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.
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 enough....it always leaves a wonderful lasting impression. The impression I hope to pass on to you!
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.
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.