Huckleberry Hideaway~Swim Crystalline Quarries~Foresttrails~Stonecircle~Hottub(14 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Private gaited 100 acre retreat. One other cottage and the owner, many amenities
Arriving here, you will be most happy to have 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 within.
Just a short drive to Acadia, but a world away from the hustle and bustle, Huckleberry Honeymoon Hideaway is nestled in 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` Stonehenge. Looking east out the bedroom you see the sunrise over the largest water-filled quarry at the retreat. Everywhere you look, nature greets you with a warm and welcoming smile...not another soul in sight and if you do see one, that soul will most likely have been called here for the tranquility, the peace, refreshment and renewal.
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 meditation hut that overlooks Bragdon Quarry, a serene place to meditate, canoe, sunbathe, bird watch and swim.
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?
If the Huckleberry Hideaway is a stretch for your means, or is not available for the time of your inquiry, 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.
More info about locale:
On the quiet side of Frenchmen’s Bay, away from the crowds, we offer you nature’s sanctuary for the soul. Light Heart Retreat is located close enough for ease of visits to Acadia National Park, the beautiful seaports of Mt. Dessert Island, the well known Camden/Rockland area, and Blue Hill Peninsula.
Drive 2 miles from here, take a left onto Route 1 and you’re within 2 hours of Campobello Island, Lubec, Eastport and New Brunswick, Canada. Here you’ll find uncrowded trails, beaches and vistas and of course, lighthouses. You can drive 25 minutes and be on the tip of Schoodic Point looking out over a wild and wooly ocean, looking clear across to Europe. There are bike and hiking trails here, a picnic area and pier to fish from.
Schoodic Point is part of Acadia National Park, but out of the fray, not being contiguous with the main park. You’ll pass by the small downtown of Winter Harbor when you go to Schoodic Point. It’s home to the Schoodic Arts Festival which hosts events year round. There are contra dances, musical events and a wide variety of workshops.
Go inland a bit and you’ll find pristine Donnell Pond, Schoodic Mountain, Black Mountain and other assents, part of the Frenchman’s Bay Conservancy’s network of trails. You’ll also find yourself traveling along the tops of blueberry barrens which turn red in the late fall and depending on the light, can appear neon red or pink even!
Light Heart Retreat is 30 minutes from Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor and centrally located for day trips.
Looking for sanctuary for the nature lover's soul? Looking for peace and quiet after sight seeing? Looking to swim in granite quarries and bake in the sun on the granite beach? Looking to experience a standing stone circle? Want to taste the best banana bread ever (got to appeal to all your senses in this screening process :) Pick blueberries? See osprey, eagles, peregrines, and hear the lovely twilight song of the hermit thrush? You can stop hunting..you've found your happy place!
See our site for a great little slideshow about area attractions and off-the-beaten-track things to do.
Light Heart Retreat has been discovered! Best to book your summer and foliage stays by March. Spring is a great time to visit Acadia National Park before the main tourist season arrives. The Huckleberry is available during the winter months too. There’s much to do to prepare the cottage and retreat amenities during the shoulder seasons. Please give owner at least two weeks notice for an arrival in November through April.
*** Host screens guests before approving a reservation. So please let host know about yourself in your inquiry and why you have chosen Light Heart Retreat. Host reserves the right to decline an inquiry if through the screening process it is determined that Light Heart Retreat is not a good match for what the guests are seeking. Reservation requires signing a rental agreement which includes guest guidelines. These guidelines include drinking in moderation. This is not a place to come to and party. ***
Minimum age is 25 years old with some exceptions made.
Beat the crowds and book early to visit Acadia National Park in Spring or early Summer.
Come for a retreat and let your mind rest in the heart where heaven touches earth!
Henry David Thoreau was speaking about his visit to Light Heart when he said, “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
Please visit the official Light Heart Retreat website for additional photos, specials, and a deeper feel for what we have to offer you. Our site carries the magic of the Light Heart Retreat energy.
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Member since: 2007
- 1200 sq. ft.
- Non Smoking Only:
- Not Suitable For Children:
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- 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
- Audio Tape Player
- Books For Adults
- CD Player
- Away From It All
- Autumn Foliage
- Botanical Garden
- Coin Laundry
- Duty Free Shops
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
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
- Monument View:
- Mountain View:
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
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
- Water View:
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
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Activities Guide
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer
- Hydronic Heating
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided
- Living Area
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
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- Parking On Street
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Wood Stove:
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Lobster Pot
- Deck / Patio:
- Deck Furniture
- Gated Community
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Large Cooler
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Small Cooler
- Walkway To Water
- Wood Deck
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
April to June
Apr 1 - Jun 16, 2017
4 night min stay
Jun 17 - Sep 8, 2017
7 night min stay
Post Labor Day
Sep 9 - Oct 27, 2017
5 night min stay
Oct 28 - Dec 22, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning $125 + tax
- Tax Rate 9%
Host screens guests before approving a reservation. So please let host know about yourself in your inquiry and why you have chosen Light Heart Retreat. Host reserves the right to decline an inquiry if through the screening process it is determined that Light Heart Retreat is not a good match for what the guests are seeking.
Due to the nature of the preparation required before guests arrive, please submit your inquiry at least 14 days before arrival.
Minimum age is 25 years old with some exceptions made
4 week retreats possible for one guest outside high season.
7 day minimum to rent during Summer with arrival and departure on Saturday.
Damage deposit for vacation stays waived with signing a waiver on the rental agreement to pay any damages by guest.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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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: Your host Joanna Pinney Buell has many years as a practitioner in the holistic health and spiritual healing fields. She is an ordained minister, an inspired cook, organic gardener, writer and Joanna designed the retreat houses, their own home, and the little library. Together with husband, David, she has deeply enjoyed seeing Light Heart Retreat work it’s magic on those who have chosen this special hideaway, off the beaten path and away from the crowds. David made his transition back to the Great Cosmos in March 2015. His gifts and contributions are everywhere…the tree swing, the beautiful trails, the stone circle, the granite benches and standing stones that David created and placed. It’s too bad you’ll have missed his piano playing and his poetry readings and his garden tours. However, you cannot help but feel David’s loving, kind presence guiding you to discover the gift of peace, beauty and soul’s purpose that await you here.
Why the Owner Chose Sullivan, ME, USA:
The Huckleberry Hideaway is one of 2 retreat houses offered at Light Heart Retreat. No words can properly 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 has been for adults only and is best suited to one or two couples as well as making a very wonderful retreat space for an individual. However, accommodations have been made to host a small family when we're a good match. 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 owner has prepared an excellent guide to the area for visitors and is available to make further recommendations. Light Heart Retreat is the best kept secret...that's starting to be found out. Best to book early.
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. http://www.lightheartretreat.com/. Your heart will call you here if Light Heart Retreat is for you.
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Wood-fired sauna in the deep blue sunset over the quarry at Light Heart Retreat.
Huckleberry at Twilight, listen for the night hawks, hermit thrush, owls, frogs.
Bedrooms are private to one another and each with it's own sitting area and view
Huckleberry's Kitchen, Well Equipped for Cooking and baking.
View to the window seat overlooking the woodstove. Lovely light all year round.
First Floor Bedroom has its own Granite Patio. Watch moon rise through skylight.
Balcony & bodywork table in Master Bedroom. Onsite bodywork by previous appt.
Late summer morning in Standing Stone Circle. Say your morning prayers here.
Let your light heart lead you along a new path to discover your soul's purpose.
Make a stone sculpture at Schoodic Peninsula, a piece of Acadia right up the road
Another view of Bragdon Quarry. See falcons, eagles, osprey, otters, mink. Swim.
Late summer light on the far side of Bragdon. See the quarry from the canoe.
Swim in warm cyrstalline quarry warmed by the sun-- a very large swimming pool:)
Autumn view of Taunton Bay from the balcony and also visible from ground floor.
Hot tub is wonderful all year round! Screened during June to mid August.
Easy to use Jotul w/firewood supply. Dining nook with views to Bay and mountains
Cedar lined bathroom. There's also a utility room with washer/dryer.
2nd Floor is Master Bedroom w/Bath & Balcony and awesome views to bay and hills.
Nothing like the peace and beauty and coziness of the Huck in Winter. Retreat~
Meditate in the Dolman. Make a shamanic journey from here...find your way, heal.
Nature's Cathedral, a magical find in old growth forest.
Walk a path to this secluded quarry with meditation hut, canoe & skinny dipping
Greet the sun at the Meditation Hut overlooking Bragdon Quarry. Find your center
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