Renovated log cabin, awesome bathroom, covered patio facing the creek
Warren and Marie Podratz
About Warren and Marie Podratz
Retired in 2015 and moved full-time to our paradise in the Black Hills. We have a passion for fixing and renovating and hosting guests and meeting new people.
Warren and Marie Podratz purchased this Cabin in 2001
Why Warren and Marie Podratz chose Nemo
Creekside at The Pines is a beautiful setting rich in history. Part of the 280-acre Pines of Benchmark development, this 8.72 acre property has roots dating back to the gold mining days and a tie-in to the former Lucky Strike mine which was nearby. On the property are multiple log structures, each of which was handcrafted onsite with logs harvested from the surrounding hills. The main cabin was built in the early 1970’s and the “bunkhouse” in the late 1950’s by the previous owner. According to county records, the barn was built around 1918. However, the county is unable to give an absolute date as the information they have was obtained from an owner in the 1940’s or early 1950’s. The barn roof was originally wood shakes and was replaced with the corrugated steel around 1960. The little old house (shack) that sits in the middle of the property was called the “black shack” because it was simply covered with tar paper. According to the daughter of the previous owner, the black shack originally sat across the creek somewhere to the west of the big pine tree. It is believed that someone having connections with Lucky Strike Mine once lived in the building. The current owners purchased the property in late 2001 after it had been vacant for several years. Since then they have been on a restoration mission and have turned Creekside at The Pines into their family cabin retreat. After installing a new well, septic system, bathrooms, and laundry facilities, the owners retired there in 2015. The Bunkhouse has now been totally renovated and we are ready to share with others. We hope you find the setting and character of this family retreat one that calls you back year after year.
What makes this Cabin unique
More history . . . There was a small wood frame house where the main cabin sits today. The previous owners moved there in the mid-1950s and lived in this house while building the bunkhouse (approximately 1958.) We do not know why the bunkhouse is constructed of logs on the front half, and of 2x4 framing on the back half. The bunkhouse originally had a bedroom with a shower in the back of the garage, and a kitchen in the main living area of the log side of the structure. The original windows, doors, plumbing, and other construction materials were salvaged from buildings in the Nemo, Lead, and Deadwood area. When completed, the bunkhouse became the primary residence for the previous owners and they razed the old house. They built the main cabin on that site sometime in the early 1970’s. Like with the bunkhouse, many of the materials were salvaged from former buildings in the surrounding area. We know that the ceiling boards in the two bedrooms and garage came from an the old boarding house built for the Lucky Strike miners, originally located about a quarter mile down Benchmark Road to the west. The property had been uninhabited for several years when purchased in 2001. The windows were falling apart and the chinking between the logs was crumbling. In order to save the buildings from further deterioration, the main cabin and the bunkhouse were re-chinked and new windows installed. Insulated steel roofs were added on top of the existing roofs, and the bunkhouse roof was extended to cover the stamped-concrete patio added on the front. In 2017-2018, the interior of the bunkhouse was rebuilt from the ground up including 1 bedroom, a large open living room with a trundle bed, a full kitchen, and an awesome bathroom with heated tile floors and a walk-in shower.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
non smoking only
pets not allowed
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 3 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
This property was perfect for us. It was centrally located for all the things we wanted to do and see. Warren and Marie we’re flexible, accommodating, and very friendly. The amount of work that went into turning the bunkhouse into a lovely cabin is amazing. Definite 5 star property!
Thank you for staying with us and we're glad you enjoyed the Bunkhouse. Glad you came last week - there's snow in the forecast this week!
Beautiful location and pristine cabin
We loved this cabin! It was super clean and cozy! Warren and Marie were so welcoming and they have thought of everything as far as amenities go. The kitchen was so well stocked with everything I needed to prepare some simple meals, which really helped keep our vacation expenses down. Our mornings and evenings were so peaceful and private, exactly what we were looking for! I honestly can’t say enough good about this experience!
Your satisfaction means a lot to us. We are glad you had a nice anniversary weekend. Thank you for staying with us and come back again.
Wonderful place, perfect stay, thank you so much
We are traveling a lot, but very seldom we find a home like this . Marie and Warren have done everything to make this wonderful house to a perfect home.
We only had 3 days, but we enjoyed every moment.
Dear Marie and Warren, thank you again. If we would come to the Black Hills again, we would stay at your lovely Bunkhouse.
Cerstin and Gerd
We're glad you found our place so enjoyable. Too bad we didn't know while you were here that you were celebrating your anniversary. You were the 3rd of 5 couples celebrating anniversaries here since September 1. Thank you for staying with us and we wish you safe travels as you continue to tour the US. Come again!
Warren and Marie
September 2019 Black Hills Visit
Very nicely supplied and comfortable cabin, with an interesting history. The remodel and amenities are all top notch. Beautiful location ( along with great on site groundskeeping! ) and quiet. Was also centrally located for our visiting and sight seeing needs. Warren and Marie are gracious hosts with a wealth of information, provided in person, or with the maps/brouchers/books/written histories that are in the cabin. We would be glad to stay at this property again. Scott and Brenda
Thank you Scott and Brenda. Come back any time, and thanks again for the awesome photos you took!
Wonderful Cabin and Location
We were thrilled to find this beautiful, well equipped cabin with a bonus of a full and extra small bathroom. The cabin was immaculate. Through we didn't use them, there was a wood stove in the spacious living room and gas grill on the front porch. We breakfasted on the porch every morning and heard the rushing sounds of Box Elder Creek that ran through the property. Located in rural Nemo, we had wonderful views of the Black Hills during the day and grazing deer to watch in the evening. The owners were considerable yards away in their own home and only visited as we wished. They were friendly, not intrusive. It did take some time to get to the location due to navigating the many curves in the road - typical of the area. When coming in at dusk, we had to watch for deer. However, the road was paved and well maintained. If one wants to get away from the tourist congestion and really experience Black Hills country while living in comfort, this is the place to go. It is not isolated but there is plenty of space between homes. We stayed right after Labor Day and the price was VERY reasonable. They also offered a liberal cancellation policy. No pets allowed at this location. We really loved this place.
Thank you for such an eloquent review. You really covered the essence of this place. We're glad you stayed with us and look forward to a possible return in the future. Thank you again.
A perfect place to rest on your adventure!
Warren and Marie's place is so very cozy and beautiful! It is rustic yet modern and has everything you will need to relax and get away. The owners are good people and were helpful when needed and also gave us the privacy we were looking for. The setting is close to Black Hills area attractions for driving purposes but far enough out that there is peace and quiet. There is no air conditioning but if you are worried about that you do not need to be, we were there in August when it was 80-90 degrees during the day, you open windows at night and close them during the day and the cabin never got about 70 degrees. The stream on the property is beautiful, the starts at night are brighter than you will ever see anywhere, the view from the front porch for coffee in the morning is spectacular. I could not rate this little gem of a place any better. I did alot of research before I came to make sure the place we stayed was amazing and I was more than happy with my choice the minute we stepped foot in the place. Beautiful, clean, amazing!!! Thanks Warren and Marie for sharing with us! We had an truly amazing adventure while in SD.
Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you came to the beautiful Black Hills and stayed with us. Come again!