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Julie Beer

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Relax! Lots of space! Big Rooms! Awesome location in quaint mountain town! A/C!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Custer House Rental Photos and Description

Home Features 4 Bedrooms and 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10). A True Custer Landmark.

Welcome to the 1882 Dakota Territory Vacation Home. This home is located in the quaint mountain town of Custer, the Estes Park of South Dakota. Custer is a great mountain town that teems with life. The town offers the friendly smiles of South Dakotans and the ability to walk to dining and entertainment anytime of the day. Best of all, you have direct access to all the sites from this location which is perched just 2 miles from the West Gate of the Park. After a weary day of fun and frolic, retire in this vacation home with its double brick walls and the only thing that will rattle your cage is the snoring from a deep, deep sleep.

This home offers the traveler all the comforts of home surrounded by all the modern conveniences, all while staying in a piece of Custer's storied past. This home was constructed shortly after General Custer's first expedition into the area. Also, with a little investigation one discovers that while the original Custer County Courthouse was being built, a home, not too far away (this one), was also rising from the ground. Folks were amazed back in the day (and even still to this day) how similar the materials were (bricks, bldg hardware, etc) to that of the New Courthouse....after closer inspection the builder of the home wound up in the clink for siphoning off materials from the courthouse for his own gain. His 'act' still stands to this day and can be noted in the earliest photographs of Custer.`Come and stay in a true piece of Custer History, The 1882 Dakota Territory Home.

A Virtual Tour:

Main Level: Savor a morning cup of coffee on The Hitch – our front porch. Minnie’s Kitchen is equipped with almost every culinary tool you could ever need during your visit, including a dishwasher. There are two grocery stores in town: Custer County Market, two blocks east & across the street, pick up some buffalo meat for grilled burgers on the McKinley Patio, grill and tools are ready...just add the sizzle. For a more formal dinner at home, choose a bottle of wine at Lynn’s Dakota Mart on the eastern edge of downtown. If you’re in the mood for a meal out, enjoy one of Custer's many fine restaurants.

For some Custer-style fun, you’ll find board games and puzzles in the McHugh Game Parlor, as well as arcade games and a juke box – no quarters needed. Parents, there is an OFF switch if you just can’t take it anymore! Guests needing a change of pace can relax in the Dakota Dining/Living Room where a selection of local interest books and prints by local artists can be found. A DVD player and some movies can be found by the living room TV. A Video store is just across the street. The Sundstrom Hideaway is the only bedroom (queen bed) on the main level, and offers easy access to the kitchen, laundry room and main level bathroom. Of course, FREE WiFi throughout!

Upper Level: We hope you find the Newberg Nest (king bed – back bedroom upstairs) to be cozy, comfortable and even a little romantic. Relax in the cozy reading chair or watch a little TV before bed. In Rosa’s Room you'll find a queen bed – (upstairs at front of house), and in Julia’s Room (1 single bed & 1 queen bed – (middle upstairs walk through bedroom) with Playstation and several games to choose from. Two TVs in the house are hooked up to local cable. There’s a selection of books for your enjoyment upstairs. Towels for the upstairs bathroom are in the hallway, and spare bedding is in Rosa’s closet. Extra towels can be found in the laundry room off the kitchen. Feel free to use the washer and dryer during your stay if you wish.

If you’re visiting during the warmer months, we hope you’ll enjoy a stroll through Sadie’s Garden – a great place to unwind on the east side of the house. There are two Rhubarb plants in back that can be harvested for wonderful desserts.

Relax and Enjoy your stay at the - 1882 Dakota Territory House!

We hope you’ll sign our guestbook on the main level before you head back home.

Your Hosts, Dave and Julie

A little history...

In 1982, on the one-hundredth birthday of what is now the 1882 Dakota Territory Vacation Home, Gayle Newberg, former owner, spoke for the home:

“I’m celebrating my Birthday, just one hundred years ago today my builder and owner walked through the front door of his “comfortable and commodious” new brick home on “upper Custer Avenue.” His name was Patrick McHugh, owner of a saloon and brick yard, and president of the board of trustees of Custer City, Dakota Territory.”

“I sit firmly on a side hill on lot 5, block 34. My 17-inch (thick) walls sit on a wide foundation of rock. They are built of two courses of brick with space in between. Every sixth row is placed endwise to tie them firmly. Where my owner got his windows, doors, and hardware and woodwork, I haven’t a guess, but I have always been proud that they match those in the equally new courthouse down the street a block and a half.”

“On July 13, 1882, Pat gave me to his wife, Rosa.” Poor Pat, it’s good that he built well. I was pretty shaken to learn that, as a result of a judgment against him by Messers, Plunkett and Lynch of Pennington County, I was to be auctioned off from the courthouse steps at 10 a.m. Sept. 28, 1883 by Sheriff John Code and his deputy, H.N. Ross.”

“I was bought by Buell R. Wood for $462.72, who promptly “gave” me to his wife. The Woods made me nervous. They mortgaged me 13 times between 1883 and 1907. The last was to Anna M. Courney, and she got me. Turns out she was married to William Courtney. It took Anna six years to clear my name, even though she made “valuable improvements”. In fact the Woods were still making legal claims until 1919, when Anna and her husband sold me to Julia and Frank Gira who turned me over to George Hitch. You may remember the Hitches…related to the Kidwells, I do. They added on my front porch! It was pretty fancy to be sure, it really dressed me up. I felt like a fine lady.”

“Well, George gave me to his wife, Nellie. In 1941, Widow Hitch sold me to to Carl Sundstrom, a single man...ran a newspaper, I’ve heard. Carl, by his attorney-in-fact, J.L. Sundstrom, sold me to L.D. and Signa Pitts (saved having to give it to her) in 1945. Lon (Pitts) built a fancy house on the corner and sold me to Harvey Robertson. Harvey and Minnie took good care of me for many peaceful years. In 1972, they reluctantly entrusted me to some old friends, Winston and Gayle Newberg. I was her birthday present!”

“These people! They never let me rest. They kept my innards in an uproar...always changing and improving me.....and they decide I need another improvement. It’s painful but sort of interesting. Keeps me from getting old.”

Since 1982, the house was purchased by the Gausman family; Chet and Mary, and Kris and Gretchen Gosch. They have also shaken its bricks and timber with a complete modernization of the interior by Black Hills Design and Construction. It’s present owners are Bob and Sarah Kopp, a young Entrepreneurial family.

The 128 year old Romanesque Revival home is located on Mt. Rushmore Rd., formally known as “upper Custer Avenue”, “Custer City, Dakota Territory”.

- this was written by Gayle Newburg, a former owner of the home.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Julie Beer (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Julie Beer

We are a family that has hospitality in our blood. I was raised in a family resort setting in Northern Minnesota and fully understand and desire to give a great guest expierinece here in Custer. We fell in love with South Dakota and the Black Hills after a family road trip 8 years ago and and we actually stayed in this property while vacationing in the Hills and the rest, as they say, is history.

Julie Beer purchased this house in 2012

Why Julie Beer chose Black Hills

We love the convenience that Custer has to offer. We originally vacationed in more remote settings but really loved the location this property offers to all the 'must see/must do's' while in the Hills, not to mention the ability to get items that we forgot at the store etc..

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)
Relax! Lots of space! Big Rooms! Awesome location in quaint mountain town! A/C!
average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews
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Sturgis Bikers

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house - Custer is a perfect little town, and parking out front was very easy for our truck/trailer/motorcycles. The house had everything we needed, & it was very comfortable! Gorgeous drive through the black hills and view of Crazy Horse getting there.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great experience

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful historic house. It was clean and well equipped for our family of 7. Great location to walking distance in town as well as driving to nearby attractions.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Beautiful!!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed staying here. It was in the perfect location...close enough to walk to everything in town. The home was very well equipped and was absolutely beautiful!! It was great to get to stay with family and enjoy home cooked meals away from home! Would highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Fabulous !!!

  • 5 of 5

Incredible location, great size, Wonderful owners. Really appreciated to being able to walk into town multiple times and also have all those bedrooms for our family. And the game room was an amazing hit. Perfect family vacation home.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Great location and great customer service!

  • 5 of 5

Let me start by saying the last house we rented from HomeAway turned out to be not such a great experience so we were a little nervous about trying again but it didn't take us long to see this one was different! It is right on the Main road and had easy access to everything, there is a Family Dollar across the street so that is handy for getting those things you forgot to pack and is walking distance to the main downtown restaurants and stores. The house was clean and well stocked from the kitchen to extra towels and linens, they even had extra scented lotions and soaps in the bathrooms, just like home. We are pretty much all hot natured so we were a little concerned about the upstairs not being on central air but with the window unit and keeping the blinds closed and a window open it got almost chilly up there. We ate almost every meal on the patio and spent a lot of time on the porch just people watching and breathing in the mountain air!

The game room was nice for the kids, although it was really loud if you were setting in the adjoining living room, just gave the adults a reason to go set on the porch!

The owner was very responsive to my text and very accommodating when we had a mix up about our check out day(guess we were just enjoying ourselves too much) We were out of town sight seeing, we were actually riding the 1880 train in Hill City, and she told me to not worry about sending the payment then to just enjoy our day and handle it when we got home. It was nice that she wasn't rude or trying to hurry up to get the payment, as this could easily have put a damper on the day.

I would definitely recommend this house to anyone visiting the Black Hills. Thank you for a great stay!!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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AWESOME!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is an awesome place to stay!! Julie and her husband are great to work with and reply very quickly to every question. We had 2 families staying there with kids ages 7-17 and they a had a wonderful time. They even got off all electronics and played games every day ! You can walk a few blocks to be downtown and lots of wonderful places to eat. The home was very clean, decorated very nicely and had anything you needed!! We were quite impressed at everything in the kitchen, bathrooms and all the games!!! We used the grill outside and cooked most of our suppers there. Just an overall wonderful experience!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
52 Miles
Rapid City Regional Airport

Mt Rushmore 20 mins

Crazy Horse 8 mins

Sylvan Lake 15 mins

Custer State Park 5 mins

Fun and Frolic Already there!

Also, Jewel Cave, Wind Cave 20 mins

Mammoth Site 35 mins

Wild Horse Sanctuary 50 mins

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Rates & Availability

Custer House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Aug 15 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
$299
$1,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Shoulder Season
Oct 1 2016 - May 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
$199
$999
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season 2017
May 23 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$299
$1,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Rally Week
Aug 6 2017 - Aug 12 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,790
Flat fee
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$235
 

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Protect. to $750 $45 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Some Holidays and Events may have rate and stay requirements, please inquire.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Custer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Newberg's Nest - 1 king
    Rosa's Room - 1 queen
    Sundstrom's Hideaway - 1 queen
    Julia's Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Walk through bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
Close to EVERYTHING! Game Parlor with Pinball, Arcade & Jukebox, Rhubarb Garden, FREE stable WiFi.

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