Dear Oakland House Extended Family,
As many long time guests and extended family members have been wondering, I am retiring from my stewardship of the Oakland House properties and business.
Things have a way of working out in wonderful ways hardly imagined. My dream of spending time on my own artwork, traveling to see Jim's and my grandchildren, and volunteer activities in the community is becoming a reality.
In January Jim's Cousin Rick Littlefield and his wife Robin purchased the shorefront and buildings that are the essence of the Oakland House business: the old hotel/Rusticator Restaurant, the barn, Hostel at Acorn, Birches, Ledges, Oak Grove, Homestead East and West, Westerly, Flagstaff and Grindstone Cottages. They have everything they need to continue welcoming you to our beloved Oakland House.
I have kept Lone Pine and Crow's Nest Cottages for myself and plan to rent them to those of you who would like to vacation there. I can be reached in my office by land line 207-359-8002 and my personal email: email@example.com. I will soon have a web site specifically for Lone Pine and Crow's Nest. Keep looking as it is a work in progress: www.rusticmainecottages.com.
It is with much love that I pass on Jim's (who died in 2010) and my stewardship to Rick and Robin. I know they will honor our family's rich history and you. I wish them the very best. Please stay in touch with me as you have become and will always be my family too. Sally Middleton Littlefield
Rick and Robin write:
We are so very excited and privileged to assume the ownership and stewardship of the Oakland House, part of a long line of family members who have assumed this happy responsibility.
As the owners of Robin Hood, our international summer camp just across Herrick Road, we have seen the Oakland House at its very glory, teeming with guests of the cottages and the inn, enjoyed memorable meals in the restaurant and witnessed all the activities surrounding weddings and reunions. Its history, its location, and the fact that it has been held by the same family for hundreds of years, is a distinction we intend to honor, as we move forward.
Our intention, in this first summer, is to continue to welcome guests in the seaside cottages. We have started renovations on the inn's restaurant, which has been shuttered for the past several years, and expect to open by the end of June. The Oakland House is its own entity, and will be separate from our other business, Robin Hood Camp. However, because we do specialize in fun and adventure, we will offer guests more opportunities for outdoor activities, such as powerboat excursions, kayaking and sailing, hiking and horseback riding, to name a few.
We are just getting started, but we expect our inaugural summer to be very special and invite you to join us, at the side of the sea, just as guests have been for the last 128 years.
Wow! With anticipation and gratitude, Rick and Robin Littlefield
Call 207-359-8521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to send your best wishes or to reserve your cottage for 2018 or just to touch base.
When you call you might get Heather Wren as she will be working with Rick and Robin to insure a smooth transition in staff training and guest communications. Heather has been with Oakland House since 2008 when she worked directly with Jim (and Chris) in the office. Heather has acted as General Manager helping me out for the past number of years since Jim passed away.
This will help those who want to work while away from home. It's a bit of a trick here but our "Campus wide"
network is set up for your convenience. Each cottage guest will have its own log on code.
This free service is available to you at considerable expense and complexity. We do not have DSL or high speed
available via the phone or cable in our location and so we ask that you help us keep it working for all.
The system will be good for:
Retreiving email, and browsing on facebook.
Viewing of low res Youtube videos that might be posted on facebook or a news channel.
For general web browsing
and consultation of the weather channel for the latest weather reports.
The system cannot
be used for:
Netflix or steaming video or streaming music.
TV station streaming requires more than the system can handle.
No up-loading of large digital photo files to Flicker or Picassa.
No bit torrent or file sharing through
Do have fun and stay in touch with your family, friends and business associates!