of everything!' Wow! Private outdoor hot tub and wood fired sauna, too. Light Heart Retreat is for mature adults only with a spiritual bent who love and respect nature. Guests enjoy exploring the woods trails, meditating in the standing stone circle, sunning and swimming in the quarries. Fresh flowers and home baked bread await you. ...moreless
- Books For Adults
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Video Library
- Away From It All
- Winery Tours
- Coin Laundry
- Duty Free Shops
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Autumn Foliage
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Outlet Shopping
local services and businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Fitness Center
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
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
Near The Ocean:
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
- Water View:
- Mountain View:
- Monument View:
sports and adventure activities
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Deepsea Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Dining Area
forms of payment
- Accept Credit Card
- Ceiling Fans
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Living Area
- Wireless Internet
- Clothes Dryer
- Basic Soaps
- Local Maps
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
- Towels Provided:
- Wood Stove:
- Activities Guide
- Hydronic Heating
- Laundry Soap
- Alarm Clock
- Toilet Paper
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Local Activities Guide
- Paper Towels
- Parking On Street
- 4 Ring Stove
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Walkway To Water
- Gated Community
- Large Cooler
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Deck / Patio:
- Wood Deck
- Outdoor Grill
- Lawn / Garden
- Small Cooler
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Deck Furniture
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Hot Tub
ReviewsWrite a review
To Relax and HealGuest comment entered by owner
To Relax and Heal
This has been a wonderful week to relax and heal. You have created a beautiful retreat full of light and Happiness. Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and attention to detail. Blessings.
- Guest Alice, TX
- Date of stay 05/31/12
- Review Submitted 08/10/12
Special Place to Geat Away from it AllGuest comment entered by owner
Special Place to Geat Away from it All
We loved our stay in the Huckleberry HIdeaway and we are sure we will be back. We never got a chance to use the wood stove and are thinking a winter trip to use the hot tub and the wood stove is in order! We really like the cabin. The granite structural column is just magnificent and we enjoyed all the careful planning that went into the design--everything from the specific location of the cabin, nestled against the granite bank, to the colors of the tiles and linens. And it smells wonderful! We love the streaming sun in the afternoons over Taunton Bay. We also loved the quarry, turned garden, with the playful stones everywhere, the osprey and kingfishers hunting and the huge warm slabs of granite stretching into water full of fish and frogs. The subtle balance games of some of the stone arrangements are really wonderful! After a couple of hard years, this was a great and special place for a get-away-from-it-all vacation. This was just the recipe for the two of us to reconnect. Thank you David and Joanna for making this lovely, tranquil garden retreat.
- Guest Kristen, CT
- Date of stay 05/12/12
- Review Submitted 08/10/12
8th Visit with their Huckleberry FriendGuest comment entered by owner
8th Visit with their Huckleberry Friend
It seems we are the Huckleberry’s most faithful visitors, as this is our 8th time we’ve made the trip from Boston. We love it here, always finding the beauty of Maine restorative. Each visit delights us with new discoveries. This time it was old dowtown Ellsworth, where we ate a good meal at Finn’s, an Irish pub and bought some local, Maine-made toys at a nice little children’s shop. Perhaps it is bold to head north in March, but its been such a mild winter. Although we encoutered a snow squall on the way up, the weather has been very spring-like and warm, the mud minimal. The hot but and fire were perfect. As always, we wish we could stay longer. We hope to carry some of the peace with us as we venture back home.
- Guest Sky & Geoff, MA
- Date of stay 03/19/12
- Review Submitted 08/10/12
Closer to GodGuest comment entered by owner
Closer to God
Thank you for having us stay in this precious place. You are wonderful to share this, your home, with others. Being able to be so intimate with Nature especially made me feel close to God. The kids loved the fishing and canoeing. We’ll remember this place and time forever...the peace and the fun we had as a family. ~ Maria and family, RI and Brazil
- Guest Maria and family, RI and Brazil
- Date of stay 07/07/09
- Review Submitted 08/10/12
Berries & ChanterellesGuest comment entered by owner
Berries & Chanterelles
Has been so nice to be back here enjoying the water, the woods. Have had a fun time trying out all the small trails in the woods, getting lost and finding the right connections, refinding places from my last stay. Lots of berries, the strawberries are ripe, the blueberries soon and the chanterelle mushrooms were so nice and more than I have ever seen, light the forest up with gold. Thank you for a great stay.
- Guest Elizabeth, Norway
- Date of stay 06/06/10
- Review Submitted 08/10/12
How to Make the Most of a New England WinterGuest comment entered by owner
How to Make the Most of a New England Winter
We cannot thank you enough for a spectacular weekend at the wonderful Huckleberry Hideaway. We had high expectations coming into our stay here, and the retreat far surpassed them! We feel so lucky to have found this amazing place. From ample soaks in the hot tub to walks through the winter wonderland of trails and quarries, to snuggling and watching the fire burn...our time here has been perfect. Joanna, the butternut bread was unbelievable! David, we sincerely appreciate you trekking out in the below freezing temps to get the sauna ready for us! We feel amazingly relaxed and restored after our time here. We can’t wait to return!
- Guest Nate & Rachel, Boston, MA
- Date of stay 01/15/12
- Review Submitted 01/16/12
Wonderful Relaxing Stay
Wonderful Relaxing Stay
From the fresh baked banana bread to the welcome soak of the hot tub, the Huckleberry is definitely a place we would recommend. The cottage was clean and well maintained, with wonderful accents that made the stay most enjoyable. We only wish we could have stayed longer!
- Guest Bryan W.
- Date of stay 08/01/11
- Review Submitted 08/08/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway.
A true time away from it all
A true time away from it all
My and I were looking for a place to really relax and get away from the hustle of daily life. We were on Homeaway searching for a comfortable looking house in a place that offered options to both do nothing and to have access to some good outdoor activities (hiking, biking, swimming). At the last minute this property popped up and we took right away. We were a bit nervous about the Maine weather as we drove north from Boston, but realized how comfortable the house was and that if it rained all week, we could still have a great relaxing vacation. We had great weather, access to Acadia and Mt. Dessert Island without the hassle of big crowds every moment. We spent several days hiking and biking in the Sullivan/Hancock area and actually found much charm there without the busy roads and crowded shops. We did enjoy cooking our own meals (this would not be a good place for folks wanting nightlife as the road in has bumps and challenges and is a bit better during the day). The peacefulness that has been carved out in house was a true gift to us. Feel free to contact me for more details.
- Guest Susan M. (Watertown, Massachusetts)
- Date of stay 07/25/11
- Review Submitted 08/03/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
A wonderful week in Maine
A wonderful week in Maine
We have just returned from a glorious week at the Huckleberry Hideaway at the Lightheart Retreat in Sullivan, Maine. The Huckleberry Hideaway is one of three properties available to rent at the 60 acre retreat. Each is set in its own garden away from its neighbors, so the house was very private and peaceful. There are two swimming lakes on the property each with canoes that guests may use, and a sauna. Acadia National Park is a short drive away, as is the less visited Schoodic Point and there are numerous excellent restaurants close by - a special mention should go to the Crocker House Inn where we had a memorable dinner. Our hosts, Joanna and David were warm and friendly and provided lots of local information about restaurants etc that added to our week's enjoyment. The brief orientation session at the start of our stay was helpful and ensured that we knew how to use the sauna, hot tub, canoe etc right from the start. The property listing was accurate but failed to convey the very special nature of the building and its location. Clearly alot of thought has gone into the design and layout of the house and as a result it is full of light and captures the most gorgeous views - our favorite being the setting of the sun over Taunton Bay. The kitchen was very well equipped and spotlessly clean. The beds were wonderfully comfortable and the showers were hot, with great pressure. But it was the little extra touches such as the vase of wild flowers and the home-made bread that awaited our arrival, or the hand-made soaps that placed this rental in a class of its own. We would strongly recommend this rental to anyone looking for a thoroughly relaxing vacation in a wonderfully comfortable house, set in a beautiful, peaceful location.
- Guest Sarah (Toms River, NJ)
- Date of stay 08/23/10
- Review Submitted 09/05/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Peace and beauty!
Peace and beauty!
August 22, 2009 Namaste`! We are nearing the end of our second August visit to the Light Heart Retreat, or more specifically, to the Huckleberry Hideaway. We have come to look at this time as our New Year’s, a time in which we rebuild and fortify ourselves for the year ahead. The Light Heart Retreat centers us, and brings us not only peace, but answers. The opportunity to be immersed in nature in such a remarkable jewel of a place, so consciously maintained and shared by its stewards is a rare and wonderful thing--a gift, truly. I am extremely grateful for the thoughtful presentation of this place and all of its environs, but I am even more grateful for the compassion the LHR’s owners show for our fragile world. There’s a lot to appreciate about this place as a rental--its cleanliness, warmth, and comfort, but there’s also a lot we can learn here, provided we arrive with eyes open. And if we don’t, we surely leave with them as such. What a Wonderful World! Peace, Lauren and David
- Guest laurendavid (Berkeley, CA, USA)
- Date of stay 08/17/08
- Review Submitted 02/25/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, people with disabilities, girls getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Thank you Lauren and David for your lovely review of your stay at the Huckleberry Hideaway. We are honored to hold the space here on this sacred land, for those such as yourselves, who can most benefit by their stay here. We are not right for everyone. For those who come seeking peace and solitude in nature, with "eyes open", Light Heart Retreat can fulfill whatever heart felt intention is sincerely given. Blessings to you both and we look forward to your next visit, Joanna & David
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Nov 1 - Jun 20, 2014
3 night min stay
Jun 21 - Sep 5, 2014
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
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3 night min stay
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- Nearest Airport: Bangor International at 40 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Winter Harbor to Bar Harbor at 15 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: US Highway 1 at 2 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Lamoine State Park at 15 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Ruth & Whimpy's at 8 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Hermon Mountain at 40 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Sorrento Country Club at 12 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Chester Pike's Galley at 5 Miles
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.
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Winter is wonderful, experienced on a snowy evening from the outdoor spa, ahhhh!
Snow shoe or ski over the snow-covered quarries in winter, bright & beautiful.
Winter's light is beautiful seen from the Huckleberry dining nook.
Dining Nook with view to the Bay and Porcupine Viewing.
Cozy all year round snuggled up to the fire.
Balcony & bodywork table in Master Bedroom
First Floor Bedroom has its own Granite Patio
Have your Morning Coffee Here
Quarry Swing, Well Stocked Library behind it.
Wood Fired Sauna in the Light of Sunset.
Meditation Hut overlooking Bragdon Quarry.
Twilight at Bragdon Quarry.
Your Huckleberry Friend with the Sun Going Down
Huckleberry's Kitchen, Well Equipped for Cooking
Winter is beautiful viewed from the cozy window seat at the Huckleberry.
2nd Floor is Master Bedroom w/Bath & Balcony
Autumn is spectacular!
Wood-fired Sauna & Crystalline Quarries @ Light Heart Retreat
See the sun set on Taunton Bay and the Lucerne Hills, listen to the owls at dusk
Angel Lights in the Sacred Stone Circle at Light Heart Retreat.
Meditate in the Dolman
Secluded, magical Bragdon Quarry, 5 minute walk from the Huck.
Where eagles roost, you can canoe, skinny dip, swim and sun on the warm granite
2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
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