20 Mansions You Can Actually Afford to Rent

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If a big family reunion or getaway with a group of friends is on the calendar, make it luxurious and memorable without breaking the bank — by renting a mansion. You don’t have to be a president to enjoy a little of the good life. There are bona fide mansions across the country where large groups of people can hang out for a nightly rate of $90 a person or less. Here are some of the most fabulous mansions and villas where large groups can vacation in style for less, with per-person prices based on the biggest crowd the property can bear.

Bella Vista Estate in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO

Cost per night: $2,500
Max. guests: 28
Cost per person: $89
You might call this Rocky Mountain high living. Just minutes from downtown Steamboat, Bella Vista Estate is a 7-acre property with stunning mountainside vistas. The estate includes three different homes with a total of 12 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and two half baths. There are four fireplaces, a Great Room, a heated swimming pool, a tennis court, game room, and pool table. And chauffeur service into downtown Steamboat is available.

Hilltop Gothic Castle in Rindge, New Hampshire
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RINDGE, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Cost per night: $1,450
Max. guests: 22
Cost per person: $66
Up to 22 people can make this 11,000-square-foot castle on 500 acres their own private kingdom — for a very reasonable price. The castle is complete with hidden passages that lead to the rooftop spires, and guests relax in the basement bar and game room, take a boat out on the private lake, or huddle around the fire pit on a chilly evening. Guests can enjoy miles of trails and even a disc golf course without leaving the property. There are eight bedrooms and five baths.

Captain Morse House in Edgartown, Massachusetts
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EDGARTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS

Cost per night: $1,714
Max. guests: 23
Cost per person: $75
Who wouldn’t want to rent a mansion on famed Martha’s Vineyard? The stately Captain Morse House was built in 1840 by the whaling captain in the Greek Revival style and is conveniently located near the shopping areas and four beaches. The 8,000 square-foot house offers 11 bedrooms, seven baths, and two full kitchens along with a roomy backyard and a patio.

Hudson River House in Catskill, New York
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CATSKILL, NEW YORK

Cost per night: $1,800
Max. guests: 24
Cost per person: $75
The Hudson River House boasts majestic views and grand spaces. Its upstairs master suite has a “widow’s peak” loft with a 360 degree view. Guests can enjoy a swim in a seasonal heated pool in warmer months. Other amenities include a game room, dining and sitting rooms, a music room, and a tennis court. The 10,000 square-foot facility has 11 bedrooms, seven baths, and one half bath.  

Sharksmouth Estate in Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachussets
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MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, MASSACHUSETTS

Cost per night: $1,000
Max. guests: 18
Cost per person: $56
Guests can visit a bygone era when they visit historic Sharksmouth Estate, which was built around 1868. A 10,000 square-foot Gilded Age mansion with 10 bedrooms and six bathrooms and one half bath, the estate enjoys an ocean view just 2 miles outside of town and is located near public beaches. The property has one-third mile of shoreline, an apple orchard where guests can wander, and a clay tennis court.

Whispering Pines in Eagle River, Wisconsin
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EAGLE RIVER, WISCONSIN

Cost per night: $1,944
Max. guests: 40
Cost per person: $49
For a memorable North Woods experience, Whispering Pines Lodge will not leave anyone disappointed. A massive lakeside retreat with huge windows to enjoy the sunset over Voyageur Lake, the lodge has an open, rustic decor with 30-foot ceilings, a majestic fireplace, and a lakeside hot tub. It is also located in an angler’s paradise on a huge chain of lakes near the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. There are 11 bedrooms and seven bathrooms, along with a carport, a playground, multiple piers, and a sandy beach for the kids.

Tir Na Nog in Lake Villa, Illinois
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LAKE VILLA, ILLINOIS

Cost per night: $2,000
Max. guests: 24
Cost per person: $83
The perfect place golf fanatics, Tir Na Nog is a private country estate with its own 9-hole course. For non-golfers, there’s still plenty to enjoy, such as fishing on Deep Lake, swimming, basketball, tennis, and lawn bowling. Located just an hour from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the estate sits on 80 acres and has 10 bedrooms and nine bathrooms, two kitchens, and a gym.

Kill Devils Hill in Outer Banks, North Carolina
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OUTER BANKS, NORTH CAROLINA

Cost per night: $928
Max. guests: 32
Cost per person: $29
Guests will have plenty of room to stretch out in this 8,200 square-foot oceanfront home in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. The house has 12 bedrooms, 12 baths, and 3 half baths, along with its own pool billiard room, and a home theater with seating for 14. Near the Wright Brothers Memorial and many other attractions, it offers plenty of seaside fun and has a cabana with a full bath.

Middle River Castle in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA

Cost per night: $1,300
Max. guests:18
Cost per person: $72
 The 10,000 square-foot riverfront castle features a 1,400 square foot dock, eight bedrooms, and 10 baths. Guests can unwind in the home’s pool and hot tub. Inside are regal amenities like a 40-foot bar and breathtaking 35-foot ceilings. Amateur chefs will enjoy the house’s gourmet kitchen, which has multiple stoves, perfect for cooking up the day’s catch. There is a four-night minimum stay.

Reading Farms Estate in Reading, Vermont
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READING, VERMONT

Cost per night: $1,795
Max. guests: 20
Cost per person: $90 
Located in central Vermont, Reading Farms Estate sits on 400 gorgeous acres and is just minutes away from the Killington and Okemo ski areas. The 25,000 square-foot property is the very image of New England charm and has been featured in Architectural Digest and House Beautiful. At the heart of the estate is an 18th century brick farmhouse. There are formal gardens and even a helipad. Other amenities include a library, gym, pool, and arcade game room.

Luxury Estate in South Lake Tahoe, California
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA

Cost per night: $2,005
Max. guests: 24
Cost per person: $84
Location, location, location, they always say, and this 7,400 square-foot house certainly has that going for it: It’s just a block from the Heavenly Ski Resort and less than a mile to the lake and local casinos. Visitors are greeted with an airy open-room floor plan that makes entertaining large groups a breeze. The house has 10 bedrooms and nine baths, along with a huge fireplace and theater room.

Edgewood Mansion in Big Bear Lake, California
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BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIFORNIA

Cost per night: $1,899
Max. guests:24
Cost per person: $79
Located in the picturesque San Bernardino Mountains, the Edgewood mansion is 15,500 square feet of modern luxury. Ideal for a large family reunion or gathering of friends, the Edgewood is a grand home surrounded by natural beauty. The minimum stay is two nights — but that might be the minimum anyone would want to stay in this mansion with a gym, wine cellar, private balconies for each bedroom, a fire pit, and more. 

Tiki Moon Villas in Oahu, Hawaii
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OAHU, HAWAII

Cost per night: $1,687
Max. guests: 28
Cost per person: $60
The Tiki Moon Villas offer a degree of privacy for a large group stay in Hawaii. The property is made up of five bungalows on nearly an acre of private beach. Guests can enjoy modern kitchens and bathrooms, Wi-Fi, and high-definition TVs. But who wants to be inside when the beach, a koi pond, covered picnic tables, and lounge chairs await? There's a two-night minimum stay.

Mansion Belle Oasis in Las Vegas, Nevada
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LAS VEGAS

Cost per night: $1,545
Max. guests: 30
Cost per person: $52
Looking to take a big group on a Las Vegas vacation? The Mansion Belle Oasis is less than 10 minutes from McCarran Airport, so vacation can start almost as soon as the plane lands. The mansion's ample backyard is a great spot to congregate, with a swimming pool, hot tub, and gazebo. The professionally equipped kitchen will please cooks in the group, and the game room with pool, poker tables, and gaming consoles will please just about anyone. There's a three-night minimum stay.

As Sweet as Possible Masion in Destin, Florida
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DESTIN, FLORIDA

Cost per night: $2,845
Max. guests: 32
Cost per person: $89
The modern mansion affectionately called "As Sweet as Possible" by its owners has some flashy amenities in 6,300 square feet of space, but perhaps the best feature is outside: an 80,000-gallon pool with a central bar surrounded by swim-up bar stools. The home also offers 22 TVs throughout, a covered outdoor living room, and games on the deck. There's a three-night minimum stay.

16-Bedroom Lodge in Traverse City, Michigan
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TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN

Cost per night: $2,200
Max. guests: 64
Cost per person: $34
This 16-bedroom lodge in Traverse City sits on beautiful private beach property, but the inside of this massive waterfront home is just as enjoyable as the outside. The house is complete with fireplaces, a gym, a game room with a pool table, foosball, and air hockey. All the beds are queen size.

Mountain View Lodge in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE

Cost per night:$1,655
Max. guests: 40
Cost per person: $41
The gorgeous and expansive Mountain View Lodge near Great Smoky Mountains National Park can sleep 40 people comfortably. It combines the feel and look of a cabin with every modern comfort 5,200 square feet can provide. Each of the nine bedrooms has its own full bathroom, TV, and fireplace. There's also a 27-seat home theater where the group can enjoy movie night and a game room with a pool table, foosball, and arcade games. Outside is 2,000 square feet of deck space, a hot tub, and a huge yard to enjoy. There's a two-night minimum stay.

Sol's Cliff House in Bar Harbor, Maine
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BAR HARBOR, MAINE

Cost per night: $829
Max. guests: 26
Cost per person: $31
The historic Sol's Cliff House is perched on the Atlantic Ocean with expansive views of the mountains in nearby Acadia National Park, making it an all-season delight — good for laying on the patio in sunny weather, watching the woodlands change colors in fall or spring, or snuggling next to one of six fireplaces in winter. There's a seven-night minimum stay.

Beaver Mountain Lodge in Beaver, Utah
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BEAVER, UTAH

Cost per night: $670
Max. guests: 62
Cost per person: $11
Located at the base of the Tushar Mountains in Beaver, the Beaver Mountain Lodge is a dream location for a huge group vacation with some perks for younger visitors. Upon arrival to the house, guests are sure to notice the slide leading from the second-floor deck to the yard, where the verdant 40-acre property features a basketball court, swimming pool, soccer field, and pickle ball court. Inside this 13-bedroom luxury home, there are fireplaces, a kitchen with top-of-the-line equipment, and a game room with foosball, pinball, and a pool table. 

Lake Burton House in Clarkesville, Georgia
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CLARKESVILLE, GEORGIA

Cost per night: $1,602
Max. guests: 23
Cost per person: $70
Located on Lake Burton in the Nantahala National Forest near the North Carolina border, guests here will enjoy this home’srustic oak and pine decor and exquisite lake views. There are eight bedrooms, nine baths, two half baths, a stone fireplace, a three-story room with a vaulted ceiling. There’s also a two-story boathouse and a protected swimming area.

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