Badlands of South Dakota.
We only met Phil upon arrival and he was very nice. They were hosts to a wedding which was being held on the property in a couple of hours of our arriving so they were very busy. Our stay was a fun adventure we enjoyed cooking out for our supper and breakfast. (no room for us for breakfast due to the wedding)
We really enjoyed the location so close to the Badlands and private setting. The only thing we could have done without were the cowpies where we had to park and around the fire pit area. Luckily we couldn't smell them.
Amy and Phil were gracious hosts. We opted for the ranch breakfast at their ranch house and enjoyed both the food and company. Although we did expect the Homestead Cabin stay to be much like a camping experience, we were disappointed to find that some of the historical amenities were in poor repair: the water pump was out of commission, the kerosene lamps lacked chimneys and/or wicks and the furnishings were non-period castoffs. That being said, it was a pleasure to gather around the outdoor fire in the evening with the sounds of the prairie and river as the stars came out.
What a wonderful experience. We really felt like pseudo-homesteaders in this little cabin on the river. Amy was out of town for the weekend, so Phil took great care of us. He made an amazing breakfast both mornings (Biscuits and gravy! Bacon and eggs! Muesli and yogurt! etc.) which kept us full until lunchtime. Although this is an original 1880’s homestead cabin, it has been well restored and maintained, and is situated on beautiful property a short drive from the main guest house. If you plan to hike through Badlands National Park during your visit, the main grouping of trail heads is a 15 minute drive. What a great way to spend a weekend – feet in the river, playing with chickens, great food, nice hosts and the best views.
It was a great experience staying in the Homestead Cabin. Very secluded and rustic. I would happily stay there again. Look out for the mouse who nibbled some of the food I left out.
Amy and Phil were great. I actually showed up late in the evening in the middle of a massive rain storm. They were very courteous and showed me how to get down to the cabin. I subsequently took a wrong turn and got my truck stuck in the mud. Phil came down in his truck to rescue me and offered to let me stay in the main house. The room had a private bathroom and was very clean and comfortable. In the morning Amy cooked up a delicious breakfast and Phil was able to tow me out of the mud with his tractor. Incredibly kind and hospitable hosts, with great facilities surrounded by a beautiful landscape. I highly recommend staying at this B&B.
The experience in the cabin was great. We loved the rural location and the warmth of the fire; the inside stove kept us warm through the cold night. Amy was really friendly and helpful during check in and even let us have some eggs from their chickens. We wish we had more water with us as there was none from the pump but we still had a great night.
We spent two days at the Homestead and truly had a great experience. Phil and Amy are fantastic hosts that are very knowledgable about the area and extremely friendly. The house is fantastic, plenty of wood for a big fire, good amount of space for our trip and the view is spectacular. If you want a true rustic experience with great hosts in the Badlands go to Phil and Amy.
Amy & Phil's place was perfect. I was driving cross country and needed a place for my dog and I to stay. It is rustic, but ideal, and in a beautiful part of the country. If you are comfortable with roughing it a little, I highly recommend staying here. If I drive back through this part of the country, I will definitely stay here again!
Unfortunately our car broke down and we never got to the ranch. We communicated this to Amy and Phil and apologized, however this didn't rouse sympathy, instead they wrote us a bad review and as per their policy, didn't refund our deposit.
The rustic cabin is beautiful and offers all the joys of some solitude on the prairie, and is a great spot for star gazing. I actually stayed here during the blizzard (October 2013) and thoroughly appreciated the wood stove, which kept me nice and toasty as the rain hammered the windows. I would have stayed throughout day two, but unfortunately the firewood was soaked from the storm and I had to call it quits (I guess I'm not as tough as I thought!). Would LOVE to come back here during nicer weather and enjoy the incredible badlands views.