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.

 

Wi-Fi At French’s Point

Wi-fi at French's Point - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue & Vacation Home - Still 55 Photography

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

 

Real Review: Heaven. Just Heaven.

French's Point Review - Destination Wedding Venue - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue - Amanda McCoy Photography

Jessica & Zachary

Married on October 13th, 2018

Our October wedding at French’s Point was simply amazing. Back in the planning stages, we had plans to tour six or seven other venues, but we canceled all our other tours after we toured French’s Point because we knew we’d just seen something special and that it wouldn’t get any better.

We were right. Everything about the estate is amazing–the location, the view, the estate house itself. It’s warm, welcoming, and elegant. The staff is sweet, encouraging, communicative, and helpful. They provided us with suggestions and inspiration that made our day unique and fun.

“Everything about the estate is amazing–the location, the view, the estate house itself. It’s warm, welcoming, and elegant.” – Jessica

If you book the venue, you should also consider booking the adjacent farmhouse for your family and wedding party. It’s a quaint, cozy, and adorable place to stay, but it’s also incredibly handy to have the wedding party within walking distance of the venue. We were so happy we made the choice to book the farmhouse too!

I can’t thank Jessika and Nicole enough; they were amazing, and I get misty just thinking about what a wonderful day they helped us create. I loved everything about it! We even battled a little rain and couldn’t get married outside at the gazebo like we planned, but it didn’t for one second feel like a compromise to get married in the lovely estate. This place is just heaven!

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Jessica & Zachary’s Vendor Team:

Bar Services: Harvest Moon

Catering: Harvest Moon

Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Dionne Entertainment

Ceremony Venue: The Gazebo at French’s Point

Cocktail Hour Venue: The Cobblestone Terrace at French’s Point

Design & Styling: DIY

Dessert: The Front Porch Bakery

DJ Dinner & Dancing Entertainment: Dionne Entertainment

Event Planner: Nicole Dearing at French’s Point

Favors: Whoopi Pies

Floral Design: Flowers by Hoboken 

Hair & Makeup: Glow Salon

Officiant: Friend

Photo booth: DIY by Jessica’s Father

Photography: McCoy Photography & Artwork

Reception Venue: The Retreat House Dining Room at French’s Point

Rentals: Wallace Events

Videography: NA

Your Home For The Holidays

Your Home For The Holidays - Maine Family Vacation Home Rental Property

We love spending time with our family here at French’s Point. Family is really what this place is all about, our family and yours. Some of my favorite memories of this place are of the holidays spent here with my family. We do offer some holiday reservations each year to other families so they can make their own memories together at French’s Point. Spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or even your Family Reunion here at French’s Point. The estate is ideal for large families that travel both near and far to one large home. Both homes at French’s Point (the Retreat House and the Farm House) provide a beautiful, warm, inviting place to celebrate the season. They are fully appointed with bathroom linens, bed linens, kitchens, dining tables, chairs, fireplaces and lounge seating. Decorate it to suit the season. Hire a horse drawn sleigh or hay wagon for rides on the expansive grounds. Enjoy the outdoor fire pits for s’mores & hot cocoa. Bring your snowshoes or boots for a walk on 100 acres of trails. Sled the epic hill on the western slope of the farm house. Enjoy hot mulled cider in front of a roaring fire and catch up with your loved ones with holiday music playing in the background. Enjoy your own family holiday traditions at French’s Point. Make this your home for the holidays.

A Little Help From Our (New) Friends

French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students

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 this 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”!  

French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students

French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students & House Keeping & Landscaping Crew
Cassie & Katelyn
French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students & House Keeping & Landscaping Crew
“Sasha” Aleksandra & Daiana

 

French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students & House Keeping & Landscaping Crew
Iana & Iuliia
French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students & House Keeping & Landscaping Crew
Daiana & Olga

French's Point - A Little Help From Our New Friends - Russian Exchange Students & House Keeping & Landscaping Crew

Guest Room Air Conditioning: Domestic Air Conditioning

French's Point: Domestic Air Conditioning in the Retreat House and Farm House - Destination Wedding Venue on the Coast of Maine - Emily Delameter Photography

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 testament of 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 bed rooms 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.

Welcome Centers

French's Point Welcome Center - Coastal Maine Vacation Rental Home Property and Destination Wedding Venue - Rachael Anderson Photography

Welcoming Your Guests:

To aid in making the arrival process for your family as simple as possible and remove your need to check them in individually, we created Welcome Centers in the heart of each home. When you reserve French’s Point for your stay, as the host, you assign the bedrooms that your family and friends occupy. This will make the arrival process simple and offer the maximum comfort and enjoyment of the property by each guest.

As you enter the Retreat House & Farm House for your weekend getaway, you will see entryway tables, a framed floor map of the grounds, a copy of your customized room assignments, floor plans, and a bulletin board that is perfect for your sharing details of the weekend ahead with your guests and the weekend itinerary. You should include your chosen event planners contact information so guests can contact them with questions and ensure they have everything they need to be comfortable and you can then enjoy your time with your guests.

How to Assign Rooms:

You will receive a room assignment template and here are links to the floor plans on the website for both the Retreat House and Farm House. Here are the links to the virtual tour of the Farm House and the virtual tour of the Retreat House is coming this summer. The videos will be shared here and on the Retreat House page of the website as soon as it is complete.     

We will share the details of the other Retreat House enhancements in upcoming posts. We hope you love them as much as we do.

French's Point Welcome Center - Coastal Maine Vacation Rental Home Property and Destination Wedding Venue - Rachael Anderson Photography
The Retreat House Welcome Center

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French's Point Welcome Center - Coastal Maine Vacation Rental Home Property and Destination Wedding Venue - Rachael Anderson Photography
The Farm House Welcome Center

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Photography by Rachael Anderson