The $50,000 Per Night Inaugural Lodging
It's the mother of all inaugural housing packages--a 550-acre estate in Rappahannock County, with a manor house, a carriage house, a pink house, two private cottages, separate pool/spa complex with a large heated swimming pool, Turkish steam room, Finnish sauna and table tennis, commercial-sized movie screen, bowling alley, Snooker table and a large conference room.
But wait, there's more: chauffeur driven cars, golf carts, massage therapy, petting zoo, horseback riding and guided tours. And guests will be given a concert at a private theatre featuring The Amstel Quartet from The Netherlands on Jan. 18.
All this for the price of $50,000 ... per night.
The package is being offered by world-reknowned conductor Maestro Lorin Maazel, musical director of the New York Philharmonic, and his wife Dietlinde Turban-Maazel, who say they're donating any profits earned from renting out their "Castleton Retreat" to the nonprofit organization they founded, The Châteauville Foundation.
The good news is that the estate sleeps between 40 and 50 people, defraying the cost to about $1,000 per person each night--about what high end hotels in the District are running at this point.
The Maazels appear willing to rent out the place entirely to one group or parcel it out to various renters. One drawback: The property is 90 miles away from Washington. But transportation to the city and back for Barack Obama's inaugural is included. Besides, if you're paying this much for all these amenities, you might not want to leave the premises.
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