Chris Castino

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Bedrooms 6
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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights



Elkhorn House Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms plus bunkbed loft for 10 children (sleeps 20 total), 4 full baths

Not far from Lake Geneva, our spacious and comfy house is prominently situated on spring-fed Lauderdale Lakes in Elkhorn, WI, just bursting with knick knacks and activities. It's the perfect place for family reunions, weekends away with friends and children, golf foursomes, girls' get-away weekends, etc. Everyone can stay under the same roof instead of in different hotel rooms, waking up together to enjoy all the comforts of home. You're welcome to use anything that's out, from my mom's home-thrown pottery, to the abundant collections of books, movies, games and toys--for all ages (motorized vehicles excluded for insurance purposes). Adults can avoid drinking and driving by singing karaoke in the tavern downstairs while the kids play in the nearby rec rooms. Or borrow our canoe and paddleboats (and life jackets) and go out on the lake. Truly, plenty to do for all ages in all kinds of weather. Sleeps 10 adults and 10 kids comfortably, with a triple bunk area for cousins and friends.

Escape to Wisconsin! (Just not after The PROM. We are a PROM-FREE ZONE.) Truly a home away from home, our house has that lived-in feel because it IS lived in by us, as often as possible. But when we're not using it, we hope you'll love, appreciate and care for it just like we do.

Perfect for larger groups: Family reunions, College reunions (no recent grads, please!), girls' getaway weekends, golf groups, extended family get-togethers that nobody wants to host--you name it! It's easy to maximize valuable time together when you're all under one roof. Doing the dishes is more fun at someone else's house, right? We assume groups staying here share our love of the family setting and will embrace the home-like atmosphere while putting up with our personal belongings. This is not The Hilton! It's neutral territory but with all the comforts of home. You have the run of an entire well-stocked house instead of trying to squeeze into various hotel suites for Happy Hour or family game time. There's plenty for all ages to do without ever leaving the premises!

Easy access!: Drive up from Chicagoland, hop over from Milwaukee or Madison, or fly into either O'hare or Milwaukee and head straight there. Use Mapquest or our map. We haven't had anyone get lost yet (except for my brother-in-law years ago, and we're still looking for him).

Activities galore!: All ages, all weather, there really is something for everyone. 3 gas fireplaces keep the place toasty for marshmallow roasting. A/C takes the edge off in the sultry months. Towels and linens are on-site so you don't have to lug them along. Feel free to use our coolers for beach play or paddle boat rides, take advantage of local activities, or just hang around the house and relax. Mini driveway tennis gives you an activity right outside the garage door (a tennis/paddle hybrid), and there are scooters and toys to keep the little ones occupied when you're sweating through a tie-breaker. Not quite ready to settle down after dinner? How about Pictionary?

Put in a good movie for the kids (and grandma) while the adults head down to the Tavern on the lower level. Sit at the bar (someone can play bartender; don't forget to BYOB), or grab the mike and commandeer the karaoke machine. Play darts, cards, or the piano, have a few beverages, and then all you have to do is find your bedroom before someone else steals it from you! The next thing you'll be aware of is the smell of coffee wafting from the kitchen, and the murmur of the early risers as they hang stumble into the great room to start another fun day.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Chris Castino (Owner)
Advertiser since 2008
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About Chris Castino

My husband and I are both from large families, so when we bought what the tax assessor informally dubbed 'the best lot on the lake,' we decided to build a home big enough to comfortably house everyone from infants to grandparents. It has served us well over the years as we've hosted our share of family reunions, groups of friends with kids, parents without kids, surprise parties, girls' weekends, guys' golf trips--you name it! We know firsthand how beautifully it works for all those demographics. Our 3 daughters have grown up there, creating priceless childhood memories. As they get older and less available to spend time there, I've pinned my hopes on coming full circle and being in the Grandma role myself someday, with all our tried and true lake house traditions intact and the baby cradles back in action! There's hope on the horizon. Our oldest (the one who used to get us up religiously at 5:30 am to go fishing down on the dock) just got engaged on the lake this summer. Literally--out on the paddle boat! I can't wait to spend family weekends there with little ones again. This next time around I'll sigh contentedly, roll over and go back to sleep while she pulls on the rubber gloves I used to wear ( for taking the fish off the hook and tossing them back in) and heads down to the beach...

Chris Castino purchased this house in 1994

Why Chris Castino chose Elkhorn

My husband's parents had a place on Lauderdale Lakes from the time he was in high school. (Don't tell him, but trips to the lake were part of the appeal in dating him! I learned to water ski here at the ripe old age of 23, honing my beer pong skills as well.) Being one of 9 children, they had to share time at the lake so holidays were full family events and then each of the kids got a week in the summer via the family lottery system. We were up there with our young children during 'our' week. The thought of owning our own lake home was a distant dream. As we putzed around in his parents' classic pontoon boat (It's still up and running!) we spotted a For Sale sign down by the lakefront. The rest is history. Even though we weren't really in the market yet, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to build a customized home on the best location on the lake. If we'd waited until the right time, we would've missed out on so many years of fun. We've thanked our lucky stars a million times over that we were in the right place at the right time! Gotta love serendipity!

What makes this house unique

We love being immersed in nature, yet having all the modern conveniences of a comfy home. We put many many hours and lots of experience into designing a house that would work for lots of bodies of all ages, and it paid off. I spent years filling and furnishing it (to an extreme, my husband claims. And I can't really argue with him there), so it doesn't seem like a rental. You feel more like it's your house once you settle in. It pretty much has everything we need, so basically that means we have almost everything you might need! The location is so easy for everyone to get to, being a short drive from the northern suburbs of Chicago where we live, as well as an easy ride from major airports. In the early years we used to squeeze in one last night, leaving early Monday morning to get the kids to school in time. They were a little groggy, but it was worth it. If we'd taken two cars up, my youngest and I would play hooky (don't tell the truant officer) and wander home at our leisure. She didn't suffer academically, and we have those extra special memories of one -on-one time together just doing puzzles and building sandcastles. Ah, don't get me started. We love our house! So we love it when others enjoy and appreciate it to its full potential.

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Multi-family year-round fully-stocked and fully decorated home
average rating of 4.869565 based on 46 reviews
Multi-family year-round fully-stocked and fully decorated home
Elkhorn Southern Wisconsin

Amazing, Beautiful cabin!!! It was so relaxing!!

  • 5 of 5
I have been to this lake before, but this was the first time at this cabin. What a great time our group had! It was a true lakehouse with so much to do, look at and enjoy! Ideal for family vacations, friend weekends and/or retreats. You can do so much while being so close to Chicago which was the best part. The owners had the place looking great and very clean for our arrival. Whether we were sitting by the campfire, hanging out on the porch grilling, on the lake and boat or just enjoying all the fun things to look at and play with in the house we were not bored for one min! I would strongly recommend this specific house to anyone looking for an amazing weekend or week away! Two thumbs up from our group!!
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Multi-family year-round fully-stocked and fully decorated home
Elkhorn Southern Wisconsin

Awesome Lakehouse Experience!

  • 5 of 5
I was very excited to rent this house for a three day weekend for a group of about 15 guys as the listing advertised a very accommodating, quirky lake house with plenty of activities. We were not disappointed as we had an awesome weekend playing the various games in the home, utilizing the expansive yard and patio and spending a lot of time on the lake in canoes, kayaks and a pontoon boat. The house easily accommodated the size of our group and had enough to offer to give everyone something to do. The house is setup and prepared perfectly so that your group is able to effortlessly make it your own home for the weekend. The owner was very easy to work with and provided an incredible amount of things to do and items in the area to give us even more ideas for our weekend. I definitely recommend the home for a weekend getaway for a group of friends or a family.
  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Multi-family year-round fully-stocked and fully decorated home
Elkhorn Southern Wisconsin
Chicago, Illinois

I can't believe I waited so long to say AWESOME!

I can't believe I waited so long to say AWESOME!
  • 5 of 5
This place is so awesome. Chris is a phenomenal host and thought of everything, even a totally unnecessary but so sweet birthday present for me since she knew I was celebrating my 30th at the house that weekend. Communication was amazing, and my guests loved the accommodations. This place is like a museum but not one where you're terrified of breaking anything. There are little collections in nearly every corner as well as practical items to actually use.

I slept great in the master bedroom and used the hot tub every day for a little escape. So luxurious! We cooked meals for everyone each day and didn't find the kitchen lacking in terms of appliances or dishes at all. The living room was well stocked with blankets and firewood and pillows, making is so extremely cozy. The tavern downstairs was even cooler than I had imagined, seriously! You really feel like you're in a classic Wisconsin bar, and I recommend getting a friend to play bartender and mix you drinks from the other side.

My only advise is to bring some ear plugs for whoever is sleeping in the loft and bunk bed rooms, since they are pretty open to the rest of the house and can be troublesome for light sleepers who tucker out while others are still enjoying the main living area and fireplace.

I definitely plan on renting this home again someday--maybe for my 40th! Thank you, Chris!!
  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Multi-family year-round fully-stocked and fully decorated home
Elkhorn Southern Wisconsin

Amazing 4th of July Vacation!

  • 5 of 5
We had a group of 19 that were looking for a place to stay for a reunion and a send-off for my brother who was being deployed again to Afghanistan. Finding a place to accommodate a group that size was difficult but as soon as we saw this house, we knew we'd found the right one! Chris was a pleasure to deal with and incredibly responsive to all of our questions prior to booking. Once there, we were all very impressed with the house and the layout and it easily accommodated our group, with the loft space for the kids being a huge bonus and hit with them. The highlight of the weekend was the view we had for fireworks on the 3rd and 4th. We saw multiple spectacular, professional firework displays from the back deck which were supplemented by the amateur displays around the lake. Truly incredible and almost made it worth the price all on it's own!

While it's definitely not the lap of luxury, the house is very comfortable and has all the amenities you can think of. The one caveat I'll add for potential renters is the lawn in the back is sloped so we did most of our outdoor activities on the tennis court in front. Also, while there is a beach, the immediate water is heavily covered in lily pads so the swimming is a bit challenging and any younger ones may be reluctant to try it.

All in all, the home far exceeded our expectations and Chris is a wonderful owner to work with!
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Multi-family year-round fully-stocked and fully decorated home
Elkhorn Southern Wisconsin

Excellent Reunion Weekend

  • 5 of 5
20 of us used the house for a long weekend in May. The property has a great variety of activities, both indoor and outdoor. The porch sat all of us comfortably when we grilled in the afternoons — there is a giant gas grill on the porch — and looked out over the lake. The property affords large groups to spend the day relaxing inside, using the canoes and kayaks in the lake, or playing games in the yard. The location of the house on a peninsula lends it a certain privacy. I recommend this property for anyone hosting a family reunion or large group for a long weekend.
  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Multi-family year-round fully-stocked and fully decorated home
Elkhorn Southern Wisconsin

Wonderful winter escape!

  • 5 of 5
I stayed at Christie's wonderful home in winter 2014 with ~20 graduate students as part of our school Wilderness Club Outing. We absolutely loved everything about the house and hope to make this a yearly tradition! The house is roomy with cozy bunkbeds and private rooms to house a large group, and the shared kitchen space was AWESOME for large group meals and card games. We spent the day xcountry skiing in Kettle Moraine and ice fishing at a nearby lake, and spent the evenings walking across the frozen lake, hanging out by the fire, cooking together, and playing games in the basement. The basement is complete playground - equipped with board games, ping pong, pool, old school nintendo, karaoke, a piano, a full blown tavern --- the list goes on and on. We loved the decor and cozy atmosphere of the house and highly recommend staying here!! Hope to be back in 2015!!
  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Car: necessary

Enjoy a panoramic view of the lake from our private point, 900 ft of shoreline on 2 acres. Secluded, but an easy drive to groceries, restaurants, outings.

Local highlights: Old World Wisconsin (a living museum; experience life in the pioneer days), Kettle Moraine Trails for hiking, biking and x-country skiing; downhill skiing and outdoor concerts at Alpine Valley, water park, shows and dining at The Grand Geneva Resort--all within 15- 20 minutes. Marina on the lake for rentals--or bring your own boat to the public launch. Plenty to do, indoors and out. Build a sandcastle on our little beach, play driveway tennis or get out the sidewalk chalk, or enjoy a game of Scrabble in front of a roaring fire. Equipped for everyone from babies to grandparents. Our house is not a typical stark rental, but is chock full of what makes it our slice of heaven--knick knacks, games, toys. Slide our clothes to the side to make room in the closets for an extended stay, and make yourselves at home!

Other Activities: Karaoke! Speedboat rentals available. Laundry facilities on-site.

Golf: Evergreen Golf Course


Grand Geneva Resort

Ski: Grand Geneva Resort

Alpine Valley

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From $1,175 Per night

Elkhorn House Rental Rates

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Jan 6 2014 - Jan 6 2015
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $275
Notes Holiday rate is $1325/night plus cleaning of $295.
Discounts may be offered during off-season, or 3 night minimum reduced to 2 during non-peak times.
One half non-refundable deposit needed in order to hold reservation in your name.
Final payment is due 45 days prior to arrival.
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Elkhorn House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Jacuzzi 2-man shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Jacuzzi 2-man shower
  • Master bath has 2 person whirlpool tub Downstairs Bath :Two person shower w/waterfall feature Bath on main floor includes tub Upstairs bath includes tub Both the upstairs bath and the main level bathroom have a door separating the toilet/tub area from the sink, so that make-up application and showers (and more delicate operations) can take place simultaneously. Not as important on the golf weekends; highly necessary on the ladies' get-away weekends. Very handy for the multi-family scene.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double , 1 child bed , crib or cot can fit in if needed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , 1 queen , 1 double , 5 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Bunkbed loft area
  • 6 bedrooms, the 6th being an upstairs bunk bed loft area perfect for a variety of sizes of children. Throw 'em all in, from cousins to family friends. Parents can sleep in the 2 bedrooms nearby in case they're needed in the middle of the night. 4 bedrooms with full privacy (1 upstairs, 2 on the main floor, 1 on lower level), 1 loft w/door but open half-wall bedroom (upstairs) w/queen and child's bed, for the family who wants to hear all the fun while dozing off. Porta-crib and cot available in garage for extra little bodies. Crib in downstairs nursery annex, so parents can be a reach away in their queen but out of sight of baby. Extra insulated so nobody else hears the crying. Need to escape from a heavy snorer? A couple of couches are pull-outs. But isn't that half the fun? Everybody together under one roof, hanging out in the jammies either cementing old friendships or forming new ones. Enjoy the adult version of sleepovers or dorm life, and you can bring the kids (or not).
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We ask that smoking only take place in the Tavern (downstairs) for the safety of the home and the comfort of future guests (not to mention our own family!) The house is not equipped with wireless (a little too rural to get signals), but the library in town has free Internet access. Besides, don't you want to leave your computers at home when you're on vacation with the gang? The kitchen area is wide with a long peninsula, which seats 12, and just on the other side of the island is a dining room table which seats another dozen. This should cover it! Feel like sneaking an extra dessert without getting caught? Just slip into the sunporch or out onto the deck, and a whole new world opens up. Small beach area by the water. Children can play with the sand toys (from boat house), supervised by adults from the plastic Adirondack chairs. The water is swimmable, but not very deep and the bottom is mushy, so borrow our aqua socks or take the paddle boat onto the lake and jump overboard.

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