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Gorgeous, Private Cottage in Vanocker Canyon!

Nemo, SD, USA
  • Cottage1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 6 nights

2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6) with stunning Meadow Views

At Little Elk Cottage, we offer you a memorable place to stay during your visit to the Black Hills. Our cottage is an ideal destination for your vacation, honeymoon, anniversary, long weekend, or any time you want to get away from it all. We are conveniently located near the small picturesque town of Nemo with dining at the historic Brandin' Iron Cafe and horseback riding. Wonderland Cave and Dalton Lake (great fishing!) are 15 minutes away. We are within 30 minutes of both Deadwood and Rapid City, centrally located to all Black Hills attractions, both north and south, including Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, Devil's Tower, Hill City, Custer State Park, Sturgis, Spearfish Canyon, Crazy Horse, and the Badlands. We are approximately 35-40 minutes from Hill City and Mt. Rushmore via the cut across south of Nemo connecting to Hwy. #385.

No cleaning fees, insurance fees or security deposits required on our end.

Amenities include the following:

Fully paved asphalt driveway with Private Entrance

Fenced and gated property that borders Forest Service land

2 Bedrooms on main floor - Pillowtop Queen Beds

Sofa bed in Living Room

Leather couch and Loveseat; Persian Rugs

Flat screen 32" Sony TV with many satellite channels

DVD and CD player

Private phone; Cell coverage at the top of the hill, less than one mile away

***Free Wi-Fi in the Cottage***

Air conditioned for warmer days

Fully equipped kitchen with Whirlpool appliances (dishwasher and microwave)

All paper products and linens provided

Washer and Dryer in Cottage for your convenience

Picnic Table and Gas Grill on outside Patio

Property is not suitable for weddings, parties or family reunions.

Fine dining 30 minutes away (Rapid City, Deadwood or Spearfish) as well as several places to eat within about a 15-minute drive.

Please check out our 5-star reviews below.

Belle Joli' Winery (made in South Dakota) has a tasting room in Vanocker Canyon--up the road from here, about 15 minutes away. Their Sparkling House has an outside patio where you can enjoy their red, white and sparkling wine selections.

We also have a renovated, historic log cabin, sitting on another five acres, which may be viewed on our website by clicking 'more information' at the bottom of this page or by checking VRBO listing #351778. Rates at our log cabin begin at $175/night. Children love the loft there.

Our private cottage, sitting on five acres, offers all of the comforts of home, with a small stream meandering through the property and surrounded by beautiful hills, trees and wildlife. After spending your days seeing all of the sights that the Black Hills have to offer, you will enjoy returning to this tranquil setting and relaxing on the patio or the front porch. Our property was recently chosen as part of an Arctic Cat promotional DVD and brochure.

We have a lodging license through the State of South Dakota #3569 and have been listed in the 'Insider's Guide' since 1997.

The scenic ride thru Vanocker Canyon is one of the most beautiful areas in the Black Hills.

We have a 4-night minimum, however, if we have less than 4 nights open between 2 bookings, you are welcome to rent those nights.

Keywords: Cottage, Black Hills, Cabin


Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt

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About Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt

We have lived and worked in the Black Hills for over 35 years, where we have built our own home as well as two vacation homes--a log cabin and our new cottage. Each place sits on its own five acre parcel. Wolfgang has constructed many trails and bridges in the Black Hills (eight on the Mickelson Trail) while he contracted with the State of South Dakota and the U.S. Forest Service. .

Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt purchased this Cottage in 2004

Why Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt chose Nemo

We chose the beautiful Nemo area after spending many hours looking for an ideal place to live in the Black Hills--it reminds Wolfgang of the Black Forest in Germany. We love the privacy in Vanocker Canyon as well as the convenience to everything in the Black Hills.

What makes this Cottage unique

Our properties are centrally located to all attractions--northern and southern hills as well as the major cities. You will enjoy the solitude of being bordered by National Forest land as well as all of the wildlife that lives on and around our property. Vanocker Canyon area was also chosen by Game, Fish & Parks to bring in elk to this area. The unique benefit of choosing either our log cabin or new cottage is the privacy--each place sits on its own five acres and there are no other cabins around; we are not within a development.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
        • Queen size Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) available upon request, Sleep Sofa Bed (1)


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Large tiled bathroom with glass walk-in shower.

          Location Type

            • Mountain View


                • Away From It All
                • Romantic
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Parking Off Street
                          On newly paved driveway
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Heating
                          Baseboard electric heaters in all rooms
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                          All bed linens, including sheets, pillows, comforters and pillow cases provided.
                        • Living Room
                          17' x 32' living room with open beam ceiling. See photos below.
                        • Parking
                          Plenty of private, outside, off street parking next to the cottage. Paved road and parking area.
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          Located in the cottage
                        • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                          5 acre property with ample room if you have an RV/Boat or Trailer.
                        • Telephone
                          We suggest bringing a calling card for any long-distance calls you plan to make. There is a private phone in the cottage. Cell phone coverage is at the top of the hill about one mile up the road.
                        • Towels Provided
                          All bath, kitchen and hand towels provided.
                        • Washing Machine
                          Located in the cottage
                        • Wireless Internet
                          If you travel with a laptop, free WiFi is available as of May 2015 inside the cottage. It works fine for checking e-mail and light web surfing. You will be unable to watch movies on your laptop.
                        • Free Wifi


                            • Microwave
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Fully equipped kitchen with plenty of dishes, pots/pans and glassware.
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              New Whirlpool Appliances
                            • Cooking Utensils
                              toaster, coffeemaker and mixer
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              Due to Dept. of Health regulations, we cannot have opened food/spices, etc. used by previous guests. However, if you need or forgot something, just give us a call.
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 5 people


                                    • Books
                                      Novels available as well as many guidebooks and brochures for all Black Hills attractions.
                                    • CD Player
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                      We have a couple of board games and several decks of cards.
                                    • Music Library
                                      We have several CDs for your enjoyment.
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Satellite TV with many channels. No major networks (ABC, NBC or CBS) available.
                                    • Stereo
                                      Small stereo with radio and CD player.
                                    • Television
                                      32' Sony


                                        • Bicycles
                                          Bicycles can be rented in Deadwood or Rapid City.
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Picnic table on patio, table/chairs on front porch.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Property sits on 5 acres.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Propane Grill on outside patio.


                                            • churches
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • sledding
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • pier fishing
                                                    • cross country skiing
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • hunting
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • parasailing
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • rock climbing
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • skiing
                                                    • snowmobiling
                                                    • spelunking
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • water skiing


                                                        • Our private cottage is surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest and abundant wildlife. We are within three miles of Dalton Lake and superb hiking in Little Elk Canyon. The Custer Expedition camped near our property in 1872 and glory holes from early settlers can be found as you hike the area surrounding the cottage. Wolfgang has constructed many hiking trails in the Black Hills as well as 16 bridges in various locations. We are very familiar with areas to hike and bicycle to help you plan your vacation. Also, our website has many more photos and detailed information. We also have a log cabin with rates that begin at $165/night on our property. Each place is a very unique spot to stay.

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          50 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          A Little Piece of Heaven!!

                                                          Darrell G.

                                                          This cottage was a true paradise to stay in! The home itself is beautifully built and decorated, spacious and comfortable. The mattresses on the bed were comfortable to sleep on. The concrete patio in the back is perfect for grilling and socializing. The front porch provides a heavenly view!! We spent hours one afternoon just listening to the birds and watching the deer, turkey (and even a little marmot) feeding in the large and luscious meadow that spreads out before you. The owners are awesome people! Wolfgang has left his mark all over the Black Hills by the trails, fences and bridges he's built. They have thought of every comfort their guests would need. This property is private and quiet and a great place to come to if you want to get away from it all....yet still close to things to do in the Black Hills. We will definitely be back....maybe in the autumn when the birch and aspen trees surrounding the property have their gold on! A real pleasure to stay here!

                                                          A piece of heaven in the canyon

                                                          Deborah C.Columbia, Mo

                                                          From the moment we saw this cottage from the road we knew it was the right place for us. We spent a week fishing and hiking while our friends rode their motorcycle to all the beautiful places the Black Hills had to offer. We had everything we needed from pots and pans to a BBQ grill. The everyday items (toilet paper, paper towels, dishwashing soap and foil) were provided along with great appliances and comfortable beds. You will see wildlife everyday and watch them feed in the meadow. We had no complaints. If you are looking for a place to get away and relax this is it.

                                                          Beautiful cottage in the hills

                                                          Kimberly B.

                                                          Lovely property with an off the beaten path, non-touristy feel. This cottage was very comfortable for our family of 4. We particularly enjoyed the visiting wildlife daily and the brilliance of the night sky. Owners were very responsive to requests without being intrusive.

                                                          Peaceful and Perfect

                                                          Carrie C.Cudahy

                                                          Wolfgang and Kathleen were wonderful hosts. They made sure we arrived safely and checked in to ensure things were going well. We were fortunate to have been able to enjoy this little piece of heaven. I highly recommend staying at the Little Elk Cottage.

                                                          great week

                                                          jim b.

                                                          My wife and I just spent a week at the cabin and it was perfect from beginning to end. This is the second time we have been there in two years and I guess that tells the story. We will be looking forward to returning next year.

                                                          Location and cabin were perfect

                                                          Steven F.

                                                          If you looking for a home base to experience the Black Hills, look no further.


                                                          Nemo, SD, USA

                                                          Nearby Dalton Lake is stocked with trout every Spring. It is a great spot to fish or take a leasurely hike in adjacent Little Elk Canyon. Wonderland Cave is just up the road and is one of the most beautiful crystal caves in the Black Hills. They have hourly tours, as well as a nice gift shop, where you will be sure to find a souvenir to take home as a reminder of your visit to this area.

                                                          Rates & Availability

                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Additional Guest Fee
                                                          $15 - $50
                                                          Tax Rate

                                                          No cleaning fees or damage deposits are required. However, guests are responsible for any damage to the premises. We operate under a South Dakota lodging License #3569.

                                                          50 Reviews
                                                          Exceptional 5/5
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