If you’re a fan of Hunter S. Thompson then you may have a passing internet in Owl Farm, the cabin home where the author and journalist is said to have written Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Until now the cabin has sat uninhabited, visitors unwelcome unless there is an event on in the cabin, but now Thompson’s widow, Anita has decided to make the cabin available to fans.
This isn’t going to be a standard Air BnB listing, the cabin will be available primarily for fans. The details are still being ironed out, but Anita Thompson announced on Facebook that “Our staff will do a light background check and welcome those who love Hunter’s work to be overnight guests at Owl Farm. The applications are open to the public for those who want to be part of the legacy and consist of a paragraph of why you would like to stay at Owl Farm, located between Woody Creek and Lenado. People have been asking for years to see Hunter’s Owl Farm, which is private property,” she continues. “I’ve finally prepared Hunter’s writer’s cabin for this purpose during this season.”
Anita says all the proceeds will go towards the maintenance of Owl Farm and the Gonza Foundation, a non-profit organisation created to promote literature, journalism and political activism through the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson.
Anita met Hunter in Aspen and says she had an instant crush, though she didn’t know anything about him and thought as an author he was quite obscure. In 1999 he asked her if she would consider working for him full time, and by 2002 the pair were married. Three years later, Anita was a widow when Hunter took his own life in 2005, aged 67.
Anita paid tribute to her husband in her own book The Gonzo Way, which also contains interviews with those who knew him best including Tom Wolfe, George McGovern, and Douglas Brinkley. Though she says she never fancied herself as a writer The Gonzo Way became a bestseller and was critically well received.
Hunter spent a lot of time in the cabin and it’s adorned with memorabilia including Hunter’s famed IMB Selectric typewriter, which backs up against a ‘wall of ideas’. Anita admits that keeping the 42.5 acre Owl Farm financially afloat has not been easy, a fact that has played a part in the decision to rent out Hunter’s writer’s cabin
The details are not yet set in stone but it seems the cabin will rent for about $350 to $500 a night and will even be available for events such as weddings for around $3,000 to $6,000, which could even include dinner at the main house. Anita says that despite Hunter’s reputation she will not allow parties at the cabin. Those wanting more details can find them at gonzonation.org or email an application to firstname.lastname@example.org