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Beautiful Large Forest Cabin 1.5 Miles North of Custer/13 Acre

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 6 bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 17)

My property is called Elk Valley because it is located on a secluded ridge 100 yards from the Black Hills National Forest. I have a small valley or meadow where Elk, Deer and Wild Turkey live. The Elk come in from the National Forest and water at my pond about 75 yards behind my large 4000 sq ft 'cabin.' A private service road connects the house and land to Elk Valley Road, which is right off of SD Hwy 89 or 'Sylvan Lake Road' a historic Hwy that continues up to Sylvan Lake Lodge, Crazy Horse Monument and Mount Rushmore.

Mount Rushmore is 20 minutes from Elk Valley, Crazy Horse monument is only 5 minutes away. Elk Valley is a magnificent place, secluded yet minutes away from Custer and easy to locate. Mornings are especially beautiful at this unique place which has a spiritual quality.

Link to Virtual Tour here: http://lisaduncan.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=22887047&AlbumKey=RfZ97H

Keywords: secluded large cabin on 13 acres next to national forest w/horse corral, has small pond, beautiful meadow

More Details

Tim Wilka
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 March, 2018

About Tim Wilka

I am 62 years old, semi-retired, two adult children. I graduated from O'Gorman HS in 1973, Univ. of Notre Dame in 1977, and USD School of Law in 1983; I love spending time in Custer, South Dakota at Elk Valley, it has a spiritual aspect to it that can only be experienced by going there.

Tim Wilka purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Tim Wilka chose Custer

It was built to be my retirement home where I can keep my horses. Custer County is the most beautiful county in the Black Hills--and that means maybe in South Dakota. It is a tourist town of 2,000 people that services the entire USA and still remaims small and where you want to move to and either retire or raise a family. Custer has 12 churches.

What makes this cabin unique

It is near everything in the Black Hills; It is comfy, restful, and the land is as beautiful as it gets; I have an exercise room, a steam shower, foosball, pingpong, outdoor activities, just about anything you want to do-like camping or making a bonfire in the back yard.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Custer in West Custer Township

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 17
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Queen size Beds (4) Twin or Single Beds (5), Bunk Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
forest surrounds cabin, lovely meadow 75 yds. below house, great camping, horse corral, abuts the national forest; beautifully furnished, has steam shower; great place to mountain bike


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Beautiful Large Forest Cabin 1.5 Miles North of Custer/13 Acre
average rating of 4.903226 based on 31 reviews

Great Christmas in a GREAT place!

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect for my family and friends who enjoyed having Christmas here and appreciated we could include our furry dog friends as they are family too! The game room was fun to have and all really enjoyed that. The kitchen was really nice for preparing meals and the fireplace was awesome for our stockings and kept us warm at our stay there. Lots of room and good to separate kids who needed naps and lots of room to spread out. Really beautiful in the snow!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good space for several different age groups to gather

  • 4 of 5

The cabin suited our needs for our family to gather. Close to town yet removed from traffic with a great forest view.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Custer Stay

  • 4 of 5

Property was in a great location for making it a home base for all that we wanted to do while in southern Black Hills. TV and internet stopped working after the first day. House was good, spacious, good for a large group.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Virginia was a very nice guest but I have to disagree with her about my TV and wireless. I have always provided wireless and I did not know she could not access it. I wish she would have called and I could have given her the password which is located on the back of the router. The TV has always worked but the remote simply needed a new battery. I am at Elk Valley right now and the TV is on
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Lansing, Iowa

Property was great and very peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

In a great location to see all the sites and worked perfect because we were able to leave our dog for a short time and return to let her out and then go do another activity.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am blessed to have people like Rebecca and her family stay at my place. Her review enriches the experince of having this on VRBO
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The Dalles, OR

Great vacation spot in Custer, close to everything in the Black Hills

  • 5 of 5

Great quiet and relaxing place. Wish we had booked to stay longer

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a large group of people

  • 5 of 5

All of our bridal party stayed at his beautiful cabin in preparation for our wedding at Sylvan Lake. There were 13 adults and 5 children and we still had plenty of space to spread out. We had 9 girls getting ready at one time in the living room/kitchen and it was not overcrowded. The location is phenomenal, the house is immaculate, comfortable and well laid out. Tim was wonderful and easy to work with, upfront and extremely accommodating. Thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful "cabin" for our very special day!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Rapid City, SD
Nearest Point of Interest
The meadow of Elk Valley
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £144.42

My rates during the school year are only $300 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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