Nature's Beauty & Sanctuary Year Round at Huckleberry HideawayHotTubNearacadia(13 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 retreat with just one other cottage and the owner, many amenities
Snuggle in for a glorious and bright, beautiful winter at Light Heart Retreat in Downeast Maine. Whether you want to hike, bike, snow shoe or cross country ski, you'll so enjoy coming back to the warmth and charm of Huckleberry Hideaway. You may also enjoy books and DVD's from the freestanding library. So wonderful to get cozy in front of the woodstove under a blanket on the large built in window seat. It's so beautiful looking out the window, it's hard not to keep looking up and getting lost in nature's story unfolding on the other side of the glass.
What does Autumn look like? Please see this blog post to get a good feel for it: https://lightheartretreat.wordpress.com/posts/ Browse through our posts to see what each season has to offer you at Light Heart Retreat. The silence and beauty of winter here is striking!
And now back to our main write up after our little " Have a lovely visit here in Autumn and Winter message :)
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 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 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 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, 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. Light Heart Retreat is entirely non-smoking.
If you're looking for a place to party hardy, this isn't it.
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? Fish for bass from a canoe right here on the quarry? We've got the gear. 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.
***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.***
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- 1200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Not Suitable For Children:
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|
Winter into Spring
Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2017
2 night min stay
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: 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. ***David made his transition back to the Great Cosmos in March 2015. Joanna is loving and living the good life at Light Heart Retreat and looking forward to returning friends and new friends yet to be made at Light Heart Retreat where heaven touches earth.
Why the Owner Chose Sullivan, ME, USA:
The Huckleberry Hideaway is one of 2 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 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. 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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Links to more information:
- CLICK HERE - View owner's site for a slideshow of the Huckleberry Hideaway.
- CLICK HERE - See our 1 bedroom cottage, Blackberry Cottage #112158.
- CLICK HERE - Off the beaten path...great places to visit and things to do away from the crowds.
- CLICK HERE - Please visit owner's site for additional photos and information.
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Swim in warm cyrstalline quarry.
Bedrooms are private to one another and each with it's own sitting area.
Huckleberry's Kitchen, Well Equipped for Cooking
View to the built in seating overlooking the woodstove.
First Floor Bedroom has its own Granite Patio. Watch moon rise through skylight.
Balcony & bodywork table in Master Bedroom. Onsite bodywork by previous appt.
Meditate in the Dolman
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
The colors of here are a photographers dream. The light, oh the LIGHT!
Huckleberry at Twilight
Hot tub is wonderful all year round!
Easy to use Jotul, 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.
Autumn view of Taunton Bay from the balcony.
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.
Our guests love to visit Schoodic Peninsula, a piece of Acadia right up the road
Another view of Bragdon Quarry. Great place to see Eagles. So serene!
Late summer light on the far side of Bragdon. See the quarry from the canoe.
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