FAQ: How Many Guests Can Stay at French’s Point?

French's Point Lodging - Farm House - Retreat House - Seaside Estate Vacation Home in Maine - Greta Tucker Photography

Our two beautiful homes at French’s Point offer comfortable lodging in 20 guest rooms, in a total of 18 suites with en suite bathrooms for 20 to 50 of your friends and family members. Please refer to the Lodging Guide for details about our on-site lodging.

 

The Retreat at French’s Point

Lodging for up to 20 guests. Eight guest rooms in six suites. Here are our Retreat House floor plans

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The Farm at French’s Point

Lodging for up to 30 guests. Twelve guest rooms in twelve suites. Here are Farm House floor plans! 

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Photography by Greta Tucker 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.

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

 

House Captains

French's Point House Captains - Coastal Maine Weddings - Vacation Rental Home - Photography by the Light and Color

French’s Point is a family-owned and operated vacation rental home. We kindly ask that you care for our home as you would your own during your stay, and return the home to us at check out as you found it upon check in. Because the estate has two homes and 14 acres, and to make the time here more comfortable and enjoyable for your group, we suggest that Hosts select a resident from each of the houses to be the “House Captain”. This House Captain will be a point person for guests with questions, will help relay information to help enjoyment of the property, and help ensure rental terms are followed. Here are a few points of information the House Captains should know in preparation for your stay:

  1. The House Captain is the primary point of contact for the guests within the house if they have questions about the weekend activities. They are a point of contact with the Hosts, the wedding planner, and French’s Point family. They assist guests in finding their rooms at check in and answering questions about the homes, relay the details of the weekend’s events, and assist in a smooth check out process. There is a binder located on the main level of each building with the welcome information and an area Resource Guide. There are floor plans in the Welcome Center of each home with room assignments as well.
  2. We ask that the House Captain arrives at check in with the hosts of the stay so we can address questions and help familiarize you with the home before the remainder of the guests arrive to the estate. Please confirm this time with your hosts.
  3. Please help keep guests mindful of the 10pm-9am Quiet Hours at the Retreat House and 9pm-9am Quiet Hours at the Farm House. During quiet hours, all guest activity and sound must be contained within the buildings by 10:00PM. All fire pit use and outdoor activities need to cease by this time.
  4. Guests can park their cars in front of the homes to unload, but vehicles should be moved to designated parking areas during your stay.
  5. During events where there is a bus on site that is providing shuttle service, we ask there be no cars parked in the front of the Farm House along the road. This area will be bus parking only.
  6. Please share with guests that if they leave their rooms or common areas vacant for a long period of time, all windows and exterior doors need to be shut. Maine weather can change quickly. We also ask guests to please turn off all lights and AC units when the room is not occupied to help conserve energy.
  7. During your stay, all trash from both the Farm House and the Retreat House needs to be taken to the dumpster. The dumpster gets emptied on Thursdays. We suggest doing a daily walk-through of the common areas of the building you are staying in to ensure it stays clear of clutter throughout the duration of your stay.
  8. French’s Point recycles redeemables (bottles & cans with a ME redemption label only). Please separate these items only from your trash. Inside the homes, containers are marked for collection of Redeemables in the kitchen and common areas. During your stay, please place all redeemable (Bottles & Cans with a ME redemption label ONLY) in the barrels to the right and left of the dumpster inside the enclosure. If you are the House Captain at the Farm House, these Bottles and Cans can be placed within the receptacles within the tree hollow along the road side. If these receptacles fill during your stay, please bring the load down to the dumpster enclosure. If bottles and cans do not have a ME redemption sticker, please place them in the dumpster.
  9. During your stay, cardboard can be disposed of in the designated receptacle near the dumpster enclosure. Please do not leave cardboard in any other area.
  10. At check out, please return all furnishings, games and equipment to their original locations, & remove all food & personal effects. Bed linens & towels will be removed by house keeping.
  11. At check out, all dishes need to be put away or in the dishwasher at departure.
  12. At check out, all keys and chalkboards need to be returned to the suite doors.
  13. At check out, all trash, cardboard & redeemables should be removed to the dumpster enclosure.

Please read through our Welcome Information and our Check Out document. Should you need assistance related to our facilities, please contact us during our office hours (9am-4pm) by calling 207-567-3650. In the case of emergency, please call the same number. Our office line is forwarded to a mangers phone after hours. We occupy an office located on the lower level of the Retreat House near the Catering Kitchen. For assistance during your stay, please ring the doorbell outside the kitchen, email us at [email protected], or give us a call.

 

Photography by The Light & Color

Nana’s Apple Pie Recipe

Nana's Apple Pie Recipe - Thanksgiving at French's Point - Vacation Home Rental Property

For me, Thanksgiving is a bittersweet holiday; one infused with beautiful memories of my family through the years, paralleled with the opportunity to create new memories alongside those we love most. We come together here at French’s Point. We work side by side to put the estate to bed for the year before old man winter arrives. We celebrate our connection with time spent together walking the trails as the last autumn leaves fall and sitting by the fire in deep conversation while our kiddos roast “just one more marshmallow”. We honor each other with the sharing of a beautiful meal. We show our love for each other in a way that was taught to us through the example of our grandmother May Brooks, or “Nana” to her grandchildren. She was the perennial hostess and her family adored her. Holiday meal prep was thoughtfully planned.  She prepared in the days leading into the Thanksgiving for her family that came from near and far to be in her loving presence.

“Thanksgiving is a bittersweet holiday; one infused with beautiful memories of my family through the years, paralleled with the opportunity to create new memories alongside those we love most.” – Jessika

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May was known for her cooking and particularly baking. My sweet father loved her donuts the most, fresh out of the fryer. Her turkey was always beautiful and delicious. She was famous for her mashed potatoes and lump-free gravy. But her pies were crowning jewel of the feast. My favorite was her apple pie, but there is debate among our tribe as to what was the “best”. She made her pie crust as all experienced bakers do… by feel and muscle memory, not by recipe. At our pleading, she finally wrote it down so we have some means to trying to duplicate her flaky crust…somedays I feel like I am almost there, and others, I feel like I am a novice at the task in need of much more practice. The days I get close to making the perfect crust, almost like hers, I feel closest to her. I am grateful I have this endeavor to share with my children, so they may know her too. I am carrying my Nana with me each Thanksgiving, and always in my heart.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

Photography by Rachael Anderson

Supplies for Your Stay

Farm House at French's Point - What to pack for your stay

To maximize the enjoyment of your stay, we suggest you and your guests bring the following provisions:

 

Attire:

We suggest:  

  • Dress in Layers (Maine weather tends to change over the course of the day)
  • Wedge Heels or Flats
  • Sneakers
  • Rain Coat/Umbrella & Boots
  • Wind Breaker
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

Suites:

Bedrooms:

We Provide:

  • Bed Linens, Pillows & Duvets
  • Air Conditioning
  • TVs & Roku Sticks with Hulu Live
  • Chalkboard Signs with Guest Names on Suite Doors
  • 5 Hangers

We Suggest:

  • 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.

 

Toiletries:

We Provide:

  • 1 Hair Dryer in Each Suite
  • Shampoo/Bodywash
  • Conditioner
  • Handsoap
  • Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Wash Cloths & Makeup Wash Cloths

We Suggest:

  • Sun Screen
  • Bug Spray
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Bathroom Baskets or Welcome Bags

 

Laundry/Cleaning:

We Provide:

  • Detergent
  • Dryer Balls
  • Bleach Cubes
  • Stain Remover
  • Iron/Board
  • General Cleaning Supplies: Cleaner, Vacuum, Mop, Broom
  • Trash Bags

We Suggest:

  • Steamers
  • Sewing Kit

 

Food/Pantry:

We Provide:

  • Dishware & Silverware
  • Pots & Pans
  • Standard Small Appliances
  • Coffee Maker, Keurig & Tea Kettle
  • Dish Soap
  • Detergent Cubes
  • Drying Towels

We Suggest:

  • 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/BBQ Lawn:

We Provide:

  • Grill & 1 Propane Tank
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Lobster Boiler
  • Grill Utensils
  • 6 Picnic Tables

We Suggest:

  • Charcoal (we do not provide any charcoal)
  • Disposable Tin Pans/Platters

 

Coffee Stations:

We Provide:

  • Coffee Maker
  • Keurig
  • 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

We Suggest:

  • Disposable Coffee Cups (with covers)
  • Stir Sticks
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Creamer
  • Sweetener

 

Entryway/Welcome Center:

We Provide:

  • Floor Plans
  • Map of the Property
  • Area Resource Guide
  • Bulletin Board
  • Guest Room Assignments

We Suggest:

  • Weekend Timeline Printout
  • Weekend Contact List Printout

 

Grounds & Leisure Activities:

We Provide:

  • 3 Bikes
  • 3 Helmets
  • 5 Fire Pits
  • Corn Hole
  • Giant Jenga
  • Croquet
  • Bocce Ball
  • Badminton
  • Volley Ball
  • Spike Ball
  • Horseshoes
  • Access to 100 Acres of Walking Trails

We Suggest:

  • 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
  • Umbrella
  • Flash Light/Lanterns/Head Lamp
  • Bug spray & Sunscreen

The Retreat House Top-Level Apartment: The Brooks Family Nest

The Retreat House Top Level Apartment: The Brooks Family Nest at French's Point - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Vacation Home Rental

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.  

The Top Level Apartment

We updated and refurbished the Top-Level Apartment in the Retreat House to offer it as as cozy nest to guests, with an impressive view of the bay. My parents, Bob and Bonnie made this apartment home for eight years. They hosted many a family dinner, had slumber parties with their grandchildren in the large closets under the eaves of the roofline that they dubbed the “Hobbit Holes” and rested their weary heads after long days of love poured into the property. They loved the gentle breezes, the sound of the rain on the roof and the incredible sunrises and sunsets. My mother lovingly refers to this space as “The Nest”. I think this name is quite appropriate. This winter, they moved just down the road to the Beach Rose Cottage located next to the Farm House with my sweet Grandmama, making way for guests to enjoy this charming apartment.   

The privacy that this space offers will give our bridal parties a place to gather, relax and prepare on the wedding day with an open concept kitchen, dining and living space and a waterfront fireplace parlor with a beautiful deck with broad ocean views which is perfect to enjoy a wedding day brunch and watch as the setting below comes to life for your wedding. Just inside from the balcony, the parlor has beautiful natural light and is the perfect place for your hair and make-up artists to set up shop on your wedding day. In the parlor is a tiny sink which was my grandfather, Edgar’s. He loved antiques and saw the beauty in the forgotten. It is a sweet little detail in this space. There are two large, elegant king bedroom suites on this floor as well with sitting areas, beautiful bathrooms and private balconies looking to the east and west. You are going to love the cozy setting, gorgeous views and soothing privacy that the top floor offers you and your nearest and dearest!

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.

Open Concept Kitchen, Dining, and Living Space

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Waterfront Fireplace Parlor

The Retreat House Top Level Apartment: The Brooks Family Nest at French's Point - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue and Vacation Home Rental

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East Apartment Suite

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West Apartment Suite

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Photography by Rachael Anderson

The Retreat House Suite 3: The Gay Bean Dion Suite

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

As we do almost every winter, this 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 have shared with you the details of the newly refurbished Top Level Apartment in the Retreat House, Suite 1 and Suite 2, both located on the second floor, in recent posts.  

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 3- The Gay Bean Dion Suite is our largest suite with a massive ocean view deck with hammock, hammock chairs, cafe table and chairs to take in the views. The room also offers a sitting area and an en suite bathroom with tub/shower unit.   

When we first opened the Retreat House in 2006, I had connected with a childhood friend that had grown up here on the point with my father in the summer times. Her name is Gay Bean Dion. She became a very dear friend and worked very hard to help get the Retreat House up and running. My children know her as “Nanny Gay”. She just recently moved to Rhode Island to be closer to family and we miss her (and her cookies). I dedicated the room to her because she was such a good friend and like a mother to me in some ways. The views from this room really are remarkable, just like Gay. This room is special to me because I lived in it for a time with my wee little girl, Bailey. She learned to walk in this room. Her swinging cradle made by my father used to hang next to my bed and the breeze blowing in from the ocean rocked her to sleep on summer nights.   

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.  

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

The Retreat House Suite 3 at French's Point: Coastal Maine Oceanside Destination Wedding Venue and Family Vacation Home Rental _ Rachael Anderson Photography

Photography by Rachael Anderson

What Makes French’s Point Unique Series : Part One : The Ocean View

Sunny summer coastal French's Point wedding | Nadra Photography

Distinction makes all the difference when it comes to picking a wedding venue. We at French’s Point think our spot is as unique as they come, and in this series we’ll briefly touch on a few of our favorite, special things. First up, the view.

What Makes French’s Point Unique: The Ocean View

French’s Point sits on a private peninsula in mid-coast Maine with 15 acres between our two properties, Beach Rose Farm and the Estate.  The beautiful grounds are covered with beach roses (Rosa Rugosa) planted by my mother, and a 280-degree, unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean and Penobscot Bay.    Our property faces south, with a view across Penobscot Bay to Fort Point State Park with its lighthouse and tall-ship moorings. To the east, you can see the tip of Verona Island in the distance, and to the west our guests love to watch beautiful sunsets over the cove.

Our bay is relatively serene — we don’t have the bustle of frequent commercial or pleasure craft, only a few slow-moving sailboats and tall ships.  The ocean gives off a wonderful, salty aroma that mixes with the sweet beach rose, our own special scent. French’s Point is so close to the water that we end up with a salt wash – a film of salt settling on our bay-facing windows.

The view is the primary reason, beyond our service, that couples choose French’s Point. We are one of the few private locations on the coast of Maine that host events so close to the sea.