The retreat house is a unique home situated on the banks of the Narramissic River in the quiet village of Orland, Maine.
The house lot includes a stretch of riverbank giving plenty scope for working “en plein air” and will eventually include a dock for rowboats and kayaks in which to explore the river. (Meanwhile, kayaks and other watercraft can be rented nearby).
An original structure on the site was erected at the beginning of the Nineteenth century and was used (so the story goes) as a way station on the Underground Railroad to provide rest and concealment for formerly enslaved people as they made their way to freedom. It was substantially remodeled at the beginning of this century to provide modern electric and plumbing systems and to increase the number of rooms.
In addition to the upstairs sleeping rooms for the three Residents, there is ample sleeping accommodation for one to five retreatants (In Covid times, the limit is three). The Virginia Woolf room can house one or two guests; The River Room can sleep up to three. In addition there are many porches, living rooms, a library, a chapel/ meditation room, a tea-room, and a studio where writers or artists can have a secluded working space. Writers and artists can book a single room or a shared room (at a discount) for one, two, or three weeks. A longer residency is also possible on application to the Residents and after at least one short term stay has been completed. Apply this fall or winter for stays in 2021.
The house is conveniently situated an hour from the airport in Bangor, Maine. Transportation to and from the airport can be provided on advance request.