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. The Danes have a term for this -‘Hygge’, pronounced Hoo-ga – but it’s something we can all enjoy as winter casts its spell.
At the heart of Hygge 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 plays a key role in Hygge. It can be savouring a treat, a coffee or that exquisite slice of cake that beckons, but it’s also about taking time to cook, allowing space to create dishes and meals from fresh ingredients for everyone to sit together and enjoy. Too often food is rushed and prepackaged, Hygge urges us to slow down.
Comfort and textiles feature heavily. 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 mindfulness is core. Getting away from things, turning off your phone and leaving the demands of work or others behind you. Be present in the moment.
Skene House always has Hygge appeal. It offers cosy home from home accommodation, well-equipped kitchens in which to cook proper meals for friends or family. Indulgent living rooms to cosy up in. Romantic duplexes to escape with a loved one, or three bedroom apartments for family time or a gentle weekend away with good friends. On a crisp winter’s evening escape to Whitehall’s gardens with lanterns swaying in the breeze, lighting up the night sky, savour a hot chocolate and breathe in the crisp air. Leave the concerns of the working week behind with a short break that revitalises and revives.
If exploring Hygge appeals to your nature then here are Skene House’s recommendations on the best places to slow down in the Granite City.
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee – Savouring a rich cup of tea or coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures. Macbeans on Little Belmont Street is a delightful little shop, big on beans and bags, if you wish to select your own roast or tea. Alternatively meet up in the Skene House lounges for complimentary tea and coffee in relaxed surroundings.
Taking Time over Food – Prepare home-cooked food in the comfort of your own Skene House kitchen, but Hygge 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 Cafe on Correction Wynd or Cafe 52 on the Green for an intimate meal in convivial surroundings.
Engage the Senses – From a scented tea-light to a rich indulgent perfumed candle, light and scent play a key role in Hygge. In close proximity in Aberdeen venture between Jo Malone, John Lewis and Yankee Candle to satisfy your candle curiosity.
Cosy Up – Aberdeen has multiple shopping opportunities to find that perfect winter jumper. 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 soft furnishings and interiors visit Annie Mo’s on Union Street, or drop by Teasel and Tweed on Rosemount Viaduct for home furnishings, furniture and accessories.
Embrace Nature – Taking a bracing walk along the seafront or a gentle ramble into the forest is an example of seeking pleasure in the simple things in life. Aberdeen beach stretches for miles: golden sand and blustery windswept joy. Or disappear to Tyrebagger Forest, just outside the city, to discover sculptures amidst the trees.
Find a Retreat – Skene House provides all the space and comfort you need for a relaxed Hygge stay. Spacious fully equipped kitchens, homely lounges and one, two or three bedroom HotelSuites. 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 +44 1224 659 392 or email email@example.com.