Host Your Next Retreat at the 219 House in Kennebunk Maine

 The 219 House and Annex is absolutely lovely. Just a few minutes walk from the beach and central to Kennebunkport for plenty of shopping, sight-seeing and dining. The property is truly an idyllic spot to host a magical getaway or retreat!  

The 219 House and Annex is absolutely lovely. Just a few minutes walk from the beach and central to Kennebunkport for plenty of shopping, sight-seeing and dining. The property is truly an idyllic spot to host a magical getaway or retreat!  

Last year, the 219 House rental business took off with requests for destination retreat bookings.  It's the perfect setting for a small group in the off-season, and I even held my own women's retreat there for thirteen this past April. 

The 219 House lends itself well to many aspects of a retreat. With over 5,800 square feet of space, a beautiful yard, and a huge wrap-around porch, there are many options for break-out rooms, sleeping arrangements, and quiet nooks of the property for introspection and reflection.  It's easy to find a spot  to curl up, journal, or meditate and It's also just a short walk to the beach from the house, to take in the gorgeous coastline. 

 There are many places to walk while on retreat including the grounds of the Franciscan Monastery, the walkway along the Kennebunk beaches and several winding quiet back-roads.

There are many places to walk while on retreat including the grounds of the Franciscan Monastery, the walkway along the Kennebunk beaches and several winding quiet back-roads.

While Maine tends to be cooler in the off-season, fall is a gorgeous time of year to see the foliage, and the spring months are also beautiful as the tree's and flowers bloom.  The fireplace in house is wonderful to sit beside and have a group meal, and the house is warm and cozy during the winter weeks too, having formerly been a year-round home. 

 The long counter top in the front kitchen is the perfect length for an amazing buffet.  A variety of pies are being served here by  Kitchen Chicks Catering Company , and they were DELICIOUS! ( and you can request gluten free!) 

The long counter top in the front kitchen is the perfect length for an amazing buffet.  A variety of pies are being served here by Kitchen Chicks Catering Company, and they were DELICIOUS! ( and you can request gluten free!) 

Did I mention that the house has two back-to-back kitchens?  If you plan on having an event here,    the extra kitchen is a huge plus. There are two refrigerators, two ovens and even two dishwashers that can be used by your group or by the caterer of your choice. If you'd like to have your retreat attended by one of the local gourmet catering companies in the area, the kitchens make for a convenient place to prepare meals for large groups, and the seating for the dining area can be arranged to accommodate up to 25 or more for a sit down meal.

 We configured our seating area for 10 participants and 3 guides at the front of the room who delivered the retreat material.  We have plenty of stools and extra seating to offer you should you need them. 

We configured our seating area for 10 participants and 3 guides at the front of the room who delivered the retreat material.  We have plenty of stools and extra seating to offer you should you need them. 

 A mindful moment from our P.A.U.S.E. & Reveal Retreat.

A mindful moment from our P.A.U.S.E. & Reveal Retreat.

The house has 8 bedrooms, with one of them being an enormous  "common room" with 6 individual beds ( This room is huge!). There is also an additional "annex" apartment across the driveway that offers 3 more private bedrooms ( as well as another living room and kitchen!).

In terms of having extra bonus space to hold a yoga class, performance, movie night or an activity where you might need to spread out, look no further than the large, spacious, game-room over the garage.  With a large flat screen television, big leather couch, extra large extendable pine table and plenty of additional seating, it's a great spot to gather for a morning meditation, a stretch, or to show a film, or host a guest-speaker. 

 The Annex next door is a 3 bedroom unit with a bathroom, kitchen and living room plus plenty of light, wood floors and charm. 

The Annex next door is a 3 bedroom unit with a bathroom, kitchen and living room plus plenty of light, wood floors and charm. 

The wrap-around-porch is also a great place to have a morning coffee in the sunshine or have a quiet place to offer your retreat guests to reflect. 

As the retreat host/ hostess, you'll genuinely appreciate the many options available for configuring the perfect space for the perfect occasion or group-activity.  The property is versatile, inviting, and beautiful! 

 The Wrap-around-porch is also a plus. 

The Wrap-around-porch is also a plus. 

If you are interested in holding an event in our off-season, please consider booking between the dates of  September 15th - June 15th for our special nightly rate by contacting our partner  Evolve Vacation Rental. If you have questions, just call 877.818.1014 and they are always happy to help. 

Click on the image above to be taken to the site for booking.  The rate above includes all fee's taxes, cleaning, & insurance. To book the Annex next door with 3 additional bedrooms you can contact our booking partner and let them know you would like to rent the entire estate or of course, you can just rent the Annex with a couple of friends instead!  To see photos and details about the Annex click here. 

Evolve Vacation Rental can book your group at either or both of our properties. Please reference listing # 356546 for 219 House and reference #356943 for the Guest House Annex next door. 

If you have additional questions or wonder if our home is the right fit for your group, please contact me for ideas on planning your next group retreat. 

Monica Rodgers can be contacted by emailing: rodgers107@me.com 

 These rockstars had a blast making the 219 House their retreat getaway last Spring!

These rockstars had a blast making the 219 House their retreat getaway last Spring!

Design Tips for a Livable & Lovable Room

I love the creative process of decorating a room, but find that I frequently fail at it before I finally succeed in getting the right look.  Although it can be frustrating, I've found that the results are well worth the challenge because space that's livable is also lovable. 

I've always been a fan of found objects and mixing old with new. I'm appreciative of color and design but I also tend to gravitate toward furnishings and details that have a well-loved and worn look and especially pieces that will lend character to an otherwise bland environment.  I'm a huge fan of modular pieces that can be easily moved to change up the look of a room and I adore the use of natural objects and artwork used to create texture and evoke mood.  

Decorating a space can be challenging especially if you don't have a vision in mind.  These are the tips that I've learned along the way that seem to make an overwhelming project seem more manageable:

  • End before you begin:  Before you do anything, sit down with a pad of paper and list the end result you want to achieve.  Choose descriptive words that can help guide you as you choose the color or furnishings that will help you cultivate the look you want to achieve. Get a box of colored pencils and put some color boxes on the page next to the words so you can begin a color pallet for that room, or use Pinterest to create a pin board for your rooms.  For example: lets say I want to create a room that feels beachy and lived in.  My color pallet looks like this: 

I may find a washed out blue trunk at a thrift or antique store that I want to use at the end of the bed for a table.  I can put seashells or a hurricane lamp and choose white linens with accent pillows for a pop of color. 

  • Prepare to hunt:  If your budget is tight, think about where you are going to splurge and where you are going to skimp. Sometimes I will find a piece that makes the statement and blows the budget all at the same time. If this happens, it's not about forgoing the piece, but about getting creative with the rest of the room at thrift stores, yard sales, craigs list, or Ikea! Ikea is a great place to look for an element that achieves a look without breaking the bank. 

Two Ikea Bunkbeds have been placed end to end to create this great look and take up very little floor space while maximizing the space for sleeping four. 

  • Give yourself permission to get it right:  We don't know till we try.  If you have an idea or a vision in your head, then go with it.  If you get it wrong the first few times, keep going till you get it right. When it comes to decorating a space there are no set rules, and we only gain experience when we make mistakes. It's ok if that piece you thought would work is a bust, maybe it will work somewhere else, maybe you resell it and begin again.  Sometimes consignment stores will give you the opportunity to test a piece in your home to see if it works in the space.  Obviously you will need to do your best by taking measurements and even "taping off" the amount of space each piece will take up in the room before actually going to the trouble to bring it home. 
  • Make it: If you can't find that lamp or accent chair you are looking for... can you make it?  Marshalls or TJ's are great places to look for the basics. Consider how many white lamps or tables you can find at either place. Can you decopage some tasteful seashell images on it's surface to achieve your look? 

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