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 there is no Internet, 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.

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®.

This is due to hygiene reasons and potential allergies in other guests, as well as the fact that the cabin interior is sensitive to scratches.

How many people can stay in a Slow Cabin?

Would you like to book a Slow Cabin with your family, with some friends or another couple? Great idea! We have a number of Cabins that can host up to four people.

Furthermore, in our (Time-for-Family) cabins we could provide you with a cot for a small child or a baby.  Please select this option under ‘extra services’ when making your reservation.

You can't just stay in unspoiled nature can you?

Nature and respect for nature are at the foundation of Slow Cabins®. It not only works wonders for our resilience, it also allows us to truly unwind. Slow Cabins® therefore resolutely opts for unique and isolated locations near the city in wide open greeneries or secluded forests.

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 or national parks.

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

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 your preferred dates and make an secured online reservation via 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

Do I bring my own food with me, or can I also reserve meals?

Due to the logistical complexity of servicing the Slow Cabins®, it is not yet possible to reserve meals. So, it is entirely up to you whether to bring food along, to buy something 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 great tips on where to buy typical local products 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.

Our aim, by only providing the absolute necessities, is to give our guests the gift of peace, quiet and happiness.

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 set out 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!

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! 😉