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A beautiful setting for your getaway, 1 mi to Custer - Beautiful and Private

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,390 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 story family home on 5 wooded acres (handicapped access)

Great rates for hunters in the fall, with early booking. Please inquire.

Christmas in July: Book for Christmas and in into 2019 to receive a great discount!!

Nightly rates are for 4 guests. Additional fees apply per night for additional guests.

A flat pet fee of $145 is assessed if you bring your dog (a better bargain than leaving your fury one at the kennel). Dogs only, please.

Long-term rentals are welcome at negotiated rates. Please message us with the requested dates and we will get back with you.

Very private, with 5 spacious acreage, set back from the road. 2 blocks off Highway 385, 3/4 mile south of Custer. Great central location for day trips anywhere in the Black Hills. 3 bedrooms (one downstairs, two up) all have queen size beds. Additional sleeping space also in the upstairs loft, where you can sleep two on a queen sized sofa/futon. Main floor bathroom is handicapped accessible with spacious double basins, and includes a full size washer and dryer. Shower has a low step in for handicap access, grab rails. Master bath toilet is higher, with grab bars. No bathtubs currently. Second full bathroom (with shower) is off attached garage/shop just a few steps away. Second bathroom does not have grab bars or handicapped toilet. Electric appliances in kitchen, microwave, dishwasher, K-cup brewer and additional perk coffee pot. Huge, attached enclosed garage with parking for multiple vehicles, for protection from hail and thunderstorms. Small pasture adjacent to home for your horses (currently not fenced). Covered patio and house-length covered porch with rocking chairs and bench seating, outsized picnic table under porch shelter. Weber Gas BBQ (propane included). Depending on the season, lots of deer and turkeys on the property. Linens provided. This is a pet friendly property, but there is an extra charge for pets. Please contact us ahead of time regarding horses. Quiet and clean. Please look at the satellite view on the location tab to get a good feel for how the home and property are laid out. Also, look at our YouTube on Facebook, Grandma's House in the Woods. Road to the property from US 385 is around 1/4 mile of good grade, gravel road, with a paved gravel driveway into the property.

More Details

Property Manager
Vicki and David Bartz
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Vicki and David Bartz

This is picture of my Mother and Father taken in 1944. My mother's family moved from Gregory, SD to Custer in the 1940s. This picture was taken before my dad went to the AAC pre-flight school. After the war, my folks moved to Southern California, but chose to retire in the Black Hills near my mom's large extended family (13 siblings!). In 2003, they moved here to purchase "Grandma's House in the Woods," which our son loves to call it. Both my father and mother wanted others to enjoy the home and setting my mom loves best.

Sincerely, Vicki (the owner's daughter)

Vicki and David Bartz purchased this house in 2002

Why Vicki and David Bartz chose Custer

This property has the unique characteristics of all the wonderful, rugged aspects of the beautiful South Dakota Black Hills, but with the close proximity to everything you would need from town. The drive to Custer is only 6-7 minutes away. Picture sitting in the morning with a cup of coffee on the spacious front porch or patio by the fountain, watching deer, or maybe flocks of wild turkeys grazing on the five acre property. Or watching the moon rise in the evenings or the milky way. It is one of the more peaceful places you will ever go, and a great "home base" for your tour of the Southern Hills.

What makes this house unique

When you want to get away to sightsee, you could not ask for a more convenient place from which to visit the most beautiful sights and attractions in western South Dakota such as: Two beautiful hours to Devil's Tower National Monument, Wyoming and about the same to Badlands National Park to the east; One hour 20 minutes to historic Deadwood, SD; One hour and a half to Sturgis, rally headquarters; 30 minutes to Mount Rushmore National Monument; 15 minutes to Crazy Horse Memorial; Only 10 minutes to the entrance to Custer State Park, one of the most beautiful state parks in the USA. If you bring your bicycle, we are only a 3 minute bike ride to the Mickelson Trail, which follows the old railroad bed from Edgemont north to Deadwood, SD. If you love golf, we are only a mile from the clubhouse of the lovely Custer Municipal Golf Course (our home is also just a short walk to the course). There are many more sights available to see in the Black Hills, Western South Dakota and Northeastern Wyoming, which are all close to our beautiful property. We hope you choose to make "Grandma's House in the Woods" your home away from home during your stay.


Custer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1390 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • A particular emphasis items is for parents to closely supervise their children at all time to keep them safe on our property.
  • If you bring a pet, read the attached Pet Addendum when you book. When you pay you are agreeing to the Pet Addendum as written.
  • Portable Air Conditioner is currently for downstairs use only. Do Not Take Upstairs.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full Bathroom, steps away in garage - toilet , shower , Regular height toilet and single sink
    Master Bathroom & Laundry - toilet , shower , Toilet with grab bars, double sinks, low threshold shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen
    Upstairs North Bedroom - 1 queen
    Upstairs South Bedroom - 1 queen
  • 3 Bedrooms, plus a full/queen sized futon/sofa in the loft area upstairs; Thus, the home sleeps up to 8. **Remember, there is an additional charge for guests over the basic four included in the rate section.**
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
We do not have central Air Conditioning, but we do have a very efficient portable air conditioner, plus several fans available to use as needed. We also have a large ceiling fan in the upstairs loft area. This, combined with the Summer nights usually falling to the 50s or lower keep the home cool, airy and fresh throughout the day.


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A beautiful setting for your getaway, 1 mi to Custer - Beautiful and Private
average rating of 4.965517 based on 29 reviews

A relaxing retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This is a really well maintained place on a beautiful piece of property. It is ideally located for easy access to Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, and Custer State Park. The home offers all of the conveniences you could need and the owners are really easy to work with. We are already planning our next trip to Grandma's House! Thanks again Dave and Vicki!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We hope to have you back next year. We appreciate you treating Grandma's House as your own.
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Beautifully decorated, meticulously clean, lovely!

  • 5 of 5

What a location. Near the woods, only 2 minutes from town. Grandma's House is an adorable place to stay with everything you need to feel at home. We had a deer visit us several times a day out the window. Dave and Vicky were attentive to any needs that came up. Great for our family experiencing the Black Hills- 4 adults and 3 teens (grandpa and grandma too!) Thanks Bartz family.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My only regret is that we couldn’t stay longer! Perfect location, clean and comfortable stay. Timlely and helpful communication from the owners before, during, and after our stay. We will surely recommend to anyone heading to Custer. Thanks for the great stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

We chose this place to stay because it was handicap accessible. David was very accommodating to our needs. The bathroom was huge. The kitchen was decorated so nicely. The beds were very comfortable. They supplied pretty much anything you needed or wanted from kitchen utensils to games and books. Their porch was a beautiful place to sit and relax and visit. The location was very convenient - just outside of Custer.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing week at a Comfortable and Well-Equipped Home!

  • 5 of 5

Our 6 member family recently stayed at "Grandma's House in the Woods". The owner's were very friendly, extremely helpful and easy to get in touch with. They responded quickly to our questions.

The house was warm and inviting with nice furnishings both inside and out - comfortable beds, many seating areas, and a very well-equipped kitchen. Also appreciated were all the handy wall hooks, outlets, shelves, etc.

The large lawn was mowed so the children could run and play while we kept an eye on them from the front porch, patio, or through the many windows on the front and sides of the home. We all loved seeing the deer up so close. It felt like we were in the woods and yet very close to the town of Custer for shopping and restaurants. The grill and large picnic table were a hit too. We had a terrific time relaxing together and also visiting the many amazing attractions only a short drive away. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND this property!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very charming home with all the amenities -close to Custer and bike trails-quiet and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Second time staying at Grandma's house in the woods-that should tell you something. We love the charming feel of this home-it was exactly what we were looking for-quiet and comfortable with all the amenities but close to town and many activities. The owner's were wonderful with working with our large group. We have told many friends and family of this great home to stay at when in the Custer area.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
51 Miles
Rapid City Regional Airport (65 minute drive)
Nearest Barpub
1.7 Miles
Buglin' Bull Restaurant and Bar (7 minutes)
Nearest Golf
1.8 Miles
9-hole Custer public course (5 min drive)
Nearest Train
14 Miles
1880 Steam Train Ride & Museum, Hill City, SD
Nearest Motorway
46 Miles
I-90 in Rapid City (57 minutes)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Purple Pie Place, meals, deli, desserts
Nearest Ski
57 Miles
Ski Mystic Deer Mountain (Lead. 1 hr, 22 min)
Nearest Beach
8.6 Miles
Sylvan Lake (18 minute drive)
Car: necessary

Michelson Trail (1/2 mile to the trail and trailhead in Custer 1.5 miles), Crazy Horse Monument (15 minutes), Mt. Rushmore (30 minutes), 1880 steam train (22 minutes), Custer County Courthouse (6 minutes), General Custer campsite (12 Minutes) , Custer State Park West Entrance (10 minutes), Hot Springs historic district (38 minutes), Evans Plunge (indoor hot spring pool...34 minutes), Mammoth Site (40 minutes), Wild Horse Sanctuary (1 hour, 24 minutes), Badlands (2 hours), Deadwood (1 hr. 19 min), Devil's Tower National Monument (2 hours).

If you are looking for great food to eat, our recommendation: The Alpine Inn in Hill City, Black Hill Black Hill Burger and Bun in Custer. The best winery in the entire Black Hills is Prairie Berry Winery on US 16, just east of Hill City toward Rapid City (tastings are free).

If you want food delivered, try the Pizza Inn in Custer. They deliver 6 days a week, except Sunday.

Additionally, Schwann's Delivers in the Area as well. Their information will be provided to guests in a packet.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $145 + Tax
Property Management Fee $27.5 + Tax

Minimum age is 25.

Pet Fee (non-refundable) - $145.

Maximum overnight occupancy is 8 people. More guests may be considered on a case by case basis (please contact the owner).

An e-signed rental agreement will be required before occupancy. Guest should read the rental agreement and then click on Pay Now, which is indication of their signature and agreement to the terms.

If you bring a pet, this is also an agreement to abiding by the Pet Addendum. Failure to declare pets will likely result in forfeiture of deposit (see rental agreement for details). If you plan on more than one pet, please contact the owner in advance.

The property is non-smoking.

Rates are accurate through 2019. Discounted Rates for Early booking in 2019!

Long term rentals are available for this property. To negotiate a long term rental rate, contact owners.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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