Here’s How and Where to Rent a Mansion for a Day
Mansions provide some of the most memorable scenes in classic books and movies. Whether the word brings to mind a stylish modern villa or a historic estate, there’s just something about mansions that makes the imagination run wild. But can you really afford to host an event at of one the million-dollar mansions you’ve seen on TV? Because they’re so fancy, they can seem out of reach for the average person. But don’t let the word mansion intimidate you. Mansions are venues just like any other, and we’ll show you how easy it is to rent a mansion for a day!
Why rent a mansion for a day?
Why bother renting a mansion when you could rent a banquet hall or another fancy venue that doesn’t cost as much? The short answer: atmosphere. Whether it serves as the backdrop to your wedding, a birthday party, or a corporate event, there’s nothing like a mansion to impress your guests and help you create a magical and memorable experience for them.
A second factor is space. While not all mansions are large — some historic mansions can feel small — most mansions provide a lot of space and can accommodate more guests than other venues. You can find mansions with expansive ballrooms, gardens, guest houses, and more, making them suitable for both indoor or outdoor events, depending on the season.
A third reason is the amenities. It’s not uncommon to find mansions with pools, tennis courts, screening rooms, and even private docks with access to a lake or river. Some mansions are located in secluded areas and may offer more privacy and tranquility than other venues. Of course, every mansion is different, so what’s available on site will vary, too.
So, what kind of events can you host at a mansion? Pretty much any event that you can think of, although there are a few types of special events that are particularly well-suited to mansions. Weddings, banquets, and other formal affairs are often held at mansions. In addition, birthday parties, family reunions, bar and bat mitzvahs, and quinceañeras can take place at one.
You can also rent a mansion for a film screening, a musical performance, a product launch, a book release, or any other kind of event for which you want to draw publicity. If you’re a chef, you can host a fancy pop-up dinner to draw attention to your new menu or restaurant. Event planners can host a themed costume party or a masquerade.
Another common reason to rent a mansion for a day is for a photo or video shoot. Whether it’s for a personal photoshoot, a commercial, or a professional production, a mansion can be the perfect setting for a period piece, a horror movie, a spy thriller, and plenty of other stories.
Finally, mansions are a great option for an off-site retreat or another unconventional corporate outing. They offer an impressive location to take your team, often remote enough to provide a significant change of scenery from the office.
If you want to be productive, choose a mansion with Wi-Fi and A/V equipment, or take the day off and enjoy a private movie screening, sports tournament, or other games. Why not host a murder-mystery dinner or an escape game at a mansion as an exciting team-building exercise? Be sure to get some fun group photos while you’re there, too!
In short, mansions can accommodate a wide range of events and activities, including:
- Birthday parties
- Pop-up dinners
- Company retreats
- Musical performances
- And plenty more!
How to rent a mansion for a day
So, is there an easy way to find out what mansions are available to rent near you? Fortunately, there is: Peerspace is your go-to marketplace for event rentals of all kinds, and you can search specifically for different types of spaces — including mansions and villas.
Filter your options by number of guests, price range, location, and more, as well as choose some of the features you want your mansion to have, such as a pool, fire pit, gazebo, or piano.
All of the venues on Peerspace are available to rent from local hosts, so no two mansions are alike. Some venues are real residential homes and only available for photo/video shoots. Others are historic venues that have been turned into museums or banquet halls, catering specifically to weddings, retreats, and other formal events.
If you have any questions, ask your host directly about what is or isn’t allowed at the venue, as well as how much of the space you’ll have access to, such as the kitchen or bedrooms. You can also call up the Concierge for help lining up a complete package that includes catering services, A/V gear, furniture rentals, and any other equipment or event staff you need.
Types of mansions on Peerspace
Since every mansion is different, be sure look at plenty of pictures before you book your event to ensure that the space you choose matches your vision. You can widen your search beyond your nearest city to find rural options, too. From the historic to the modern, here are just a few examples of the kinds of mansions you can rent on Peerspace:
- A French-inspired palace in Los Angeles, CA (for up to 400 people)
- A historic mansion turned museum in Chicago, IL (up to 200 people)
- A gallery and event space in New York City (up to 150 people)
- A Victorian mansion in Atlanta, GA (up to 25 people)
- An Archbishop’s mansion in Alamo Square, San Francisco (up to 50 people)
- A spacious villa with views in Ramona, CA (up to 100 people)
How much does it cost?
As you can see, the types of mansions that are available vary widely, from lavish villas to urban museums, so you can expect the price to vary accordingly. Urban venues typically charge more than rural venues. The cost may also depend on your reason for using the event space, as some venues charge more for weddings, video productions, and other high-impact events.
Additionally, some of these listings are for a specific room in the venue, not for the entire space. The dining room at the SF-based Archbishop’s mansion costs $150 per hour for a three-hour rental, while the spacious Ramona villa costs $125 with a three-hour minimum. The Chicago mansion is one of the most expensive on the list, costing $700 per hour. This includes two employees to help with set up and greeting guests.
So ultimately, the cost of renting one of these mansions is not significantly higher than what it would cost to rent another venue with a similar capacity and style. Just browse Peerspace to find a mansion that’s within your budget, then call up the Concierge service for support with catering, equipment rentals, and any other logistics you need to make your event a success!