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The $50,000 Per Night Inaugural Lodging

house.jpgIt'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. pool.jpg

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.

By David A Nakamura  |  December 11, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Housing
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'I Was Summoned by My Country'

I would conclude that maybe Obama will speak on grounds surrounding the need to incorporate a plan to be exercised via the words included in our Constitution. Preferably he would reiterate the significance of exercising protocol in a more unified and solidifying effort to make manifest the change that we awaits under his administration. Speak firmly about the significance of being on one accord and with a mindset to perfect our union with efforts from all starting with the bottom and working our way up. A renewal of faith that our land can warrant us a better today and tomorrow should we the people do the right things and those things which are for the good of all with no respecter of persons, culture or nationality. Incorporate a plan that will include all with no exceptions, yet allow us the choice to engage in the manifestation of his vision. Be real to the nation concerning his overall vision to combat the many crisis that our nation now faces, not to exclude the fact that time will tell what no man knows and it will take time to secure physical changes to be seen with the naked eye with the surmountable problems that we will inherit from the past administrations, yet we can restore and regain our country. Reiterate the fact that despite the damage done, we can and we will expeditiously focus on make manifest and strive to perfect our nation as soon as possible. This will not be an easy journey, yet a worthwhile and much needed journey to restore and regain our nation that we may be able to accommodate and assist ourselves and those less fortunate.
Yes We Can” and in love, unity and good faith , I conclude “Yes We Will” under my leadership as your choice of your newly elected commander in chief. Just a few thoughts that I kinda think he may speak on in his inaugural address , but I do know for sure, that his speech will be truly dynamic and accommodating to a wide range of the American people’s interests at present. You go, President Elect Barack Obama. God Bless America!

Posted by: Nisey01 | December 11, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like an lot of money for one day. www.rentaroom.com seems to be offering better deals than this for homes much closer to dc.

Posted by: debradager | December 13, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

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