Pronounced hoo-ga, this Danish word defies literal translation. In essence it means enjoying life’s small but soothing moments – perhaps nibbling cinnamon pastries with one hand while reading a good book with the other…it’s about investing in emotional wellbeing through the simple and homespun (mind you, the traditional hand knitted socks may be a step too far).
Hygge comes into its own as the nights draw in. Imagine going for a brisk country walk or a ‘blow’ along the shore, wrapped up against the wind which whips at your hair and brings a glow to your cheeks – and then coming back to a welcoming cosy and comfortable cottage. Picture snuggling down amid soft cushions, flickering candles and basking in the warmth of a wood-burning stove, with a delicious deli supper washed down with lashings of guilt-free wine.
That sounds like winter evenings at Belle Grove! When you go home, your soul nourished, it’ll be to talk about what a great ‘hyggelit’ (hygge-like) time you’ve had!