Imagine that feeling of enjoying a hot cup of tea and a book whilst the wind howls outside; the smell of the crisp air when you step out into the countryside; or a tasty dinner with your nearest and dearest. That feeling is hygge – pronounced “Hoo-ga” – the Danish word doesn't have a direct English translation but encompasses a sense of wellbeing, cosiness and satisfaction with the simple things in life.
We at Sally’s Cottages are all about hygge and believe that it can be found in spades in the Lake District. Read on for our top choices for finding your perfect hygge cottage holiday.
Find a reading nook
Whether you’re an avid reader or just like the occasional flick through a magazine, there’s nothing like a cosy space dedicated to perusing some literature. Pop on the kettle, grab yourself a blanket and settle in for a relaxing reading session.
Fellgarth in Patterdale has a wonderful window seat complete with mini-library and stunning views. It’s the perfect place to escape!
Take a hot bath
How often do you have the time to run yourself a hot bath and really relax? Your holiday is the perfect time to treat yourself with lots of bubbles in a big tub. Put on some calming music, pour yourself a glass of wine, and sink into blissful relaxation!
We collect so many bits and pieces in our day-to-day lives that sometimes it’s stressful just to see everything spread about your house! Find a holiday cottage that’s minimalist to help focus your mind and aid you on the way to a true hygge lifestyle!
Highgate Close in Troutbeck is a stylish holiday cottage that blends relaxing colour schemes with minimalist yet welcoming décor. And the surrounding mountain views will take your breath away.
Enjoy clean, fresh air
You’re up a mountain or by a lakeside, a gentle breeze is ruffling your hair, the sun is warming your face, and the air smells clear and fresh… That’s true hygge and something you’re probably seeking on your visit to the Lake District! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being in the open countryside.
There’s no shortage of fresh air and wonderful scenery in and around the Lake District. Why not explore the rolling hills of the Eden Valley, or take to the quiet western fells around Loweswater and Buttermere?
Snuggle up in front of a wood burner
Imagine returning to a crackling wood burner or a roaring open fire after a busy day exploring the Lake District. You make yourself a cuppa or pour a glass of wine, change into your comfy pyjamas, and sit back for a movie night or a read on the sofa. The sound of the flames, the smell of the wood, and the gently emanating warmth just adds to a truly relaxing moment.
Hazelrigg in the Eden Valley is a perfect romantic getaway with whitewashed, exposed stone walls, wooden floors throughout, and a wood burner perfect for curling up in front of.
Cook and eat a tasty meal with your family
Whether you’re a dedicated self-caterer or tend to sample the food in local restaurants, take one night where your whole party cooks together. It’s a great bonding experience and everyone will appreciate the resulting sit-down meal when they’ve had a hand in bringing it all together. Get ready for a night of laughter, chatting, and fun.
The Retreat near Cockermouth has a lovely open kitchen and dining room so would make the perfect cottage for cooking and eating as a group. You can even walk off your meal afterwards in the surrounding meadowland – very hygge!
Put away the electronics
Our phones, our laptops and our TVs are fantastic but sometimes you just need to break away from them and give yourself a bit of an e-detox. Chat together, play games, go on walks, or sit back with a book… you’ll maybe discover a whole new world of things to do!
A cottage without WiFi is the perfect way to make sure you have an electronics-free weekend. Middle Row Cottage in Wasdale has no WiFi, is surround by amazing scenery, and has a pub right next door. You won't want to be distracted by your phone whilst you're here!
Take a quiet moment
Picture yourself sitting by a lakeshore on a summer’s day… It’s quiet, it’s peaceful, and all seems right in the world. Sometimes a bit of silence is all you need to put things into perspective and to appreciate yourself. Whether you find your quiet space in a garden, up a mountain, or by the sea, seek it out during your holiday and take as little as five minutes in the day to stop and reflect.
In the heart of the tranquil Newlands Valley is Newlands Fell Cottage. Close to only one other apartment, the silence here is absolute bliss and the views will help you find your hygge and inner calm.
Experience something new
A great way to find some hygge is to step out of your usual routine and try something new. Whether that’s taking the plunge with wild swimming, following a Via Ferrata course that hangs over the edge of a mountain, or simply trying some new food, you can be sure that a different experience will give you that feeling of achievement and happiness that is synonymous with hygge.
For some inspiration on what you can experience in the Lake District, take a look at some of our other blogs:
- Top 10 Romantic Lake District Activities
- Skiing in the Lake District
- 7 Ways to Take to the Lake District Skies
- A Guide to the Lake District's Breweries
We hope this helps you find some time to create your own hygge – we’re all about happiness and relaxation here at Sally’s Cottages and if you’d like to escape for a Lake District holiday, take a look at our cottage search for some inspiration.