Renting a weekend mansion or luxury lakefront ranch in Texas doesn't have to be expensive. That is, if you plan a trip with about 20 of your best friends. Splitting up the cost for some luxurious Texas ranches puts them well within anyone's travel budget.
Some listings on vacation rental site HomeAway are renting for a lot less than $100, including these $65 and under per-person houses:
This pet-friendly Lake McQueeney retreat features a main and a guest house and accommodates 32 people, per its listing. Its within shuttle distance to a tubing company that can pick you up and drop you off. The property includes 150 feet of private waterfront and shaded green areas. Situated less than 15 minutes from New Braunfels and Gruene, it's convenient to Texas events and festivals.
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Austin 'Mountaintop Mansion'
Just 10 minutes from downtown Austin, the 6,000-square-foot Spanish-style residence has lake and golf course views. Panoramic nature views can be enjoyed from most rooms in the house, which includes wrap-around decks, including one 2000-square-foot outdoor space. It's a few minutes from Pennyback Bridge, where guests can go boating. Minimum-night stay: 3.
Modern-Rustic on Lake LBJ
The house's modern exterior houses a rustic interior with some contemporary details, along Lake Lyndon B. Johnson. The five-bedroom, three-bath property has a boat slip with expansive dock. Those renting from August through September also get a free pontoon boat rental to explore the lake area. Minimum-night stay: 2-3, depending on the dates.
Blanco Rapids Ranch in Wimberley
Situated on 136 acres along the Blanco River, this ranch has six bedrooms and seven baths. The main house is well suited for large groups of people and includes four suites with two units per cabin. Each is decorated with rustic furnishings and includes a view of the lake. A communal outdoor patio is a stunning area to dine alfresco with friends, including a grilling place and lounge. Minimum-night stay: 3.
Note: The above prices are based on the average nightly rate. The listing agent supplies the number of people the property accommodates.