Historic Family Friendly Mansion on Lake Michigan

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.Huge flat screen TV above the fireplace, and there\'s even room for somersaultsDining in? All you need is here--including extra chairs for larger groups.The Michigan Room is the one you want to fight for, with its own mini balcony.Morning coffee? Happy Hour cocktails? Does it get any better than this?!The sunporch breakfast room captures the glorious sunrises and is cozy all day.The fountain out front adds a touch of class in the warm months.The Huron Room at dusk--lovely reverse sunsets often available w/ hues of pinkYes, this is all at your fingertips! Or your sandy foot-tips. Spacious beachThis hearty kite surfer proves that the weather doesn't have to be nice to enjoy
303 Saint Clair Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081

Overview

Bedrooms: 9
Bathrooms: 9
Sleeps: 24
Type: Villa
Per night: $1,100 - $1,750
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Sheboygan vacation villa rental
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.
Area Information
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!

Availability Calendar

Rates

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Jan 01 2014 Dec 31 2015 $1,485 - - - 2 Nights
Jun 10 2014 Jun 17 2016 $1,750 $1,750 - - 2 Nights
Jun 18 2014 Jun 25 2016 $1,750 $1,750 - - 2 Nights
Jul 01 2014 Jul 08 2016 $1,750 $1,750 - - 2 Nights
Aug 06 2014 Aug 13 2016 $1,750 $1,750 - - 2 Nights
Aug 28 2014 Sep 04 2016 $1,750 $1,750 - - 2 Nights
Nov 01 2014 Nov 24 2014 $1,100 $1,100 - - 2 Nights
Nov 25 2014 Dec 02 2014 $1,750 $1,750 - - 2 Nights
Dec 03 2014 Dec 19 2015 $1,100 - - - 2 Nights
Dec 20 2014 Dec 27 2014 $1,750 $1,750 - - 2 Nights
Dec 28 2014 Jan 04 2015 $1,750 $1,750 - - 2 Nights
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Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 12 p.m.
Lodging tax: 13
Deposits: Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000 Cancellation policy: 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. .
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Personal Check
Other Fees: Cleaning $285 + tax . Tax Rate 13% Base rate from $1100 to $1485/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 $1750/night plus tax (including but not limited to 4th of July, Labor and Memorial Weekends, Christmas, New Year's). Coach house is additional cost.

Amenities

  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Game Room
  • Kitchenette
  • Pool Table
  • Balcony
  • Garage
  • Lakefront
  • Porch
  • Beachfront
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Linens Provided
  • Screened Porch
  • Bikes
  • Heating
  • Parking Included
  • View (Lake)
  • Fireplace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • Waterfront
  • Full Kitchen
  • Kayak
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Gas Grill
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Activities

  • Beach
    (onsite)
  • Fishing
    (<1 mile)
  • Lake
    (<1 mile)
  • Water Park
    (<1 mile)
  • Bicycling
    (<1 mile)
  • Golf
    (<1 mile)
  • Restaurant
    (<1 mile)
  • Water Skiing
    (<1 mile)
  • Boating
    (<1 mile)
  • Grocery Store
    (<1 mile)
  • Surfing
    (<1 mile)
  • Zoo
    (1 mile)
  • Canoeing
    (<1 mile)
  • Kayaking
    (<1 mile)


Owner Supplied Testimonials
Guestbook

The location to Lake Michigan was closer than I had imagined. I loved looking out the windows from the cozy warm spaces of the mansion and admired the serene views across the bluff overlooking the beach area. It was cold during our visit but not too cold to keep several family members walking into to town to do some exploring.

This is my second visit to a Castino vacation home and I feel they know how to make a house comfortable for large groups. My favorite space on this trip was the formal living room area with the fireplace and elegant appointments. Another favorite was toasting champagne in the beautiful dining room in the evening glow of the impressive chandelier. Ours was a quick stay so I can't wait to return in the summer to enjoy more of the house!

This is definitely a four season vacation home.

The photos donât do it justice. This place is gorgeous. It is like an English manor house, yet only a couple of hours away from Chicago. And, it is right on Lake Michigan, so there are stunning views from all over the place. Every room has its own bathroom, and most have a fireplace. The common areas are immense and beautifully decorated with antique furnishings.

But it is comfortable, too. Again, the photos make it look stuffy, when in fact, it is so pleasant and warm. They are currently remodeling the lower level, which will create even more space for family fun, like pool, ping pong, foosball, and toys.

The architectural details are amazing, like the woodwork in the dining room and the plaster gargoyle faces in the tavern on the lower level. The staircase would be perfect for a brideâs grand entrance.

We stayed with a group of girlfriends, and cooked in most of the nights. The kitchen was fully stocked with pots, pans, plenty of dishes, and 2 refrigerators. We had a really nice dinner, shopped, and went to the museum in town, all just a pleasant 10 minute walk away. There were more things we wanted to do, but we were having so much fun relaxing in such a beautiful space. The days got away from us. Next time, I would to go to the Kohler showroom, to the spa at the American Club and take a much longer walk along the lakefront.

I would love to get my extended family up there for a summer vacation, to take full advantage of the grounds and lake. I know the guys would love to golf at Whistling Straights.

We will be back!

Great place for our large family! First floor is all beautiful living space, second floor has 5 spacious BRs w baths, third floor has additional BRs and baths. Basement has ping pong and pool table, etc. TVs all over-- new flat screens. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary appliances--we brought in a chef from Milwaukee, who prepared a gourmet dinner there one evening. The whole first floor has beautiful wood walls in Victorian grandeur.

New Owners are maintenance fanatics and property manager quite nice and helpful-- provided babysitting, made helpful recommendations, and even picked up stuff at store for us!

Sheboygan has several really good restaurants, great children's museum, wonderful arts center, and is 10 minutes to Kohler with the American Club amenities (spa, golf courses and the "toilet museum"-- a/k/a Kohler plumbing fixture displays). The Sheboygan theater has been beautifully restored and has various programs-- we saw a comedian there.
The house is on top of a bluff and overlooks the lake-- great views! In better weather (we were there in January) one could walk down the hill to the beach, I believe.

In summary, it is like stepping back in time to "old luxury" without sacrificing any modern conveniences. I have already recommended this place to friends and relatives-- and hope it is available when we want to return!

Seven dear friends wanted to celebrate a BIG birthday for one of our group. We decided to spend the weekend somewhere special where we could relax , enjoy each others company and feel pampered. The Mansion fit the bill and overdelivered. We had the run of a huge, gorgeous house for the entire weekend. It was the perfect setting for birthday cake and champagne in the dining room ( after winetasting and dinner at the Black Pig in town) and (more wine) and late night converstion by the fire in the living room. The bedrooms are all decorated in charming,different styles - with one thing in common - very nice bathrooms. Sheboygan's a cute town with some nice stores ( Nest), good restaurants & a fabulous art museum. And, the Mansion overlooks Lake Michigan. It was a chilly weekend in March - so our hardier friends took a stroll on the beach. All in all a great experience - and as advertised, affordable luxury. It's so much nicer to stay in a private "house" with friends, than in a hotel. Two thumbs up - we really enjoyed staying at the Mansion . We're thinking about including the guys next summer as there are several good golf courses nearby

What a wonderful place this is! The historic charm of the mansion is rare and undeniable. Even though we were just a couple of hours from home, we felt like we had a real vacation. Thanks to the Castino's for their hospitality with ease of booking and for sharing this special place. Who knew Sheboygan had so much to offer? We plan on trading up from Lake Geneva for the comfort and amenities this wonderful city and home has to offer.

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Chris Castino

Chris Castino

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    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...
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