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.
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.