This year’s trend for the coming seasons is to take a leaf from the Danish idea of “Hygge” – An untranslatable word that encompasses pleasures we associate with everyday life such as relaxing with friends, enjoying good food and wine, creating a cosy evening and lighting a candle or two.
This notion of Hygge can be found in every corner of our Forgotten Houses, from cosy fires and wood burners, to large relaxing living spaces and wonderful views and as the evenings draw in and the chill of autumn creep into sunny days, we look at some of our houses perfect for that last minute autumn break or winter retreat.
From wilderness to decadence there are a range of houses to find your perfect sense of hygge. If it’s the remote retreats of the countryside you seek then look no further than the 17th Century Leskernick, this house is secluded and remote, with only off road access but worth every effort to get there. In the middle of Bodmin Moor it boasts 3 bedrooms, wood burning stoves, incredible views and a wonderful atmosphere. The house is possibly unlike any other in Cornwall and probably can only be compared with those in remote north Scotland, set in seven acres of its own grounds and, surrounded by the romance of the moor, ancient settlements and the sound of nature.
Our second house of Hgyye is St Ytse, a large house built about 100 years ago on the edge of a long wooded National Trust valley, St. Yse Cottage has been beautifully renovated with 3 bedrooms, wood burning stoves, an outdoor dining spot, terraces and wonderful views over the countryside and sea near Tintagel; famous for its cliffs, landscape, castle, facilities, romance and beauty. It is also 1500 metres, as the crow flies (but further by car), from the very beautiful and sandy beach at Bossinney. St. Yse Cottage is charming, simply and beautifully fitted out, comfortable, warm and a wonderful retreat for a holiday.
If you’re planning further ahead to a Christmas of cosiness and grandeur for a large family or group then stay at the impressive Yarner House. A 17th century house on the edge of Dartmoor and overlooking gardens, woodlands and the Wray valley to the hills beyond. Yarner House has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere with 6 bedrooms rooms and interesting interior including a copper bath to dive into. All the accommodation, interior decoration and finishes are to a very high standard and although this is a large house which allows up to 15 people to stay, in comfort, it still manages to feel intimate and restful. Perfect for a sense of Hgyye.