|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. Henry David Thoreau
The Blackberry Cottage beckons you to nourish your soul here in the peace, solitude and beauty that abounds on 100 acres of water filled granite quarries and old growth forest at Light Heart Retreat. This is a wonderful abode for writers and creatives, as well as nature lovers. Those who find themselves deeply needing rest and restoration, clarity and inspiration will receive what they seek here and more.
Cheery, cozy, comfortable...that’s the Blackberry Cottage. The Blackberry heats with a glass fronted parlor stove, sufficient to the coldest days of the year and perfect for a chilly Maine morning. The full kitchen has a pine dining nook, island and pantry. The ample windows provide bird and animal sitings, including the hummingbirds that frequent the window boxes.
There’s a queen size bed in the east facing bedroom. The built in couch in the living room serves as a second bed for a friend. One of our guests prefers it, as she can go to sleep by the light of the parlor stove.
The kitchen is well equipped for cooking, baking even, and there’s a roomy shower in the bathroom with plenty of hot water.
The Blackberry Cottage will keep you well contented if the weather keeps you indoors. But there’s more...a wood fired sauna on the large quarry, walking trails, swimming, canoeing and trout fishing (catch and release). Your fire circle is located on a natural granite patio overlooking the quarries.
And more still...a meditation hut sitting high on the cliff side of Bragdon Quarry and the Sacred Stone Circle, another fine place for meditating, sending out your prayers and intentions.
Light Heart retreat is sanctuary for the nature lover’s soul. The Blackberry will serve you very well. If you like more space and would enjoy the luxury of an outdoor hot tub, you may want to see #153078, the Huckleberry Hideaway which accommodates one or two couples. Both these cottages are for adults only.
Check for special offers on our web site.
The Blackberry Cottage is available for month long retreats outside the months of July and August. Please contact owners to discuss this possibility.
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 Blackberry Cottage is for adults only.
Please visit our website www.lightheartretreat.com for more details.
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.
Joanna Pinney Buell purchased this cottage in 2004
We designed and built this cottage to accommodate a writer who wanted to spend 6 months in our large, family cottage (no longer available). We didn't want the families to lose out and saw a need for a second cottage that could serve an individual or couple on retreat. It was in our hearts to share this special place where we live with kindred spirits and that we have!
The Blackberry Cottage is a great value at its price. Guests have all the same benefits that the guests of the larger Huckleberry Hideaway cottage, except they don't have the outdoor hot tub. All guests may enjoy the wood-fired sauna, the forest trails, swimming in the quarries, canoeing, fishing, the holistic reading and media library and their own campfire pit. And let us not forget the magnificent and mystical standing stone circle...and meditation hut...and David's granite sculptures...Joanna's really good home-baked bread (ask for Chunky Monkey Banana Bread). This location is very accessible to the best that Downeast Maine has to offer, too.
The Blackberry Cottage is a great find and value with so much more to offer being part of Light Heart Retreat and sharing in retreat amenities. It's private, but not too secluded, overlooking the blue quarry water on it's east side with a big lawn, filled with daisies in June to the west. One of our woman retreaters looked out the kitchen window to see a doe and her fawn grazing the lawn. Another spotted a moose in the driveway at 5 AM.
We list 2 patios and there is actually a third. We've located the fire pit on a natural granite patio, overlooking the quarry, just a few steps from the backdoor of the Blackberry. Nothing like sitting by a fire and watching the sky for shooting stars are seeing the stars reflected bigger than life in the quarry water.
And did I mention the summer serenade of the frogs?
A stay at the Blackberry cottage is wonder-filled! Romantic for a couple, safe for a single woman on retreat with owners on site. We here when you need us, invisible otherwise.
And as for the Light Heart Retreat experience overall:
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 and occasional guests at the Quarry House, 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 crowded. Bar Harbor is a pleasant place to visit and very 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 though? See our site. Your heart will call you here if Light Heart Retreat is for you.
We arrived here a couple much in need of respite. We have had the opportunity to gain so much more than that. We leave here today rested and renewed. One of my favorite quotes is,
Life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take but by the moments that take our breath away.
Thank you for doing just that by sharing the place where heaven meets earth, with us.
About 2 years ago I took a job at a startup. The hours were long, the pace frenetic, but the mission was amazing; truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. After that opportunity concluded, I resolved to find a peaceful spot in Maine to recharge my battery and reconnect to myself in between jobs; which is how I ended up on Joanna and David's doorstep one Sunday for a weeklong stay at the Blackberry cabin.
There are many things to commend the cabin, and the retreat more broadly to you if you are seeking peace. Joanna and David provide fabulous hospitality (they delivered fresh vegetables from the garden to us several times). The retreat location is essentially equidistant from Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor; having spent a week previously in Bar and Northwest Harbor I was astonished at how remote and gorgeous Winter Harbor is on a long run. the Retreat itself is fantastic - there are plenty of fun things to do right there, be it swimming in the quarry on summer morning, canoeing in the quarry, enjoying the amazing wood fire sauna, or standing in the stone garden. To my mind, the retreat is the ideal place to go if you want to be close to Bar Harbor but not TOO close; it affords you the option to explore more remote, less bustling (and commercialized) parts of Maine while also allowing for you to go nowhere at all.
I would be remiss if I didn't note that David and Joanna have gone out of their way to shape the natural beauty of the area to foster a harmonious space. David in particular seems to have a deep affinity for stone that I've not encountered anywhere else. If natural beauty is what resonates with you, I'd encourage you to consider a stay here.
What a beautiful and relaxing place, we loved staying at the Blackberry Cottage! Swimming in the quarry's was fantastic, only thing better was to combine it with the sauna. Watching the sunset from the standing stone circle was our favorite way to end the day, a camp fire was the perfect ending to the night.
Joanna and David were perfect hosts...Thank you!
John & Alyona DiLeo
My husband and I fell in love with this incredibly beautiful, magical spot. If you're looking for a place to restore your sanity away from the stress of the city, in a cool forest by a serene lake, this is your getaway. The hosts are truly lovely people who thought of everything to make our stay wonderful, and they're ready to help if you need it, but never intrusive. The cottage was charming and immaculate, cozy and welcoming. You're close to everything that this part of the country has to offer, yet off the beaten path. Perfect for a romantic getaway, a special trip to share with friends, or a soul-restoring retreat. We'll definitely return.
My husband and I were in need of a serious break from stress. We live in New York City and our lives are full full FULL of distractions and busy-ness. Having looked at DOZENS of properties and made countless phone calls and emails to property owners in Maine, we chose the Light Heart Retreat. What we experienced there went far beyond our dreams of the perfect, restful "holiday," and indeed taught us that we need to change the course of our lives in general. David and Joanna were warm and welcoming to be sure, offering as much privacy as we wanted while also being available for hikes and any general needs. The home itself, the Huckleberry, was the most beautiful, comfortable, well-designed and thoughtful holiday home we've ever rented. The property was magical, with trails, quarries in which to swim and canoe, and a bald eagle offering a majestic spectacle each afternoon. The stone circle sunsets provided a powerful and peaceful ending to each day, and the spacious, well-stocked kitchen and outdoor grill fulfilled our desire to never leave the property. Magnificent! It's easy enough to find a place that provides a relaxing, good time with beautiful scenery. It's very, very rare to find a place such as the LHR, so full of magic, that immediately takes you back to youth and to your core. I felt alive again at the LHR, and its brilliant effect remains with me today. I am counting the minutes until our next visit. This very special place will strike a profound chord in those who are paying attention and looking for "more." Those who simply want to relax, read, swim, and absorb nature will be wonderfully satisfied, too. We recommend the LHR in great confidence!
Visit Acadia for site seeing, hiking, horse back riding, a whale watch, schooner ride, 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 Campabello. 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 the Botanical Gardens in Booth Bay Harbor.
Live outdoor music, evenings in downtown Ellsworth on the riverfront and in Bangor on the Penobscott see top name performers on outdoor stage.
Visit light houses and the area around them. Our favorite is at Pemaquid Point.
Best beach is worth the trip or visit it coming or going from Maine: Popham State Park near Bath.
Spend a day on Rte 1 between Ellsworth and Bath for miles of antiquing and flea markets.
Other Activities: Glider Planes at Bar Harbor Airport--Many Local Festivals and Art Galleries
Our favorite thing to do is to head downeast on Rte. 1 with a Maine Gazateer and go treasure hunting for little beaches and walking trails.
Please see our website www.lightheartretreat.com for a full page of links of things to do and video of some of our favorites.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Spring, Summer, Fall 2015
Apr 18 2015 - Nov 21 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning||$80 + Tax|
Minimum age is 25 years old.
4 week retreats possible for one guest outside high season.
5 day minimum to rent during Summer. Winter min. is 4 weeks.
Please email us the following information for your rental agreement and our records:
Full name of each guest
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Phone # you can be reached at while visiting
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Payment is due in full to reserve for stays made 90 days or less in advance. When booking in advance of 90 days, a 50% deposit is due to hold the reservation, remainder due 90 days before arrival date. On short notice stays we require a signed rental agreement and payment to be received via PayPal at least 7 days before your arrival. Reservations are confirmed w/ a signed agreement and payment.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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