|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Golden Valley Ranch is a wonderful single story 3 bedroom, 2 bath log cabin sitting at the back of 7.02 acres surrounded by National Forest Service on 3 sides . The inside of the home is open and light plus there are views from just about every direction you look. There are two king sized beds, a smaller bedroom with a trundle (two singles) along with a queen sized sofa sleeper in the living room. There are two small ponds on the property fed by a natural spring that bubbles out next to the deck. The National Forest is out the back gate for those of you who want to ride four wheelers. A nice large deck with table and chairs is accessed from the kitchen door and has a gas grill for those cooking adventures! There is a wooden bridge that crosses the small creek at the upper pond so you can walk to enjoy the outdoors in the meadow. Enjoy the variety of wildlife and view from the front deck. Deer, fox, turkey and marmots are common sights. The veranda (all glass windows) front porch is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the scenic beauty for morning coffee or evening beverages. It is 1-1/2 miles to the entrance of Custer State Park and Stockade Lake. The tall pine trees, the wildlife, the seclusion, bordering National Forest and being close to the town of Custer make this the ideal place to stay. Come see for yourself.
We have lived 30+ years in the Black Hills. We recently retired and live in Rapid City. We enjoy outdoor activities of fishing, hiking, four wheeling, boating. This property offers easy access to those and all the attractions of the Hills.
Elaine and Kirby Mellegard purchased this cabin in 2013
It was a rare opportunity to get an authentic log cabin that offers privacy yet easy access to town. It also has the historical note of being in the valley where General George Armstrong Custer camped in 1874 and near where gold was discovered on French Creek.
It has modern amenities in a rustic log cabin offering a very private setting, yet only 3 miles to town.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this very special cabin in the woods. We have had such a wonderful time and made many memories.
We love your very homey and very tastefully decorated home. We so appreciate your attention to every detail and for all the extra niceties.
We absolutely look forward to returning.
My sisters and I get together every year for a week long horseback riding trip. When we saw the listing, we contacted Elaine about bringing our own horses and she said yes and we are glad she did! The cabin in warm and comfortable and the horse accommodations were awesome. We had a corral and a 6 acre pasture with knee deep grass. (There is also a barn which we didn't use except for storing fee and using the hydrant) The enclosed porch faces the horse pasture and we enjoyed watching the horses and the several deer that wandered into the pasture each morning and night. The deck on the side of the house is great too and we used the grill and ate most of our meals on the deck at night. The beds are comfy and the bathrooms are spacious. The kitchen is well equipped. (Great wine glasses!) The cabin is rustic with all the modern conveniences.The location is secluded but you are minutes from Custer, the Michelson Trail, Custer State Park and all the other sites. There are trails right out the back of the property that offer stunning views and it was also easy to load up and go into the park and the national forest to ride additional trails. Elaine and Kirby are awesome owners and they were very helpful and easy to work with. We don't usually go back to the same place but we would definitely consider returning here in the future.
We just returned from a wonderful stay at the cabin and wished we could have stayed longer. It is very cozy and comfortable and worked well for our three generation group. Enjoyed sitting on the veranda in the morning and relaxing. Every evening a deer came through the yard and we saw a family of turkeys. The cabin is well stocked and very spacious. We would love to come back again. Thank you very much for sharing this cabin.
Home was well maintained and had all the amenities for cooking and relaxing. National forest access and hiking just outside the door we enjoyed the area a great deal and would stay here again when we get a chance to return.
This cabin held 5 adults great! It was clean, close to a lot of SD attractions,close to Custer and had all the amenities you could want! Especially enjoyed drinking coffee on the veranda every morning and watching the deer. We will definitely rent this cabin again. Thank you Elaine and Kirby for sharing this beautiful cabin.! Randy & Vicki from Winter set Iowa
This was a beautiful house and excellent location. The property is located very close to Custer State Park and is like a park itself. There is a little bridge going over a stream that my kids just loved to play in. We came "home" one afternoon to find a yellow bellied marmot on the front yard. Chipmunks scurry around and bunnies hop around all day. It's like staying in a park.
The house had all of the amenities you could need. We cooked most of our meals and had all the necessary pots, pans and utensils. The house was clean and well maintained. The front porch was a favorite place for us to sit with coffee and enjoy the view.
The Black Hills are one of my family's favorite places. The kids already want to come back and stay at this house. They loved it!
We had a great time in our group home-away-from home. This cabin felt like a little oasis for our merry band of 7 (5 adults and 2 kids). It was in a fabulous location for easy day trips to Rushmore, Chief Crazy Horse, and Custer State Park. And, the open floor plan, multiple mini decks, and enclosed front porch were perfect for hanging out in the mornings and evenings. It had more than we needed in terms of dishes, kitchen essentials, games, and comfy chairs. We'd come back!
There are so many things to see and do in the Black Hills, but tops on our list include Mt. Rushmore, the Needles Highway, Wind Cave, Custer State Park, Deadwood, and Crazy Horse. All these are within about an hour's drive or closer. Of course, you can also just sit on the veranda in the evening, read a book, and enjoy the view.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Property located 3/4 mile on well graveled road from main highway.
Damage deposit and one half rent are due to confirm reservation. Other half of rent is due one month before arrival.