In 2017, we began hosting J1 Visa Work/Travel Exchange Students from Russia. We hosted four sweet, hard-working, dedicated girls. They joined our tiny family team that cares for the grounds and homes here at French’s Point. We had an incredible experience so in 2018, we welcomed 6 young ladies from two different Russian universities for the summer at French’s Point. It provides our family the opportunity to host these brilliant young girls, help them refine their grasp of the English language, experience the culture here on the Maine coast, make friends and see a magical part of the world. We also get to know their lovely souls, understand their world and expose our kiddos to another culture. Without these ladies, our family would not be able to be effective stewards of French’s Point. There just are not enough hours in the day for our family to do all the work that must be done for us to offer these homes to our guests. We are grateful beyond words for the opportunity to be apart of their lives and for their help and care for our family legacy. If you see that girls at French’s Point this summer, please say hello and “Spasiba”!
As we do almost every winter, the season was spent completing a number of major maintenance and repair projects to keep our beautiful buildings and grounds in top working order. We also completed a major renovation to the bedroom suites on the second and third floors of the Retreat House. I will share with you the details of the newly refurbished Top Level Apartment in the Retreat House in a later post.
The second level of the Retreat House now offers four newly renovated suites with en suite bathrooms and six total bedrooms on this floor. All of the rooms on the top, second-level and main floor of the Retreat House have been dedicated to family members and dear friends that played a key role in our stewardship of this property.
Suite 1- The Reginald Perry Suite has two spacious, adjoining king bedrooms with water views and a shared, updated en suite bathroom with gorgeous glass shower enclosure and travertine tile. These lovely suites overlook the shoreline, tent and the Family Tree to the West.
Our little family (me, my husband Fred, and our four kiddos, Bailey, Payton, Camden & Bristol) lived in this suite for a 8 years before we outgrew the space. Can you imagine?!? I have some wonderful memories of my time spent with my sweet babies in this space. This room is named for Reginald Perry, my father’s dear friend from high school and college. “Uncle Reggie” as I know him, is a CPA (like my husband) and a business advisor and his company helped us define a sustainable path for our stewardship of the properties here at French’s Point. Though I do not see Uncle Reggie often, I adore him and am grateful for his support and counsel. This is a special room in name and in nature. I am sure you will love it.
We will share the details of the other Retreat House Suites & enhancements in upcoming posts. We hope you love them as much as we do.