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 – and us Scots might refer to it as Còsagach – pronounced “coze-a-goch” – but it’s something we can all enjoy as autumn and winter casts their spell.
Our October Short Break offers encourage you, and your friends and family, to get into the hygge and còsagach vibe. We’re offering a three-night weekend city break for the price of two at Skene House Holburn and Rosemount in Aberdeen*. Or 25% off a minimum 2 night stay , including a free lucky dip toy for wee ones, between 18th October and 4th November 2019 inclusive* — ideal offers for bringing people together.
Hygge and còsagach are all about small social gatherings, spending quality time with close friends in a warm environment. It’s about presence, being in the moment with your friends or loved ones.
Food and drink play a key role too. Sip 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. 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 and còsagach urge 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 of 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 and còsagach appeal. It offers cosy home from home accommodation, well equipped kitchens in each apartment in which to cook proper meals for friends oand family. Indulgent living rooms with sofas and armchairs 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. Leave the concerns of the working week behind with a short break that revitalises and revives.
If a such mindful break appeals to your nature then here are Skene House’s recommendations on the best places to slow down in the Granite City.
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 indulge in a good coffee and excellent food at Food Story on Thistle Street, or meet up in the Skene House lounges for complimentary tea and coffee in relaxed surroundings. macbeans.com foodstorycafe.co.uk
Skene House offers a home from home, so preparing fresh food in the comfort of your own Skene House kitchen can be a pleasure, but you don’t have to stay 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 cafe52.net
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, 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.
From a scented tea-light to a rich perfumed candle, light and scent indulge the senses. In close proximity in Aberdeen venture between Jo Malone, John Lewis and Yankee Candle to satisfy your candle curiosity.
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.
anniemos.com kiltmakers.co.uk johnstonscashmere.com
Enjoying a bracing walk along the seafront or a gentle ramble into the forest is an example of taking pleasure from the simple things in life. Aberdeen beach stretches for miles: golden sand and blustery windswept joy. Or disappear into Tyrebagger Forest just outside the city for a spot of forest bathing, and discover sculptures amidst the trees. scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/tyrebagger
Get the Hygge and Còsagach Vibe with Skene House’s Autumn Offers – Skene House provides all the space and comfort you need for a relaxed Autumn stay. Spacious fully equipped kitchens, homely lounges and multiple separate 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. *For full terms and conditions, and to find out more about our Autumn offers please click here, or call +44 1224 659 392 or email email@example.com.