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frequently asked questions

About the concept

What exactly are ‘Slow Cabins®’?

Slow Cabins® are temporary eco houses that are completely self-sufficient when it comes to water and electricity provisions. They are situated in secret locations close to home and rose from the Slow (travel) movement, more about Slow Travel on our concept page. In a Slow Cabin there is no Internet as well, which means that you slow down and break free from the stress of everyday life. Curious? Take a look at our gallery here! !

What do you mean by ‘self-sufficient’?

Self-sufficient lodging is unique. Not only are you going back to basics, you also gain more respect for nature and the environment. You become acquainted with the slower pace of nature and learn to accept it as it is.

Upon your arrival, you are given a fully charged battery – charged by solar panels. In addition, you get a substantial water reservoir filled with filtered rainwater. At normal consumption levels, you can live completely self-sufficiently with ‘zero impact’ for several days (even during the winter months). So as your cabin’s battery discharges, yours recharges.

However substantial, your resources are not endless, during your self-sufficient stay, heightened awareness of how you use energy and water is thus essential. Throughout your stay, you can monitor your battery, as well as your rainwater levels, on a display in the Slow Cabin.

Being obligated to keep an eye out for your resource levels raises consciousness and promotes active awareness of your footprint during a your stay. A consciousness, many of our guest take home with them. Off-the-grid vacations are no longer a romantic dream – they’re an absolute reality! Read more on our Off-grid technology on our concept page

Where are the Slow Cabins® located?

Our Slow Cabins® are set up at temporary locations, which we keep strictly confidential. Don’t worry, they are no further than 2 hours’ drive from the large central cities (Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Liège, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague). So, there is always one in your neck of the woods, pun intended :)!

When you make a reservation, you will receive all the relevant information on your Slow Cabin two weeks before departure. A brochure will tell you how to get there as well as information on activities in and around the cabin, from beautiful walks to cosy local eateries and other surprising slow activities.

How many Slow Cabins® are currently available?

We currently have about a dozen of Slow Cabins located in the Benelux. Tucked in hidden nature no more than two hours’ drive from major cities like Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Liège, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. Though we keep the exact cabin locations a secret, here’s a hint. We have cabins
located in the regions of Antwerp/Kempen, Brabant, Flemish Ardennes and Haspengouw. We will have multiple new cabins in Wallonia and the Netherlands soon.

When you make a reservation, you will receive all relevant information about your Slow Cabins journey two weeks before your stay. You will receive a brochure with off-grid cabin tips and details about your slow escape. It will include information on
activities in and around the cabin, from beautiful walks to cozy local restaurants and other surprising slow activities.

You can book a Time for Family or a Time for Two cabin for a fantastic outing with the kids or a romantic weekend away for 2. You can read all about our Time for Family cabins here and everything about the Time for Two cabins here.

PS: We’re hard at work building multiple new cabins and finding beautiful new secret locations. Keep your eyes peeled for more information.

Do you need a car to get to a Slow Cabin?

Of course not! Ecology is our passion, so most of our Slow Cabins® are easily accessible with public transport, be sure to add this as a remark during your reservation and we’ll take care of it.

Is my pet welcome?

We love animals. However, we are currently unable to allow pets in and around the Slow Cabins. We’re doing this to avoid possible allergic reactions among our guests.

How many people can stay in a Slow Cabin?

Our Time for Family cabins are suitable for 4 persons, while our Time for Two cabins are suitable for up to 2 people

Our Time For Family cabins do offer the possibility to bring a baby / toddler. We can provide a baby cot on request. Please select this during your reservation under “extra services”.

You can't just stay in unspoilt nature, can you?

Nature and respect for nature are the basis of Slow Cabins®. It not only works wonders for our resilience, it also allows us to really unwind. Slow Cabins® therefore resolutely opts for unique locations close to the city with an ultimate nature feeling. However, our autonomous eco-design cabins are not located in nature reserves. They are secluded in hidden, non-vulnerable nature, a stone’s throw from various cycling and / or walking routes near nature reserves and national parks.

From the vision of doing things differently and better, Slow Cabins® actively re-invests in the reconstruction and conservation of local nature. In this way, Slow Cabins® and its guests together work towards a net green added value, where more guests also lead to more nature instead of the other way around. Read more about our vision on nature on our concept page or our initiatives page.

Can I purchase a Slow Cabin?

Our self-engineered and sustainably designed Slow Cabins ® are currently not for sale but do get in touch if you’re interested in exploring investment opportunities or partnering with Slow Cabins ®.

Vouchers and reservations

How can I reserve and pay for my stay?

We work with an automatic reservation system. That way you can easily select complete your booking online. Select the cabin of your choice, Time for Two or Time for Family, select your preferred dates, fill out the form and make an secured online reservation with your credit card.

Would you like to make a reservation in another way or use a good old-fashioned bank transfer? No problem! Simply contact us using the contact form or directly at info[at]slowcabins.com, and we will send all the necessary details.

Why do I have to book a minimum of two nights?

At Slow Cabins®, we believe that you can only experience the Slow Cabins® – effect when spending at least 48hs in a Slow Cabin.

The concept also works with a short, decentralised, logistics chain, which makes daily maintenance too complex and has to big of  an impact on the environment.

Why is check-in only possible on Mondays, Wednesday or Fridays?

For logistical reasons, it is too complex to organise daily check-in. Thanks to these set check-in days, we can maintain our high standards.

Can I give the gift of time off in Slow Cabin?

Of course you can! You can purchase a voucher here.

Can I extend the validity period of my voucher?

Your voucher is valid for one year after the date of purchase. The expiry date applies only to the use of the voucher code. So you can reserve a date for your stay that lies beyond the expiry date.

Have you just been too busy to reserve a stay? Well, then, you are obviously in need of a stay in one of our Slow Cabins®! 😉 Send us a mail immediately, to info[at]slowcabins.com, to extend your voucher. For EUR 40, you can extend the period of validity by 6 months, and for EUR 75, for a whole year.

May I request an invoice?

Absolutely! As soon as you have paid, you will be sent an invoice together with your reservation confirmation. Can’t find the mail we sent? Or did you forget to mention your VAT number with your payment? Then send an email to info[at]slowcabins.com, we will help you as soon as possible.

Can a company reserve a Slow Cabin?

Absolutely! Companies can rent a Slow Cabin per day or for longer periods of time. However, this cannot be done via the website, send us an email info [at] slowcabins.com and discover our B2B services.

Help, I encountered a problem with my payment!

No stress! Simply contact us using the contact form, or directly at info[at]slowcabins.com and we will be happy to help you resolve the issue.

Help, I encountered a problem with my voucher!

No stress! Simply contact us using the contact form, or directly at info[at]slowcabins.com and we will be happy to help you resolve the issue.

Help, I have to cancel my stay!

Oh no, that is too bad! Contact us as soon as possible at info[at]slowcabins.com and we’ll look for a solution together.

About your stay

Can I book or reserve meals?

Due to the logistical complexity of servicing the Slow Cabins®, it is not yet possible to reserve meals. However, in the cabins, you have access to an equipped kitchen with a small gas burner and a wood BBQ, make sure to pack your chef’s hat.

It is entirely up to you whether you bring food along (or prepare at home to heat up in the cabin), buy daily fresh ingredients in the local shops or to go to a restaurant in the neighbourhood.

In our brochures, which we send to you two weeks before your stay, you will find all kinds of delicious tips on where to buy fresh local produce and where to find the best restaurants.

What are the cabin check-in & check-out times?

Check-out: at 11:00u a.m.
Check-in: starts at 16:00u p.m.

Which amenities are present in a Slow Cabin?

Slow Cabins® are relatively small houses (<40 m2) which contain everything you need and nothing you don’t need.

Each Slow Cabin is equipped with a queen-sized bed (including linens), a bathroom with a warm shower and toilet, a wood-burning stove in the living room, a small, furnished kitchen with a refrigerator, a cooktop with two burners, flatware/silverware, cookware and utensils, a wood-burning barbecue (outdoor) with a grill plate and outdoor furniture. Everything you need to light the barbecue is at hand.

The most basic ingredients and supplies for the kitchen and bathroom, such as olive oil, salt and pepper, coffee and tea, soap and towels, are also present. Find a complete overview on everything that is present in the cabins on our Time for Two and Time for Family cabin pages.

Our aim, by only providing the absolute necessities, is to give our guests the gift of peace, quiet and happiness. You can book your cabin here

Are there activities in and around the Slow Cabin?

Definitely! Two weeks before your stay, we will send you not only the info about the location of your cabin but also a brief guide to all the fun activities that are on offer in the vicinity of your Slow Cabin. What’s more, in the cabin itself you will also find various walking routes and brochures.

I am bringing the kids. What else should I bring with me?

We love kids and families! The furnishings of the Time-For-Family cabin are kid-friendly, so that your kids can be as comfortable as possible. Upon request, we can also provide  additional accessories (e.g. a baby cot). Please select this option under ‘extra services’ when making your reservation.

And please also remember that Slow Cabins® are relatively small houses (<40 m2) with limited storage space. We have purposefully chosen to only provide the absolute necessities in the Cabin, so that we can ensure maximum peace, quiet and enjoyment for you and your family.

Therefore, we recommend that you only bring along the most important personal belongings, like a little book, a teddy bear, a feeding bottle, etc. Sit back and let us organise everything else, so that you and your loved ones can relax to the max!

More information on our Time for Family Cabins you can find here

Are the cabins safe?

Safety is our highest priority. Our cabins are located far away from the busy world, although they are always situated in safe and accessible (for emergency services) locations in nature. We always provide you with the telephone numbers and addresses of the local emergency services. And, the local authorities will be informed of your stay. We do recommend that you bring along appropriate outdoor clothing. There is a First Aid kit in the cabin as well as a fire extinguisher, in case of emergency.

I have made a reservation during the winter. Is it cold at that time in the Slow Cabin?

Our Slow Cabins® are very well insulated, using only natural materials. Inside the cabin, there is a high-efficiency wood-burning stove that warms up the enter space in no time. Nice, warm and cosy, even for the most chilly ones among us! 😉

Is the wood for stove and the campfire provided?

Your Cabin is equipped with enough burning wood and fire starters for your entire stay. This way, you don’t have to reserve, gather or bring your own. At Slow Cabins ®, you can be sure of a warm and cozy stay.

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