Are you looking for a special weekend trip in The Netherlands or Belgium? Do you want to escape the city life? Then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve made a list of 5 authentic accommodations that are a must visit.
There is so much to do and to explore in The Netherlands and Belgium. The nature is diverse, they have cute villages, a lovely cuisine, fun cities, a beautiful coast and it’s wildlife is amazing as well.
The Netherlands and Belgium are easy countries to travel through. You can take the car, public transport or go eco friendly and travel the Dutch way: cycle.
A getaway in The Netherlands and Belgium is exactly what you need to recharge your batteries. The accomodations I share are all unique in their own way and they touch all your senses.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend or a weekend of exploring, this list will give you enough inspiration for your next getaway.
5 Special Accomodations For A Weekend Getaway in The Netherlands and Belgium
1. Enjoy the nature at an ecodesign Slow Cabin in Belgium
It’s quite an experience to get to Slow Cabin and once you arrive you don’t want to leave. You’ll receive the address after you book. You park the car at the designated spot and you walk for about 20-30 min to the cabin. It’s in the middle of nature. Once you arrive you’ll notice that all materials, design and details are chosen with care. They have a detox box where you can put your phone inside. I recommend doing this so that you enjoy the full experience.
Slow Cabin really touches all your senses and makes room in your mind to feel inspired again.
The sound of the birds, the woods next door, camp fire and light colors in the house really help you get in touch with nature.
Everything is eco friendly: water is filtered rain water, they have solar panels and the cabin is made out of sustainable wood.
My favorite part of our stay was sleeping with the curtain open to see the sunrise and the wildlife wake up in front of you. It felt like an Animal Planet episode to me. I recommend staying at least 2 nights at Slow Cabin to have the full experience. You can rent bikes nearby, visit a few villages and go on hikes. There is a lot to do there but you can also stay in the cabin and be in the moment, like we did. Tip: if you don’t want to eat out, I recommend bringing some groceries with you.
2. Relax and take it all in at Bush Box in Belgium
The moment I arrived at Bush Box I thought to myself ‘is this all for us?’. The tiny house is surrounded by so much green, the garden is gorgeous and you have different tiny houses you can choose to sleep in. One bedroom reminded me of The Hobbit.
Bush Box has thought of everything and what stands out the most is: atmosphere. Whether it’s raining or the sun is shining, Bush Box is a great choice for a wonderful getaway. The sauna was my favorite. Small and comfortable, perfect for 2 people. You have to heat the sauna yourself by burning wood and to me that was such a romantic and ‘back to nature’ part of the experience. After 15 minutes I would check if it was hot enough and add some more wood. To cool down you can use the ice bath they have or simply go outside and feel the breeze.
After the sauna you can relax by the fireplace outside, make a food platter, have some wine and read a book.
The sound of the birds and the sound of the wood cracking will make the experience complete.
You can come here with a friend, partner or family. Kids will love this place!
It’s also a great location for a get together with friends in the middle of nature.
There is a lot to do in the surroundings of Bush Box so I recommend staying at least 2 nights.
You can cycle, hike, take it slow at the cabin or and Antwerp is only 20km away.
Bush Box really intrigued me and I can’t wait to go back.
3. Authentic tiny house at the coast in The Netherlands
I went to Karnemelkplaats in Callantsoog through Vakantieadres Onbekend so I didnt know where I was going until I arrived.
I got so excitted when I saw this beautiful and authentic tiny house in front of me. The design is spectacular and everything you need is in there. They thought of a great way to use all the space to make it comfortable.
Not only is this a perfect place to relax, go for a beach walk or cycle. For a digital nomad this place is pure heaven as well. You have the quiet environment, you come in touch with nature and you have the comfort.
It’s impossible not to love this place. I highly recommend staying at least 2 nights to have the full experience.
If you want to eat something at the beach go to restaurant Woest. They’ve got the menu, the view and the vibe.
4. Connect with nature at Cabin Anna in Holenberg, The Netherlands
Not only does Cabin Anna have a beautiful name, it has such an unique design that will blow your mind. You can open part of the house and become one with nature.
Holenberg has been named one of the 10 best eco-friendly places to stay in Europe by the renowned British newspaper The Guardian. The newspaper praises Holenberg’s sustainable approach: ‘Tucked in a forest sits Cabin ANNA. With the safari, cycling and hiking opportunities on the doorstep and the focus on reducing your environmental impact’.
Holenberg is located at the foot of the Maashorst, the primal area of the province of Brabant. Discover the overwhelming nature of this area during your stay. There are also special cultural and historical discoveries to be made.
It doesn’t matter in which season you staying at Cabin Anna, it will be a memorable one for sure.
5. Romantic house at the water in Jisp, The Netherlands
If you’re looking for a picturesque place to stay, I recommend staying at the air bnb blue house in Jisp.
The house is made for 2 people, has a beautiful garden and you can enjoy the water side. It’s a place to come without too many plans. You can go kayaking, play some games, have a picnick or read a book. If you want to be more active you can also do some day trips like visit Zaanse Schans which is situated only 20 minutes away. There is a possibility to rent a sup or a bike to explore the surroundings.
This gorgeous blue house near the water is a must during Spring and Summer.
To sum up, if you live in The Netherlands or Belgium you don’t have to go far to enjoy a lovely weekend getaway. The destinations have many authentic places to stay, where you can reconnect with nature, enjoy city life, slow down and enjoy being in the moment.
Are you planning a getaway more south? Check out my blog post about Milos and Florence.
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