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Kiddville was a small mining camp in the days of the settlement of the Black Hills. It was then abandoned after the gold rush. The vacation home originally was the two story miner's boarding house. The house was converted and re-modeled into a modest family home in the 1930's, and the property became a private, 38 acre, ranch/homestead. And, again, in 2007 the home was updated with new plumbing, carpet, beds,...
The second floor of the Vacation Home hosts the three bedrooms and the full bath. The main floor consists of a living room, kitchen, dining room, laundry area, porch, and small sun room.
Two of the bedrooms have queen beds. The third bedroom has two twin beds.
The original homesteader/ranchers from the 1930's lived in the house for 75 years till 2007! The home is located on 38 privately owned acres with no visable neighbors. Solitude for you!
This acreage is located in the heart of excellent National Forest deer/turkey/elk country. There are no other inhabited dwellings on the 38 acre property. THERE IS SIX MILES OF WELL MAINTAINED GRAVEL ROAD TO REACH THE PROPERTY.
Historic buildings on the property are a mine assay office, caretaker's house, a barn/corral, and cabin.
Keywords: Black Hills Vacation Home, Black Hills hunting cabin, Mt. Rushmore vacation home, Custer historical rental, Crazy horse vacation rental, Custer Vacation Home
This is a photo of my parents and your hosts, John and Kay. The vacation property was Kay's childhood home. We wish to share this fantastic location with its unique history with you!
Patricia Baumann purchased this house in 2007
The homesteaders of the 1930's were my grandparents and the property is a treasured part of the family that we wish to keep. It is our hope that it will become one of your valued memories as well as you stay at an original Black Hills Gold Mining Camp and homestead. Though the house is completely modernized, it yet holds a peice of the past this is becoming difficult to find. Each of the old buildings has a sign on the door telling what part it played in the old west.
Though the home is modest, it is clean and friendly. The yard has a small creek running through, is private, and often hosts wildlife at dusk and dawn.
Located 9 miles from town (six miles of which is well maintained gravel), this is a remote, private, peaceful escape after a day of touring!
The home is on a deadend driveway, so you will have no traffic passing through. The houseyard is adjacent to Public Black Hills Forest land, so you may hike and explore to your heart's content! Wildlife visits regularly (deer, turkeys, elk, squirrels, songbirds,...). And if you have not experienced the clean smell of pine trees, silence from fellow humans, or the sight of the stars with no street lights, you are in for a treat! The location is at 6000 feet altitude in the protected southern Hills, so the weather is the best you will find in these parts!
There are two window AC's upstairs and one downstairs for the rare days that it is needed. Usually, though, a cool mountain breeze through the open window is sufficient.
What an exciting experience to be on one of the original homesteads in the Black Hills! It is so quiet there and so dark at night. Lots of animals around (deer, elk, turkeys, squirrels...).
The old buildings from the gold miners are fantastic. One is hand hewn logs with mud stuck in the cracks! The house is old but well loved and homey. We did not want to leave! Not many places like this left in the world!
First, let me say that the owners and their daughter were very helpful and couldn't have been more accommodating. The house was stocked with necessities which was nice, and it was clean. Now for the problems we had. The home is about 6 miles off the main two lane road and it is 6 long miles of gravel road to get to the house. We'd just bought new tires and my husband was very concerned that these roads would damage them. We've had problems with the air pressure in the tires during and after our stay. Then our car was covered in dust and it took two times through the car wash at home to begin to get it off. We had to get in and out of the car every time we came on the property to open and close a gate. You go through a neighbor's property that has two llamas on it and that is where the gate is. My teenage granddaughter got freaked out by the age of the house and refused to sleep in the upstairs bedrooms. She slept downstairs on the couch during our entire stay. We had problems with the tv and it went on and off the first day and a half, but the owner was very helpful coming out three times to try and fix it. He finally figured out the problem and it worked great after that. We never could get the back door to close all the way to lock it as it was warped. The house is 100 years old so there have been updates but there is no central air, and there are only two window units in two of the bedrooms, and it is has shag carpeting, etc. The owners brought in a portable AC unit for the downstairs which helped....I have two dogs that have breathing problems and can't stay in the heat. The bedrooms are upstairs and our dogs do not do stairs so we had to carry them up and down and the only restroom is upstairs. We saw deer and cows every day....so if rustic is your cup of tea this is the place for you. If you like something more modern, then you might want to think about something else.
This was our first trip to South Dakota, and I am so glad that we decided to stay at the Kiddville Ranch. Our only regret was that we didn't have more time. The home is centrally located to all of the attactions, but it was the seclusion that we like the most. My husband and I stayed for 3 nights, being from the East Coast, we stayed on our time (2 hours ahead). We were up by 4am CST and were able to see tons of wildlife at Kiddville in the early morning and early evening. Deer bedding down right by the gazebo! The property is essentially surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest.
The first night, the owner, Kay called, to let us know that we might want to park in the garage, as a storm was blowing in. She told us that they were not calling for hail, but had the night before. We continued to utilize the garage the remainder of our stay, and it did hail once, and we were thankfully there was a place to park the rental vehicle.
The home is exactly as pictured. Keep in mind that it an older home, so it is not perfect, but it was clean, has everything, pots and pans, laundry detergent, spices, utensils, ice, mustard, mayo, shampoo, soap, everything you could possibly forget while packing, is there. As noted before the location was great, close to pretty much everything, and only minutes away from Custer State Park. Very near Crazy Horse and only a little drive to Mt. Rushmore. All of the buildings on the property have sigificant historic value, including the home. In no way is this the Hotel Hilton, but I live on a farm in PA, and it I would have to say, this was my Home Away From Home.
The owners have notes everywhere, so if you are looking for a hidden light switch, the note telling you where it is, is posted right on the wall. On the table in the living room is a notebook with the history of the place. I didn't have a chance to read the whole thing, I sort of just scanned through it, but if you have the time to read it, do so, on your first night. The information contained in it, give you ideas as to where to explore on the property.
Kay also stopped by, but being we were 2 hours ahead, we were already asleep, when she stopped. I was so disappointed not to meet her, however since we enjoyed the property and the location so much, the chances are pretty good, that we will be back.
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--
This place was a great place to stay. The house has alot of history to it. We enjoyed staying here and walking the property and learning about the house and it's surrounding. It is conveniently located to Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt Rushmore. If you want to see all the nearby sites and then turn in to a quiet relaxing place this is it.
A charming property, full of history. We were well provided for - the kitchen and bathrooms are clean and neat and well stocked, and there is a washer and dryer (no dishwasher). The rooms are very pleasant. The hosts were wonderfully friendly. And there was lots of outdoor area for the kids to enjoy. We would have loved to stay longer!
Access from large yard on to the Black HIlls National Forest. Great for hiking/exploring!
No visable neighbors at the vacation home-peaceful and private!
Turn the yard light off and stargaze!
This Vacation Home is a modest, friendly, down to earth ranch house. Many guests say it reminds them of 'visiting the grandparents on the farm as a child'.
The home is 8-9 miles NW of Custer. Six of these miles is well maintained gravel.
During the Bike Rally, there is bike parking near the highway if guests have a car to then travel to the Vacation Home.
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Peak Season, two people
May 16 2015 - Oct 5 2015
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
$100 deposit, refunded if cancel 60 days in advance
Lodging tax is 5.5%
Guests are liable for un-do damages to the property.
Home is available mid May through September.
Base rate for peak season includes two persons at $145/night and three or four persons for $165.
Owner accepts personal checks, cash, and credit cards
$100 deposit-refundable if canceled more than 60 days in advance.. Pay by check or PayPal
Provide full payment within 14 days of arrival or bring cash upon arrival
Sturgis Bike Rally Rates are $165 for 2, $195 for 4, $295 for 6
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.