My children, husband, parents and I enjoyed a week at Kiddville Ranch this July. We had a wonderful stay, and would not hesitate a return trip. In fact, my six year old has already started planning our next vacation! I was drawn to Kiddville because of the dog-friendly (our German Shepherd puppy had a blast!) nature of the owners, the easy and instant access to beautiful Black Hills hiking, the brook running through the property (the best kid-entertainment around), and the historic interest of the place. It felt like we were staying at our own museum!
The inside of the house was spotlessly clean and rustically charming. I spent summers visiting my grandfather's farm as a young girl, and the Kiddville house brought back so many good "farm" memories- enjoying a cool breeze through a screen door, listening to the cows in the morning. I especially loved how efficiently the home is planned out-- there is not a single INCH of wasted space! This lends itself to a clutter-free environment where 'everything has it's place'.
We were very surprised to find tons of amenities provided-- from crock pot and blender to movies to bath products to spices/seasonings to bottled water. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon, but didn't make it to the grocery store until Monday-- with a few pieces of fruit we had in the car, I was able to assemble a great breakfast from the pantry staples in the kitchen!
I can't say enough positive things about the owners. I talked with Kay several times during the trip, and she was always courteous, pleasant and genuinely interested in our vacation. She bent over backwards to help us out, and went above and beyond in her customer service role.
The location (right by Crazy Horse monument) was ideal for our touring. We did day trips to Rapid City, Custer, Hill City and Keystone. We could have easily included Hot Springs or some of the other cities, but my kids wanted to spend each morning (and evening) playing on the property. We enjoyed nightly hikes (rock hounds will LOVE this place!) and spent the mornings playing in the creek or just running full-speed around the homestead.
Thank you so much for the fantastic vacation--