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Wildlife, Cattle, Vineyard, Wifi by Custer State Park

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Last updated: 07/05/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

TimberWine is a unique, 3-level square log chateau/country home centrally located on a ridge in the center of a secluded 80 acres of timbered hills, prairie meadows, rocky canyon, pond, and wooded draws. The lower patio and lawn level is all yours. Experience a deep connection to the land ('the heart of everything that is' - Lakota Indian), its past, and its beauty in absolute privacy. Hiking opportunities on our own property abound with over a 170 ft. difference in elevation from lowest to highest point. Donna is a member of both a hiking and biking club and is an expert on the condition and topography of trails throughout the Black Hills. 4-1/2 miles to the west lies the Wildlife Loop Road of the 71,000 acre Custer State Park winding through herds of free range buffalo, deer and antelope. Visit the Historic State Game Lodge, Blue Bell Lodge, or Sylvan Lake Lodge located within the park for a refreshing beverage, snack or delicious meal. The Black Hills Playhouse, located in the park, performs during the summer months. Wind Cave National Park, Needles Highway, Mt. Rushmore Nat'l Memorial, Crazy Horse Mountain carving, Keystone, the 1880 Train and many others are only minutes away. To the south are the Mammoth Site, Lame Johnny hanging site, Wild Horse Sanctuary, Evans Plunge-Hot Springs, Angostura Reservoir, Fur Trade Museum, and the historic Fort Robinson where Crazy Horse died. Looking north from our home to the bald ridge and beyond lies the country where Elk often appear. The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, site of Wounded Knee and the Stronghold area, is just across the Cheyenne River further east as is the Badlands National Park and Wall Drug. Driving west will bring you to Jewel Cave Nat'l Park, the 109 mile Mickleson hike/bike trail (ranked #7 on the top ten WORLD LIST of best biking trails), Hill City Museum of Natural History, and Gordan's Stockage, the site of the first gold seekers in 1874 - all within an hour's drive. Travel a short distance nortwest to Bear Country, Reptile Gardens, and other tourist attractions. Deadwood, Sturgis, Spearfish Canyon, and Homestake Gold Mine Visitor Center in Lead are only a 1 to 1-1/2 hour drive in the northern hills.

Back at TimberWine, sit on the southeast-facing, lower level patio enjoying a cup of coffee with the sunrise and later with a cold beverage (honor bar furnished) and a campfire as the sinking sun paints the high plains, pond, ponderosa pines and vineyard with stunning beauty. Catch the cattle, donkeys, deer, turkeys and occasional elk as they wander over and around the property grazing, drinking and resting. If you have children they will love Frankie the yellow tabbie (voted Best Cat in the World by 13 year old Lilly) and Moxie the three-legged JR (voted Best Dog in the World by 9 year old Chloe). German and English spoken.


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Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 1100 sq. ft.
  • Elevator : Lower patio/lawn level of three level home

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Prefer one or two adult couples or family of four...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children of all ages love to interact with our animals be they donkeys, calves, chickens, cats, wild turkeys, and a 3-legged dog. Lots of level green grass to play on and a campfire to roast marshmallows an wieners over. Plenty of hiking and exploring opportunities as well....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We have chickens, ducks, cats, a dog, cattle, donkeys, deer, wild turkeys and other critters that do not respond well to strange dogs and cats....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Large bedrooms, 14' x 13', large windows to north, queen size bed in each with chair, table w/lamp, clothes closet with hangars, luggage rack, chest of drawers, waste basket, tissue, iron & ironing board, alarm clock ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Full bath with tub, shower, console, stool, linen closet, bath and hand towels, washcloths, first-aid items, aspirin, mouthwash, toothbrushes, tooth paste, safety razors, cotton swabs, sunscreen (elevation is 3,650 ft), night light, hair dryer, scissors, tweezers, shampoo, soft soap, conditioner, full length mirror, air freshener and two bath robes...moreless

Other Amenities

  • First Class Amenities Included. Honor bar with liquor, beer, wine, ice, mix & sodas, picnic basket available, donkey treats for Apples & Pinto and the Custer State Park wild donkeys....moreless


  • Satellite / Cable:

    satellite with all local tv (Rapid city)...moreless

  • Television:

    HD flatscreen TV in console...moreless

  • Toys:

    An antique farm set with lots of animals, fences, barn, silo, etc....moreless

  • Video Games:

    not available...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Black Hill Mountains to the west....moreless

  • Resort:

    Custer State Park has four resorts/campgrounds. State Game Lodge, Blue Bell, Sylvan Lake and Legion Lake. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    In ranching country where the prairie meets the Hills just 4-1/2 miles east of Custer State Park Wildlife Loop Road. Timbered hills, open meadows, grassy draws, a rocky canyon and a pond....moreless

  • Village:

    Hermosa is 12 north on SD 79 with Award Winning pizza restaurant, Conoco & Flying J service stations and convenience stores. 'Pops' grocery store. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Round oak table with 4 swivel-top stools with back rest, honor bar...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    heat pump...moreless

  • Internet:

    Free wifi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All high thread count sheets and pillow cases provided as well as quilts, duvet, and blankets...moreless

  • Living Room:

    sofa, chair w/ottoman, end table,cards & games, paper & pencils, magazines, local paper, attraction guide, Black Hills Map, flat screen TV...moreless

  • Parking:

    room for two or three vehicles and bike trailers...moreless

  • Telephone:

    local & Rapid City only cell tower accessible ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All luxurious bath and hand towels and wash cloths provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Available on a limited basis...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Kuerig w/'k-cup' selection provided @ n/c -coffee,cocoa,tea,cream,sugar...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full Service for 6 with full cooking utensils, plus barware, crock pot, colander, large salad bowl,pizza cutter, cutting board, tupperware...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen with double sink, toaster, Kuerig coffee machine (K-Cups furnished N/C), all dinnerware and utensils plus spices and condiments (furnished n/c). Also has blender & crock pot....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Large, 1000 watt, rotating...moreless

  • Oven:

    24' electric, pot holders...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Paper towels, dish soap, alum foil, baggies, condiments, spices, tissue, candles, light bulbs, plastic wrap, flashlight, extra batteries,sponge, napkins, microwave popcorn,trash bags,screw drivers, ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large with freezer compartment, ice cubes. Mixers, beer, wine and sodas provided with Honor Bar. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    4 burner electric, pot holders...moreless

  • Toaster:

    two place ...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    with table, chairs, lounge chairs, awning, fire pit w/wood & starter provided at no charge, hot dog & marshmallow roasting sticks ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    manicured lawn with massive stone retaining walls. Vineyard, native plant gardens, sculpted dry creek bed (Achy Back Creek), pond, lots of flowers of many types and colors...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    charcoal grille with utensils, charcoal and starter provided at no charge...moreless



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  • Tax Rate 5.5%


Check Out is 10 a.m. Check In is 3 p.m. Pay with credit card directly at listing. Rental is patio level with private entrance and secure separation from owner's upper two levels. We allow and encourage our guests to explore the entire ranch, barn, vineyard, canyon, woods, meadows, hills and draws.

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Last updated: 07/05/2015
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Rapid City,SD
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
State Game Lodge, Custer State Park
1.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
SD 79, Mile 49
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
State Game Lodge, Custer State Park
18 Miles
Nearest Beach
Legion Lake, Custer State Park

Car: Necessary

South from Rapid City on SD Hiway #79 eleven miles past Hermosa then turn right (west) at Mile 49 on gravel LH Road (Custer County 14) and go 1-1/2 miles to top of rise and turn right into driveway at 911 address no. 13858. Follow driveway down hill for 1/3 mile and you have arrived at TimberWine.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Donna and I had a professional contractor build our custom square log home in 2004-05 after we sold our company and retired here from Duluth,MN. We have three sons and four grandsons who live in Hermantown, MN, Windsor, Colorado and Los Angeles, California. Donna grew up in a small town NW of Chicago and I in a small rural town in southern Minnesota. Donna majored in German at St. Olaf and I majored in English. We both spent time in Germany; Donna on a college experience and I with two years in Bamberg with the Army 2nd Armored Cav. We both love being out-of-doors and hiking around our 80 acre property. Donna is a member of both a hiking club (The Divas) and a biking group. She has hiked and biked nearly every trail in the Black Hills and is an expert on terrain and conditions. We share this land with two donkeys, five chickens, 4 ducks (summer), 2 cats and our JR, Moxie. Donna spins, quilts, hikes, bikes and is active in our local historical association and book club. She is also a hospice volunteer. I keep busy with the landscaping, mowing, fence and gate repair, and all the general maintenance. I have also volunteered for teaching Junior Achievement and filling 'backpacks' for the Feeding South Dakota program. Together, we spend a good part of the winter preparing next years firewood supply, cleaning up the deadfalls, and building/burning slash piles. We live on the upper two levels of our home and have decided to offer the lower patio/lawn level as a vacation rental.

Why the Owner Chose Custer:
We fell in love with the Black Hills when we vacationed here several times with our family. An invitation to join a real cattle drive by rancher friends several years ago convinced us to buy some property for the future. We bought this property because of its varied landscape and because it reminded me of the land in Norway where my grandfather came from to America in 1883. There are all four moderate seasons here with lots of sunshine and no mosquitos or other biting insects. We have great views to the southeast, west and north. Deer, elk, antelope and wild turkeys come and go on both ours and the surrounding land.

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Our 80 acre property is off a main road in a secluded location offering privacy, peace and quiet after a day of seeing the sights. There is so much variety of terrain here to make hiking and exploring enjoyable. We have timbered hills, prairie meadows, a rocky canyon, grassy draws, our own vineyard and a 170 ft. elevation difference. The Cheyenne River breaks and Pine Ridge Reservation lie to the east, Custer State Park and the mountains to the west, and elk/ranch country to the north. We run cattle in the spring, summer and fall with calving taking place most years. Watching the sunset from the patio, deck or the swing in the west garden while enjoying a cool beverage is both beautiful and relaxing.

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Speaks: english, german



  • patio, lawns and landscaping

    patio, lawns and landscaping

  • West side with garden, patio, stone wall

    West side with garden, patio, stone wall

  • WestLawn/Wall/Flowers


  • Native Plants/Flowers
Parking Garden

    Native Plants/Flowers Parking Garden

  • West pasture

    West pasture

  • TimberWine House from West 'Mountain.'

    TimberWine House from West 'Mountain.'

  • Time for donkey treats

    Time for donkey treats

  • Elk on our east side prairie

    Elk on our east side prairie

  • Campfire, coffee and conversation

    Campfire, coffee and conversation

  • Full kitchen

    Full kitchen

  • Gas fireplace

    Gas fireplace

  • living area

    living area

  • Vineyard in June

    Vineyard in June

  • East Lawn/Wall/Roses

    East Lawn/Wall/Roses

  • West Side Garden with Swing

    West Side Garden with Swing

  • View to the SE w/pond

    View to the SE w/pond

  • View to the north/elk country

    View to the north/elk country

  • Mule deer on the lawn

    Mule deer on the lawn

  • Wild turkeys invade Donna's rock garden

    Wild turkeys invade Donna's rock garden

  • Your private patio entrance

    Your private patio entrance

  • 'Ron's Cave' west bedroom

    'Ron's Cave' west bedroom

  • Cozy dining

    Cozy dining

  • Full bath

    Full bath

  • Biker couples off for a ride

    Biker couples off for a ride

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