Hygge Holiday in WalesPublished on 21 Nov 2022 by Amy Greenwood
Hygge holiday in Wales – how do you hygge? Now is the time to focus on simple pleasures which cultivate cosiness, contentment, and calm. It reinforces our sense of who we are.
This concept of hygge – pronounced something like ‘houguh’ – is something we can all get behind. Who wouldn’t be on board with this Danish concept for slowing down, snuggling up, and seeking out un-showy contentment and warmth. Especially as the long winter nights start drawing in.
The word hygge originally comes from the Norwegian word ‘hugga’, which means to comfort or console. It has a lot in common with the Welsh word ‘cwtch’, and the English word ‘hug’, embracing gratitude, home comforts and relaxation. It can be experienced in company, or alone.
Although a year-round lifestyle option, winter is obviously the most hygge time of year. Think of it as a kind of healthy, home-based hedonism: a roaring fire and candles, fleecy blankets and socks, long indulgent baths. How about a hygge holiday in Wales?
Food naturally plays an important role. In this instance, hygge is about embracing the nourishing yes, but the real focus is on unbridled comfort and joy. Hot chocolate and bakes, roast dinners and puddings, soup with crusty bread and butter. Hygge embraces all the carbs.
Hygge has nothing in common with prim measures. A glass of a favourite tipple is an opportunity to indulge the senses: the amber glow of good whisky, the sweet berry depth of sloe gin. A glass of fizz raised to beloved company. A brief pause to toast the beauty of being.
Card games and board games can be very hygge, but steer clear of the overly competitive. Collaborative crosswords are good hygge fare. Hygge tends toward the nostalgic and familiar: favourite films, old photographs, funny anecdotes and stories. Head to Spotify and you’ll even find a whole library of hygge playlists. More hygge still would be to compose your own.
Want to book a hygge holiday in Wales for your next getaway? A cottage with a roaring fire is a great starting point. Take a look at our beautiful selection here.