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Family Reunions & Corporate ReTreats; Theatre; Game Parlor; Sauna; **VIDEO**

Bedrooms 5
Space 7,000 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

7,000 SF LOG home perfect for Extended Family Reunions & Corporate Retreats

Set atop a beautiful rocky hillside, Deer Dance Lodge is just a few minutes outside of Custer, yet still secluded enough to give you the privacy you desire.

The Lodge has wrap-around decks with gorgeous views and plenty of comfortable seating. Enjoy an intimate morning cup of coffee on the porch swing or an evening barbecue on the large gas grill with family and friends. Roast marshmallows around the Bon Fire, your choice of two fire pits.

You can comfortably sleep 16 people with five private bedrooms & one sleeping loft, including 3 King beds, 2 Queen beds, 1 Full size and 2 Twin beds. Additional sleeping options include 4 Futons (2 Twin & 2 Full/Queen) & 1 Full size Crib. Futon & Crib bedding provided

The spacious dining room has 3 tables, seats up to 22 people and has a full coffee set up. The Lodge includes 2 complete Kitchens. The main Kitchen is right off the dining room, has stainless steel appliances, a large fridge, dishwasher and is fully loaded with anything you need to cook, bake and serve your party. Enjoy a conversation or a board game (several provided for you) in any one of the 4 living areas. Large flat screen tv in the loft, where the teenagers love to hang out!

Or watch your film in the private Movie Theatre for eight in the amazing walk-out basement. The Basement level includes 3 of the bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a pool table, arcade and pinball games, a juke box, full kitchen and the Theatre!

If you would rather spend time just relaxing check out the collection of local history books and novels in the Lounge. There is also a sauna for your enjoyment.

P.S. Full laundry available for your use and all the clean towels you need!

More Details

Sarah & Bob Kopp
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2018

About Sarah & Bob Kopp

We raised our 3 children in this beautiful home and are now empty nesters in our 50's. We love to bicycle, do yoga (Sarah does) and refurbish pinball & arcade games (Bob does).

It's an amazing space for entertaining. We're happy to share it with others. Enjoy!

Sarah & Bob Kopp purchased this lodge in 1998

Why Sarah & Bob Kopp chose Custer

Over 7,000 SF LOG home; 5 private bedrooms plus loft; sleeps 16 in beds; Pine tree's & beautiful rock outcroppings; Striking views from 3 covered porches; Gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances with every culinary tool necessary; Dining Room seating & place settings for up to 22; Movie Theatre with surround sound; Pinball, Arcade games, Jukebox & Executive Pool Table; 5 Full Bathrooms (Whirlpool Tub & Claw Foot Tub); Sauna; Lounge

What makes this lodge unique

Beautiful setting in the trees; Game Parlor; Movie Theatre; Comfortable and cozy conversation areas; Wrap around covered deck; Gourmet kitchen & outdoor grill; Gorgeous view; Location, Location, Location!

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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Custer, South Dakota

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 22 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Charleston - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main level; Claw Foot Tub; SAUNA
    Tango - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Walk through bathroom to the Two Step Lounge
    Shag - toilet , shower , Upstairs Bathroom; Separate water heater
    Jitterbug - toilet , combination tub/shower , Basement bathroom; Walk through to Can Can Game Parlor
    Brady Bunch - toilet , combination tub/shower , Basement bathroom; Rumba & Fox Trot share
  • 5 Full Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Charleston - Main floor - 1 king , Main level bedroom near laundry; Handicap accessible
    Shag Bunk Room - LOFT - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Upper Level Loft with large flat screen TV. Teenagers love!
    Fox Trot - Garden Level - 1 queen , 1 child bed , Lower level bedroom; Shared bathroom with Rumba
    Hallway nook - Garden Level - 1 twin/ single , Cozy nook o/s Rumba & Fox Trot bedrooms with TV/DVD player
    Sadie Hawkins - Garden level - 1 king , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , Basement Family Suite with Tempurpedic bed & attached bath
    Tango - Main Floor - 1 king , Main Level bedroom; Pillow top Bed; Whirlpool tub
    Rumba - Garden Level - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Lower level bedroom; shared bathroom with Fox Trot
  • Comfortable beds and superior quality bedding.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • 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
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Family Reunions & Corporate ReTreats; Theatre; Game Parlor; Sauna; **VIDEO**
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

Couldn't be better

  • 5 of 5

It was perfect for my group.

Spacious, beautiful, and very accommodating!

Loved it!!

  • Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family reunion home and location

  • 5 of 5

Deer Dance is awesome! It was so perfect for our family, everyone loved the place and even our local family who came by to visit couldn't stop talking about its' charm and how perfect it was for all of us. Sarah and Bob have thought of everything! We appreciated being able to cook in a kitchen that had everything we needed since there was too many of us to eat at a restaurant! We enjoyed every inch of it...the last night was such a treat to be able to gather in the theater room to watch a video of the last time we'd been to SD 17 yrs ago. It offered us the chance to all be together again and experience the area to the fullest; the location is perfect too. Thanks so much for sharing your home with us and making us feel so comfortable! It made our time together so special.

  • Submitted: 20-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we pulled into the drive until the lodge was just a shrinking image in the rear view mirror, our stay at the Deer Dance Lodge exceeded all of our expectations. We were celebrating our family matriarch's 90th birthday, with our group of 17 spanning 3 generations with an age range from 18-90. Although numerous messages back and forth with Sarah had answered our pre-arrival questions about the accommodations, Deer Dance Lodge had more surprises around every corner than we could have ever imagined. The bedrooms were great, and the beds were so comfortable. Everyone had comfortable access to the numerous bathrooms, an abundant supply of towels, and no one ever felt that their privacy was compromised. On-site laundry facilities were also readily utilized for our 5 day stay at the Lodge. The 3 levels of the Lodge gave us all room to spread out, although we so enjoyed the large common areas for eating, game-playing, and relaxing. The kitchen facilities more than satisfied the cooks in our bunch, as well as the gas grill on the deck just off the living room. The large dining room allowed our entire family to eat our meals together, making dinners a true family affair and one of the highlights of our stay. The lower level game room and home theater were well utilized, and the sounds of pinball, pool, and good tunes on the juke box echoed throughout our stay. Outside activities included basketball, yard games, and room for a temporary pickleball court on the paved portion of the driveway. Away from the Lodge, a quick 5 minute drive got us back into Custer for any sort of resupply needed. Also nearby were numerous walking/running trails for the health conscious ones in our group. Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, horseback riding, and Custer State Park were all within short drives for our family's day trips. This was without a doubt an unforgettable trip, with an unforgettable stay at a remarkable log cabin/lodge. We wholeheartedly recommend staying at the Deer Dance Lodge for your visit to the Custer area.

  • Submitted: 30-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place for a large group of all ages!

  • 5 of 5

This house is great! We had 18 of us stay for a family celebration, ages 2 to 72. It was great for everyone. It is very open and easy to get everyone together to talk, eat, play a game yet at the same time has enough space to be on your own or have a quiet conversation. The kids loved the arcade, movie theater, loft, outdoor playset and the land with all of its fun rocks and space to run around on. The adults loved the large room for games, porch, and the ease of use of the kitchen. The kitchens were well equipped with all the needed tools for cooking and grilling. Plenty of dishes, cookware, spices, crock pots, and some fun things like the pizza oven and milkshake maker. The grill was easy to use and ready for grilling. There was plenty of firewood and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows. We did not get to have a fire, as it was high fire danger but it looked easy and ready to go. There was a selection of movies, books and games to choose from. Plenty of bathrooms for all of us and we never ran out of hot water when trying to get all of us ready for an outing. The bed I slept in was very comfortable and there were plenty of blankets if you get cold at night. Everyone else said their beds were comfortable also.

The location is awesome. Very close to Jewel Cave, Custer State park, Hill City and Rushmore. I would highly recommend this rental. Sarah answered all questions quickly and it was well spelled out as to what the expectations were for check in, check out and such. Really the only negative I can say is that cell service is not great. But Sarah left a calling card for our use and the wifi is pretty quick so it was easy to stay in touch when needed. It was more of a nuisance and was actually a blessing to not be bothered by unnecessary phone calls. Love the place and would stay here again.

  • Submitted: 5-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for families

  • 5 of 5

Our family recently stayed in this nicely situated house. We had plenty of room for everyone to be comfortable. The kitchen worked well for our number of people (10). The kids especially liked the arcade games and movie theater located in the basement. (We adults were happy they did!) The house has a few quirks, e.g. couples staying in the master can easily hear anyone staying in the room above them; the stairs to reach the second floor are shallow and can be hard to navigate; and the layout is a bit strange. But the grill worked well, the house was in good order and clean, and there was east access to many sights in the area. We had a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: 4-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The "Deer Dance Lodge" (Custer, SD) - An outstanding VRBO Property!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had an absolutely terrific time staying together at the Deer Dance Lodge in Custer, South Dakota (six nights). We had eight adults and five children and there was more than enough room for all of us to truly enjoy our time there. The sleeping accommodations were plentiful with each individual family (4 families) having their own bedroom space. The kitchen and dining facilities were great with everything you would need to prepare meals. We cooked breakfast each morning and prepared dinner meals on 4 of the 6 evenings.

The property was gorgeous and we sat around and used the "fire pits" on many occasions late in the evening. The kids enjoyed the downstairs recreation room playing pool and the various pinball machines. We also watched one or two movies each day in the home theatre. The property is just a 5 minute ride to downtown Custer and many of the neighboring small towns were all very drivable and convenient. Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park were within about a half hour drive.

I spoke directly to the owner (Sarah) on two different occasions and she was extremely friendly and helpful in answering questions about the property and the surrounding area. We have stayed in various similar VRBO's over the last 4-5 years and our entire family would give this one our "highest" recommendation!

The Chamberlain family

  • Submitted: 30-Jun-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Rapid City Regional Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
U.S. Highway 16
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Terry Peak Ski Resort

Centrally located to all Black Hills area attractions; Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Wind & Jewel Cave, Wild Horse Sanctuary, Reptile Gardens & Devils Tower.


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