Hygge – that Danish word which seems to have gone viral. It sums up exactly what you get from a winter's break in Cornwall: the feeling of taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary things special. In a county where phone signal can be iffy, where entertainment usually involves going outdoors and where you definitely can find the time to enjoy the simple thing in life, we’ve got Hygge in abundance.
So how do you find holiday Hygge in a hurry? An open fire place, an excellent drink and a relaxed afternoon just enjoying. Cosy, content and comfortable. Open the weekend papers, order something delicious and enjoy the moment.
The following establishments offer Hygge on tap, all you have to do is get a table close to the fire…
Scarlet Wines, Lelant. With the wood burner cranked up, great music and a wonderful ambience, we recommend a sharing platter, a bottle of red (there are about 200 to choose from) then maybe a glass of Pedro Ximenez after desert. If you are about on Saturday 21st January – their Whisky Tasting/ Burns Night is a must.
The Tack House, Hayle, sleeps 2 - with a wood burner.
Logan’s Rock Inn, Treen. The ideal spot for a pint by the fire and some unpretentious pub grub after a blustery walk. This 16th Century cosy village pub was named after the famous Logan’s Rock, which balances precariously on the cliffs overlooking Porthcurno only a short walk away. Get your walking boots on in the pub car park, walk to the rock and back to work up a thirst and enjoy the spectacular views from the coastal path.
Nanquidno House, St.Just, sleeps 7 – with a wood burner.
Newlyn Art Gallery – Hygge is all about taking time to enjoy things which otherwise rush past us. So stop a while and look at some art, or indeed the wonderful view over the bay, framed excellently by the gallery café. Just next to the gallery is the Tolcarne Inn. Not just a great pub with open fires, but run by Michelin Star chef, Ben Tunnicliffe, with a fantastic menu based around the fish caught at Newlyn.
Trenow, Perranuthnoe, sleeps 4 – with a wood burner.
Live Bluegrass Music – The Star and Garter, Falmouth. Every Monday night get that Hygge feeling at this wonderful pub. The wood burners will be roaring and the food inspired by American style BBQ; so expect briskets butchered, cured and smoked by their passionate chefs. Enjoy one of the many, top notch whiskies or rums and look out over the harbour whilst listening to some great tunes.
Ruan Dinas, Fal River, sleeps 6 – with a wood burner and a range cooker.