Hygge is the Danish wellbeing trend that’s taken the soft furnishings market by storm. Named the third happiest country in the world in 2018’s ‘World Happiness Report‘ (behind only its Nordic neighbours), it should be little surprise that we’re all turning to Denmark for wellbeing tips.
Here’s a few of the very snuggest cabins and cottages to help you get some of that Scandi-inspired self-care while you check the weather forecast for this weekend.
Traditional hygge has a old-fashioned bent to it. Open flames, bearskin blankets and creature comforts – it revolves around a sort back-to-basics relaxation that de-clutters the modern mind.
Not so for Treehotel in Lapland, Northern Sweden, which is giving the craze a thoroughly modern makeover. Each of the seven rooms hangs suspended in the pine forest canopy, boasting toasty temperatures, mounds of blankets, and extraordinary views across snow-covered treeline.
With little to no light or noise pollution, Treehotel offers modern comfort and architecture in the land that time forgot.
At the higher end of hygge hideaways, Whiteface Lodge has cornered the luxury market with a mountain lodge experience so boutique it comes complete with its own cigar menu.
The house boasts seven different types of suite, each of which will strain all but the sturdiest of bank accounts, but for those that can afford it the activity list is near-limitless, and the views over Lake Placid are a sight to behold.
That’s New York the state, by the way. There’s not too much room for hygge in the City That Never Sleeps.
Hygge doesn’t have to be accompanied by mountain lodges, Icelandic temperatures and copious amounts of snow. This delightfully rustic cottage in the Lake District comes complete with exposed beams, a roaring wood burner, and the romance of true isolation. The surrounding fells feature some of the most photogenic hillsides in the Lake District, and can be roamed at will.
The simplest things in life are hygge, and that means no television, a tin bathtub, and a toilet in a hut in the garden.
Tucked away in a remote corner of the French Alps, visitors to Mazot Les Tines are shielded from the outside world like a tortoise in its shell.
Close enough to the slopes to ski if so desired but far enough not to risk its tranquility, Mazot Les Tines is the sort of place where time just moves more slowly. Wood panelled and well-furnished, it’s perfect for a romantic getaway, and, of course, a miniature avalanche of hygge.
At Holmen Husky Lodge guests ‘glamp’ in tents beneath the stars – equipped with wood burner, double duvet, and see-through skylight – surrounded by the same good boys that will take you dog sledding when morning comes.
Larger groups can rent out a ‘Viking Hut’ – more traditional log cabins filled with mounds of freshly cut timber – and drift off to the sound of howls from the dog yard.
The huskies themselves are even fluffier than your furnishings, and its their irrepressible enthusiasm that sets Holmen apart from the pack.
- Press Association