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.
- Cabin2000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
3 Bedroom / 2 Bath / 7 acres surrounded by National Forest Service
Elaine and Kirby Mellegard
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 23, 2018
About Elaine and Kirby Mellegard
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
Why Elaine and Kirby Mellegard chose Custer
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.
What makes this Cabin unique
It has modern amenities in a rustic log cabin offering a very private setting, yet only 3 miles to town.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great place to get away. Clean, spacious and peaceful!
In the heart of the Black Hills. Close to some of the best hiking in the area.
What a peaceful retreat!
You're only about 3 miles from the town of Custer but you feel like you're in the middle of the woods - which you are. The home - it doesn't do it justice to call it a cabin - sits on on about 7 acres at the edge of a national forest. Deer were daily visitors, as well as wild turkeys less frequently.
Inside, the home is spacious, with plenty of room and privacy for our two couples. The living/dining/kitchen area was large and the kitchen was well equipped. Previous guests had even left it well stocked with coffee and other staples. As Elaine advised us, check to see what's already there before you go grocery shopping.
The bedrooms were large and the beds were comfortable. We had a little trouble picturing the bathroom arrangement before we arrived, but both baths are separate from the bedrooms. One is accessed through the sleeping room with a daybed and the other is off the living area past the laundry area. The layout wasn't a problem for us and the baths were very good. The glassed-in front porch was a great place to watch for wildlife, as was the deck on the side.
The location is great. Custer is centrally located for Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Wind Cave, Jewel Cave and the rest of the Black Hills. We did tend to get a late start because the home was so comfortable it was easy to linger for the extra cup of coffee and more conversation.
Don't miss Custer Wolf restaurant and the Purple Pie Place in Custer (we bought a whole bumbleberry pie and didn't regret it at all!) Baker's Bakery and Cafe had great breakfast (and pastries.)
Elaine and Kirby were great hosts. We were glad we got a chance to meet them. They have a great home and we were happy they let us borrow it.
Beautiful home fit for a family vacation
We loved staying here as 3 adults on vacation. Plenty of room to spread out and enjoy. Beds were comfy and everything was clean. We loved having a fire in the chilly mornings and grilling out. We were able to get to all attractions and national parks easily. You can also pick up the Michelson trail if you just walk down the little entrance road.
There is plenty of spices and kitchen basics to cook a real meal. That is all we did while there. I would recommend booking for a week as there is so much to do in the area and you will want a day or two just lazing at this home. Would rebook in a heartbeat.
This is a beautiful place to stay. It was so serene and peaceful.
A lovely home away from home with all of the amenities you could ever need. There are so many attractions to see in the Custer area. I hope we are able to come stay again!!
Perfect for our Vacation
We loved the house and the location. The property is well kept and the house is very comfortable and well-stocked. The location is perfect as it is 5 minutes to Custer (for shopping and supplies) and less than 5 minutes to Custer State Park (Stockade Lake) but the property feels like a remote forest retreat. We loved our first visit to the Black Hills and plan to return and we'll rent this house again if it's available.
We had a wonderful stay at this cabin. The location was great with easy access to Custer for anything we needed, but still secluded to be able to watch the deer roam through the yard in the evenings and mornings. It was an easy drive to Sylvan Lake for the wedding we were attending as well as hiking and lake activities. The size and amenities in the cabin were perfect for our small group.
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.