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Holly House Bed & Breakfast / Nightly Cabin Rental

23852 Highway 385, Hill City, South Dakota 57745
Innkeeper(s): David and Dawna Kruse
  • Introduction

    Holly House front of inn

    Holly House is located in the beautiful heart of the Black Hills, nine miles between Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore on Highway 385 in Hill City, South Dakota. Guests will enjoy almost an acre of our scenic property that backs up to a national forest. Enjoy the scenery of our beautiful grounds with deer in the backyard nightly; go trout fishing in the stream out back; or just take a nature walk.

    Holly House welcomes hunters and skiers in the winter. Holly House offers guests the excitement and variety of bed and breakfast vacation living with a unique twist.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to David and Dawna Kruse for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Were centrally located to all attractions in the Black Hills and close to Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial. We concentrate a lot on the level of service given to our guests. And the homemade goodies that await you in your room upon check-in.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Location, Location, Location and the best breakfast in the Black Hills.  Dawna the Innkeeper/cook was the 2013 Breakin' The Winter Blues Chili Cookoff Winner, and I'm famous for my sweet and salty fudge, which was given away during Our Tour de Chocolate in February at Everything Prehistoric, in Hill City. The Holly House was recently published in a best-selling book "The Road To Grace" by Richard Paul Evans, the Walk Series, and the character in the book actually stayed in the Wildlife/Indian room on his way across South Dakota.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Our quaint town of Hill City makes it the best reason to come. The people here are so friendly and we're in the Heart of the Hills.  We're also tourist driven to make your vacation the best ever. Hill City is in the Heart of the Black Hills surrounded by mountains and lots of shopping. Hill City also consists of antique places and dining places, art Galleries, wineries, the 1880 train & train Museum,and much more. Tourists can also visit the "Everything Prehistoric- a Dinosaur Museum" and it is just minutes from Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and so much more.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The Holly House was featured in the Oklahoma City Paper, saying of over hundreds of B&B's that they had stayed at, Holly House was at the top of that list, for service, the breakfasts, and the extras that we provided for the guests. I have journals in each room and the talk is mostly about the extra touches in the rooms, the beautiful yard, and Spring Creek that runs the property.  Our guests always love the YUMMY BREAKFASTS each morning.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The 1880's Train and a Train Museum, some of the best antiques shops, art galleries, lunch at Alpine Inn for one of the best reubens EVER and a full German menu. Everythings Prehistoric (dinosaur museum), and 5 wineries, Mickelson Trail for hikers, bicyclists, lots for tourists to do, and all the guests say its so quiet and peaceful here. We are surrounded by the beauty of the Mountains and wildlife .

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial,Bear Country USA,Reptile Gardens, and Custer State Park are just some of the things to do in the area.Many of the best caves in the world here and the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota,The Badlands,Devils Tower,Spearfish Canyon and the falls,the Wineries, the 1880's train and Train museum,Gold mining,Sheridan lake,Pactola Lake,and then last but not least walk the streets of Hill City and enjoy all the shops.I could go on forever about all there is to see in Western South Dakota near and in the Black Hills.Everyone just needs to book a vacation to the Black Hills of South Dakota and see the beauty for yourself. During breakfast each morning we talk about the best places to see and best places to eat while they're here. An evening while the guests relax on our large deck or sit by the benches down at the creek.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Walking Trails,3 Wineries,Rock Shop,fishing from our property,Big horn sheep,marmots,Deer, and Turkeys right from the HOLLY HOUSE.We're just 2 miles from Hill City wheres there's lots to see and do .

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Alpine Inn.  For lunch they serve a full German menu and then an evening meal of just Filet Mignon for under $12 and a 4 page homemade dessert menu. Additionally,Holly House is often mentioned as being one of the favorite spots for Breakfast.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?,, or call 1-800-S-DAKOTA and they'll send you guides for free.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    The Holly House has 5 themed rooms , a Bridal Suite,Wildlife/Indian room,Victorian Room,USA (Americana) room or Nascar/Harley room. All rooms have large bathrooms jetted tubs to soak your body in after a long day of sightseeing in the comfort of your room. These rooms all come with full breakfasts each morning in the dining room.We also have a Nightly Rental Christmas Cabin (kids love the Christmas decor and it is the HOLLY HOUSE) and can sleep up to 5 people, however, it doesn't come with breakfast but does get homemade goodies put in there before you arrive.It sits in the backyard by the stream.

    Do you accept pets?

    We only allow pets in our cabin outback by the stream for a $50 fee.  We don't allow pets inside the B&B but have 2 Rescue cats they aren't allowed in your rooms. Cole Younger and Calamity Jane enjoy sleeping most of the time.

  • About Our Accommodations

    Holly House The Western Room

    Each of our five themed suites offers the latest in creature comforts and conveniences with jetted tubs in all but one room, and each suite offers its own unique character and flavor.

    Spend Christmas with us each and every day of the year in our two-room Christmas Cabin located in the backyard by the stream. From adventurous and intimate to festive and cheerful, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

  • Guest Comments

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    What Our Guests Say about Holly Huse

    Where do we start? Everything about Holly House is fabulous... Your beautiful home, the delicious breakfasts. the breathtaking scenery, the wildlife, the wonderful conversations with yourselves and the other guests, the location (out of the town) makes it peaceful, with tranquil evenings out on the deck. Thank you so much its been marvelous! Jim & Tracy London England

    "WOW Best B&B we have ever stayed at. Gracious and Attentative Hosts - Great Breakfasts - Clean & Comfortable rooms, We hate to go home." -Thank You, Glenn & Brenda Holman, Detroit MI & St George UT.

    "Alan & I would like to thank you for the Hospitality when we stayed at your Bed & Breakfast last September, We enjoyed our stay very much, And found South Dakota to be a beautiful state. Thanks Again." -Alan & Deb, Pennsylvania

    "Thank you so much for the lovely stay we loved the room and all the breakfasts, you both made us feel welcome. We shall definitely recommend your place to friends. It a shame we couldn't stay longer. Thanks Again." -Samantha & Shaun, Loughborougn UK

    "We say thank you for your nice and friendly welcome at the Holly House, Hans & I , we feel very happy on our first Bed & Breakfast , Thanks also for your excellent breakfasts, everything Dawna, you make with love to your guests, we wish you in the future the best." -Maria & Hans, Switzerland

    "We enjoyed Holly House for many reasons. The breakfasts are absolutely wonderful. The rooms are lovely, and the Jacuzzi tub is a mighty fine touch! A beautiful stream near the house is added enjoyment. Inn Keeper Dawna is a friendly, delightful hostess, very knowledgeable about the area, which is a tremendous help. Thank you,... it was all great." -Sherrod and Sue Fielden, Clifton, Texas

    "Thanks for being such wonderful hosts. This was the best B&B experience we have ever had. Thanks to you & your extraordinary hospitality!!!" -Thanks, Alan & Carole Ann Heath, Texas

    "We had a great time staying with you at the Holly House. Everything was great but your hospitality and accommodating to our needs was the best." -Ginger & Duncan Thomas, Greenville, Texas The Tribune newspaper Bethany, Oklahoma Editor Gloria Quaid writes:

    "Proprietors Dave and Dawna Kruse were wonderful. Beyond that accommodations were superb, breakfasts and other snacks were great and their enthusiasm about helping make our time there a pleasure far exceeded our expectations. "


    • Congratulations to Holly House for being awarded FlipKey Best of Property 2012.
    • Dawna has been chosen cook of the week for the Hill City newspaper!
  • Area Attractions

    Holly House Mount Rushmore

    Places to Visit

    • Mt. Rushmore
    • Crazy horse
    • Needles HWY
    • 1880's Train - 2 1/2 miles
    • Bear Country USA - 15 miles
    • Sheridan Lake - 2 miles
    • Rushmore Cave - 17 1/2 miles
    • Mistletoe Ranch - 1/2 mile
    • Mickelson Trail
    • Reptile Gardens - 17 1/2 miles
    • Pactola Lake - 10 miles
    • Sitting Bull Caverns
    • Harney Peak - highest mountain in Black Hills
    • Prairie Berry Winery - less than 1/2 mile
    • Custer State Park - 10 miles
    • Black Hills Playhouse - 25 miles
  • Accolades

    Holly House Accolades

    Our Very Own Dawna Kruse received the 2014 Governors Award for Hospitality. View this outstanding accomplishment below:

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  • The Road to Grace

    Holly House The Road to Grace

    Holly House Receives National Attention through Richard Paul Evans latest book!

    The Road to Grace is the third installment of Richard’s bestselling series, The Walk, the ongoing story of one man’s unrelenting search for hope. Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once successful advertising executive, has left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey.

    Carrying only a backpack, he plans to walk to Key West, the farthest destination on his map. Now nearly halfway through his trek, The Road to Grace takes him from South Dakota to St. Louis, Missouri. Alan covers more than 800 miles on foot, but it’s the people he meets along the way who give the journey its true meaning.

    Excerpts about Holly House from The Road to Grace

    "...I selected the Western Room for the pragmatic reason that it was closest to the front door. That and I liked its tub, which was just about large enough for a cowboy and his horse."

    "A few minutes later Dawna returned to the dining room holding a casserole dish and a silver serving spoon. 'My festive breakfast casserole is one of our guests' favorites.' she said.

    'It has pork sausage, cheddar, picante sauce, bread, and eggs. It's delicious.' 'It looks good,' I said."

    To make a reservation for the Western Room (Alan's Choice) email Dawna or call her at 866-95-HOLLY.