Historic Family Friendly Mansion Right on Lake Michigan! Sleeps up to 24!
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- Minimum stay:1-4 nights
- Property type:Estate
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
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!
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- 10700 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Not Allowed
With help, a chair can enter the home. We have a wheelchair, lift chair, seat raiser and walker on site for use, plus support railings in the main floor bathroom, which is located just outside the room for those with mobility issues....moreless
Bedrooms: 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24, Beds for 20-24
- 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....moreless
Bathrooms: 8 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Ping Pong Table
- Pool Table
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Games
- Video Library
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Autumn Foliage
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Available from 7 bedrooms is a stunning view of Lake Michigan. Have coffee on the outdoor patio and watch the sunrise (if you're ambitious enough!) or enjoy outdoor cocktails to the sound of the surf....moreless
Our bluff overlooks Lake Michigan right across the street. The spacious public beach (volleyball, firepits, restrooms), lighthouse, marina/yacht club are at your fingertips. Surf Sheboygan! ...moreless
Exploring by foot, you can enjoy the Kohler Museum, Sheboygan theater (live performances), shopping, dining and imbibing. A 10 minute car ride leads to--The Bull, Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits....moreless
Look out your window while brushing your teeth or up from your book to enjoy Lake Michigan. Most bedrooms face the lake, with chairs placed strategically to maximize your view. Patio is the best!...moreless
Lake Michigan is literally down the hill and right across the street. 8 beach Volleyball nets, firepits and Mother Nature's treasures all available free of charge, along with public bathrooms....moreless
Although our mansion is technically not a resort, you'll feel like you're at one! Blue Harbor Resort w/ indoor waterpark (day passes available) is a bike ride away, and Kohler resort is nearby....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- Seating for 16 people
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Deck / Patio
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill
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Aug 27 - Dec 14, 2016
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning $325 + tax
- Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
- Tax Rate 13%
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:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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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!
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Sheboygan, WI, USA:
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!
The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
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!
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Classy? Yes, but comfy, too! Enjoy yesteryear's elegance with modern perks.
Not just a foyer, but a cozy spot to hang out with one of the 11 fireplaces.
Imagine putting your make-up on at this vanity while watching the waves crash.
The Michigan Room is the one you want to fight for, with its own mini balcony.
The coach house is a great supplement for large groups or can be rented alone.
campfires on the beach! there's a pit ready for you and your family to use!
The grand ballroom suite sleeps and entertains an entire large family!
Even the pianist has a view of the lake.
Yes, this is all at your fingertips. Just go down the steps and cross the street
gas grill, two firepits and plenty of outdoor seating for enjoying Mother Nature
Lots of activities but still lots of room to play
The fountain out front adds a touch of class in the warm months.
The Superior Room has an awesome tub and shower area in addition to what's seen.
The Huron Room at dusk--lovely reverse sunsets often available w/ hues of pink
Morning coffee? Happy Hour cocktails? Does it get any better than this?!
the view of the house from the pier. Lake Michigan is just feet away!
The Ontario Room, plenty of sunshine and seating, plus a huge closet.
Sunporch is conveniently located off the kitchen with the best view in the house
Cocktails, anyone? No need to drink and drive with a built-in bar on site
Fun for all ages.
Being 'stuck' in the kitchen isn't so bad with a lake view and new granite!
Bar, 3 fireplaces, piano, games--all on the lower level for everyone to enjoy
The Man Cave/Schoolroom even has a popcorn popper and huge flat screen TV
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