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The Carol Jean Cabin at McDonald Mountain Ranch

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin

Overview

About the property

McDonald Mountain Ranch is nestled in the heart of the Black Hills, a stone's throw from Custer State Park. Three guest cabins are located on 6 acres in Custer County, SD.

The Carol Jean is a historic cabin getaway that we just recently finished renovating so everything inside is brand new. The Carol Jean includes a kitchenette with granite countertops and all new appliances. The petite bath includes a large natural rock shower. The cabin sleeps four, with a king bed on first level and two twin beds on the second level (loft). There is an all redwood deck with a swing and for outdoor relaxation.

All cabins include wifi, air conditioning, heating and outdoor dining facilities with access to a barbecue grill. There is no cable TV in any of our cabins but upon request, a 32”Roku TV can be provided during your stay.

The ranch also has a swing set and other outdoor equipment on the property for children to use. There is a large meadow on the property and if you walk to the end of it you can see Mt. Rushmore through the trees.

McDonald Mountain Ranch is in a very convenient location. Beautiful Lakota Lake, which is a fishing lake, is within walking distance (.8 mile) behind the ranch along with a creek and a waterfall to add to the beauty. Another popular and beautiful lake, Center Lake, which is a swimming/fishing lake with picnic tables, barbeque grills, showers and restrooms is 2 miles away from the ranch. The Black Hills Historic Playhouse is also within a few miles. The beautiful Iron Mountain Hiking Trail is right around the corner. The Wolf Camp outdoor restaurant which serves barbeque ribs, burgers, pizza, etc is 1/2 mile away. The entrance to Custer State Park is also right around the corner. In our opinion we have the best and most beautiful property and location in the hills!

Minimum age requirement is 3 yrs old.

* There is a three day minimum to rent the Carol Jean

Unfortunately due to many considerations and despite the fact that we are huge animal lovers, we do not allow pets in our cabins.

Check in is at 4:00pm. Because we have a full house and are small staffed please do not arrive early. Late check in is fine of course but please notify us so we can make sure cabin lights are turned on and door unlocked. Thanks!!

Ps. The owners of the ranch are Richard and Carol McDonald. Richard, an architect/builder, grew up in the hills. His grandfather, Cecil Gideon, was the architect/builder of the famous Pigtail Bridges on Iron Mountain Rd and also the Custer State Game Lodge. Gideon also provided help on Mt Rushmore and was a personal guide to President Coolidge. Richard has a rich history in the Black Hills and is willing to provide information to any who desire it.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2018

Amenities

Keystone Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
5

Beautiful; well located; great host

  • 5 of 5

We loved our visit. The cabin is set on a gorgeous property and is very well appointed. It is outside of any town but a very short drive to Mt Rushmore and Custer State Park and close enough to Keystone, Hill City and Custer. Richard is really nice and provides great history about the area. He is also really attentive to any needs that you may have.

I strongly recommend this cabin and a vacation to this area, if you like combining history with the outdoors.

eric

  • Submitted: May 18, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great guests with good questions about the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore. Really fun as a host to recognize sincere interest and intellect. Just sorry my painful leg eliminated the chance to hike familiar trails together, get better acquainted and learn from their life experiences. Richard McDonald
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5

Relaxing and unplugged

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality and all the little extra's that you provided and made us truly feel welcomed. This was the perfect place to stay, close to attractions but far enough away to unplug and unwind. The cabin was beautiful, clean and had everything that we needed.

Fischer Family, Minnesota

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The cottage is beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage recently finished, comfortable beds, off the beaten path and quiet. Very clean. Close to Mt Rushmore and Keystone. Richard, the owner, was very nice. The cabin was stocked with juice, coffee, breakfast items. Dishes and pots and pans to cook. Bathroom was stocked with toiletry items of you forgot to pack something. Very nice place to stay. I think I'm going to build a cottage just like it on my property in Michigan. Lol.... Google maps will show the address incorrectly. If you're driving in from keystone it will show you that the address is at the bottom of the hill, it's actually about a half a mile farther up the hill.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful cabin. Very central to all the area activities!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this beautiful cabin. Owners are friendly. Great spot to base out of for SD area attractions. We saw deer every day. Our son loved hiking behind the field. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

My family of four truly enjoyed our stay. The location couldn’t have been more perfect. Near all the famous drives, and of course Mt. Rushmore. My children loved exploring the property and playing football in the field. I enjoyed the daily deer visits. Thanks for letting us stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Anniversary Stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I sincerely appreciate Richard and Carol for the cabin. My wife is an event planner and has stayed in many gorgeous and elegant rooms, but she could not get over the beauty of this cabin, the location, and the effort that Richard and Carol put into the details--the woodwork, all kitchenware, breakfast and snacks, lavender body wash. Most importantly, Richard and Carol were a delight to talk with. They respected our privacy, and were simultaneously very helpful. Richard gave us lots of tips for where to explore and where to eat. We would highly recommend this for any couple, as well as families. Thank you, Richard and Carol!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Refundable Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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