Hidden in a clearing among the vines of sustainable winery Mitchell Wines, less than two hours from Adelaide, an angular obelisk melts into sheltering gums like a mirage. Say hello to Slow Cabin, an off-grid tiny house in the Clare Valley’s Skilly Hills where the power of ritual and sustainability tread gently together. Powered by renewables – solar, rain, a greywater filtration system and composting toilet – the lofted ceilings and insulated marine ply walls harness the local climatic conditions while skylights and expansive windows also lessen energy use. And without WiFi or TV, you can reacquaint yourself with analogue activities. Sip on native-ingredient tea blends by Indigenous-owned food company Warndu, handground Soho Coffee beans or a glass of riesling from the grapes outside. With a small library, board games, a hammock and included yoga mats sitting alongside elevated touches like Milou Milou flax linen and Aesop products, reasons to leave are few. But be sure to mosey over to the cellar door for a complimentary wine tasting to learn more about this third-generation winemaking family’s terroir-led ethos.
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