Launch of ‘Slow Cabins’ at secret location in Ireland, guests ‘book blindly’

Would you book an overnight stay in a cabin without knowing the exact location and let the company relieve you of the “stress of choosing”?

If so, you might like Slow Cabins – a Belgian getaway concept opening its first location in Ireland next month.

The off-grid cabin experiences are available from August 1st in a “secret” Irish location. They are bookable slowcabins.iewith prices starting from €250 per night with a minimum stay of two nights.

Slow Cabins describes itself as an “eco-hospitality brand” that encourages guests to slow down, do a digital detox, and get away from it all for a few days.

Guests book without knowing the cabin’s exact location, although the coordinates will be provided within two weeks of travel — along with a booklet of cabin tips.


The cabins are furnished with a queen-size bed

Confidentiality is not mandatory. “If you really need it, we can provide you with more information,” the website reads. Though it adds, “Keeping it a secret is more fun, I promise!” can reveal that the first group of five cottages is situated near the coast in Connacht, just 2.5 hours drive from Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick.

Guests are asked not to share the cabin’s location once they know it and to turn off location services on social media posts to keep the surprise for others.

First launched in Belgium in 2017, Slow Cabins comes at a time when outdoor living and lodge-style stays are booming in Ireland – from Cabu by the Lakes in Co Cavan to the new Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway in Co Leitrim and a myriad cozy accommodation and quirky additions to the country’s glamping spots.

Set in secluded natural settings, the 40m² cabins are designed for one to two people and are normally booked by couples, although cots can be provided.

There is no WiFi – the concept leans heavily on the “slow travel” philosophy, which favors a mindful and sustainable approach over mass tourism.

“Recent European studies show that being in nature improves our resilience and reduces stress levels by up to 70 percent,” says Matthew Parkinson, Director of Slow Cabins Ireland.

Clad in charred wood, the cabins reflect a rustic Scandinavian-style minimalism and are furnished with a queen-size bed, shower, dry toilet, wood-burning stove and picture windows.

A keyless entry system means guests can check in and out themselves, and facilities include a small kitchen with a gas hob. Outside there is a private space for a fire pit, grill and seating to watch the world go by.

The cabins also use filtered rainwater and solar panels for energy generation.

“Profit is not our only goal, but a means to achieve more positive social and environmental impact,” says Mr. Parkinson.


The cabins are paneled with charred Japanese wood

Finding locations in Ireland has been a long process, with the launch being delayed during the pandemic. But two more locations are now in development.

“We will have new cabins [Ireland’s] Hidden Heartland and Ancient East as soon as possible,” the website reads.

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