Location is wonderful, a quiet, tranquil forested area, in its own grounds, but just off a good back road between Hill City and Keystone, it’s actually nearer to Hill City which is a much nicer town than Keystone. Don’t expect to find this place in Keystone itself; because you won’t, you have to access the property off Old Hill City Road if you are in Keystone town and from Twin Springs Road off HW 16. Just Google map the address, you will need a car!
There are only 3 rooms, which makes the place very personal and intimate, no locks on the doors.
Our room was the John T. Chance which was quite small, or it just felt that as there was quite a lot of 'clutter' in the room, but it was beautifully appointed, everything looked new right down to the carpet, chest of drawers, wardrobe, TV and a little private balcony with table and chairs which was our exit to the car park. The bathroom was lovely too and of a high standard, with a Jacuzzi bath/shower lots of towels and complimentary soap etc. (though no means of heating the room that we could find). The bedroom had a stand-alone thermostatically controlled convector heater, that we did need at night, it took some time to work out how to use it but we mastered it in the end (but not as instructed). A simple fan heater with an off/on switch would have been simpler for us oldies! The bed also had electronic adjustments so you could make it firmer or softer, very novel in a B & B!
Leslie and Ron are wonderful hosts, nothing is too much trouble. You feel as though your custom is really appreciated, and sitting down with other guests at the breakfast table is a lovely way to get to know people you would otherwise never have met. Leslie is an excellent cook and serves wonderful home-made food of 5 star restaurant standard, nothing like the American 'food' we experienced everywhere else!
Waking up to the sounds of birds, and driving off in the early morning and coming back at night seeing Deer wondering around was lovely. This place is a little bit of heaven.
I only have a few niggles that certainly shouldn't put you off staying here, but are worth mentioning. Coming from a secular country, we don’t feel the need to have religion as part of our everyday life and those that do and work in the public service sector, wouldn't expect others to share their beliefs. We personally don’t feel the need to say ‘Grace before meals’, or to be prayed for. Whilst we appreciate that we were guests in someone else’s home, this was a commercial enterprise; a Bed & Breakfast establishment. Religion, the belief of or not, and how and when it’s expressed, is a very personal thing. If the owners feel the need to say grace that’s a private affair and should remain so; it was a little disconcerting for some of us guests when we were expected to wait while prayers were said before we could eat, when this was not what we would normally do and we weren't given the choice to abstain.
We also would have preferred more space in the room for OUR belongings and less for those of the owner’s. The book case full ornaments, display case of personal memorabilia, rather large chair and table took up a lot of valuable space that we needed with 3 weeks worth of luggage - just my personal opinion.
Having no wifi or telephone reception was another concern, especially as we needed to contact our next accommodation to check something out, but it wasn't a deal breaker!
All in all though, this is probably the nicest B & B we have stayed in to date, and wouldn't hesitate to stay again in the unlikely event we ever visit South Dakota again!
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- Make the award winning Elk Ridge Bed & Breakfast your "home base" while visiting the Black Hills of South Dakota. Elk Ridge Bed & Breakfast is less than an hour away from all the spectacular scenic routes and points of interest of western South Dakota. We will sit by the fire ring at the end of the day while you recap your adventures. Three cozy rooms with fluffy bathrobes* queen Sleep Number beds * full breakfast * night time treats * fresh flowers, seating outside of your room * "concierge" service are all waiting for you in the "heart of the Hills" at Elk Ridge Bed & Breakfast. ... more less
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