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Quaint Cabin in the Heart of the Black Hills

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin sleeps 6 people, 1 full bathroom, full kitchen.

Grandma's house is approximately 800 square feet. It has a back bedroom with a queen size bed and its own back door. The adjacent sleeping area has 2 twin beds.. The large living area contains a dining table, 2 couches and a queen size bed and tv. The kitchen is equipped with all kinds of dishes and cooking utensils, and a propane barbecue grill is available for outside cooking. The bathroom has a tub/shower combination and towels and linens are provided. There is a screened in porch on the front of the older part of the house which is shaded by two huge spruce trees. It is a wonderful place to enjoy a meal or just relax and listen to the creek babble by. Deer and turkey visit the yard often and can be viewed from any window in the house. Adjacent to the house is what we call the bunkhouse. It has one side that was once a one car garage. It is simply used for storage or protection for motorcycles. The other side is mostly being used for storage and has extra beds just in case the need arises. The property has two sheds used primarily for horses, but could offer motorcycle protection as well.

This is a non-smoking home. Friends are welcome to smoke outside. Pets are not allowed in the house.

This home has been recently renovated. While the basic floor plan remains the same, the flooring, wall and ceilings surfaces are all new. Grandma's house is sporting all new roof, windows, blinds, paneling, vinyl and laminate flooring and more. The bathroom has been enlarged and now includes a full size washer and dryer. The little house was already adorably quaint. We hope you will find it even more delightful now.

More Details

Property Manager
Jeannie Marr
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2017

About Jeannie Marr

I am Cody Rust. I live in Amarillo, Texas and have my whole life. I have taught school for 26 years. My family is very western and horsey which will explain the horse pens you see on the property. My dad was just an old cowboy who raised quarter horses in Texas, and my grandmother (from South Dakota) raised Arabians. My kids and I continue the family horse tradition using our quarter horses for ranch work and 4H contests. These activities and the general 'busyness' that goes with raising kids has been keeping us too busy to enjoy Grandma's house as much as we would like to, and that is one reason we are offering it to you.

Why Jeannie Marr chose Black Hills

My grandparents moved from Sioux Falls to the Hills in the late '50s/early '60s. When they moved into this house only the main house with the kitchen and the bunkhouse existed. There was no indoor plumbing. The tax office tells me it was built in 1920 or thereabouts. My mom and we five kids would visit every summer for several weeks. We four girls would sleep in the bunkhouse at night. The outhouse was behind the bunkhouse, and could be really scary for little kids at night! But we had lots of fun riding our horses, hiking, picking berries, swimming and eating Grandma's home cooking. We did not even know we were poor. It was quite possibly the most amazing time of my life. Then in the '70s my grandparents added on the large living area and put in a real bathroom, and that made it super nice. My grandparents, Bobby and Pete Taylor passed the property to my mom, and she passed it to me. It is difficult to take care of when I live so far away, but it is very important to me that it is preserved and taken care of and hopefully, in a couple of years I will be able to enjoy it more fully. In the meantime, we wish to share it with people who we hope can appreciate it and experience the flavor and charisma of its quaintness. We truly hope your experience there creates a life long, pleasurable memory.

What makes this cabin unique

Being from west Texas where trees and live water are sparse, it's not hard to understand how much I appreciate a property with pine and aspen trees and a creek! I am in love with the sweet red house, with it's ancient, screened in porch. My grandmother made jelly from the chokecherry tree next to it, not to mention the ones that now grow on what used to be a rock cellar. It's sweet kitchen had the most adorable old window that has to be pulled in and up, and propped open with a tree branch. I think it is terrific fun to open the window between the kitchen and screened in porch and simply pass food through the window to the table on the porch. Silly, I know..but fun. Not the Hilton, but way sweeter. Life in the red house is simple and cozy.


Hill City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Towels are provided. Washer and dryer are here.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , This room is at the other end of the kitchen.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , This is in the living area.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming


Very Good! 4/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Quaint Cabin in the Heart of the Black Hills
average rating of 4.0 based on 8 reviews
Lee's Summit, MO


  • 5 of 5

It was a perfect spot for our family of 5. We liked that we felt like we were away from the touristy crowds but close enough to make a quick trip to Hill City. Such a quaint and peaceful setting! We saw lots of wildlife! It was also conveniently located near all of our vacation destinations. Great find, loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are tickled pink that you enjoyed your stay! We hope you will come again. I'm wondering what wildlife did you see? Deer and turkey are usually close. Elk are around but we don't see them often from the house. I love the birds. I always see more colorful birds there than home in Texas. We hope you created some wonderful memories with your children at Grandma' s House!
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Cozy House

  • 5 of 5

The house provided a peaceful and relaxing environment. It was very close to all attractions including Mount Rushmore and Rushmore Cave. We were able to sight a deer, cotton-tail rabbit, and beavers. We enjoyed the morning nature with the birds chirping sounds and the dewy weather! The location of the house is perfect, and the patio offers a great area for outdoor enjoyment without the fear of animals or mosquitoes attack. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you had a great time at Grandma's House! Our hope is that everyone enjoys it as much as you did. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
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2 1
Minnetonka, MN

Would give zero if possible

  • 1 of 5

THIS AD IS MISLEADING!!!This house was the worst travel experience we have had. We were expecting to stay for 4 nights and stayed 0. Upon entering the house it smelled terrible. In addition it was dirty, scummy-- just gross. There was pealing paint. To make things worse, this house is not 3 Bedrooms, nor is it 2 bedrooms. It is a ONE BEDROOM house. As mentioned in the ad, the "3rd bedroom" is in the living room, what it fails to mention is that the "second bedroom" with the TWIN BEDS IN THE KITCHEN, therefore it is not a bedroom. I put a deposit down on this house expecting a safe place for my young children to sleep. We refused to sleep in this house and had to find last minute sleeping arrangements elsewhere in Hill City. I called Lynada, the manager, and my husband spoke with Cody, the owner, and they refused to give our deposit back. I put a deposit down on what I was led to believe was a 2 bedroom home with an extra bed in the living room, expecting there would be a safe place for my children to sleep (not in the kitchen, with an outdated furnace and old stove). Do NOT stay at this house. Do NOT give them your money.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We did not refund the deposit for these reasons: 1. The guest(s) did not give us an opportunity to address or fix the concerns. 2. They argue that the ad is misleading. The picture clearly states that the twin beds are part of the kitchen area and is separated by a curtain for privacy. VRBO requires homeowners to commit to saying how many bedrooms. It doesn't give the option of calling them sleeping areas, so we tried to make that clear with the captions in the pictures. 3. Deposits protect the owner/operator from a total loss when the property could have been rented to someone who would have appreciated it. As of this spring, Grandma's House has been renovated. It is sporting a new roof, all new vinyl and laminate flooring. Every wall and ceiling has been refurbished with new paint or paneling. The white kitchen cabinets have been replaced with new hickory cabinets. The propane cook stove is gone and in its place is an electric oven and glass cook top. The kitchen has a cast iron, propane heat stove that is styled like a wood burning unit. The nonworking fireplace in the living room has been removed and no longer taking up space. We have worked diligently to ensure Grandma's House is attractive, functional, clean and fresh! When guests have a concern we take it to heart to address. If you love the outdoors and the Black Hills, if you like to camp, if you like things rustic, if you like the people you are traveling with, you will love Grandma's House. And if you get there and something doesn't look or feel right, tell us specifically what it is, and we will fix it if it can be fixed as fast as possible. We want to do our part to make your visit wonderful!
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3 1

Amazing Breath taking experience

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was just far enough outside the hustle and bustle of Hill City but still close enough we could hear the stream train. Our family of 6 thoroughly enjoyed staying here. We enjoyed being able to make our meals using the grill. We did run out of propane and I made 1 phone call and within a couple hours they brought out a new propane tank! We loved being able to come home from a long day of sight seeing and have plenty of room for everyone to spread out. A nice addition was the fire pit added. Only improvement would be to add wifi for guests. Thank you for making our family vacation so wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. We love to hear the whistle of the 1880 train too. It really takes you back in time. We hope you will visit again, and we will look into adding wifi for next year. Thank you for your suggestion.
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1 0

Awesome location - could not have been more pleased

  • 5 of 5

Great location near Hill City with good access to all the main sites in Black Hills Region. Fair pricing and you will not have the great sights at a hotel - we loved having breakfast to the sounds of the creek running through the property. We are so glad we stayed here rather than a standard hotel room. Our family of six was comfortable throughout the whole trip - wish we had been able to stay longer. Quick communication with owner and on site manager - never had any problems. Would definitely re-book on a return trip to the Black Hills.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. Our hope is that all our guests feel the same as you. We are working toward improving the property as fast as resources will let us, so we hope your next visit is even better.
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Omaha, Nebraska

Great location, great experience

  • 5 of 5

I meant to post this sooner..

When we first pulled up, there were deer and turkey in the front yard. They returned each evening. The view is amazing. The house is completely stocked with anything you would need. Utensils, towels, bedding, even soap and everything you would have in your own kitchen at home! It is just a couple miles outside of town, and not far from all the Black Hills attractions. I realized once we left that I had forgotten my favorite pair of shoes there :( I called Lynada that day and she shipped them to me! I was so excited to see that box at my door! Thanks for a great experience, we will recommend this place and if we're in the area again, will stay here again.

PS It's a house in the woods, and you're only staying for a few days who cares what the blinds look like?? ;) Keep up the good work

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. I do hope you will stay with us again and that each visit is better than the one before.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Rapid City, South Dakota
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Hill City
Nearest Golf
26 Miles
Rapid City
Nearest Train
1 Miles
1880 Train
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Hill City
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Lead, South Dakota
Car: recommended

Grandma's cozy cabin is located in the heart of the Black Hills. Situated on acreage in a quiet gulch, your family and friends can enjoy the green of the meadow framed by sacred hills and let the kids play in the babbling brook in front of the house when you are taking a break from sight-seeing adventures. The property is adjacent to forest service land which means there are miles of country to be explored. The Mickelson Trail is within walking distance as well. Town, with all of its amenities, is just one mile away. Our favorite place to eat is the Alpine Inn in Hill City where you can eat a great filet Mignon at a very reasonable price. Be sure to save room for a gourmet dessert! Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park are just 15 miles away, and historic Deadwood with its gambling is 45 miles away. The Sturgis Bike Rally is less than an hour away. The 26 miles between Rapid City and Hill City are dotted with family oriented attractions such as Reptile Gardens, Bear Country, a maze, and a water park. If you are into archaeology, you will definitely want to drive the 45 miles to Hot Springs and visit the Mammoth Site which is truly amazing. Don't forget to swim at the landmark Evans Plunge, a naturally heated swimming pool, while you are there. Throughout the hills there are numerous small lakes that are fun to visit. We have always enjoyed picking a different one to visit each day and taking our swim suits, fishing poles, rubber raft and snacks.


Rates & Availability

Hill City Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sturgis Bike Rally
Aug 5 2017 - Aug 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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