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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org