Hygge, the Scandinavian way of life that's implicit of all things good, wholesome, life affirming, and, in cold dark months, cosy as well, is the latest Scandi phenomena to fascinate the wider world just in time for Christmas, and we know a hotel or two that epitomise all of those things. So here are ten of the Good Hotel Guide's cosy hotels in the U.K and Ireland, or hotels for hygge!
Little Barwick House, Somerset
Excellent cakes and the most welcoming smile you could ask for make Little Barwick House in Somerset a wonderfully cosy hotel at any time of the year. The dog is welcome, adding to the sense of warmth, so after a good walk in the countryside settle into a mushroom risotto and a bottle of wine in the evening to put the world to rights.
Glenfinnan House Hotel, Scotland
A little bit of magic on the edge of Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan House Hotel is a family run, country house hotel where you're greeted with chocolates on arrival and have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Scottish idyll in the day before snuggling up by the fire in the evening. It's rather like joining a friend's house for the weekend.
Llwyndu Farmhouse, Wales
Found at the end of a winding track, Llwyndu Farmhouse is a family friendly, folksy little hotel that's all about simplicity and personality. You gather for aperitifs in the lounge, sit by a wood burner and eat by candlelight. Meanwhile, the hotel is set against a backdrop of enchanting views looking across Cardigan Bay.
Lewtrenchard Manor, Devon
A characterful country manor, Lewtrenchard Manor was once home to the Duke of Albemarle, where it's all about individual design and an all-round beautiful experience. It's cosiness on a grand scale, with individually designed rooms (an oversized sleigh bed in one, a roll-top bath another). Aperitifs and canapés are provided in abundance and at breakfast a great basket of various breads and freshly baked pastries is provided.
Losehill House, Derbyshire
Tucked away at the end of a leafy lane, Losehill House is a secluded, white painted arts and crafts house where the staff are attentive and the bathrobes are plush. Food is locally sourced, the sofas are comfy and after a long walk in the countryside nothing beats a soak in the hot tub in the spa in the summer months. Dogs are welcome as well, which adds a sense of cosy inclusivity.
Montagu Arms, Hampshire
Brimming with New Forest charm, the Montagu Arms is a traditional country house with Victorian design throughout. They offer fine dining as well as less formal gathering in Monty's Inn, where it's all about cosy comfort and excellent Sunday lunches. All the things you want as autumn and winter set in.
The Star Inn, Yorkshire
When you're looking for ultimate cosiness, Yorkshire is amongst the best places to go for excellent food and wrapping up warm. The Star Inn in Harome, is a 14th century inn on the edge of the North York Moors. It's brimming with rustic elements and has a congenial ambience. it combines its sense of cosiness with Michelin star flair in the restaurant and characterful bedrooms - one has a rope-slung bed, another has tartan-walls and a piano.
The Old Railway Station, Petworth
A quirky B&B that resides in a former timber built Victorian railway station that's been handsomely restored, The Old Railway Station does old world charm to perfection. The four Pullman carriages on the disused railway line are decorated with colonial flair with vintage lamps and objets d'art throughout. It's a place for taking afternoon tea whilst dreaming of the Orient Express, but surrounded by trees and birdsong rather than train whistles and steam. It's the stuff that stories are made of.
Borrowdale Gates, Cumbria
Surrounded by woodland, Borrowdale Gates is a family run hotel near Derwentwater, where it's all about tasty food (buttered kippers for breakfast), walking, climbing and log fires. Set in two acres of grounds with a lovely terrace for alfresco drinks in the summer months, dogs are welcome and many of the rooms have patio doors leading outside as well, which is a real joy to wake up to.
Bank House, King's Lynn
Walk through a wrought iron gateway past a statue of George I and you enter a Georgian townhouse that's been converted into a hotel. Inside it's all seductive colours and cosy lighting, rich furnishings and shelves stocked with plenty of books. Bank House is a wonderful mix of modern and classic design with luxurious details such as a freestanding claw-footed bath in one room. Some rooms have views of the estuary and at every turn the service is impeccable, which really makes you feel looked after.
From a selection of hotels on the Good Hotel Guide