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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Have you dreamed of wilderness seclusion and serenity in a RARE LOCATION IN THE BLACK HILLS? Do you long to gaze upon buffalo, elk, deer, wild turkey, and other wildlife? Then perhaps this home of rustic elegance, bordered on 3 sides by Custer State Park and National Forest, could be your ideal vacation. Experience a true wilderness environment as there are NO OTHER HOMES within a quarter + mile. Relax on the deck or patio and absorb the scent of pine, feel subtle forest breezes, and view wildlife in their natural habitat. Gaze upon brilliant stars during quiet and calm evenings. Our guests say that pictures do not do the home and environment justice.

Our home is set on a scenic meadow completely surrounded by thousands of acres of Custer State Park and National Forest. No highway noise, nothing but forest, scenery and wildlife around you. Stroll across the meadow or set off by foot into Custer State Park or National Forest wilderness. Excellent road and driveway conditions with easy access provide for a stress free location.

The home is located just 7 miles southeast of Custer, South Dakota only minutes away from Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Needles Highway, Sylvan Lake, 1880 Train, Black Hills Playhouse, Biking, Boating, Childrens Playground, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Horse Riding, Hunting and Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Restaurants, Shopping, Skiing, Tennis, Theatre, Theme Park, WaterSkiing, Water Sports and Rental, Zoo/Wildlife Park, Cave exploring, wildlife viewing.

NOTE: Everything from a blender, baking pans, teapot, toaster, griddle, crockpot, etc. to a wine bottle opener is available. Coffee, salt and pepper are provided. Hair dryers in both bathrooms. Our home is complete with all the utensils you will need for a wonderful cooking experience. All linens, dish soap, hand soap, laundry soap, kleenex, paper towels, and more are provided. We pride ourselves on making our home your home!No Pets, No Smoking, Telephone NOT provided as the cabin gets excellent cell phone reception, children age 12 and over welcome if well behaved and under constant supervision, must be age 25 or older to rent. Only "paying" guests occupy the home and premises in order to maintain the quality of our home. Failure to do this will result in a forfeiture of the security deposit. We will rent to responsible adults who would care for and appreciate our home.

This is our second home and pride and joy. Our wish is that all guests will treat it as if it was their own. Our greatest reward is providing guests with a memorable Black Hills vacation. We have sincerely attempted to create a “home away from home”.

Perfect for a Family Get Together, Corporate Retreats, Base Camp on Vacation, Hunters, etc!

Owners: Roger and Marletta Eich.

Keywords: Vacation Home

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 2, 2017

About The Owner

My husband and I have been married for 41 years. Now, as empty nesters, we enjoy the freedom to head for the Black Hills and enjoy the peace and serenity our new home has to offer. It also provides us with memorable family gatherings with our five grandchildren.

The Owner purchased this house in 2007

Why The Owner chose Black Hills

My husband and I decided to purchase the Custer home because it is bordered on three sides by Custer State Park and national forest. We enjoy hiking and now can explore thousands of acres of wilderness just a few steps from the front door. We also enjoy riding horses in the Black Hills. The pasture borders Custer State Park. We can enjoy hours of riding in the Park and never take the same trail.

What makes this house unique

When visiting our home, we hope it will be immediately evident the pride and joy we wish to share with our guests. We take suggestions from our guests very seriously and attempt to make our home as comfortable and convenient as possible. Our home borders Custer State Park, so guests enjoy visiting the park and all it has to offer. We are just minutes from the town of Custer, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt. Rushmore, Sylvan Lake, Wind Cave National Park, and many other popular attractions. Although we are secluded, the roads are excellent.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your home was wonderful and located in such a beautiful setting. We can’t thank you enough for allowing us the experience. We had no idea that there were so many things to do in the area. We explored Custer State Park and Badlands, went to Rushmore and Crazy Horse, Deadwood and Lead, drove over to Devil’s Tower, drove Iron Mountain and Needles highways, as well as stopping at whatever interested us along the way (Hill City is pretty cool), yet felt we only scratched the surface. We could easily have spent another week and, now that we know the lay of the land, plan to return to explore in more detail, especially to hike in the Black Hills.I think my favorite experience may have been when I walked out into the yard about 2:00 AM the first night we were there. The stars were amazing. I can only compare it to camping in Capitol Reef National Park in southern Utah, which boasts the darkest night skies in the lower 48. Big Horn Lodge was equally spectacular, if not more so. I felt like I was in a planetarium.Thanks again for everything. It was truly a great vacation.Jay P.S. I’ve already mentioned your place to a few equally adventurous friends.
Jul 2009
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Custer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) New beautiful aspen log king bed in master bedroom. The bedroom is nicely decorated in bison decor., Queen size Beds (3) All three rooms have comfortable queen beds and are nicely decorated using different themes.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
several family board games, excellent cell phone coverage, hiking from the property onto National Forest and Custer State Park


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(51 traveler reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 52 reviews

Quiet, Secluded, Clean, and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for ten days in this rental. The home was clean, functional, and very secluded. We wanted to be away from the rest of the world and this was perfect. The owners are very nice, and very respectful. Our group was very happy with the layout.

We had deer pass through daily, coyotes on occasion, rabbits and even a skunk on one occasion. We saw big horn sheep and buffalo in around Custer.Very peaceful, and a perfect getaway for our group of seven.

I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Each year we have the most wonderful guests who vacation during the Sturgis Rally. Sam and his group were exceptional. Our home is actually our second home and we don't consider it a vacation rental. That is why it is complete with all one possibly needs to cook/bake and live comfortably. My husband and I frequently stay at our home to provide TLC to keep it clean and comfortable. I'm glad to report that guests have been very respectful and have treated our home like it was their own. Sam and his party were such people and we hope they know how much we appreciate them.
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Warsaw, IN

Family retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our biannual family trip went great at this home. There were 8 of us and we had plenty of room to spread out in and out of the house. It is very nicely located to multiple sites and yet secluded enough that you have privacy to visit. The owners are very hospitable and we greatly appreciated them sharing their home. It is well equipped with everything you need to cook a meal and relax. We also were able to do some hiking just out the door from the house which we enjoyed. One of our favorite things was seeing the group of wild turkeys everyday with their babies. Big Horn Lodge is an excellent vacation home choice!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My husband and I work very hard to make our home a place of comfort and convenience. It's nice to know guests enjoy it as much as we do. Our ultimate reward is when guests decide to return for their next vacation. Hopefully Aubrey and her family will do so. They are always welcome in our home!
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  • 5 of 5

The owners have created a beautiful and peaceful place to relax and be close to all the Black Hills has to offer. Coming back to their home made you feel like you were home. Marietta and Roger are wonderful and caring people. Can't wait to come again!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure sharing our home with Heidi and her family. Although we had never met, our phone conversations felt like we had been long time friends. I am so glad Heidi felt our home was her home. That is exactly our hope for each and every guest.
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Great Property right in the heart of Custer State Park

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay. No negatives about this property. The things we liked were: It was close enough to Custer that running to town for food was quick. It had a great fire pit. It was adjacent to trails in Custer State Park. We loved the artwork throughout the house. It had great cellphone reception. It had a wraparound deck that was perfect for taking in the view. Tons of wildlife right out our front door. It will be our new Black Hills getaway.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are absolutely delighted that Steve and his family had a wonderful Black Hills vacation. Providing a memorable vacation for guests is our ultimate reward. We look forward to Steve and his family returning for future family fun!
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Westport, SD, USA

A very memorable vacation at Big Horn Lodge

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place to vacation in the Black Hills. Marletta and Roger's cabin was perfect. It was very well fitted for cooking, enjoying bon fires in their back yard, and the beds were phenomenal. We would recommend this to any vacationer as I looked long and hard to find a place that would even compare to theirs, which they didn't!!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jan and her party were fun and caring guests. We truly enjoyed sharing our home with them. It is rewarding knowing they had a memorable vacation at our home and we hope they are able to return again someday.
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Chicago suburbs

A fifth perfect visit

  • 5 of 5

My family and I just returned from a fifth visit to the Big Horn Lodge. I love the location, the night skies and the peaceful setting of this home. It is perfect. One would have to look very long and hard to find a better spot to vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As always we enjoyed having Deeda and her family as our guests. It is rewarding being able to share our home with such thoughtful and caring people. We have truly appreciated the last five years! Thanks so much!
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"Lots of wildlife!"
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Rates & Availability

Custer House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sturgis Rally
Aug 4 2017 - Aug 13 2017
5 night minimum stay
Off Season 2017-18
Oct 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Sturgis Rally
Aug 3 2018 - Aug 13 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Sturgis Rally
Aug 1 2019 - Aug 13 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $130 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are based on four people. $25 added for each additional person up to eight people.
May 1 to September 30....$350/night (Peak Season)
October 1 to April 30.....$300/night (Off Season)

$130 cleaning fee
Must be age 25 or older to rent our home.
Children age 12+ welcomed
Sturgis Rally August 3-13, 2018 @ $500.00/night based on four people. $25 added for each additional person up to eight people. For the Rally (only) we ask for 50% upon booking and the balance on January 1, 2017. Upon booking a rental agreement will be sent.
For all other rentals we ask for 25% down at time of booking and the balance paid 30 days prior to check in. All guests may either send a personal check or book online. A rental agreement will be sent.

Check in time is 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Check out time is 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time

This home is our pride & joy and we will rent to responsible adults who would care for and appreciate it. Only paying guests occupy the home and premises in order to maintain the quality of our home. Failure to do this will result in a forfeiture of the security deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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