Farm House BBQ Lawn & West Overlook Terrace

Just behind the Farm House, overlooking the west slope and the Sandy Point State Park that wraps around the estate is a wonderful little BBQ Lawn and the West Overlook Terrace. These casual spaces are ideal for small groups to gather.

This spring we painted our five 12’ long x 44” wide picnic tables white. They can seat 12 guests each. This lawn is just outside the Farm House kitchen and parlor. It is equipped with a gas grille and tank and a propane boiler with a big pot for boiling corn, lobster, clams, mussels or crabs. We also have a small charcoal grille if that is your preference. We supply a tank of propane and you supply the charcoal and replacement tanks during your stay. Thursday night BBQ dinners are a popular event out here. As family and friends roll into town, you can host a casual dinner.  We suggest having events catered so that you don’t have to lift a finger and you can visit with your guests. Creative Catering is a local caterer that can provide fully prepared meals or simply provide the food (burgers, brats, hot dogs) ready to go on the grille, along with the prepared sides, salads and desserts. Guests have also had Uproot Pie Company come with their portable pizza oven parked at the bottom of the slope and serve pizza with farmers market-fresh ingredients. I love the owner Jessica and her pizza even more!

On the West Overlook Terrace, we added a high BTU propane fire pit. The smoke from the old wood-burning fire pit blown by the wind used to drive guests off the patio. This new fire pit solves this problem and is surrounded by rocking lounge chairs that overlook the Recreation Lawn, a garden pool, the organic garden and orchard and offers ocean views peeping through the 100+ acres of wooded walking trails in the Sandy Point State Park.

In late April, our family took in the first of the warm afternoon sunsets from the BBQ lawn with a delicious dinner at the picnic tables together, after a very long day of landscaping on our third pre-season work weekend to get the grounds ready for the families joining us this year. It felt so good to feel the sun on my skin and see the beautiful (albeit dirt-streaked) faces of my family around the table together. I hope your family enjoys this space as much as mine.

We will share the details of the other winter enhancement projects in upcoming posts. We hope you love them as much as we do.

Photography by Greta Tucker

Tent Lighting

At French’s Point, we offer our private oceanfront estate with abundant gardens & a variety of settings for weekend festivities, including our beautiful Sail Cloth Tent to host your various weekend festivities (which would cost $40K if you were to rent the same inclusions for your celebration elsewhere).

What lighting is offered as part of the French’s Point Sail Cloth Tent package?

  • Dimmable perimeter lights
  • Dimmable up-casting pole lights that illuminate the canopy 

Do I need to hire a lighting company?

No, you do not. This amenity we offer is plenty of illumination for your celebration. However, some of our couples choose to add event lighting to the tent for the sake of design aesthetics & ambiance.

Who can install event lighting & decor?

Lighting & hanging decor that requires a ladder or lift must be installed by an approved, licensed and insured lighting professional.  We offer options on our Preferred Vendor List.

Our Preferred Lighting Companies

These providers have all worked at our property before, signed our Vendor Code of Conduct & obtains liability insurance. Choosing a lighting provider off our list will make your communications simple & more enjoyable.

Event Lighting Concepts 
Kittery, ME
Contact: Heidi
207-475-2250
elc.eventdesign@gmail.com 
www.eventlightingconcepts.com

Griffin & Griffin 
Scarborough, ME
Contact: Josie
207-835-4769
hello@griffingriffinlighting.com 
www.griffingriffinlighting.com

Maine Event Design & Decor 
Brunswick, ME
Contact: Robyn
207-725-8895
robyn@maineeventdecor.com 
ww.maineventdecor.com

Wallace Events 
Ellsworth & Rockland, ME
Contact: Josh
207-667-6000
jmorren@wallaceevents.com 
www.wallaceevents.com

Installation Time

We kindly ask that your planner schedule your lighting installation & removal within your rental term & confirm this with our office.

Candle Light

We always find that candles are an affordable lighting option if you are looking to add a nice glow to your table design, especially if you are planning to dine during or after sunset. Just remember that per Maine State Fire Marshal Regulations, all open flames must be enclosed in glass and the height of the flame cannot exceed the height of the glass, so candlesticks are not permitted.  Additionally, the breeze passing through the tent would extinguish an unprotected flame.

If you still have questions about lighting at French’s Point, please feel free to email the Property Manager at nicole.frenchspoint@gmail.com.

Photography by Bethany & Dan

French's Point - Tent Lighting

Real Review: A One of a Kind Experience

Dear Jessika,

Thank you very much for all of your time, support, ideas & warmth over the past 12 months! From the day we met you over doughnuts & contemplated (for way too long) while sitting on your couch, to your thoughtful support in reserving to countless random questions, emails & calls, you always made us feel cared for and like a priority – whether our wedding was months away or days away.

While French’s Point is obviously a one-of-a-kind place with a beautiful backdrop and special history, you and your team were and are a substantial part of making it a one-of-a-kind experience. We are very grateful we got to work with you on such a special weekend in our lives, and your friends & family shared countless compliments about you, Nicole, and of course, the property.

We genuinely hope we can see you again when we’re in Maine, and perhaps, down the road, hold another memorable celebration at French’s Point. In the meantime, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends & family.

Love,

Amanda & Phil 

Photo by Leslie Swan Photography

A Spring Garden Wedding in Maine

Arielle & Josh had their Maine destination wedding weekend on June 1, 2019 at our French’s Point estate. The couple celebrated with loved ones traveling from all around the world! During their wedding weekend (Thursday through Sunday) they gathered their friends & family at multiple locations around our estate to make the most of our property. Gatherings they enjoyed included but were not limited to:

Their weekend events were designed & executed flawlessly by Heidi of She Luxe Wed.

The Sound System at French’s Point

The sound system at French’s Point is offered to our guests during their planned events. The sound system is a property operated piece of equipment. Guests have access to the sound system from 9am-10pm with the site manager’s permission. Sound System will be locked at 10:00pm or at the end of your event before the site manager’s departure.

Microphone

Our sound system broadcasts sound on the Main Level of the Retreat House and outside on the Cocktail Terrace. If you have a speech planned during your event, you are welcome to speak with a French’s Point site manager about using a microphone. Please plan to use the microphone only inside the home, as the microphone will lose it’s line-of-sight connection once it leaves the Main Level of the Retreat House.

Piano

If you plan to have a Pianist, please let us know ahead of time so we can set up the microphone to the piano to broadcast outside on the Cocktail Terrace.

Music

In order to play your music selections, you will need a Phone or iPad with an Aux Port or Aux Port Converter. You are also welcome to play CDs.

For any other sound system questions, please email Nicole at Nicole.frenchspoint@gmail.com.

The Retreat House Piano

Photos by Lindsey Ocker Photography

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!

2020

Prime Season

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

Winter Season

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

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!