Unplugged's own design
"we lock away their smartphones"
With a beautiful view over the rolling hills in the British countryside north of London, you can find a mobile house from Vagabond Haven. It has been specially designed as a digital detox-retreat for people wanting to reconnect with themselves and nature.
After nearly being burnt out from a stressful life in London, Hector Huges decided to travel to the Himalaya for a silent retreat. Once he arrived at the Buddhist temple in the forest, he had to lock his mobile phone away. This was a year ago.
– Once back home I talked to my friend Ben and we decided that we wanted to offer people a similar chance of reconnecting with nature without having to go to the other side of the world, says Hector.
Both Hector and Ben left their stressful jobs in London, ordered a custom-designed off-grid house and in July 2020 they launched their company Unplugged.
– When people arrive we lock their smartphones and give them a simple phone in return and a map of the countryside. After that, they have all that they need in the house and in the surrounding nature.
It is mostly couples, often with a dog, that book the house for a digital detox.
– The house is literally immersed in nature and I especially like the superior quality of the house, the craftmanship and the materials used.
The first booking of the digital detox retreat was made in July and now Hector is happy to announce that the house is fully booked till winter.
– Covid has really emphasized our need to reconnect with nature and our plan is to have 100 to 150 houses in the coming years and work together with farmers so that more people will get a chance to reconnect with nature, says Hector.