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Huckleberry Hideaway! Secluded Retreat w/outdoor spa Near Acadia National Park

Joanna Pinney Buell

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Huckleberry Hideaway! Secluded Retreat w/outdoor spa Near Acadia National Park

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Sullivan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Near Acadia. For adults, 2 bdr year round house. Swim, canoe on quarries. Hiking

Escape summer's heat and come to Light Heart Retreat in downeast Maine where the pace of life is such that one can hear themselves think AND hear the wind through the trees, the whistle of an osprey, smell the fresh scent of morning's dew and take a walk on wooded trail without running into another human being.

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 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 for more details.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Joanna Pinney Buell (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Joanna Pinney Buell

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 2006

Why Joanna Pinney Buell 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 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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
May 2012
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Huckleberry Hideaway! Secluded Retreat w/outdoor spa Near Acadia National Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
Rocky River, Ohio

“Incredible, truly "Where heaven touches earth"”

  • 5 of 5

The location is exactly as advertised, great pictures and descriptions. This property is among the cleanest and most well stocked of any place we have stayed. We had wonderful hosts, they seemed to sense our every need from a nice supply of baked goods, and a well stocked kitchen to prior preparation of kindling and logs for both our indoor and outdoor fires. I recommend this property in the highest manner and will be posting everywhere I can about it. The caretakers provide company and information when needed and allow you to remain as private as you desire while enjoying this amazing property in nature. This is the perfect place to reflect on your life, forget about your daily cares and enjoy the natural beauty this earth has to offer. Should you find yourself in need of other distractions, Acadia National park is within easy reach, both MDI & the Schoodic peninsula. Many great small harbor towns surround this beautiful property.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review! It was a great pleasure having you all visit here and we so enjoyed the stone sculpture Barb left on the "happy bench". We look forward to sharing the Light Heart with you again. Blessings for peace and freedom, Joanna & David

Quiet, relaxing and a home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Huckleberry Hideaway for a long weekend just before Christmas and it was exactly what we were hoping for and more! The house it cozy, homey and generously equipped with anything you may need. This cabin is nestled on a side of the property that has lots of land to snowshoe through and has a beautiful view, especially from the deck off the master bedroom upstairs. Joanna made us feel right at home when we arrived and David made sure we had plenty of wood for the wood burning stove. The spa was amazing plus it was snowing which made everything look beautiful at sunset.

Clean, cozy, inviting, beautiful, private, relaxing and quiet-we had absolutely no complaints! We loved our stay and hope to stay again soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

A Peaceful Retreat with Amazing Views

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Huckleberry Hideaway was nothing short of magical. The Huckleberry is ensconced in nature's beauty- surrounded by towering trees, and neighbored by the granite sculptures that evoke an introspective process and reflection during your stay. The fresh air demands to be gulped in deep breaths, which are often stolen by the incredible views of the valley below, or clearings in the snow-covered woods. The house itself is perfectly cozy, with all of the modern amenities one could ask for-- and impeccably clean. The hot tub under the stars is the coup de grace--if you can't find relaxation there, you're beyond hope. There are also plenty of well-marked trails to hike and quarries to traverse (on snowshoes). We had the pleasure of staying during a significant snow storm--didn't lose power, but were well prepared if that had occurred thanks to our hosts. Joanna and David are the quintessential gracious hosts--attentive without ever being intrusive. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Wonderful Relaxing Stay

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Watertown, Massachusetts

A true time away from it all

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Toms River, NJ

A wonderful week in Maine

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bangor International
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Ruth & Whimpy's
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Winter Harbor to Bar Harbor
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Sorrento Country Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Chester Pike's Galley
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Hermon Mountain
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Lamoine State Park
Car: necessary

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


Rates & Availability

From $205 Per night

Sullivan Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter/Spring 2015
Oct 2 2014 - Jun 26 2015
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 11 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall/Early Winter 2015
Sep 12 2015 - Jan 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes Minimum age to rent is 25 years old.

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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.
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Sullivan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Floorboards
  • Heating ...
  • Hydronic Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom Down - toilet , shower
    Bathroom Up - toilet , Has dressing room area
  • 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.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • 1st Floor - 1 queen
    2nd Floor - 1 queen
  • This cottage was designed to accommodate 2 couples and comfortably sleeps 2 adults up and 2 adults down in queen size beds with premium bedding.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Binoculars
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
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.

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