Although there’s no direct translation for this Danish word, hygge is much sought after. More of a feeling than a thing, hygge is widely recognised as a word which encompasses the sensations of cosiness and contentedness. It is something that is usually experienced when having a relaxing evening in with friends or while curled up on the sofa with a good book. Hygge can be experienced all year round, but it is commonly associated with autumn and winter. Therefore we think the coming months are the perfect time to embrace hygge.
We love summer staycations but there is something special about a UK getaway during the cooler months. As the weather starts to change, little can beat getting out your favourite woollies for a bracing walk before diving back inside to warm up beside a roaring fire. If you’re planning on exploring a new corner of the UK at this charming time of year here’s a hygge holiday guide to help you add a generous helping of cosiness to your stay.
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- Comfy clothes
Think woolly jumpers, cosy socks; your favourite lazy Sunday clothes.
- Your favourite blanket
Perfect for curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea.
- Little home comforts
Being away from home doesn’t have to mean giving up those small luxuries. Pack some of your favourite coffee, or a bath bomb you’ve been saving up, and indulge.
- Boardgames or crafts
Time to put the screens away and enjoy some quality time together with boardgames, cards or your favourite craft activity.
- Fairy lights and/or candles
Think lightly scented candles and a soft glow for cosy evenings in.
- Hiking boots & cosy layers
Hygge isn’t all about hunkering down inside. A wise man once said, ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing’. So, pack your layers and head outside into the glorious British countryside safe in the knowledge that you can return to the warmth of a fire and a hot drink.
Where to stay:
If a cosy, hygge-filled staycation is what you’re after, these suggestion should hit the spot. Whether you’re looking for a cosy retreat for two, or you want to share the getaway with a larger group, there will be a cottage for you.