About this listing
One bedroom apartment on horse/sheep farm in Hollis, Maine. View of farm from living room, bedroom on second floor up very steep farm stairs. One Queen comfy bed. A well behaved dog is welcome. 21 miles from Portland and Kennebunkport.
The apartment is attached between the barn and my house with it's own entrance through a shed in the barn. This section of the farm was built in 1795, you will enter a very old shed with a few stairs to the apartment. There are a few cracks in the corner of a wall and a small crack on the ceiling. Even when fixed the house shifts and this happens. It's an old farm house, but a charming apartment to put your feet up in. There are very steep stairs going to the bedroom on the second floor. If you have mobility problems it would be a challenge. There is a full kitchen and large bath and living room on the first floor.
I have 39 Scottish Blackface sheep, a horse, donkey, mule and four goats. A Schnoodle dog, a working Border Collie dog and chickens. If you come in April there are new lambs born everyday. Big windows in the apartment give you a nice view of the farm. There are trails to walk on and about a 10 min walk out back there is a blue bench to sit on and a medicine wheel to walk through and reflect. There is a pine forest with a nice trail. Bring snow shoes or cross country skis in the winter if you are so inclined to wander the land.
In regard to your dogs.. the farm is near a road, you won't be able to just open the door and let your dog out unattended..unless your dog is very very voice trained. These are the reasons for a leash, the road, the free range chickens and the electric fence surrounding the sheep and horses. The donkey protects the sheep and you don't want the donkey protecting the sheep against your dog. If the dog is not on a leash it may go into the field, get shocked on the way in, freak out and not be able to get out..donkey comes and protects sheep and you can't get into field because the fence is hot. So, if you keep your dog on a leash until you are on your walk out back where there is no fence, that works best. We love dogs here but I just don't want your dog getting shocked or stomped on by a donkey or mule. Thank you. Also no non-fixed male dogs. My border collie is a bitch and we don't want any unwanted pregnancies.
Interaction with Guests
The apartment is attached to my house so I am around, to check you in. If I can't be here I will arrange to have someone here or at least talk with you about how to enter. The guests may come with me to the barn and interact with animals if I am there, which I am most the time. I love to walk out back to my blue bench with my dogs, Beso and Skye, you are welcome to join me or explore on your own. Let me know.
Lily Brook Farm is in the small hamlet of Clarks Mills which is in Hollis Center. There is a diner about 1.5 miles down the road, and a small store where supplies can be had. There is a large grocery store 4 miles away. Hollis Center has a full service spa ( The New Leaf Salon & Spa) next to the Mom and Pop store (1.5 miles down the road)...you can get a massage or a mani-pedi if you are so inclined. This is very new and very exciting to have in Hollis Center!! Hollis is a half hour drive East to Portland and a half hour drive South to Kennebunkport, two very cool towns.
There is no public transport in Hollis. There is a bus station in Portland and the airport. It's best to have a car, a bike, or a horse, to get around Maine.
Other Things to Note
This is a working farm. It is possible to get from the driveway to the apartment, across the lawn, without ever encountering sheep or horse manure on the ground, although you may see manure in a bucket by the barn. But if you want to visit the animals in the field with me, there is going to be manure, bring boots. The kitchen table and chairs are antiques and there is paint splatter on the chair seats that has probably been there for a million years. I actually got a bad review about the paint splatters on the chair (email hidden) is part of the way it is with old stuff. Be aware and/or Beware!
This is not a five star hotel, this is an old sheep farm. :)
Common sense decency: Wash your own dishes and be friendly. There is no smoking in the apartment or in the barn. If you smoke, smoke outside and please dispose of the butts.
Please do not go into the field unless you are with someone from Lily Brook Farm. You may enter the barn through the first gate, and visit the horses and sheep, but please don't go through the gate into where the animals are. This is for your protection and the animals. Most likely there will be hay on the barn floor from the hay bales, please don't feed the animals hay or anything else. I am around most the time so if you would like to visit the animals let me know. Thanks and the animals thank you!
Take with you what you bring in. For example, baby diapers and lobster shells. Actually, as far as garbage goes the only two things you have to take with you are baby diapers and lobster shells! They fall in the same category! Thank you very much. The garbage guy only comes once a week and those two things can get pretty rank.
The location was perfect for excursion both to New Hampshire and Maine. The farm was a great place to stay and we even had a campfire and grilled salmon by the blue bench. Nina made us feel at home, but gave us lots of space too. We very much enjoyed our stay and time flew by with beach walks, mountain hiking, river swimming and hanging out around the farm.
Lovely stay, Nina is so friendly and accommodating. We booked last minute and Nina had everything ready for us. The farm is beautiful and the apartment has a real charm. We enjoyed a lovely evening out on the deck with Nina learning all about her great place and life here. Recommend!
We were driving back to Boston from Nova Scotia and found Lily Brook Farm last minute on Airbnb when we were ready to stop for the night. I emailed Nina and received a response back instantly. She was so nice and gracious to let us stay there on such short notice.
I felt like we had hit the jackpot when we pulled up...the farm was adorable. We had seen these cute historic homes our whole trip and finally got the chance to stay in one. It was awesome! The smell, the animals, the entry through the barn shed thing, the steep stairs, our views, the books, the vintage-ness, EVERYTHING. Nina has amazing taste!!
We will definitely be back!
Oh! And she let us play with her new dog a little because we were going through dog withdrawals. Icing on the cake.
Nina is terrific. She's very welcoming and loves her animals.
The apartment was plenty big and charmingly furnished.
A must stay if you're in the Portland area.
Very fun experience on the farm. Great having the animals around, and the apartment was very nice too! Nina showed us a path to walk through the property.
Fantastic stay at Nina's farm. She couldn't have been a more welcoming host and the farm is wonderful. We loved it.
The apartment was clean and well cared for, we made a reccomdation about getting darker shades in the bedroom which Nina was extremely receptive to. The farm is very sweet and we enjoyed learning about sheep and sheep dogs! Thanks for a great stay!
About the Host, Nina
I live on a farm in Hollis Center, Maine where I raise Scottish blackface sheep. I am a mother, photographer, journalist, shepherdess and Licensed Professional Counselor with a concentration in Equine Assisted Mental Health and EMDR. Lily Brook Farm is a non-profit foundation dedicated to healing through the power of nature.