The SpaceThe 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. Guest AccessI 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. Interaction with GuestsThe 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. The NeighborhoodLily 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. Getting AroundThere 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 NoteThis 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. :)