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 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.
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. :)
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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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.