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Cabin in the Woods. Hot tub/ Fireplace/Firepit/Kitchen.

Bedrooms 2
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 bedroom/queens, couch/bed. Sleeps 2-5 or 6

Located just outside of West Custer, 1/2 mile off the highway, near French Creek, West Dam, and Rocky Knolls Golf Course.

This beautiful authentic Knotty Pine Cabin was built to last! We have reconverted to the original, nature loving use, that being a 'seasonal rental' for honeymoon's/vacationers/sightseers/nature lovers/hunters. Included, extra sleeper, and cots. Full Kitchen, micro, free coffee and coffee maker, seasonings, toaster, crock pots as well as all indoor and outdoor cooking and eating essentials,garbage bags and soaps. We love rocks and even furnish with good books on Fossils and Rocks. For the patient fishermen, ask and we will supply fishing poles, tackle/tackle box.

Lovely swing seat and plenty of outdoor furnishings, with a patio set/umbrella as well as picnic table, kerosene and tiki lamps, fire pit, charcoal grill and private Hot Tub to enjoy 'under the stars'

Inside is a lovely elect. fireplace for ambiance, as well as just warming up! Included are all your linens and towels, though we do suggest bringing a beach towel for the hot tub, or the conveniently close lakes and beaches, anywhere from 3-10 miles, plenty of lakes to enjoy, as well as the Creek. There is plenty of parking and will accommodate 5th wheel, extra vehicles easily. The location is what many of my guests find so amazing. The cabin is just on the outskirts of Custer, yet set back approx 1/2 mile from the highway. Hwy 16A West and South on Wazi Lane about 1/2 mile, tucked behind a major amount of spruce trees and surrounded by aspen. The amount of travel time as well as fuel and food costs you save make this a good decision for your centralized vacation excursions! The fresh smells of nature at its best, and 'camping' type feeling inspired as you sit amongst the stars outside, with your own fire pit! In the morning, there is nothing like the smell of fresh pine, and fresh coffee as you step outside in your private yard to enjoy the wake up calls of birds and squirrels, a pair of osprey and even eagles circling the creek area. Choice Location. Not unusual to see quite a few white tail and mule deer, gray haired woodchuck couples moving about. To your back side of the cabin is natural 60 feet tall rock formations, jutting from the continental shifts, a natural barrier wall, privatizing your cabin even more.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

About Thea

I have been mostly 'IN' the visitor industry since 1985. We had a Hot Air Balloon Business in the Black Hills and in Phoenix. Our Home was in the Hills. A wonderful cabin, that I converted into a Bed & Breakfast in the early 90's.

I loved it. I loved pleasing my guests with extra's they never expect (nor get) anywhere else. My love for the beauty and vast diversity in the Black Hills of South Dakota seems to have a need to be shared with guests, so in 2006, I converted these cabins from small residentials (they were built as duplex hunting cabins, but when I purchased them, they had been converted into single dwellings residential). In any event, I had moved out of the Custer area and closer to Rapid City. When a cabin would come up to rent, I'd go to 'the Hills' and work on them for a good week or two preparing them for the next year or two of residential renting. I missed the Real Black Hills so much! Sitting on the front patio of a cabin, one night, I was struck with how lucky I was to own such a place, so near a fishing pond, creek, and golf course, with it's lush green's...and so quiet and peaceful, esp. at night. There is a 60 foot high jutting of rocks upwards just behind the cabins, that privatize the back yard adding more privacy to each, and no city

street lights to block the natural beauty of each and every star. I just wanted to share this place! and I knew people would become a bit nostalgic, and also be extremely happy with all the extra's I dreamt of adding if I indeed did reconvert these cabins into visitor rentals. Since these again became seasonal rentals, I can't believe how happy my guests are, and you will be too. You with your Cabin with a real heart in the heart of the woods. Now and then, not often, I can stay in one myself, and sure always leaves a wonderful lasting impression. The impression I hope to pass on to you!

Thea purchased this cabin in 1996

Why Thea chose Black Hills

I lived in Custer and sold a little real estate here and there and I was always driving past these Cabins, then known as The Crest apartments. They were just so 'for real' historically Black Hillsy and looked so lush in the pine and the rock backdrop. Everyone feels that way, or at least they did. The Cabins came up for sale in the early 90's. My Broker, my mentor!, who had been selling real estate in the hills for over 50 years, looked at me one day, and said 'reach for it' and I did.

There has always been nothing but good vibes on this little acre and a half of heaven. They go with the place. And I have noticed how much happier they are being seasonal rentals, rather than residential rentals. Almost like 'they' love new visitors, too. And my repeat and referrals are phenomenal. Now there are so many new little vacation rental businesses starting out, the competition is great. But it helps everyone keep their prices affordable and TAKE CARE of their little piece of the Hills. Good for guests. Good for everyone.

What makes this cabin unique

A person can just walk out the front door and hike or bike, never having to use their car! and get to great walking/biking even horse trails! In Minutes.

I guess the location of the property was what sold me on it. So conveniently close to town, yet not in town. I'd be working on a cabin, and think 'now I have to drive to town to get this or that' and it was just a 3 minute drive! never fails to amaze me how 'out in the woods' you feel here. The wild life as I passed these cabins daily ( I lived across the road from them a ways) was always eye catching. It's nothing to see

dozens of deer, wood chucks, squirrels, osprey and eagles. All the critters that need a good drink of water. And the fishing from West Dam and the fact that I could walk to the Dam or the Golf Course in just minutes. You can just tell, when you're on the property, all the rich history that happened just yesterday. It has a feeling of the 50's and 60's....and I have added some antiquities and decor to match the knotty pined interiors and their 'feel'. It really is a jewel of a place to stay. I am sure you'll feel the same way.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Brenda It's good to be back! Left you some jelly again and some candles. As always, we had a great week. Hope to return next year. Same week.

All our best!
Aug 2012
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Custer Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Even Medicine Chests and shelves for extra's.
  • The bathrooms are full size and stocked with extra paper, extra soaps, shampoo./conditioner. Medicine chest usually has some bandaids, neosporin, bug spray, although we have very few bug problems in the mountains.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Excellent cots slide under the beds during the day.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Cots provide extra beds/slide under bed during the day.
  • Each Bedroom has a queen size bed on risers. If you want a cot or two for the little ones, they are easy to scoot under the beds when not in use. Each bedroom also has dresser and side tables with lamps, as well as hanging area for clothing
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
*****If you want to surprise one or more of your traveling companions with perhaps beverages/wine/ beer, cheese/crackers, for your arrival, please talk to Brenda. We can also make sure you have bread/butter/cereal/milk if you have a late arrival, in the event you need some things to feed children and don't have to rush out to a restaurant right away. Just give me a list, I will shop/stock, no charge for my service, just add the item/purchase on bill. If you are on a honeymoon, I can arrange to have flowers/wine, etc. in your Cabin for a real private honeymoon you'll always remember. We are a small business, and delight in helping our guests. I have had quite a few folks make a wish list of things to do, want to do, maybe want to do, and I have been able to organize it and make suggestions for them. Just email me with the list, and it won't take any time at all. I am also helpful if you want to know of places to stop en route on your trip into or leaving South Dakota.


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average rating of 3.6842105 based on 31 reviews

Ok, for 4 people.

  • 3 of 5

Our family of 4 plus my parents stayed in this cabin for 3 nights. This cabin is really suited for just 4. It's very small! Our 2 kids ended up sleeping in the living room on a futon that would barely open up and a air mattress we had brought with us. The cabin was cute and the little side yard was nice. My mom was itching to pull weeds back there and do some much needed landscaping. The beds were super comfy and it did have a good location for doing things in Custer. It was fine for a few nights but I don't think I would have wanted to stay longer with 6 people. Ideal for 4.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, close to all major sites in the black hills area.

  • 4 of 5

Cabin is a bit aged, but has cute decor, great amenities, and comfy beds. We stayed for 3 nights and had a really nice time. The hot tub, cable tv, and board games were fun to have in the evenings. Kevin & Cathy were good hosts. We had no issues during our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Worth the price!

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely time in our cabin - 4 adults and 1 dog! The cabin provided all the comforts of home without any neighbors - we absolutely loved it!

The hot tub was very enjoyable; however, it would be good to post some instructions on how to get it to work correctly. The motor kept shutting down on us until we found out that this one works differently than most! The hot tub could also use a bit of cleaning, but we enjoyed it immensely!

One thing that did confuse me -- I believe I was told there was air-conditioning in the cabin. There were several fans and the windows open, but no AC. Good thing the weather was cool the two days we were there!

Thank you for a very enjoyable stay -- we hope to stay here again next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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not as advertised

  • 1 of 5

the pictures are not updated no air conditioning like the picture on the left shows...

The grass was all dirt, the floors are slanted not good for a senior citizen. The bed my 84 year old mother was sleeping in fell off the blocks in the middle of the night needless to say she was pretty scared. they claim there is a stream no more like a ditch.

the hot tub did not work and this was the selling point for us. they said we would get a 25 dollar refund never received one nor did the offer any other resolution to the problem.

I would recommend you keep looking you can find better just down the road...

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Rustic, cute little old cabin. Had everything we needed. Quick responses from Kevin. Thanks!

  • 3 of 5

Great private backyard. Quiet setting. The hot tub could use a little work. But overall we had a nice stay. Thanks for renting out these cabins!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
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We rented a cabin with a hot tub and due to a storm the hot tub wasn't functioning.

  • 3 of 5

The cabin was ok but nothing special.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Rapid City Regional Airport Rapid City SD
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Frontier Lounge
Nearest Train
12 Miles
1880 Train from Hill City to Keystone, SD,
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 16 A
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Captain's Table
Nearest Ski
65 Miles
Terry Peak Lead, SD
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Stockade Lake
Car: necessary

The cabins are located in a woodsy, aspen, pine grove 1/2 mile off the highway directly adjacent to Custer, so one can get to and from all the major attractions within 5 to 20 minutes! Save time, fuel, even food costs, since we have full kitchen, 2 bedroom cabin/queen, with fold out couch & cots. Feels just like camping, you have 'everything plus!' all in a cozy mini vacation home. Just in front of us is West Dam, Rocky Knolls Golf Course. and just behind us is the Flintstones, must see theme park, and Mini Golf! You can easily do day trips such as visit the wineries in Hill City, along with Everything Prehistoric and art shops. Then, take the 1880 Train into Keystone, and tour one fabulous Tourist Town, right at the base of Mount Rushmore. Include The Indians for purchasing unique gift and souvenirs. Big Thunder Gold Mine for Panning Gold. Keystone usually has several historic 'shootouts' on Main. You can enjoy from the Boardwalk than runs the entire length of downtown. Return to Hill City on the 1880 Train, and perhaps dine at the famous Alpine Inn. Hill City is known for its wineries as well as its many art shops. And the drive back to the cabin is less than 12 miles!

Jewel Cave, Wind Cave, Rushmore Cave are close 10-20 miles.Jewel is very famous and the 2nd largest cave in the world.

That being said another day trip could include westward towards Devils Tower,(ancient volcano & loop back into South Dakota from the West through Belle Fourche or Spearfish...enjoy a gorgeous drive through Spearfish Canyon, perhaps lunch at Latchstring, and drive on into Deadwood and Lead South Dakota. Tour the casino's the Old Style Saloon #10 as well as Gulches of Fun welcome families. Deadwood has a unique museum , and Lead has mineral museum & new labs involving Neuro's. Dine out & drive back to Custer Rocky Knolls, just 60 miles. Makes a wonderful day trip being able to enjoy that much! Custer State Park is only 3 miles east of you. The sidewalk just 1/2 mile up the road from the Cabin can be hiked or biked right into the Park, or join up with a Mickelson Trail Head. (horses welcome) Enjoy a drive through the Wildlife Loop and see buffalo, prairie dogs, eagles galore. Fishing is abundant, as well as swimming and beach areas. There must be 6 lakes all within 12 miles of the cabin. Stockade lake being the closest is barely 3 miles...Legion Lake (one of my fav's) is 7 miles, and Sylvan lake is again 7 miles. Sylvan lake is just plain beautiful and an area to be enjoyed on really warm days, simply because it is a much higher elevation, you can even access Harney Peak, the Highest peak between here and the Swiss Alps. approx a 4 mile uphill hike...but breathtaking with all the Big Horn Sheep and Mountain Goats in plain view on this gorgeous Mountain Top! Back to fishing, I do supply poles, tackle and tackle box upon request! One of the better fishing lakes is Pactola, as well as Angustora and Orman Dam also include Walleye fishing! Really close to us, about 20 miles, is Hot Springs, with it's mineral waters at Evan's Plunge, the Mammoth Sight, and the Wild Horse Refuge. This is a wonderful day trip and can be accessed by driving through the Wild Life Loop. The sightseeing in Custer State Park and it's many drives are fabulous. The Game Lodge serves wild game. The Norbeck Center has actual dinosaur footprints to see. Iron Mountain Road and the Needles Highway are spectacular drives. Crazy Horse is not even 4 miles from the cabin and a wonderful 1/2 day can be spent there. They even have their own restaurant, beer and wine. Probably one if not 'THE' best Native American Museum in the world! This monumental task is a sight to see and very progressive. There are volksmarches to attend where one can actually walk on the outstretched arm of Crazy Horse. Incredible. Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse both boast evening light shows that are very worthwhile attending. Check with the Custer Chamber of Commerce on any 'special events'. Another wonderful day trip could include the Water Slide Park, Reptile Gardens, Cosmos, Bear Country USA not even an hour from the cabin.

Downtown Custer offers several restaurants for a different dining and ambiance type try the Buglin Bull, or Dakota Cowboy, Sage Creek Inn, and for lighter dining lunch, even breakfast The Bakery is excellent, as well as a must do is the Purple Pie with lunch, dinner, and of course pie. 'Our Place' is just plain a hoot to see with all their Betty Boop decor, and just plain good breakfast and lunches. All your shopping needs or 'i forgots' can be easily found in Custer. We have a clinic/hospital/pharmacy, 2 grocery stores, a Family Dollar (I love that place) several Hardware stores with various outdoor camping and hiking items, and a Shopko. Shopping downtown is also a wonderful 1/2 day or more of different unique gift shops like Walk in the Woods, Jenny's Floral. Flora's Western Wear, Mention me for Black Hills Gold Purchases. I can help with itineraries.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night

In Lieu of a cleaning deposit. Instead of upfront cleaning deposit, then inspection of cabin after you clean it to get refund, we simply hold a cc number you have provided us with. The cc# is never used unless you are in knowledge of such use. It helps to ensure your booking, until your check arrives, and also that you will leave the cabin reasonably easy to clean.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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