Sunset on Lily Brook FarmThe sheep watch the sun go down
Apartment on Lily Brook Farm, Maine
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1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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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. There is a day bed in the living room. A well behaved dog is welcome. 21 miles from Portland and Kennebunkport.

The space

The apartment is attached between the barn and my house with it's own entrance through a shed in the barn. The shed is a shed with barn stuff and it's messy, this is a farm and you do have to walk through part of the barn to get to the apartment. 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 entirely possible, but not probable, that a small spider may be hanging out on in a corner on the ceiling, if this happens and it is freaking you out please call me and I will come re-home it. 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. There is a pack and play in the upstairs closet if you need it for your young child.

Guest access

I have 42 Scottish Blackface sheep, a horse, donkey, mule and four goats. A Schnoodle dog, a working Border Collie dog and chickens. There are a few barn cats that sometimes live in the barn and sometimes are at the neighbors. They are feral so you can't pet them but if you are allergic to cats or dogs this is not the place for you. 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.

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.

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 (URL 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. :)
If there is one of you then say one guests, if two then click two guests, if you have a child that is three guests. Dogs are free. :)


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 single bed

Amenities
Kitchen
Internet
TV
Essentials

Prices
Cleaning Fee $35
Weekly Discount: 20%
Weekend Price $145 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

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.

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Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay

152 Reviews

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Kelli User Profile
September 2017
My husband, dog and I loved our stay at Lillybrook Farm. It was so comfortable and a great home base for exploring Portland, Kennebunk, Saco, Ogunquit and Wells. It was a pleasure to meet Nina who is a wonderful host and very kind person. We also enjoyed eating breakfast on the porch while watching the sheep. And we were lucky enough to see a demonstration of Skye, the boarder collie's sheep hearding skills! Definitely a place to go if you want to be casual and comfortable.
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Response from Nina:
Wonderful to meet you guys and Tek. Thanks for being so open and understanding to the farm experience! I hope you guys return someday! Nina
September 2017

Michael User Profile
September 2017
Great weekend getaway! Nina was the most gracious of hosts. Beautiful scenery and the best sleep I have had in months! No better place to get a view of farm life in such a picturesque location!
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Response from Nina:
Such a pleasure to meet you guys
September 2017

Margaret User Profile
September 2017
Lily Brook Farm was perfect for what I was looking for in terms of relaxation and rustic charm. Nina was very nice and easy to communicate with for any questions. She took the time to show us the animals and demonstrate how her dog is a working sheep dog. We enjoyed walking the trail and further relaxing on the blue bench and hammock. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely return.
Nina User ProfileNina is a superhost.
Response from Nina:
So nice to meet you guys!
September 2017

Nicole User Profile
September 2017
Beautiful, gorgeous, rustic place. It was lovely waking up to nature and animal sounds. Perfect weekend getaway. Exactly what we were hoping for.
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Response from Nina:
I am so happy you guys had a good time on Lily Brook Farm. Sorry I missed you Nina
September 2017

Jeff User Profile
September 2017
Wonderfully hospitable, beautifully rustic, great ambiance inside and out. Nina is cheerful, guest-centric , and clearly enjoys sharing the beauty of the working farm she has created. We are returning for a full week next summer. The Rudolphs
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Response from Nina:
Great to meet you guys, see you next year!!
September 2017

Kathleen User Profile
August 2017
This was a beautiful private apartment. Perfect for a scenic and rustic weekend getaway. The host was very hospitable and the land had awesome walking trails and sweet animals to visit.
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Response from Nina:
Glad you had a good time and thanks for hanging out at the bench with us!
August 2017

Kamala User Profile
August 2017
I enjoyed my stay at Nina's farm for R & R from city living. The apartment is as described and pictured and very comfortable with everything I needed. I found it to be very charming and it had a deck off of the living room where I enjoyed my morning coffee while watching the animals in the field. I enjoyed the walking trail in the woods and listening to the silence among the trees. Nina was very generous with her time by showing me the animals and chatting but also giving me privacy. Great place to stay in the country.
Nina User ProfileNina is a superhost.
Response from Nina:
So enjoyed meeting you...Come back and visit anytime!
August 2017

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Maine, United StatesJoined in March 2013
Nina User ProfileNina is a superhost.

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.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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