Are you seeking a waterfront wedding venue for a private weekend celebration? One that feels like vacation and a reunion, with a wedding at the heart of it all. Join us for a special event just for couples who have not yet reserved their date with us, on November 10th. Experience the estate firsthand in the splendor of Fall, cozy up next to the fire pit and take in the foliage views across the bay. Tour French’s Point before your date is booked. We have only a few 2019 remaining available and are actively booking 2020 celebrations now.
Guests often ask if we have or need air conditioning at French’s Point. The reality is that the architect Wilfred E. Mansur, who designed the retreat house, did so to take advantage of the near-perpetual breezes here. The transom windows over the bedroom doors on the second floor are a testament to that. In fact, in some of the rooms at the Retreat House, door hooks are offered near the baseboard to keep open doors from slamming closed in the breeze. The Farm House and the Retreat House are both cited at the highest elevations on the point and if you open a door or window for cross-ventilation, the rooms remain quite comfortable most of the time. The exception is the few days in July or August when the air is still and the humidity coupled with higher temperatures does not afford a breeze.
Regardless of the reality, we wanted to be able to assure our guests that their accommodations are comfortable year-round. This spring, we partnered with Mike from Domestic Air Conditioning and Refrigeration to bring air conditioning to our guest rooms in both homes. He finished the installation of the system we roughed in in 2005. The Retreat House bedrooms have central air conditioning with the exception of one room in suite 1, which has a window unit. The Farm House bedrooms all have window units with the exception of suite 12 on the lower level that does not need air conditioning because it always stays comfortable. We are glad to have this amenity to offer to our guests. We know that now they will slumber comfortably, even on the warmest, stillest of summer nights.
There is nothing more important to me than family. But right after family, comes the priority of partnering with and supporting small, family-owned businesses in Maine that help us ensure our guests enjoy the best of what the state has to offer. When we renovated the Retreat House this past winter, we teamed up with some of my favorite Maine makers. I wanted to share these special people with you because without them, the Retreat House project would not have been successful.
Did you know that both homes at French’s Point offer custom bed linens & textiles, proudly made in Maine?
In 2014, when we updated bedroom suites located inside the Farm House, we partnered with our friend Molly Hutchins of On Board Fabrics to make the perfect duvet covers, pillow shams and decorative pillow shams for our beds. There are 14 beds in the Farm House, so this was a fairly sizable undertaking, even in the offseason. I got to know Molly thought that process and I can tell you with complete honesty, she is a pro. She can troubleshoot, problem solve and calculate so fast, that my poor little layman’s mind simply can’t keep up. We loved the bedding so much that when it came time to update the rooms in the Retreat House, I went straight to Molly (in the offseason of course).
Molly made two sets of pillow shams for the eight guest rooms. She made decorative pillows too. Molly made the beautiful velvet curtains in the top floor apartment, and suites 1, 2, and 3. We are talking hundreds of yards of velvet here, which I learned can be hard to work with. Molly also covered all the cushions for the built-in benches and church pews on the main and lower levels of the Retreat House. She also made gray cushions for the new lounge furniture my father made on the upper level of the Retreat House terrace and the East Overlook Terrace at the Farm House. Now guests can find a comfortable seat to take in the views inside AND outside! With her help, we chose very neutral and soothing fabrics that tied beautifully with the architectural elements of the homes. And they are gorgeous, and the craftsmanship is unparalleled.
Molly, her husband Glan, and their employee Melissa all tackled this big project with dedication and zeal that I am quite confident can only be found here on the coast of Maine. You can visit On Board Fabrics website, or follow Molly on Facebook. She’s a hoot! On Board Fabrics barn is located on Route 27 leading to Boothbay, at 660 Boothbay Rd. Edgecomb, Maine. Tell Molly that Jesse sent you!
Photography Courtesy of Rachael Anderson Photography
To maximize the enjoyment of your stay, we suggest you and your guests bring the following provisions:
- Dress in Layers (Maine weather tends to change over the course of the day)
- Wedge Heels or Flats
- Rain Coat/Umbrella & Boots
- Wind Breaker
- Bed Linens, Pillows & Duvets
- Air Conditioning
- TVs & Roku Sticks with Hulu Live
- Chalkboard Signs with Guest Names on Suite Doors
- 5 Hangers
- Welcome Letters
- Welcome Baskets
Note: We are not responsible if your guests do not log out of their personal accounts on our Roku sticks. Any charges that are made on the Roku will be charged to the client.
- 1 Hair Dryer in Each Suite
- Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Wash Cloths & Makeup Wash Cloths
- Sun Screen
- Bug Spray
- Personal Toiletries
- Bathroom Baskets or Welcome Bags
- Dryer Balls
- Bleach Cubes
- Stain Remover
- General Cleaning Supplies: Cleaner, Vacuum, Mop, Broom
- Trash Bags
- Dishware & Silverware
- Pots & Pans
- Standard Small Appliances
- Coffee Maker, Keurig & Tea Kettle
- Dish Soap
- Detergent Cubes
- Drying Towels
- Disposable Dishware & Cutlery
- Food, Snacks & Beverages
- Food Supplies
- Coffee, Tea & K-Cups
- Paper Towels
Note: The kitchens have residential-size refrigerators, so we suggest that guests store beverages on ice in coolers on the decks/porches. A list of local grocery stores & farmer’s markets can be found in our Area Resource Guide.
If you would like to have prepared food delivered during your stay, contact your caterer or reach out to Eileen at Creative Catering at 207-567-3563. This service requires advance reservation.
- Grill & 1 Propane Tank
- Charcoal Grill
- Lobster Boiler
- Grill Utensils
- 6 Picnic Tables
- Charcoal (we do not provide any charcoal)
- Disposable Tin Pans/Platters
- Coffee Maker
- Tea Kettle
- Mini Fridge
- Note: There is one of each of the above in each Coffee Station in the Retreat House & in one each Residential Kitchen
- Disposable Coffee Cups (with covers)
- Stir Sticks
- Floor Plans
- Map of the Property
- Area Resource Guide
- Bulletin Board
- Guest Room Assignments
- Weekend Timeline Printout
- Weekend Contact List Printout
Grounds & Leisure Activities:
- 3 Bikes
- 3 Helmets
- 5 Fire Pits
- Corn Hole
- Giant Jenga
- Bocce Ball
- Volley Ball
- Spike Ball
- Access to 100 Acres of Walking Trails
- Kayaks, Life Jacket, Paddle Board, Golf Clubs, Bike, Helmet
- S’mores Supplies & Sticks
- Camera, Journal, Book or Magazine
- Cell Phone Charger
- Picnic Blanket
- Beach Towel
- Cooler for Beverages
- Flash Light/Lanterns/Head Lamp
- Bug spray & Sunscreen