Would You Sleep in a Cold War Missile Silo for $140 a Night?

Mutually assured destruction in the front, party in the back

November 27, 2017 9:00 am

If you find yourself planning a trip to — or through — Kansas, you can now drop into a converted Cold War-era nuclear missile silo to spend the night.

A former Atlas E missile complex that housed a four-megaton thermonuclear warhead in the ‘60s, the Subterra Castle has since been converted into a subterranean home that offers more than 18,000 square feet of space spread across a 33-acre property.

Home to outdoor features including a pond, grass airstrip and castle tower, the two-bed rental is decked out in bohemian eclectic décor but still has many of its original components and has space for four guests to relax in its comfortable rooms, common areas and fully stocked kitchen.

Though the owners don’t live on-site, there are a number of people who do call the Subterra Castle home so guests should be prepared to interact and share the hot tub with the property’s permanent residents. (If you need a Hot-Tub Etiquette 101 refresher, we’ve got one in here.)

Bunker (6 images)

“This place was built in 1959 and was in operation from ’61 until ’65.” Airbnb host Matthew Fulkerson told The Topeka Capital-Journal. “But it was during the height of the Cold War. The guys who lived here thought they would have to launch this missile at any moment.”

Since the converted property is filled with so much history, a tour of the one-of-a-kind site is included with each $140-per-night booking, as is wifi, parking and gym access.

Unfortunately, Subterra Castle has stopped taking bookings at this time thanks to a “pending real estate transaction,” though Fulkerson does recommend checking back for updates.


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