- Historic mansions across the U.S. now welcome overnight guests
- Wentworth Mansion in Charleston once belonged to a wealthy cotton merchant
- Cranwell Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts, provides a stunning Berkshires setting
(CNN)Ever dreamed of living in a grand house with 30-foot ceilings, a fireplace in every room and a backyard so big you need a map to find your way around? For the cost of a night's stay you can, at these landmark estate hotels that were once the posh private residences of wealthy politicians, cotton barons and the like.