We chose Chateau Mer for our family reunion not just because it seemed to have enough space for us (17, altogether) to gather together, but also enough spaces to spread out. Both turned out to be true, and the house and, overall, our experience exceeded our expectations.
The location of the house is even more beautiful and convenient than the pictures and descriptions convey. The view of the sea from the large deck and the balcony above is gorgeous, regardless of the time of day or the weather. Getting to the beach is easy (though going back up might be taxing for those for whom stairs are a difficulty), and the beach was always empty, even with the public beach right around the corner. The kids enjoyed the sand and the water all day, and we all had a lovely time under a super-moon around a bonfire at night. We took day trips to Belfast, Searsport (the Penobscot Museum was a hit with young and old alike), Acadia National Park and Fort Knox--all within an easy drive.
The house was plenty large for our group. We had adult couples in the postmodern bedroom and two the grotto; two teens in the den; a couple with two teens in the Mexican suite (the statue where the kids were was a little scary at first); a couple with a young child in the toy room; and a couple with two small children in the loft. The long table and the great room provided plenty of space for everyone, even on rainy days, and the rooms were separate enough to allow anyone who wanted some space to get away. The whole house is decorated with interesting art, and it is thoughtfully designed to accommodate groups like ours.
Working with Barbara was great. She was very clear in her communications with us, and provided everything we needed. Her assistants helped us get settled in, and checked on us several times during the week. She was herself staying nearby, and also stopped by to make sure everything was going well.
The only thing which might have been improved was the check-out time which, at 9:00 a.m., is earlier than many places we've stayed. We felt a bit rushed, and it is unfortunate that that should be among our last impressions of the visit. I would suggest hiring a few more people to clean in between visitors so that guests not feel panicked about getting out on Friday morning.
Overall, though, everyone had a splendid time, and we will definitely consider coming back the next time our reunion is in Maine. Many wonderful memories!