Chris Castino

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Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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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  • smoking allowed
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Chris Castino

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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

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!

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.

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Multi-family year-round fully-stocked and fully decorated home
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Multi-family year-round fully-stocked and fully decorated home
Elkhorn Southern Wisconsin


  • 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


  • 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: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Multi-family year-round fully-stocked and fully decorated home
Elkhorn Southern Wisconsin
Chicago, IL


Guy's Golf Weekend - Couldn't be better!!!
  • 5 of 5
We came up to this cabin in early fall with a group of guys for a golf get-a-way weekend, and I can't say enough about how great this cabin was. It was a little chilly for us to do anything on the water, but that didn't deter from the fun one bit. There is so much to do in and around the cabin that you could never get bored. We spent a long weekend golfing at some great courses in the mornings and spent the afternoons/evenings/nights/early mornings hanging around the house. There was lots of grilling on the nice grill located on the huge deck, constant bon fires by the lake, ping pong/foosball/poker challenges in the game room, and some great parties in Wisconsin's finest bar (located in the basement of the house).

I also can't say enough about the owner of the house. I have done about a dozen rentals off of VRBO over the years, and no other owner has even come close to being as friendly, accomodating, and quick to respond as Chris has.

This group of guys original plan was to make a golf weekend an annual tradition and travel to various places and courses around the country each year. However, after spending a weekend in this house, everybody in the group agreed that we found the perfect spot and the new annual golf weekend needs to be held here every year.

Thanks for everything!
  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: These guys are living proof that a great time can be had no matter what Mother Nature throws your way! As long as you bring fun people with you, the house has plenty to keep you busy and happy year-round. We look forward to this group coming back year after year!
Multi-family year-round fully-stocked and fully decorated home
Elkhorn Southern Wisconsin
Chicago, IL


  • 5 of 5
I hosted a family vacation of 20 people (2 toddlers included) here for Labor Day weekend, and we all had an amazing time! When we arrived, there was a chalkboard sign welcoming our family, and they also left ice pops in the freezer for the kids. Very nice personal touch! The view was gorgeous, and we enjoyed breakfast on the deck. We had so much fun cooking, eating, and playing pool/ping pong/foosball in the basement. The owner was nice enough to also let us know about the county fair going on that weekend. It was a great time for the kids and the adults. The location was also close enough to have a day-trip outing to Lake Geneva. On the last day, we were able to take advantage of the great weather and use the paddle boat, canoes, and kayak. Thank you so much for a wonderful time!
  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Like most of our guests, this group was awesome! They really enjoyed themselves, taking advantage of things at the house as well as local offerings (a day trip to the public beach at Lake Geneva is always a winner!) Not only were they friendly, polite and appreciative, they also left the house in unbelievably great shape--running loads and loads of laundry before leaving. Not only would I love to have them back, I'd like to be part of their next family get-together! :)
Multi-family year-round fully-stocked and fully decorated home
Elkhorn Southern Wisconsin


  • 5 of 5
Our family had such a wonderful and relaxing time at this cabin. Sitting on the deck in the morning was priceless. The children loved fishing, canoeing, and kayaking on the water! Many memories were made on this vacation! Thank you.
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Multi-family year-round fully-stocked and fully decorated home
Elkhorn Southern Wisconsin


  • 5 of 5
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the vacation home! The house is beautiful.... Spacious, plenty of room for big groups, and so much to do! The outside is just as great with a beautiful lake and spacious yard. It is an easy ride from Chicago and close to lake Geneva. We will definitely be coming back in the future with our families!
  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, you guys were awesome! So glad you took advantage of all there is to do--even in the off season. We look forward to having your families come back with you to enjoy all the other toys and games!
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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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Elkhorn House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 6 2014 - Jan 6 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $275
Notes 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.

We operate on a first-come first-served basis. Avoid disappointment by getting your deposit check in before someone else beats you to it.

Final payment is due 45 days prior to arrival.

Holiday rate: $1200/night
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Elkhorn House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Lake
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Parking On Street
  • Garage ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Grill
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • 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).
  • Video Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player ...
  • Audio Tape Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Canoe
  • Bicycles
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Pedal Boat
  • Raft
  • Deck / Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • smoking allowed ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • live theater
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • water parks
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • gambling casinos
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • antiquing
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snowboarding
  • parasailing
  • cross country skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • water tubing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • skiing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • freshwater fishing
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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