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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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
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 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!
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!
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.
Lakeview Mansion was the scene of a wonderful celebration of friendship as nineteen of us gathered to mark a special birthday. We dined together in the dining room, had morning coffee on the heated terrace, sipped cocktails in the living room and had our traditional competitions in the game room. It was a memorable weekend in a memorable place. Lisa, the house manager, was wonderful and took care of all our needs. I highly recommend this place for a family or group get together.
Lakeview Manor was the perfect place for my wife's surprise 60th birthday celebration. The house is magnificent, eclectic and charming. The house easily accommodated our 19 guests. We took advantage of the covered patio with heaters for cocktails on a chilly autumn evening. Inside each way you looked there was something interesting to investigate. Lisa our caretaker did an outstanding job of taking care of all our needs. Chef Cathy prepared 2 wonderful dinners. Lisa also prepared 2 great farm breakfasts. After dinner all the guests went down stairs to play pool, ping pong, foosball, cards and watch games on the big screen TV. All the technology is up to date and functioning. This is a wonderful place to celebrate!
We stayed at this property for a group of 8 guys for a golf trip to Kohler. Very large property, great location, and wonderful local help to make our arrival and stay great! I highly recommend this property - truly fantastic and one of a kind!
Lakeview mansion gets two thumbs up, waaay up!!! This home was more than just a place for friends and family of the wedding to sleep. It served as a rendez vous point and sheer entertainment for EVERYONE! There was no need to gather people at a local bar, this house included more entertainment then you could find at any Sheboygan establishment! Never did you feel crowded or as if you were in someones way. There was always room to spare. The game room/bar area downstairs were utilized 24/7. Along with the outdoor patio space. This house offered every type of entertainment imaginable. Several guests enjoyed their first trip to Wisconsin by taking a dip in the lake. And weren't they surprised by the temperature, haha. All around it was a FANTASTIC time from start to finish. As if the stay couldn't have gotten better, on our last day we hosted a day after wedding brunch by Jackie Eigenberger for 50 persons. Annette from Lakeview Mansion assisted and everything was a HIT! Food and service were impeccable! I couldn't have asked for a more perfect home to house friends and family. It will be a memory to cherish for years to come! Thank you for a lovely stay. Cant wait to do it again!
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!
|Cleaning||A$430 + Tax|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||A$1,983|
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.