If you’re a fan of hygge, you’ll love Còsagach.
At this time of year, as the days shorten and the temperature drops, it’s time to nurture yourself and your loved ones, enhance wellbeing, create cosiness in your immediate surroundings and enjoy the intimacy this can bring with those around you. We’ve all heard of Danish ‘Hygge’, but in Scotland we’ve got Còsagach. Based on an old Scottish word for feeling snug, sheltered and warm, Còsagach has been identified as a top trend by VisitScotland. Pronounced “coze-a-goch”, the first “O” sound should be slightly elongated, while the “ch” in “gach” should be pronounced the same as in “loch”.
Roaring fires, wrapped in winter woollies, sipping on a warming dram as you take in the scenery of the ‘Most Beautiful Country in the World’. Nowhere does cosy like Scotland in winter. At the heart of Còsagach are small social gatherings, informal and easy, spending quality time with close friends in a warm environment. From a casual supper to a short break away, it’s about presence, being in the moment with your friends or loved ones. Food and drink also play a key role. It can be savouring a dram, a coffee or that indulgent bowl of Sticky Toffee Pudding. Còsagach urges us to slow down.
Comfort and textiles feature heavily too. Pack your softest, cosiest jumper, wrap yourself up in the snuggest blanket and curl up to read a book on a sofa with rich, soft furnishings. It’s about details and warmth.
In all these activities escaping from everyday demands is core. Getting away from things, turning off your phone and leaving the demands of work behind you. Be present in the moment.
Skene House has Còsagach appeal. It offers cosy home from home accommodation, well equipped kitchens in each HotelSuite in which to cook proper meals for friends or family. Fresh breakfast is served every morning or prepare your own kickstart to the day in the comfort of your own suite. Romantic duplexes to escape with a loved one, or three bedroom suites for family time or a gentle weekend away with good friends. Indulgent living rooms, with comfy sofas and armchairs, invite you to cosy up. Leave the concerns of the working week behind, with a short break that revitalises and revives.
On a crisp winter’s evening, our long-stay guests can escape to Skene House Whitehall’s gardens, ideal for stays of a week or more. As stars light up the night sky savour a hot chocolate and breathe in the crisp air.
If exploring Còsagach appeals to your nature then here are Skene House’s recommendations on the best places to feel snug, sheltered and warm in the Granite City.
Cosy Up with a Hot Drink – Baby, it’s cold outside. Watch the snow fall or the rain pitter patter on the pavements outside as you sit in the warmth of Cognito On the Corner, a new bar and coffee shop on Midstocket Road in Rosemount. Savouring a glass of wine, a rich cup of tea or coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures. For escapist, calm surroundings, with more than a touch of elegance, retreat to Almondine on Thistle Street for a range of teas, excellent patisserie and a delicious array of macarons. Alternatively, cosying up with pets always brings out that snug feeling, so book a slot at The Cat in the Window Café in Netherkirkgate for feline cuddles and purrfect cakes and coffee.
cognitoonthecorner.co.uk – Five minutes walk from Whitehall, 18 from Holburn and 15 from Rosemount.
almondine.co.uk – Eight minutes walk from Whitehall, 5 from Holburn and 11 from Rosemount.
thecatinthewindowcafe.com – Twenty minutes walk from Whitehall, 18 from Holburn and 13 from Rosemount.
Bars with Còsagach Appeal – For a destination with that intimate, homely vibe check out the subterranean Under the Hammer on North Silver Street, tuck into hearty soups, real ale or local gins at The Craftsman Company on Guild Street, enjoy a dram at the traditional, warm and welcoming McGinty’s Pub on Union Street, or head to the cobbled, historic Castlegate area of Aberdeen for Old Blackfriars pub, with its low-beamed ceiling and ecclesiastical fittings it’s a cosy spot with a rich heritage.
thecraftsmancompany.com – Twenty minutes walk from Whitehall, 18 from Holburn and 15 from Rosemount.
mcgintysmealanale.co.uk – Ten minutes walk from Whitehall, 3 from Holburn and 12 from Rosemount.
oldblackfriars-aberdeen.co.uk – Twenty minutes walk from Whitehall, 20 from Holburn and 15 from Rosemount.
Taking Time over Food – Prepare home cooked food in the comfort of your own Skene House kitchen, but enjoyingCòsagach doesn’t necessarily mean staying in. Aberdeen is renowned for quality restaurants with a passion for food and a gentle ambience. Gather your friends at Moonfish Café on Correction Wynd or Café 52 on the Green for an intimate meal in convivial surroundings.
moonfishcafe.co.uk -Twenty minutes walk from Whitehall, 18 from Holburn and 15 from Rosemount.
cafe52.net – Twenty minutes walk from Whitehall, 17 from Holburn and 15 from Rosemount.
Engage the Senses – From a scented tea-light to a rich indulgent perfumed candle, light and scent help us relax, cosy up and get our Còsagach groove on. In close proximity to Skene House, venture between Jo Malone, John Lewis and Scottish gift shop Teasel and Tweed to satisfy your candle curiosity.
teaselandtweed.co.uk – Five minutes walk from Whitehall, 15 from Holburn and across the road from Rosemount.
Cosy Up – Aberdeen has multiple shopping opportunities to find that perfect winter jumper, blankets, throws and cashmere indulgence. For the ultimate luxury take a drive north to Johnston’s of Elgin for a cashmere treat. For tartans and tweeds spend a little time in Alex Scott (Kiltmakers) on Schoolhill. To browse the softest of soft furnishings and interiors visit Annie Mo’s on Union Street.
anniemos.com – Twenty minutes walk from Whitehall, 20 from Holburn and 15 from Rosemount.
johnstonscashmere.com – Around 1.5 hours drive from Skene House properties.
kiltmakers.co.uk/index.php – Fifteen minutes walk from Whitehall, 15 from Holburn and 5 from Rosemount.
Find a Retreat – Skene House Apartment Hotels provide all the space and comfort you need for a relaxed Còsagach stay. Spacious fully equipped kitchens, homely lounges and multiple twin or double bedrooms, everyone can come together and enjoy the long nights and crisp days. Spend time with the children, spend time with friends or spend time with each other. Find out more about our weekend offers at +44 1224 659 392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.