The Art of Hygge Holiday Happiness
How a Hygge Holiday Can Help your Well-Being
The owners of a beautifully refurbished Lakelovers apartment within the Arts and Craft’s Applethwaite Hall are passionate about the Danish art of ‘Hygge’ and so, tenderly they created their unique luxury apartment, Hygge at No.8.
Although Hygge at No.8 sits just outside our Windermere cottages and only 20 minutes from the M6, step inside this Lake District holiday cottage and you are cocooned in an intimate and elegant lifestyle apartment. Here, slowing down and taking time to enjoy simple pleasures like cooking a meal together, taking in the beautiful surroundings and enjoying the company of friends is what a break in the Lake District should be all about.
We thought we’d share some of what has made this well-being trend such a hit and how seeking the pleasures of a Hygge Lake District holiday can help your well-being.
What is Hygge?
Whilst ‘warm’ and ‘cosy’ are the nearest words to translate the Danish word Hygge, the lifestyle trend is much more than that. Hygge is about the feeling of cosiness. Think contentment, satisfaction, fulfilment and you are almost there.
Whilst Hygge can be enjoyed on your own – morning papers in bed, bedside lamp on, curtains still drawn and TV on – it is more about social moments.
Let’s take a look.
Hygge and Well-Being
In today’s 24/7 digital culture, life is pretty busy. Brits work on average more than 48 hours a week. This is 18 hours more than our Danish counterparts. In Copenhagen the working day is normally 8.30am – 4:30pm, which lends itself nicely to fitting in post-work leisure and socialisation without having to forgo a good night’s sleep.
Making slowing down and letting your body re-fuel a part of everyday life is vital for good health and well-being. Doing so with old friends adds that extra comforting blanket that helps us relax further by boosting the release of our ‘love hormone’ oxytocin.
Mood Lifting Hygge Lighting
Although Hygge can be enjoyed all year around, originating from Denmark, where darkness is a prevailing state, makes illumination an important Hygge factor. In fact, Denmark is Europe’s largest consumer of candles!
The reduced stimulation of soft lighting is proven to help aid a relaxed and calm mood. Combine this with a soothing background playlist and a relaxing scent and you are starting to imagine what a Hygge holiday will feel like.
A Hygge holiday is all about getting rid of distractions and focusing on closeness. What better way to do this, than in your very own cottage sanctuary in a tranquil Lake District landscape.
Relaxing Hygge Warmth
Being cold puts your body into a heightened state of alert and this is not what Hygge is about. Easing into warmth, whether it is a luxurious hot bath or next to a crackling log burner, is soothing for the muscles, letting them relax and tension simply slide away.
Whilst the bracing breeze of a fell top walk is invigorating, pleasure is gained from returning to the warm cocoon of a blissful cottage retreat with a log burner.
Lake District holidays can be about getting away from the testing demands of a busy life. And indeed, a cottage holiday is the perfect private home-from-home in which to escape.
Hygge, however, is not about escaping. It is about living in the moment and enjoying quality moments with family and friends. The art of Hygge is about placing importance on your surroundings, including everyday experiences such as taking pleasure from a morning coffee with the sun on your face and birdsong in the air or taking a refreshing shower with the bathroom filled with the scent of fresh daffodils.
Sociable open plan living, dining and kitchen spaces, fitted with state-of-the-art music systems, are ideal entertaining places, where friends and family can be together in comfort, enjoying good wine and creating lasting memories. As darkness envelopes your holiday cottage, a warm glow of well-being and happiness radiates within.
Hygge at No.8 is filled with ‘hyggekrog’ – cosy nooks. These are spaces that are designed to simply be ‘in the moment’ without any distractions. These cosy spaces encourage stillness where contemplation and daydreaming are thought to spark creativity.
It is this privacy that is one of the many reasons Lakelovers Gold holidaymakers choose a self-catering cottage for that much-needed break away. Our luxury holiday cottages are thoughtfully designed for you to enjoy leisure and relaxation activities your own way and to your own schedule.
Whilst monochrome and natural colour schemes are important for creating a serene and tranquil living space, an inspiring photo on a hall wall encourages you to stop and linger.
Textures and inspiring wall art play an important part in creating a successful Hygge setting. A mix of uber soft furnishings – deep sofas, sumptuous rugs and large relaxing chairs – encourage us to lounge on the sofa or floor that bit longer, as we comfort ourselves in their warmth.
Inspiring art, decorations, photographs and books can connect people and encourage new dialogues, giving the head a rest from mundane daily thinking.
You’ll be pleased to learn, as we were, that Hygge is not about excluding the outdoors. Outside our luxury cottages, you’ll find sociable outdoor snugs with heaters, fire pits, outdoor lighting and plenty of rugs.
Inside, plants, flowers and natural wood bring vitality and energy to your holiday haven.
March 20th is the UN’s International Day of Happiness. Why not find your happy and take some ques from one of the happiest Nation’s in the world and perfect ‘Niksen’ – the Dutch art of doing absolutely nothing. Alternatively, need some ‘balance’ in your life? Try the art of ‘Lagom’, a Swedish concept of living with ‘just the right amount’. Or, closer to home, we like the Scottish idea of ‘Còsagach’ – staying sheltered and snug, as we wait for Spring to unfurl.
Browse our luxury hot tub cottages and find your ‘Hygge holiday’.