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'Historic' and Gorgeous Late-19th-Century 'Summer Retreat'

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Last updated: 06/19/2015

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  • Minimum stay:1-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

'Blueberry Lodge' is a late-19th-century, 'shingle style' masterpiece -- now fully restored to its original glory (and 'winterized' as well).
Four 'orthodox' bedrooms (each for two persons) and a (also-two-person) second-floor 'sleeping porch'. Cathedral-ceilinged Living Room, two full bathrooms, 'full' kitchen, first-floor and second-floor porches, 'walk-in' cellar and cellar-level 'lower deck'. House is surrounded by lawn -- with the south-side lawn unusually spacious by normal Sorrento standards.
The preceding is just a 'barebones' summary of what is the 'Blueberry Lodge' experience -- a MUCH more detailed description is available upon request.


Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Absolutely NO smoking. Either in the house or out on the decks. The house and its surroundings are at very high risk for fire....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pets are welcomed, however, should your pet be joining you on vacation, we ask you to make sure that they do not damage the delicate door screens of the property and further, if you have a pet that is a 'shedder', we request that you make sure to keep them off the furniture!...moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4: 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Sleeping Porch: 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Queen size Beds (2) Master bedroom 1st floor, Guest room - convertible sofa, Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) On second floor sleeping porch (queen size convertable), Bunk Beds (2) Window seats in the 'TV room' and great room that can (and have) accommodated small children!...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Linen cupboard is in this bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Located on first floor convenient to nearby bedrooms...moreless

  • First floor bath has shower, no tub Second floor bath has tub with shower...moreless

Other Amenities

  • 1. Sorrento Harbor widely considered to be one of the most beautiful harbors on the entire Maine coast and is a traditional stopping point for coastal Maine yacht cruises sponsored by the New York Yacht Club and similar organizations. 2. 'Sorrento Lobster Pound' - - a lobster supplier well-known throughout the Northeast -- minutes away from Blueberry Lodge! 3. Sorrento harbor and southern coastline 'look out on' Acadia National Park 's mountains (across Frenchman Bay). As Sorrento's year-round and vacationer residents are fond of saying -- 'Acadia National Park may BE the view, but Sorrento HAS the view'....moreless


  • Books:

    'Motley' assortment of books on living-room bookshelves (including children's books). Sorrento summer library is located in right-next-door 'Library' building....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Assorted board games....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys:

    'Modest' assortment of primarily-water-related toys....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Water View:

    Property is located in the 'village' section of Sorrento -- not literally 'on' but only a 'stone's throw' (literally) from beautiful Sorrento Harbor....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    No 'dining room' per se - BUT house 'dining areas' include: (A) 4 - 6 -person kitchen table, (B) up-to-10-person long table in living room, (C) 6-8-person tables on downstairs & upstairs porches....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Conveniently placed in 2nd floor bathroom...moreless

  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace:

    See Wood Fireplace ...moreless

  • Heating:

    Blueberry Lodge has been completely 'winterized' (including oil-fueled/forced-air heating system)....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    'Ample' supply ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    See photos of 'spectacular', cathedral-ceilinged living room...moreless

  • Parking:

    On-street parking available on adjacent two streets (Waukeag Avenue & Mt Desert Street)....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    See 'Parking'. Also space on lawn level deck might accommodate small boat and trailer...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local calls only...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    'Ample' supply, including beach towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Conveniently placed in 2nd floor bathroom...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    'Spectacular' living room fireplace (see photos). Wood stored on lawn-level deck...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Basic supply of bowls, pans, and pots including large lobster pot ... oh and of course the ever important coffee maker....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    'Ample' supply of dishes, utensils etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    electric oven and grill...moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    gas range ( 4 burners)...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Assorted 'town' bicycles of varying kinds, sizes (including children's) and 'genders' (male/female)....moreless

  • Boat:

    Either sail or motor boats (or both) can be rented from down-the-street (Waukeag Avenue) 'West Cove Boat Yard' (

  • Deck / Patio:

    Fully-furnished upstairs and downstairs porches. Upstairs porch fully screened....moreless

  • Golf:

    Sorrento's beautiful (9-hole) 'Blink Bonnie' golf course useable either through VIA membership or by paying for each 'round'....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two 'high-class' sea kayaks are presently available at Blueberry Lodge with possible 3rd coming...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Unusually (for Sorrento) 'spacious' lawn....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Basic gas grill on first floor porch; assorted 'beach' grills (in 'varying' physical conditions) in cellar....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Almost 'next-door' -- requires VIA 'membership' (see 'Communal Pool' above)....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Oceanside/ocean fed pool with sandy beach. Toddler friendly shallow end. 5 mins from house. Requires fairly -modest-fee 'membership' in summer 'Sorrento Village Improvement Association' ('VIA'). ...moreless



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Fall Bracket Season
Sep 5 - Oct 31, 2015
5 night min stay


Discounts: 5 nights or more: $214 Nightly

Off Season
Nov 1 - Apr 30, 2016
5 night min stay


Discounts: 5 nights or more: $86 Nightly

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  • Taxes Not included


Please note that Blueberry Lodge is rented from Saturday to Saturday. Arrival time: Saturday - 2:00pm onwards. Departure time: Saturday - 10:30am. (That means, effectively the house is available to begin renting

on the SAME date as the previous rental ends.)

Payments may be made in cash or by check/money order, bank wire, Green Dot "MoneyPak" (the Barretts have "Green Dot" VISA cards) etc. At present the Barretts cannot "process" credit or debit cards.

50% upon booking and 50% (plus $800 "security deposit") 10 days before commencement of occupancy.

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1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Blink Bonnie
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 1
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Chester Pike

Car: Necessary

Sorrento - A 'Classic' Down East Maine 'summer community' -- very definitely in the 'they-don't-make-them-like-that-anymore' category. A real 'Brigadoon' throwback to another 'era'. Both Sorrento itself and the surrounding ('Down East') region are visually spectacular in the June-through-at-least-late-October time period. The property itself -- 'Blueberry Lodge' -- was originally constructed in the 1880s and is either the oldest or second-oldest 'summer home' in Sorrento. Completely 'restored' and unarguably gorgeous. And the also-spectacular 'main section' of Acadia National Park (on 'Mount Desert Island' in Frenchman Bay) is only a 10-minute motorboat ride or 25-minute 'drive-around' away. (Acadia's so-called 'Schoodic Section' is located right next door to Sorrento in Winter Harbor.) IMPORTANT: A MUCH MORE 'EXHAUSTIVE' TREATMENT OF 'BLUEBERRY LODGE', SORRENTO AND THE NEIGHBORING REGION IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1981

About the owner: Donal Barrett is a long-since (1972)-'transplanted'-to-Greater-Boston native of Manhattan and the mid-Atlantic. Susan Barrett is a long-since-'transplanted'-to-the-US (mainly NY and Boston) Brit. Mr. Barrett is a 'recovered'-lawyer-turned-'entrepreneur'. Mrs. Barrett, who began her working life as a nurse -- first in London and then in Australia and the US -- has 're-invented' herself.. For a decade-or-more she served as the Public Relations Vice President for the Jim Henson Company (the Muppets) and, more recently, has held assorted positions in the 'public broadcasting' world.

Why the Owner Chose Sorrento:
Why not? Sorrento & 'Blueberry Lodge' is not only gorgeous -- it's 'dripping' with history. (Only one example: The property's original owner, Daniel Lamont, was Grover Cleveland's Secretary of War.) And if there's a lovelier June-through-October 'venue' than Sorrento, please tell us about it -- we sure as heck haven't found any!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Indelible memories -- of a unique place.

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Speaks: english


  • Blueberry Lodge, Sorrento Maine

    Blueberry Lodge, Sorrento Maine

  • Greatroom - Stone Fireplace

    Greatroom - Stone Fireplace

  • Greatroom - Second Floor Art Gallery

    Greatroom - Second Floor Art Gallery

  • Second Floor Porch

    Second Floor Porch

  • Eat-in kitchen

    Eat-in kitchen

  • Main Floor Sun porch

    Main Floor Sun porch

  • Road to Harbor & Stone's-throw-away "Barrett's Beach". Veiw from Blueberry Lodge

    Road to Harbor & Stone's-throw-away "Barrett's Beach". Veiw from Blueberry Lodge

  • Village architecture - Local Historic "Seasonal" Church

    Village architecture - Local Historic "Seasonal" Church

  • Veiw of Mount Desert Island

    Veiw of Mount Desert Island

  • Greatroom


  • Greatroom - Sitting area

    Greatroom - Sitting area

  • Bird's eye view of Greatroom

    Bird's eye view of Greatroom

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Relax with a cup of tea

    Relax with a cup of tea

  • Sun Porch - Outside eatting area

    Sun Porch - Outside eatting area

  • Local Tennis Courts

    Local Tennis Courts

  • Sorrento Harbor and Dock

    Sorrento Harbor and Dock

  • Sunset by Kayak, Frenchman's Bay

    Sunset by Kayak, Frenchman's Bay

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