Wigglesworth House and Cottages, Yorkshire
Relax in style in Wigglesworth House and Cottages’ two lovingly restored properties boasting antique beds, toasty wood burning stoves and huge windows perfect for stargazing.
Ample logs ensure guests stay toasty warm and a locally sourced Welcome Pack sets the mood for a relaxing break with bread, milk, eggs, cheese, fresh flowers and wine. There is also a lovely local pub just a mile away with roaring log fires that epitomise Hygge.
A week’s stay in sleeps four Cross Cottage starts from £549 and a short break from £399. Alternatively a week’s stay in sleeps six Gamekeepers Cottage starts from £649 and short breaks from £499. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01729 840168)
Waitby School, Cumbria
The dramatic Howgills and Pennines of the Yorkshire Dales National Park overlook Waitby School. This Grade II listed 5 star gold schoolhouse is an idyllic hygge retreat that combines rustic chic with modern comforts. Its wood burning stove, whirlpool bath, and homely cosy feel provides ample opportunities to experience the hygge concept. It is the perfect place to catch up with friends around the dinner table or relax alone with a good book curled up on a sofa in front of the fire.
A week’s stay in Waitby for up to seven, starts from £475 and short breaks from £390. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07771 657183)
With Stunning views in all directions, Rivercatcher Ghillie’s cottage nestled on the banks of the River Dee on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park exudes hygge. Couples can soak up the hygge vibe in front of the woodburning stove in the snug sitting room or while drinking in the views from the property’s private hot tub.
They can enjoy time together exploring the beautiful countryside; the Berwyn Mountains or Snowdonia National Park an Area of outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) straight from the door step.
A week’s stay in sleeps two Ghillies Cottage starts from £446, and in sleeps ten Cilan Farmhouse from £1732 short breaks cost £290 and £1125 respectively. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01490 440498)
Hareley Barn, Herefordshire
Offering panoramic views over an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hareley Barn is a beautifully converted 16th Century Grade II listed barn located within a rare breeds farm in Herefordshire. Traditional Southdown sheep, Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs and rare breed poultry are all reared on the farm, which is also home to hedgehogs, moles, bats, stoats, weasels, polecats and the property’s namesake: the Hareley Hare.
Opportunities for hygge are around every corner here. Firstly guests can immerse themselves in the natural world as the nearby ancient meadows support a wide variety of wildlife. They can also enjoy complimentary tours of the farm and learn all about the rare breed livestock and farm management.
Then they can relax in the cosy and characterful 17th Century stone barn, which boasts lots of original features including beams, hayrack, cattle stall and the all important woodburning stove. A three night break for four starts from £330 and a week from £450 .(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01886 884362)
East View Farm Holiday Cottages, Norfolk
Set in 10 peaceful acres, East View Farm Holiday Cottages comprises two eco-friendly barn conversions combining luxurious accommodation with the perfect location for exploring the Norfolk Broads, medieval Norwich and the stunning North Norfolk coastline. There’s hygge aplenty here with cosy wood burning fires, luxury mattresses, warm colours plus local pubs that are the epitome of “hygge”.
Sitting in the Broads National Park, the UK’s largest wetland area, it is paradise for twitchers, walkers and nature lovers. Wildlife and photographic tours with a local expert can be arranged (pickup and lunch included).
Stays in sleeps six Plum Tree Cottage start from £650 for a week and from £475 for a short break. A week’s stay in sleeps two Nutmeg Cottage starts from £395 and £295 for a short break.(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 07831 258258)
Ffynnon Gron, Pembrokeshire
Hygge is about experiences rather than material stuff, and celebrating special moments. Ffynnon Gron has hygge in spades. This gorgeous Georgian farmhouse close to the coast sleeps 16 guests in eight delightful bedrooms, and boasts walk-in power showers and roll top baths. There’s also a fun packed games room where families can spend some quality time together.
The spacious kitchen is the hub of the house, with a lovely big, old oak, kitchen table at its heart next to the warm Aga. Gather in the open plan sitting area while the chefs of the family cook up a storm then retire to the lounge, with roaring log fire, for fun and games.
Set in the heart of beautiful Pembrokeshire, with its 186 miles of walking paths, there is lots to explore close to the property including five islands teaming with wildlife. Take a trip to Caldey, Skomer, Skokholm, Ramsey or Grassholm.
A week’s stay at Ffynnon Gron for up to 16 guests starts from £1900 and a short break from £1700 .(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 020 81234624)
Wallops Wood, Hampshire
Wallops Wood Cottages provides the perfect “hygge” experience whatever the weather. Underfloor heating, fuelled by a wood chip boiler and wood burners are at the heart of the open plan communal areas of these six multi award winning cottages. On a clear night gaze at the stars from the private hot tub with a glass of local sparkling wine.
Located in the South Downs National Park, recently recognised as an International Dark Skies Reserve, the cottages, sleeping 6-8 people are perched on a hillside in the Meon Valley. It’s the perfect place to slow down, unwind and enjoy the company of friends or family.
Guests looking for pure relaxation don’t even need to lift a finger in the kitchen as delicious home cooked meals can be delivered direct to the door. A personal chef can also be booked for a special treat and there are award winning pubs within walking or cycling distance of the cottages. Four-legged friends are welcomed with their very own basket of goodies.
A week in a three bed cottage starts from £795, or a three night short break from £557.(www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01489 878888).
Heath Farm Holiday Cottages, Oxfordshire
A haven of peace away from the stresses of everyday life, Heath Farm Holiday Cottages exudes warmth and comfort with natural materials that reflect the hygge lifestyle of simple pleasures. All five cottages have open fires and there is free firewood that is grown, cut and dried on site.
Sleeps four Walnut Cottage offers an abundance of space and light with plenty of hygge features such as a great stone open fireplace and three comfy sofas perfect for snuggling up. Light candles and play games on the generous coffee table or pile it high with delicious and warming food and drink for a comforting bedtime supper.
A stroll in the grounds, woodlands and flower meadows is a relaxing way to drink in the fresh air before returning to the warmth and tranquility of the cottage.
A week’s stay at Heath Farm Cottages for up to four guests starts from £660 and a short break from £495. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01608 683270)
Hoots Treehouse, Sussex
Peeping out from between the leaves like something from Harry Potter’s wizarding world or the pages of Tolkien, Hoots Treehouse is a gorgeous hideaway, perched in the treetops above the ancient Rother Valley in Sussex. The treehouse is named after the owls that often perch on its spacious deck and it is an idyllic escape from the bustle and pressure of city living.
The treehouse is clad in aromatic cedar and accessed via an elevated boardwalk above the valley. Inside, despite being rustic and rural, there’s no scrimping on modern comforts – it is fully heated and has a well-equipped kitchenette as well as a TV and Bose Bluetooth speakers. It’s a beautiful place to stay all year round, but on chilly nights, visitors can light candles and snuggle up by the log-burning stove, soaking up the peace and quiet. In the daytime, the deck is the best place to sit (wrapped up in luxurious woolly blankets) and watch over the valley, listening to the wind in the trees and spotting wildlife that includes badgers, foxes, pheasants, deer and of course, owls.
Quality Unearthed offer stays from £183 per night, based on two sharing and a minimum stay of two nights. For more information and to book, visit www.qualityunearthed.co.uk or call 01348 830 922.
Swinton Bivouac, Masham, North Yorkshire
This luxury site in the Yorkshire Dales offers glamping with a hipster vibe. Made from upcycled materials, the woodland and hillside lodges and yurts offer non-stop Instagram opportunities thanks to the quirky decorations and beautiful finishes. Kitted out with wood-burning stoves, rocking chairs and cosy nooks and crannies, the ‘hygge’ spirit is alive and well at Swinton Bivouac. An outdoor hot tub and meals delivered directly to your door ramp up the luxury factor even further. The onsite cafe is not only super cute and offers the opportunity to enjoy delicious meals and drinks in the evening, it also boasts a family den underneath that leads to a walled garden. Local attractions include the ‘miniature Stonehenge’ druids temple, while the nearby Swinton Park Estate wows with miles of picturesque moorland, rivers and dales.
From £270 for two nights, sleeping up to seven people (£19.29 pppn)
The Forge, Pembrokeshire
Small but perfectly formed, The Forge is a recently renovated apartment in a former granary, located within easy reach of the centre of St David’s, Britain’s smallest city. The interiors are simple and stylish, echoing the building’s history with exposed original stonework and slate floors but softened with traditional Welsh woollen blankets and a comforting log-burning fire. The living space is open plan, with one bedroom and an en-suite bathroom that has a free-standing, deep copper bathtub, just the thing for a really long, decadent soak.
The Forge is an ideal cosy bolthole for two, particularly out of season, when the area’s main attractions are the windswept Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, beautiful (but virtually empty) beaches such as nearby Whitesands, cosy cafes and pubs, and the atmospheric St David’s Cathedral. All are within walking distance of the apartment, meaning everything can be explored at a relaxed pace, or couples can simply snuggle up in front of the fire with a glass of wine and a good book.
Quality Cottages has seven night self-catering stays at The Forge for two sharing from £395. For more information visit www.qualitycottages.co.uk or call 01348 837 871.
Riverside Camping, Caernarfon, North Wales
Just a short drive away from the Snowdonia mountains and the Welsh coast, the spacious and well-equipped Riverside Camping is the perfect site to explore the beautiful countryside and enjoy outdoor adventures before warming up again in a cosy but spacious wooden three bedroom lodge. Boasting ‘hygge’ features such as a cupboard bed that guests have to climb into - kids will love it - a freestanding roll top bath, plenty of candle lights and lanterns as well as a wood-burning stove, the modern rustic vibe of the pod is welcoming and friendly. Situated in a sheltered loop of the River Seiont, which is great for fishing, birdwatching, boating and paddling, and surrounded by woodland, treasure trails, a covered picnic area and children’s playground add to the appeal. And if the weather doesn’t show itself from it’s best side, guests can get their ‘hygge’ on by relaxing in the outdoor hot tub, enjoying a meal in the beautiful onsite Mill Bistro or making use of the free wifi.
From £325 for four nights, sleeping up to six people. (£13.54 pppn)
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