Retreat House Catering Kitchen

Our 1,200 sq. ft. catering kitchen is located on the lower level of the Retreat House and is available to licensed and insured caterers approved by our office for meal preparation for events and cooking classes. Use of the kitchen and equipment is offered at no additional cost.

Available Equipment

The preparation area of the kitchen includes:

(1)8 burner gas stove with double convection ovens

(1)36″ propane char broiler/grille

(1) Exhaust hood & Ansel system

(2) Standard fire extinguishers (located near exit & near prep area)

(1)Type K extinguisher near stove & char broiler/grille

(1)Kitchen dedicated 8′ x 10′ walk in cooler with storage shelves

(1)Rolling ice bin with granite cutting board

(1)Proofer/Warmer (electric, full size 120 volt; holds sheet pans)

(1)Upright freezer

(1) Upright refrigerator

(2) Electric steam tables

(8)Stainless steel work tables

(2)Pre-lined 20-gallon trash cans

(1) Food prep sink

(2) Speed racks for sheet pans

(1)500lb. Ice machine (This unit cannot provide sufficient ice quantity for the demands of an event, but is available to the caterer as a back up supply)

(100)Place settings in the butlers’ pantry of dinnerware, silverware, glassware and napkins

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The wash room area includes:

(1)Commercial dish washer

(1)Residential dish washer

(1)3 well pot sink

(3)Drying racks

(1)Mop sink

(1)Trash can

Note: French’s Point does not offer towels or small wares of any kind. Please bring or rent all implements required for service.

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Catering Kitchen Regulations

For your safety, if you choose to host an event, guests are not permitted in the commercial kitchen. Fryolators are not permitted for use inside at any time. Before the end of the rental term, the kitchen must be returned to its original condition, cleaned before departure and trash & recycling removed to the dumpster area on the west side of the property.

 

French’s Point Availability for 2020 & 2021

French’s Point 2019, 2020 & 2021 availability by the numbers…

There are 26 weekends May-October. We only host one celebration a weekend to allow each client and their guests ample time for memory-making. As a result, our calendar fills faster than venues that host multiple weddings a weekend.

2019

We are booked!

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2020

Prime Season

When our sail cloth tent is available, we have only April 25, May 9, May 23 & October 17, 2020 weekends remaining available!

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Winter Season

We do have November and December 2020 dates available for events with up to 125 guests

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2021

We are booking now & expect most prime dates to fill before the end of this summer!

Numbers don’t lie, the time to book is now!

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FAQ: How Do I Reserve French’s Point?

The Green Retreat Building of French's Point on the Coast of Maine for Weddings and Vacation Rental

When you determine French’s Point is the right choice of venue for your gathering, securing your weekend is quite simple:

  1. Request your reservation for your date via email or phone.
  2. A virtual contract will be emailed to you and your fiancé for your signature. Once the virtual contract is executed, your date will be held for 5 days until the reservation retainer is received by our office.
  3. Send your $10,000 reservation retainer, paid via check or by wire transfer.
  4. Please confirm with our office which payment method you have selected to pay the reservation retainer and when it has been sent or initiated.
  5. Once we confirm receipt of the reservation retainer and the dually executed reservation contract, our office will confirm that your reservation is official.

FAQ: How is the Lodging Block Fee Paid?

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Typically, your guests cover the expense for their lodging in the guest suites. As the host, you assign your guests to the suites. By reserving French’s Point, you are guaranteeing the lodging block payment just as you would a room block at a hotel. You have two options as to how payments are made for lodging:

Option A

You assign your guests to the suites and collect the lodging rates and applicable Maine State Lodging Tax from your guests using the Venmo app or collecting check payments and then pay the balance due on lodging and lodging tax to French’s Point 100 days prior to check in.

Option B

You assign your guests to the suites and provide the names of the guests you wish to stay at French’s Point and the room assignments to our office. For a $1,500 Administrative Fee, we will collect lodging payments from your guests directly and apply the payments to the balance due on lodging and lodging tax. With this option, the balance due on lodging and lodging tax to French’s Point is due 160 days prior to check in. Credit Card payments are subject to a convenience fee.

Spring Wedding Weekend Itinerary

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Thursday

12:00PM Get your marriage license from the Stockton Springs Town Office between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. to make it official! The Stockton Springs Town Office is not open on Friday.

1:00PM Check in to French’s Point. Settle into your room and soak in the sweet smell of lilacs and beach roses in bloom.

6:00PM Fire up the barbecue grill on the Barbecue Lawn behind the Farm House and enjoy time with your family and friends as they roll into town to join you for the weekend.

8:00PM Cuddle up fireside and reconnect around one of the many fire pits at the estate. Enjoy the warm, gooey delight of s’mores fresh off the fire.

Friday

8:00AM Start the day off with a morning yoga session for the wedding party and family lead by a local instructor in the sun-filled Conservatory at Retreat House where you can take in the morning fog as it rises off the water.

9:00AM Enjoy freshly baked strawberry muffins and coffee awaiting you in the parlor at the Farm House.

10:00AM Choose your own Maine adventure! Excursions to the top of the tallest bridge observatory in the Northeast at Penobscot Narrows Observatory for spectacular views, and Fort Knox Historic Site, check out the local shops & galleries, ride a bike or hike one of the many trail systems at the surrounding State parks, or brave the white water for a refreshing Springtime adventure!

4:00PM Ceremony rehearsal. Gather your wedding party, family and anyone else participating in the ceremony for a rehearsal at your chosen setting to work out the jitters so everyone can relax on the big day.

5:00PM Sip a Mint Julep and enjoy an al fresco dinner on the terrace and enjoy the fragrant gardens.

7:00PM Take in the sherbet-like Spring sunset over the bay.

8:00PM Cap off the night in front of the fire pit on the terrace reconnecting with your friends.

10:00PM Get some rest! Tomorrow is going to be a big day.

Saturday

8:00AM Rise and shine, it’s your wedding day! Take a walk through the lush family gardens and take in the scent of lilacs, beach roses, salt water and pine and the sound of the loons calling over the water.

9:00AM Enjoy a cup of coffee, freshly baked quiche, and fruit with your family at the Farm House before you freshen up.

10:00AM Your wedding vendor team arrives to begin preparation at the Retreat House.

11:00AM Pampering time begins for you and your wedding party with hair and make-up sessions with your chosen provider in the Top Level Apartment Parlor of the Retreat House. Ladies relax in your gift of floral robes so appropriate for the season. Sit back and enjoy the hours leading up to your ceremony surrounding by the ones you love.

12:00PM Wedding party lunch delivered with fresh goat cheese and strawberry salads & mimosas of course! The groom’s party and family enjoy a casual lunch on the barbecue lawn after enjoying some healthy competition with a game of volley ball on the Recreation Lawn at the Farm.

2:00PM The groom’s party arrives at the Recreation Room at Retreat House to work out those nerves with a game of pool, poker, or watch the game on the TV. Don’t forget those wedding rings! Bridal party gets dressed and has pre-ceremony photos taken on the balcony overlooking the estate.

3:00PM A brass band sets the mood as guests arrive by trolley to mingle and enjoy strawberry lemonade, mint iced tea, and cucumber water on the terrace.

3:30PM The ceremony bell rings out over the bay and calls your guests to the ceremony location of your choosing: the Gazebo with the promenade lined with blooming lilacs and beach roses, the Oceanfront Lawn or East Overlook Terrace. Rain doubles your luck. Embrace the elements with colorful rain boots.

4:00PM Congrats to the happy couple! Take your first photos as husband and wife, with your wedding party and family. Your guests will mix and mingle while they enjoy cocktail hour with delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace, take a stroll on the bluff path, take in the commanding view of the bay from our signature Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs, or play a rousing game of croquette on the oceanfront lawn.

4:55PM Before the dinner reception begins, gather your guests and snap some group photos on the cobblestone terrace. This is a beautiful record of the guests who were able to join you for your big day.

5:00PM Guests are ushered inside the beautiful Retreat House Dining Room or the Sailcloth Tent for the reception with tables set with all the details you imagined.

5:20PM Introductions of the family and wedding party followed by speeches. Cheers to the happy couple! Dinner is served! Enjoy unique fare chosen by you, provided by your wedding catering partner of choice.

5:40PM Official cake cutting.

6:30PM Enjoy your first dance as a married couple. It’s time to boogie!

7:00PM Cake and coffee are served.

8:00PM Catch the beautiful sunset with your new spouse and photographer. We offer a variety of locations to capture this splendid light of the setting sun with Western views.

9:45PM One last call from the bar.

9:55PM Enjoy one last dance with your sweetie for the perfect ending to a magical day!

10:00PM Move the gathering inside the Retreat House to enjoy an unplugged after party with a laid-back vibe. Snuggle up in front of the fire as you recount the adventures of the day.

12:00PM Bid your guests farewell and retreat to your beautiful suite with your new spouse to reflect on this magical day. Vendors begin preparing for the next day’s gathering.

Sunday

8:00AM Enjoy your first cup of coffee as a married couple as you enjoy the view from your private balcony. The caterer arrives to prepare for the farewell brunch.

9:00AM Your guests can stop by the Retreat House Dining Room one last time to enjoy a lovely farewell brunch with a garden party feel and a Spring-inspired menu before heading home.

12:00PM Sit in the Grand Daddy Adirondack chairs on the Bluff Path one last time to soak it all in.

1:00PM Check out time. Off to your next adventure!

 

Photography by Danielle Brady Photography

Wi-Fi At French’s Point

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For your convenience, there is guest Wi-Fi at French’s Point that extends throughout all four levels of the Retreat House and all three Levels of the Farm House. The Wi-Fi extends outside on the Retreat House Cocktail Terrace and halfway to the Gazebo and is spotty down towards the Tent. Wi-Fi does not extend down to the beaches or Recreation Lawn. Please do not rely on Wi-Fi for your reception music or sound in the tent or ceremony at the Gazebo or Oceanfront Lawn. We suggest you request a system from Wallace Events, your band, or DJ.

Real Review: The Venue Is Out Of A Dream

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Julianna & Cody

October 6th, 2018

There will never be enough words to describe how happy and satisfied we were with French’s Point (and Jessika & Nicole)! We found French’s Point in a magazine and just knew we had to set up a tour. From the second we walked into the venue we fell in love with it and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. Jessika and Nicole were incredible to work with, they always made time to answer our questions, give us suggestions, and help turn our dream wedding into a reality. Nicole was our wedding coordinator and we cherished and valued the relationship – Nicole was attentive, polite, professional, accommodating, timely, and understanding.

We had both our rehearsal dinner and wedding at French’s Point. The venue is out of a dream – an exquisite estate right on the water. Our guests stayed at Beach Rose Farm House for the weekend, which was equally as beautiful. Our extended family members stayed at other houses located on or near the property, which was very convenient as everything was in walking distance once our guests arrived.

Our wedding day is one we want to relive over and over again, in large part because of the location. We are so happy we chose French’s Point – beautiful, timeless and classy. It is unlike any other wedding venue. Every guest was blown away by the sheer and unique beauty and we continue to receive compliments daily!

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Vendor Team:

Venue: French’s Point

Rehearsal Dinner Bar & Catering: Rita’s Catering

Bar & Catering: 111Maine

Rentals: Wallace Events

Photography: Patrick McNamara

Videography: Nick Eaton of Life in Focus

Officiant: Liam Anderson (Cody’s Friend)

Ceremony & Reception Music: Mike Davis

Hair & Makeup: The Blushing Bride  

Floral Design: Mother of the Groom

Transportation: Country Coach Charters

Other Overnight Accommodations: Belfast Harbor Inn, Yankee Clipper & Hersey Retreat Road Cottages

Patio Heaters: Grand Central Station

Check Out Information

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If you are hosting a stay at French’s Point, we want you and your family to have a smooth check out without surprises. As the host of of a reservation at French’s Point, in preparation for your stay at French’s Point, there are a few things we want share with you before you depart to ensure a wonderful experience:

  1. Check out is at 1:00pm on Sunday. Late departures will result in overtime charges that will be deducted from your damage deposit. We suggest you advise your guests to depart by noon to allow time for final packing.
  2. We suggest you enlist the assistance of your wedding planner with the check-out process.
  3. Please be sure your guests return room keys back to the proper key hole prior to their departure and leave chalkboard signs on the hooks of their doors. Lost keys will result in a $50/key deduction from your damage deposit. Lost chalk board signs will result in a $25/board deduction from your damage deposit.
  4. Please return all furnishings, lawn games and French’s Point equipment used by your party during your stay to the original location.
  5. Please ensure all rentals are placed in the designated pick up location and are picked up by the rental provider before the end of your rental term.
  6. Please ensure all dishes are washed and put away in all kitchens.
  7. Please remove all trash, recycling and redeemables from the buildings, tent and event areas and place in the dumpster located in the white enclosure in the parking lot near the tent.
  8. Please be sure you remove all food and alcohol from the coolers and kitchen.

Should you need assistance, please contact us during office house (9am-4pm) by calling 207-567-3650.  We occupy an office located on the lower level of the Retreat House near the commercial kitchen.

Photography by The Light & Color

What’s Included In The Gathering Fee?

French's Point - What is included in the gathering fee? - JR Magat Photography

The amenities that are included in the Gathering Fee are quite vast and provide an incredible value you will not find at any other venue. The Gathering Fee includes the following amenities detailed in the Gathering Guide:

The Retreat House

Excluding Lodging in the Guest Suites, See Lodging Guide for Details

Page 10-13 of the Gathering Guide

The Custom Sail Cloth Tent Package

Page 14 of the Gathering Guide

The Farm House

Excluding the Lodging in the Guest Suites. See Lodging Guide for Details

Page 15 of the Gathering Guide

Eight Ceremony Settings

Page 16 of the Gathering Guide

Fourteen Gathering Spaces

Page 17 of the Gathering Guide

Retreat House Butler’s Pantry

Page 18 of the Gathering Guide

Retreat House Tables & Chairs

Page 19 of the Gathering Guide

Retreat House Catering Kitchen

Page 20 of the Gathering Guide

Four Retreat House Public Restrooms

Page 11 + 12 of the Gathering Guide

Two Residential Kitchens

Located in the Farm House Main Level & Retreat House Top Level

Walk In Cooler

For Bar Supplies, Flowers & Cake

Page 12 of the Gathering Guide

On Site Event Parking for Vendors & Guests

Site Manager & Team

Planning Resources

Preferred Vendor Guide

Nightly Lodging Guide

House Rental Guide

Area Resource Guide