Looking back on 2016 one of the biggest trends has been the interest in “hygge”; so as the year draws to a close we thought you might like some inspiration on how to have a hygge holiday.
What is hygge?
The Danish word “hygge”, shortlisted by both the Oxford and Collins dictionaries for the word of the year, has no direct translation, but is often described as cosiness and a feeling of comfort; the enjoyment of everyday experiences.
How to pronounce hygge
To pronounce this phonetically challenging word make a pouting face and say HUE-gah!
8 ways to have a hygge holiday at Hoe Grange
Hoe Grange is the ideal place to stay in the winter as our log cabins and gorgeous glamping pods are warm and cosy, so you can relax and enjoy the good things in life with the people you care about around you. Hoe Grange provides a real “home from home” resulting in a happy, memorable hygge holiday.
1. Snuggle up in a cosy log cabin
What better way to have a hygge holiday than to stay in a Scandinavian-inspired log cabin? With our environmentally-friendly ground source heating, you’ll be snug as a bug, even in the depths of winter. It’s possible to hygge alone, wrapped in a woolen blanket with a cup of tea, but the true expression of hygge is lighting a lantern and joining with loved ones in a relaxed atmosphere.
2. Hot tub under the stars
Relax in the steamy water of our log-fired hot tub with a glass of mulled wine, or unwind completely in the steamy barrel sauna. With Hoe Grange nestled so deep in the countryside, you’ll find yourself transfixed by the dark starry skies above. The tranquil peace and quiet is what our guests love the most.
Or visit the Stardisc at Wirksworth where all the stars are mapped out for you on the stone circle.
3. Comfort food with closest friends
There’s nothing better than sharing food with friends.
4. Bring your four legged friends too!
Twix and Crunchie love a little tummy tickle, whilst Fudge sneaks on to the sofa and is just plain spoilt – so adorable she gets away with murder!
5. Hot chocolate by candlelight
There is nothing quite like the comforting taste of chocolate, and who cares about the calories!
The Danes buy the most candles and research shows that creating hygge with candlelight brings happiness, who can argue with that!
6. Country pubs with roaring fires
You can definitely have a special hyggelig evening at Ye Old Gate in Brassington.
7. Cycle everywhere
Exercise increases levels of dopamine in your brain (the ‘happy hormone’), so cycling is very hyggelig. Why not borrow one of our mountain bikes? It’s a great way to enjoy some fresh air and explore our Peak District countryside.
It would be even more hyggelig if you hire our off-road wheelchair or our vintage tandem for two!
8. Be kind to yourself
Take time out and relax in the dry heat of our barrel sauna, or wrap up in blankets, sit round the firepit, toast marshmallows and sing together – share your hygge and let the warm, fuzzy feelings flow.
Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special. It’s all about experiences rather than material stuff, and booking a holiday at Hoe Grange is a great hygge way to get through the dark winter months.
It’s no coincidence that all the letters in Hygge can be found in “Hoe Grange Holidays”
Happy hygge New Year!
David and Felicity