How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Cabin? – Detailed Guide

You’re planning or at-least thinking about renting a cabin however you’re left with the question. How much does it cost to rent a cabin? It’s Impossible to just give you a price as there’s a huge list of things which can affect the price of a cabin.

In this article, I’ll be going a through a few factors which can affect the price of a cabin. I’ll be doing my best to provide you with as accurate numbers as possible.

I’ve done extensive search into cabin rentals in the US and made a few observations. I’ve looked at many different types of cabins, those in the middle of the wood, lakeside cabins, those in resort towns, and many more. I’ve found that the average cabin costs around $175 per night – this is just a rough average, meaning the price can vary vastly depending on numerous factors.

The size of the cabin

One of the most obvious factors which can affect price is how big a cabin is. Cabins with more rooms tend to cost more than those with less rooms. It’s only common sense that the more people who can fit into a cabin – the more it will cost. This is because space is a luxury which everyone wants. Would you rather stay in a one room flat or a 6-room mansion? The answer is obvious.

How Many People are Staying in the cabin?

This goes hand in hand with my previous point. Generally, the more people who’re staying in the cabin – the more expensive it will be to rent. A cabin which can hold up to 5 people will cost more than a cabin which can only fit 4 people.

On top of this, many landlords will also charge an additional fee per person. This can range from anywhere between $10 and $60 per person.

Just because it’s listed that a cabin will only accommodate 4 people, doesn’t mean you can’t fit an extra person or two, but this will often come as an additional fee.

How Luxurious is the Cabin?

The luxuriousness of a cabin is a factor which can affect the price of the cabin. Obviously, a well-designed cabin with expensive furniture and equipment will cost more than a poorly built cabin with basic furniture and an odd stench.

Luxurious Definition: extremely comfortable or elegant, especially when involving great expense.

I found that more appealingly designed cabins can go for as much as triple the amount of a similar cabin which lacks the luxury. Meaning they both do the same job and have the same features, but the more expensive cabin looks better.

Many people wont care about the luxury of their cabin – they just want somewhere to stay the night so that they can go exploring during the day.


The location of a cabin will greatly affect its price. To have the exact same cabin, it may cost more in one area than another. There are many reasons why location can affect the price of a cabin. This may be due to the resources available in the area, or just for the fact that one location is nicer than the other.

Is the Cabin Waterfront or Not?

Somewhat similarly to the previous point, whether the cabin is waterfront or not can have a significant effect on the price.

Cabins by the water are in more demand than those in the middle of the forest. Because of this, waterfront cabins tend to cost more. These cabins are more desirable due to their view of the water. This is something that many people require for their holiday. Also, nearby water can be used for washing and cleaning so it’s very convenient to have a waterfront cabin. Water can also be used for water sports and other activities that require water.

This is especially true if the water is a main attraction. For example, living on Lake Tahoe will cost significantly more than if you were to live slightly further away.

There’s a variety of other reasons why a waterfront cabin may cost more. I’ve got an article in which I go into much more detail about this, you can find it here. I’d highly recommend you take a read if this is something that you’re interested about.

Which Days of the Week you’re Renting

Depending on the days you want to rent the cabin for, you may face increased costs. Obviously, cabins tend to be more expensive on the weekend. Friday nights also tend to be on the more expensive side. This is not always the case, but in most cases, you’ll find this to be true.

Because of this, it’s a good idea to rent a cabin during the weekdays if possible. Although it’s not going to double or triple the price of rent – you could save some money which can be spent on other luxuries.

Time of Year

Depending on the time of year, the price of cabins may vary. I’ve observed the prices of cabins all year round and noticed some trends and patterns.

Cabins which are situated in lake destinations tend to cost more during the summer. I believe that water sports and other water activities play a big factor in this. During the summer when the weather is hot, people want to play in the water to keep them cool. These types of cabins are a lot less popular during the winter and therefore cost significantly less during this season.

Another observation I found was that cabins in the mountains tend to cost more during the winter. This includes cabins in sloped areas with hills. This is because during the winter, people want to go skiing and snowboarding. Whereas during the summer, these cabins tend to cost less.

Also, as you may already know; the price of cabins significantly rises during holidays. For example, during Summer break and the Christmas holidays, prices could double or even triple. Therefore, it would be a good idea to rent a cabin before a large holiday rather than during it.


I believe that I’ve provided you with a somewhat detailed answer to the question “How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Cabin?”. To produce this article, I studied cabin prices all year round and identified a handful of different patterns and trends. I’ve had to come up with my own reasons for these trends and matched them with logic.

As well as the factors which I’ve gone over in this article, I believe there are also many other smaller factors which I haven’t included in this article. These smaller factors are not as significant, and don’t have much weight – therefore I’ve decided to include them. These factors include smoking, pets and disability access.

This wasn’t an easy job and it took many hours to complete. I’d appreciate if you were to share this post on social media and leave a comment below. I’m open to constructive criticism and tips you may have to improve this article.

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My name is Eugene Thornhill. I'm an outdoor enthusiast who loves nothing more than being one with nature. I've lived in numerous outdoor homes and even constructed my own. Living off-grid is something I'm very familiar with, more so than living in the city. For many years I've dealt with the many problems of living off-grid. It's time to pass on my knowledge through Cabinguides.

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