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Minutes from Mt. Rushmore! Elegant, spotless new 2 Bedrm Apt. Families welcome!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 bath, nestled in the pine trees. Convenient location to all sights.

Elegant, immaculate, new apartment 20 min. from Mt. Rushmore. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, living room, dining room, fully equipped kitchen. Queen bed in each bedroom. Extras can sleep on comfy 'shikibutons' (futons) on the floor. Beautiful view, nestled in the pine trees, very quiet area, just 1/8 mi. from highway (perfect for bikers!). Private driveway and entrance. A/C and heat, cozy wood stove, TV w/ DVD player, computer, Netflix and Wi-Fi. Pleasant covered patio with beautiful BBQ. 2 min. from health resort where gourmet vegetarian meals are served daily, (breakfast at 7:45 and dinner at 2:00, no evening meal). Fitness gym and massages are also available at an extra charge. Particular attention has been given to every detail. Amenities included are 'over the top'l! Personal attention to your every need. Please, no smoking anywhere on premises, and no pets. Bikers, plenty of protected parking (from rain and dust). Lots of hiking in the area.

Fred & Cheryl
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, German, croatian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2017

About Fred & Cheryl

Fred was born and raised in Croatia, Cheryl, in Iowa. They met at a university in S. California, where they both graduated with degrees in violin performance. Later Fred chose dentistry and graduated with his DDS.

Cheryl received her Master's Degree in violin performance from University of S. Calif in Los Angeles, and went on to perform and teach for 35 years. After practicing dentistry in Guam for 8 years and teaching on the faculty at his alma mater for 15 years, Fred (& Cheryl) chose to retire in the Black Hills of South Dakota, because of their wish to live in a quieter and more rural environment. They have never been disappointed with their decision, even though many of their family and friends wondered why they would ever want to 'move to South Dakota!!' As the years have passed, their family now understand why they were attracted to the Black Hills!! Fred and Cheryl designed a home with a vacation rental apartment, where they can host people from all over the world! They look forward to having you stay with them. They enjoy making their guests feel at home during their visit and they hope you will enjoy the Black Hills as much as they do!!

Fred & Cheryl purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Fred & Cheryl chose South Dakota

We chose this area for it beauty and tranquility, and yet its close proximity to small city life and to endless beautiful sights and scenic places to visit, which are still quite unspoiled from commercialism. It's a known fact that 'The Black Hills are the best kept secret in the Nation!'

What makes this apartment unique

This lovely apartment is the entire downstairs of our new home, same floor plan, built in 2014. Mt. Rushmore is 20 min. from your door (Visible from our deck!) --- close enough for convenience, and yet far enough to avoid the tourism rush. At this quiet location, you would never know that there are over 3 million visitors that visit Mt. Rushmore each year!! There are great restaurants throughout the Black Hills, and of course, plenty of good shopping and never-ending sights to visit. We are centrally located - less than an hour to most popular attractions in the Black Hills.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Hermosa in East Custer

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bath/Shower Toilet is a 'Hi-Boy', 2 inches higher than standard. We have a shower seat for the tub, if you would feel more secure.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Each bedroom has 1 queen bed. One bedroom is a little larger and can easily accommodate 2 futons on the floor. Children usually occupy this one. Or there's plenty of room in the living room for the futons. Guests appreciate that the bedrooms are on opposite sides of the apartment, giving more privacy. Parents, for baby --- we have a porta-crib, with sheets and blanket, and a high chair.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
Upon your arrival, you are welcomed with fresh flowers, chocolates, a loaf of homemade bread and a bottle of Martinellis!! That's how special you are to us! One request: because of the light colored carpet, we ask our guests to, please, remove their shoes when entering. There is a shoe rack by the door for your convenience. Thank you for helping us to keep your apartment clean!!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(41 traveller reviews)

Minutes from Mt. Rushmore! Elegant, spotless new 2 Bedrm Apt. Families welcome!
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 41 reviews

A great place & location to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time & truly enjoyed our stay. Cheryl & Fred have such special touches and went above. It was so nice to be home away from home!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's people like your family who make our vacation rental venture enjoyable. How interesting meeting people from all over the nation, different occupations and backgrounds, Thank you for choosing Red Ridge Apartment --- the apartment that is more like a home!! We hope to see you again.
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Stacy, Minnesota

We have used VRBO in the past but the shining star of our stays was Cheryl and Fred's place.

  • 5 of 5

The guest lodging was spacious and exquisitely appointed. The private drive and entrance was a welcome perk and the patio set and grill made it seem like home. We were sad to say goodbye to such wonderful and welcoming people, we would rent from them again in a heartbeat!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This "4-some" was a delight!! 2 retired couples, traveling together, having a marvelous time --- and we understand you've been doing this for years!! What fun!! Thanks for leaving the "home" spotless. You rate 5-stars for that!! Hope to see you again in the future!
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Great location and spacious apartment in a serene setting

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to stay for our family of five. Centrally located to all the Black Hills attractions and reasonably priced. Extra bonus points for the friendly fox who stopped by while we grilled outside and the tame mama deer with her twin babies who stopped by while we enjoyed our breakfast! We will stay again next time we are in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, we bribe the animals to entertain our guests!! This year they are putting on a great show! Seriously, they are a delight to watch - and they do seem quite tame! We're glad you enjoyed the apartment. Yes, the spaciousness is appreciated by larger families. There's room to "breathe"! What a lovely family you have. Come see us again!
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Clean, new, quiet, peaceful, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time. What a relaxing place to return too after sight seeing all day. You never know what you may find when renting a place sight unseen and we were very pleased. The apartment is so clean and well kept, even the pillows and towels were awesome! We spent a lot of time sitting at the patio. My teenage children enjoyed the wildlife, we saw birds, squirrels, a deer family and our favorite the young fox. It was so quiet and peaceful you could hear the wind blow. Fred & Cheryl are very friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend staying with them. Thanks again! Brad, Kim, Kayla & Jacob from Lee's Summit, MO

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you could relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, in between your busy sightseeing outings! Yes, the patio is a favorite place to sit and watch all the the wildlife on our property. We, too, have fun watching and feeding the animals. "Susan", the young red fox has been a wonderful source of entertainment for our guests for the past several weeks. We've decided she's a real "social fox", because she comes around much more when there are guests to give her attention!! Thanks for your kind review. Hope you can return again sometime.
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay was absolutely wonderful from the warm welcome including warm fresh baked bread, sparkling grape juice and chocolates and the immaculate furnishings. Cheryl and Fred were the best host and hostess we have ever had. We enjoyed visiting and talking with them. The property is so close to everything we wanted to visit including Mont Rushmore, the Badlands, and Rushmore Cave. We especially enjoyed the back patio and grill area. We will definitely be back to stay hopefully longer next time.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the complimentary review. We enjoy being VRBO hosts ---- and like to surprise our guests with 5-star welcome treats!! And they all seem to enjoy it. You folks were so enjoyable to visit with. We hope you do return again! Thanks for your patronage.
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Great location, great host

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay! The location is ideal for exploring the Black Hills area. Cheryl personally welcomed us and provided us with some special treats. The place is immaculate, spacious, and worked perfectly for our family of five. The property is beautiful and we enjoyed the company of a Red-Tailed Fox right outside! We wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We strive to make our guests' comfort our top priority. But cleanliness is right up at the top!! The apartment has a very homey atmosphere and is decorated to help make you feel like you're "right at home", away from home!! All the little touches DO make a big difference in how you feel when you open the door! You have a wonderful family, and glad you enjoyed your stay! Come again - and you can always recommend us to your friends & family!
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Hermosa, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2016
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2017
1 May 2017 - 3 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Sturgis Rally 2017
4 Aug 2017 - 12 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Rapid City, SD
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Keystone or Hermosa
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Hart Ranch
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
SD Hwy 40
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Keystone, Hill City or Hermosa
Nearest Ski
65 Miles
Terry Peak
Car: recommended

Mt. Rushmore is sure to be one of the highlights of your Black Hills vacation. The monument is open year-around; the summer months feature a spectacular lighting ceremony nightly.

Crazy Horse monument is another famous monument dedicated to the rich Native American history that exists in this area.

If hiking is your passion, you'll want to hike Harney Peak, which is the highest mountain, traveling east, between the Rocky Mountains and the Swiss Alps!

Museums are numerous.

There are also many caves in the Hills which attract visitors from far and wide.

The famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (first week of August) draws thousands of bikers from all over the world.

Whatever your particular interests, there is something to satisfy every member of your party, whether it's hiking, boating, golfing, hunting, kayaking, swimming, caving, bicycling, rock climbing --- you may find it all in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Perhaps you would prefer just a quiet retreat from your hectic life. No problem! We're happy to say, the Black Hills enjoys a smaller population which allows visitors plenty of room to enjoy the sights and venues without overcrowding. One can usually find accommodations, even at the last minute (with maybe the exception of Sturgis Rally).

There are too numerous sights to mention each one, but when you arrive, we will supply you with plenty of information to help you plan your holiday in the Hills!


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