A sense of hygge this winter, as illustrated by our recent guests

By December 10, 2020WINTER

Hygge – a concept cultivated in Denmark, which is said to the happiest country in the world. You may have come across this word in recent years, pondering on its pronunciation, or perhaps going a little deeper by reading into such a philosophy, and trying to be a little more hygge yourself.

For those new to this, we recommend turning to an explanation by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. In her book The Little Book of Hygge, she writes:

‘Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down. You may be having an endless conversation about the small or big things in life – or just be comfortable in each other’s silent company – or simply just be by yourself enjoying a cup of tea.’


Rather gorgeous, don’t you think? Reading this, we cast our minds to our guests. To our heartfelt reviews, the authentic images we’re tagged in, and letters sent and filled with sentiment. The moments we house, and they share with us.

Many staying at the Scarlet feel a sense of hygge during their stay, perhaps without even knowing it. And we thought you might like to feel it too. Here are some of those moments we’ve recently enjoyed viewing ourselves, over a cup of tea.

N.B. You can browse more by viewing our rather fittingly named hashtag on Instagram, #scarletmoment

Waking up early enough to appreciate this kind of sky


A warming drink, alone. In a comfortable spot


Moonset morning swim in the natural reed pool


Taking in the fresh scent of pine from our tree


The simplicity of closeness to nature. Wrapping up warm for a winter beach walk


Focussing on your favourite hobby, with no distractions


Pulling on some cosy slippers (and you can take these home!)


Food good for the soul


A long, deep bath