Mansions You Can Rent for Cheap
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20 Mansions You Can Actually Afford to Rent

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Mansions You Can Rent for Cheap
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If a big family reunion or getaway with a group of friends is on the calendar, make the trip luxurious, memorable and affordable — by renting a mansion. You don’t have to be a president to rent a little of the good life with these vacations. There are bona fide mansions and luxury homes across the country where large groups of people can hang out and party for a nightly rate of $90 a person or less. Here are some of the most fabulous mansion and villa rentals where large groups can vacation in style for less than a hotel, with per-person prices based on the biggest crowd the rentals can bear. 

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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 rental with panoramic mountainside vistas. The luxury 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 is available for trips into downtown Steamboat.

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 rent 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 for vacations on the East Coast's 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 historic 8,000 square-foot house offers 11 bedrooms, seven baths, and two full kitchens along with a roomy backyard and a patio. Why choose a hotel when there are unique options like this?

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 the mansion's 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 rental 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 take a trip to a bygone era when they book historic Sharksmouth Estate, built around 1868, when mansions were mansions. A 10,000 square-foot Gilded Age palace with 10 bedrooms and six bathrooms and one half bath, the estate enjoys an ocean view just 2 miles outside of town and with access to public beaches. The list of amenities includes one-third mile of shoreline, an apple orchard where guests can wander, and a clay tennis court. 

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 to book for 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's trip 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 home on the beach in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, at a very affordable rate. 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. With nearby access to the Wright Brothers Memorial and many other attractions, it offers plenty of seaside fun and has a cabana with a full bath. 

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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
Beach houses like this are rare. About 30 miles north of Miami, this 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's also no shortage of nearby restaurants. There is a four-night minimum stay at this place.

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 access to 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 rental house just inside the California state line certainly has that going for it: It’s just a block from the Heavenly Ski Resort for those wanting ski vacations and less than a mile to the lake and local casinos. Visitors are greeted with a contemporary open-room floor plan featuring plenty of space that makes entertaining large groups a breeze. The house has 10 bedrooms and nine baths, along with a huge fireplace, theater room, and sauna.

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 California's picturesque San Bernardino Mountains about 100 miles east of Los Angeles, the Edgewood mansion is 15,500 square feet of modern luxury. Ideal for a large family reunion or a party with 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, sauna, 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
Hawaiian vacations are a taste of the exotic but often at a high price. The Tiki Moon Villas offer a degree of privacy for a large group stay in Hawaii for a reasonable nightly price. The property is made up of five bungalow villas 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 the villas when the beach, panoramic views, covered picnic tables, and lounge chairs await? There's a two-night minimum stay.  

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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 and while avoiding expensive hotel costs? The Mansion Belle Oasis is less than 10 minutes from McCarran Airport, so the vacation can start almost as soon as the plane lands. The luxurious contemporary mansion's ample backyard is a great spot to congregate and party, with a swimming pool, hot tub, and gazebo. The professionally equipped kitchen will thrill cooks in the group, and the game room that houses a pool table, poker tables, and gaming consoles will please just about anyone. For those not interested in cooking, Vegas' famous restaurants await. There's a three-night minimum stay. 

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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
On Florida's Gulf Coast, the modern, luxury 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. Destin boasts three regional airports offering easy access.

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 of space 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. Visitors are required to book at least a two-night 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 lying on the patio in sunny weather, watching the woodlands change colors in fall or spring, snuggling next to one of six fireplaces in winter, or enjoying the seafood at nearby restaurants. But does take minimum stay of seven nights to secure this venue.

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 luxurious Beaver Mountain Lodge is a dream location for a huge group vacation out west with some perks for younger visitors. Upon arrival to this affordable vacation 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 is an impressive list of amenities, such as fireplaces, a kitchen with top-of-the-line equipment, and a game room with foosball, pinball, and a pool table.  

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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 who book a trip to this retreat will enjoy this home’s rustic 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 access to a two-story boathouse and a protected swimming area.

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 trip, Whispering Pines Lodge will not leave anyone disappointed. A massive lakeside rental 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 an easy-access carport and family-friendly amenities like a playground and a sandy beach for the kids.