Experience a moment of hygge – the wellbeing trend of 2016 but a way of life for the Danes for the past three centuries.

Hygge, pronounced ‘hoo-guh’, is Denmark’s latest export – it is a lifestyle craze and describes a feeling of comfort and contentment, as well as indulging in all the good things and people in your life. The term has made its way into lifestyle and fashion magazines everywhere and on the chalkboards of cafes boasting an intimate setting and comfort food; it was even one of Collins Dictionary’s ten words of the year, but how do you achieve hygge?

Well, it is all about embracing the long, cold winter days, and making the ordinary special, such as getting together with family for a meal or curling up on a sofa with a good book.

The word Hygge actually originates from the Norwegian language meaning something similar to ‘well-being’, but it spread to Denmark in the 18th century and has since become an integral part of the country's culture and self-identity. 

Part of our ethos at Hand Picked Hotels is to make our guests feel at home – from creating a nice, warm atmosphere to offering delectable regional and seasonal dishes and fine wines – being able to sit back, relax and enjoy the small things in life has never been so easy.

Hygge is all about indulgence and escaping the everyday stresses and strains, and Norton House Hotel & Spa near Edinburgh offers the perfect place to unwind. Whether you want to sit by the roaring fire and play board games, or drink tea served from a china set accompanied by freshly prepared sandwiches and warm scones, our romantic Scottish venue really allows you to embrace the Danish art of hygge. 

As does Nutfield Priory, our unique Victorian country house hotel and spa in Surrey near Redhill, where you can choose to luxuriate in a freestanding roll-top bath in one of our master suites or simply eat by candlelight with friends in the comfort of your own dining room.

If you have not got in on the act yet, now might be a good time to embrace the Danish attitude to help pull you through the winter.