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Historic Family Friendly Mansion right on Lake Michigan! Sleeps up to 24!

Sleeps24
Bedrooms 11
Bathrooms8
Half Baths1
Space 10,700 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Multiple bedrooms, fireplaces, and baths make this ideal for group get-aways.

The 10,000 square foot Castino Lakeview Mansion sits high atop a bluff with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. It's just steps down to the expansive beach and marina view, with sand volleyball nets and fire pits. The house combines the feel of yesteryear's opulence with all the modern amenities. The home was built in 1912 by a coal and shipping baron JP Reiss on the Great Lakes, and he spared no expense. The features include mahogany trim, barreled dining room ceiling, and ornamental plasters, along with iron, stone and brickwork. There are 9 bedrooms in the main house, including a variety of bunks and sleeper sofas, so it can comfortably sleep a combination of children and adults up to a total of 24. (There are two additional bedrooms in the coach house also available for rent, including a bath, kitchen and family room.) The main house has 9 bathrooms, 11 fireplaces, 11 flat screen TV's, Wi-Fi and an outdoor patio fire table. There is a full kitchen (plus a kitchenette on the third floor), along with a gas grill on the veranda overlooking Lake Michigan, the beach and the lighthouse on the point.

The lower level is a playground for young and old, including a full mahogany bar, foosball, ping pong, billiards, plus laundry facilities. There's no need to ever leave the house, the grounds nor the beach.

But if you want to venture out...There's plenty to do in Sheboygan, selected as the number one place to raise a family in America by Bloomberg's Business Week and Reader's Digest. It's also known as the 'Malibu of the Midwest,' and Surf Sheboygan is an appropriate motto! Wind surfing, yolo boarding, kite surfing, motor boating, sailing, charter fishing and good old fashioned swimming are great ways to take advantage of Mother Nature's gift. Want to go exploring by water? We have 4 kayaks available for your use. Three blocks south on the lakefront is an exceptional YMCA, and a mile down on the lakefront is an indoor water park with day passes available year round. Near the water park is a row of boutiques, and across the way is the river walk, with restaurants/bars, shops and fishermen (and their catches) galore.

Heading west from the mansion is the quaint yet full-service town of Sheboygan. The Weil Performing Arts Center, the Kohler Art Center and a fabulous children's museum are just a brisk walk away. Plenty of fine dining options as well as pub grub are also within walking distance and certainly within biking distance. We have 6 bikes on the premises for your use, with additional bikes available through local rental shops. Hiking at the Kohler State Park is another active endeavor, along with cross country skiing on the trails in town or at the Kettle Moraine State Park Trails.

If GOLF is your thing, this is the place for you! Our location is extremely convenient for accessing world class golf, including The American Club at Kohler, The Bull and Whistling Straits. Road America Racing in Elkhart Lake is nearby. And the list goes on! The bottom line is that there is plenty to do, with a welcoming, charming and relaxing home to return to at night. You can throw burgers on the grill, order out for pizza, or hire a local chef to cater your meals for the ultimate in relaxation.

There's something for everyone--from swimming to golf, from spas to sports! You'll feel like royalty as well as right at home at the mansion. Come enjoy this unique get-away with family, on a corporate retreat, with your golfing buddies--the possibilities are endless!

See our official website for more information and photos!!

More Details

Owner
Chris Castino
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 10, 2017

About Chris Castino

Hailing from the Chicago suburbs but getting closer and closer to that empty nest time in our lives, my husband and I had started thinking about what and where our next chapter might be. We have run a home services business on Chicago's North Shore for over 30 years, everything from painting to carpentry to carpet cleaning. But as our youngest approaches the end of her high school years, we've been talking about semi-retiring while still keeping busy enough to keep ourselves out of trouble and being able to put the third daughter through college. One wedding down with two to go means that we aren't quite ready to sit back and knit baby booties yet.

Chris Castino purchased this estate in 2013

Why Chris Castino chose Sheboygan

So one fateful weekend last summer, after seeing one daughter off on a mission service trip and another off to a quarter of studying abroad (a flurried week of preparation!) we thought we'd treat ourselves to a quick get-away. My husband dug out an old flyer on a Bed and Breakfast from his files, and off we headed to Sheboygan. Not only did we enjoy our stay immensely, we noticed the For Sale sign. After several cocktails, we were convinced that buying this was the right thing to do! Of course, we had to discuss it again the next morning. Hmmm. We still liked the idea. Our second night out to dinner reignited the burning desire to pursue it. Yes, we were still interested the next morning. We hurried home to crunch some numbers. Our friends and family (and banker) all thought we were nuts--, but the next thing we knew we were making an offer on the mansion. Not only did the house call to us, but the area evokes such a peaceful and less harried lifestyle. We've made several trips there in the meantime, and continue to fall more and more in love with the area. My husband, an avid golfer, is just drooling to get out on The Bull, Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits. I might have to take up golf if I ever hope to see him again. In the meantime, I'm going to have a blast putzing around this amazing home and making it our own. The previous owners took a masterpiece that had gotten rundown and transformed it into a showcase some years ago. It's stunning! We have plans to finish the basement, turning it into a full tavern/rec-room/playroom. We can't wait for groups to enjoy it together. We look forward to moving up here full-time when our gal flies the coop but until then we will be enjoying the view, the town and the many fun things the area has to offer. I still can't believe that a spur of the moment trip to a place that happened to have availability has sent us this direction. I toyed with naming the place SERENDIPITY, but Lakeview Mansion says it all!

What makes this estate unique

The views can't be duplicated, the proximity to everything you could want to do makes getting around so easy, and the house itself is beyond description. I feel like I jumped in a time machine and ended up as royalty. Even the carriage house apartment above the garage (formerly the servants' quarters) is oozing with charm. There are so many areas to curl up with a good book, enjoy a cup of coffee, hang out with friends and family, or play games. You can stay together but keep your own schedules, given the privacy and the layout of the home. If you want to sleep in--go for it. Grandma might be in the kitchen whipping up pancakes for the gang as the partiers stagger up from the bar. Into research? What a great excuse to eat and drink your way through Sheboygan and the surrounding area!

Amenities

Sheboygan Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 10700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Suite Bath 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Superior Room Bath 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Erie Room Bath 3 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Huron Room Bath 4 - toilet , tub , shower
    Ontario Room Bath 5 - toilet , tub , shower
    Family Suite Bath 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Extra long counter top
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , Third floor Children's bathroom
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , Main floor bath with handicap railing and seat raiser upper
    Coach House Bath 9 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Additional bath for coach house renters
  • 8 1/2 baths available. The first floor holds the half bath. The second floor has 5 bathrooms, private to each room. The third level has 3 bedrooms sharing one bath, with another bath in the ballroom. The carriage house has its own bathroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Superior Room includes fireplace and whirlpool tub
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Erie Room, awesome lake view and whirlpool bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Huron Room Airy wicker furnishings, lake view
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Ontario Room Sunny cheerful, room for a porta crib
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Family suite with kitchenette, 50' tv, large bath, fireplace
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Michigan Room, plus sitting area , balcony and fireplace
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king , Crow's Nest Built-ins, lake view
    Bedroom 8 - 2 twin/ single , Fountain View for teens/kids
    Bedroom 9 - 3 double , 1 twin/ single , Bunkroom w/lake view, walk-in closet w/ dresser and hooks,
    Bedroom 10 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Main floor for those unable to do stairs, lift chair
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Michigan Room, fireplace, balcony, and walk-in sitting area
  • There is a minimum of 9 bedrooms available, plus 2 in the carriage house and an open space room. There are five bedrooms on the second floor. Two of them have their own fireplace, one has a whirlpool tub, and they each have their own bath. The third floor has 3 bedrooms with a shared bath, and a family suite (the former ballroom) with plenty of space for air mattresses, futons, etc. along with kitchenette, crib, toddler bed and pullout sofa. In addition, the carriage house apartment consists of two bedrooms, kitchen, family room/dining room and bath available for rent separately or in addition to the main house.. Main house common areas will be open to all for use, including the kitchen, dining room, living room, library, sunporch and lower level bar/playroom/rec room/laundry room. Main floor den can be converted into a bedroom for those with mobility issues. It includes a lift chair, special railings in bathroom, caretaker's couch, and easy access to everything on the first floor.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Indoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
This mansion has all the elegance and grace of yesteryear, yet all the cleanliness and comfort to meet current standards. It's in a class of its own!

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Historic Family Friendly Mansion right on Lake Michigan! Sleeps up to 24!
average rating of 4.95 based on 60 reviews
5

unbelievable magnificent home

  • 5 of 5

We had a family reunion here and it was special for many reasons. First of all our german family roots are in Sheboygan and brought back many memories of events here in our childhood.Secondly our great grandfather was the leading contractor in Sheboygan in the late 1800's and early 1900's and built the Reiss mansion, now known as the Castino home.We really appreciated the expertice and care that went into this construction , Staying there and knowing that your great grandfather built this work of wonder 105 years earlier made it extra special. Our thanks and appreciation to the Castinos on their restoration also.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Owner Communication & Feedback

  • 5 of 5

I wanted to take a moment to review my experience with this owner during our planning and booking of this beautiful vacation rental. We spotted this property when searching the internet for a nice home that could accommodate a large group for a family reunion. Everyone instantly said this home was it and we contacted the owner to make arrangements for booking. We are a large family spread all across the country so picking dates and making travel plans for so many families became our biggest challenge. I sent multitudes of emails to the owner checking on dates and keeping them informed of how our planning was going. The owner was quick to respond and completely understood how difficult it was to plan a large gathering when some family members were unsure of which dates would work best for their schedules. I just really wish to thank the owners for working with us on dates and on the number of people who would attend as both our dates and our number seem to change frequently. If I shot out and email to the owner requesting any type of information this owner responded almost immediately. I truly appreciated the fact that all communication came directly from the owner. The owner also provides contact numbers for staff and property managers prior to arrival. This will be our first choice for future family gatherings.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Owner Communication & Feedback

  • 5 of 5

I wanted to take a moment to review my experience with this owner during our planning and booking of this beautiful vacation rental. We spotted this property when searching the internet for a nice home that could accommodate a large group for a family reunion. Everyone instantly said this home was it and we contacted the owner to make arrangements for booking. We are a large family spread all across the country so picking dates and making travel plans for so many families became our biggest challenge. I sent multitudes of emails to the owner checking on dates and keeping them informed of how our planning was going. The owner was quick to respond and completely understood how difficult it was to plan a large gathering when some family members were unsure of which dates would work best for their schedules. I just really wish to thank the owners for working with us on dates and on the number of people who would attend as both our dates and our number seem to change frequently. If I shot out and email to the owner requesting any type of information this owner responded almost immediately. I truly appreciated the fact that all communication came directly from the owner. The owner also provides contact numbers for staff and property managers prior to arrival. This will be our first choice for future family gatherings.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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New Jersey
5

"Can we come back next year?" asked the kids . . .

  • 5 of 5

We (a group of 24 -- 12 adults and 12 children ranging in age from 15 years old to 6-month-old twins) had an amazing time at the Castino Mansion this past summer. Believe it or not, the mansion is more beautiful than it is on the website. And it is absolutely, spotlessly clean -- no small feat given its size and Victorian-style decor. We all felt like we stepped onto a movie set -- or a life-sized replica of the mansion in the game of Clue! It is located just across the street from a lovely, uncrowded public beach where we all enjoyed swimming and strolling. The patio (with a grill) was perfect for our nightly outdoor dinners. Even with everyone in the house -- and most of the kids in the supremely well-appointed game room in the basement -- you could find a quiet place to read, rest, or just take in the wonderful Lake Michigan view. Needless to say, I recommend this home wholeheartedly.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Evanston, IL
5

Chris and Roger have restored this amazing estate

  • 5 of 5

Chris and Roger have restored this amazing estate to create this most inviting gathering place. We drove up from Chicago for the most perfect retreat weekend whcih included group work meetings, long walks on the lakefront and celebrations in the evenings. This is the perfect spot for work retreats or family festivities!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2016
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5

Fabulous Place to Celebrate our Mom's Life

  • 5 of 5

The Lakeview Mansion was the perfect place for our large 35 member family to join together to celebrate our Mom's life. Chris the owner was a pleasure to work with giving us plenty of information and suggestions for caterers. We chose Rob from The Black Pig to cater the reception after the Memorial service as well as a sit down dinner for the families the next night. The food and service were exceptional and we would highly recommend them.

Annette the Property Manager was so kind and an enormous help, getting us settled in and helping us with room descriptions beforehand. She was available throughout our stay for any questions.

The house and carriage house were huge but felt cozy with plenty of private rooms to sleep and gather. It was decorated elaborately, like an estate from the past with a beautiful well appointed kitchen and butler's pantry. The basement with game room, ping pong, pool table, foosball, game table, TV room and bar was an ideal place for all to enjoy conversations and friendly family competitions. Watching the Packers win was a highlight as well! The outside patio area with fire pit and heaters was great and probably would have been used more had it not been 4 degrees that weekend! We would love to come back in the summer. The setting of the Mansion right off Lake Michigan was gorgeous. There was a great running path along the lake for those willing to brave the cold for their morning exercise. Several of the couples stayed within walking distance and the house is close to town and great little places to explore. We highly recommend Lakeview Mansion to others and plan to return. Thank you Chris and Annette for facilitating a fabulous reunion weekend for our families to celebrate our Mom and Grandmas life.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
3 miles
Car: recommended

Near Kohler, WI, enjoy the golf and amenities there while taking advantage of our beach bluff location. Perfect for guys' golf get-aways, couples weekends, girls' trips, reunions, etc. A wide variety of things to do will satisfy a huge variety of personalities--if you can tear yourself away from the gorgeous house itself!

From a grand piano down to bocce, there's plenty to keep you happy on-site. If you feel like venturing out, take our 4 kayaks out onto the lake or ride our 10 bikes to town. From volleyball nets on the beach to fine dining, a performing arts center, an arts center, a children's museum, bike trails, cross country trails, etc etc you won't have a chance to get bored no matter what the season. And the kids won't complain!

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,650
Cleaning $325 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Base rate is $1300 to $1875/night. Special events (weddings, movie/photo shoots, etc) are subject to a higher fee. Rates will vary at owner's discretion depending on local activities, including Elkhart Lake Racing and PGA events. Holiday rate is $1875/night plus tax in 2014, Christmas, New Year's). Coach house is additional cost. Deposits are non-refundable; exceptions per owner only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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