Blackberry Cottage

 Sunrise, Sunset and Star filled Quarry at Night

“I will long remember the special experience I had at 3 AM seeing the stars reflected brightly in the water,as if shining up from the quarry floor. The shooting stars were beautiful.” ~ Debbie Chadwick


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, check out the Huckleberry Hideaway which accommodates one or two couples.

  • Accommodates 2 adults and will consider a family with one child (may sleep on the built-in sofa) depending on the age, as this cottage sits very close to the water.
  • 1 bedroom
  • Open concept kitchen, dining, living room
  • 1 full bath with shower
  • Parlor stove with visible flame (propane)
  • South attached patio and natural granite patio overlooking quarries
  • Grill and patio furniture
  • Location: Natural granite patio faces east onto a small, shallow quarry that is separated from the main quarry by the causeway, so view is out onto the main quarry. Sunsets from the backyard. Sunrise from east patio. Full length patio on south. About 25 yards from swimming area. Privately situated in regards to the Huckleberry Hideaway and owner’s home.
  • Recommended for an individual or couple. Excellent for a single woman on retreat. The BBC is bright, cheery, cozy cute as a button.
  • Available for month-long retreats or longer for travel nurse lodging and other situations where one is looking for temporary housing, outside of the late spring/summer, foliage season. Must be hardy and independent and have references.

2017 Rates

April 29th to June 16th, 4 night minimum. Please book your stay to fall between Saturdays. $144/night

June 17th to September 8th, by the week with arrival on Saturday. $1008/week*

September 9th to October 13th, 4 night minimum.** Please book your stay to fall between Saturdays. $144/night

Cleaning fee of $100. 9% Maine State lodging tax.

*Will consider a shorter stay of 3 to 4 nights if not booked 7 days before your inquiry. Must fall between Saturdays.

**Will consider a 3 night stay if the week is not booked 7 days before your inquiry.


Ready to book? You save when booking directly through Light Heart Retreat. Please contact Joanna at 1.207.669.4554 and/or use the contact form below.

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