This season, we’re embracing cosy.
“Cosy” is one of those lovely words that conjures up all sorts of happy memories and feelings. For many of us in Cornwall, it’s that getting back into warmth after a good “stank” (Cornish for a long walk) along a cliff path. It’s that hot bath after being caught in the rain. It’s that steaming pie washed down with good conversation. It’s a great big hug of a word, originally from the Norwegian “kose seg”, variously translated as to enjoy, to snuggle or to bask.
Why do we so love feeling cosy? Is it something in our ancestral make-up? The safe, well-fed ancestor huddling inside the cave with a nice, hot fire is the most likely to survive. However, cosiness seems to be something that the modern Briton is really reaching out for at the moment.
A few years ago, all-in-one sleepwear was strictly for the under-twos. Now we have the “onesie”, and it’s not just for bedtime – don it after work, curl up on the sofa, cuddle your cuppa and feel all’s well with the world. There’s been an increase in wood burner sales in the UK over the last few years, and over one million households now have one of these cheering items in their living rooms.
The rise of comfort food is also noticeable. The Great British Bake Off, with twelve million viewers and almost as many calories, has become a national obsession. Add Mary Berry and a packet of digestives to your snug sofa-nest, and your sense of cosiness truly hits maximum. The “quiet night in” these days is something to be indulged in, not to feel ashamed of. Staying in is not the new going out – it’s actually better than going out.
However, the feeling we’re aiming for at The Cornwall is closer to the Danish hygge. A lovely, almost untranslatable word, hygge refers to that state of contentment that only physical comfort and enjoying food with your favourite people can bring. A fire can add a hyggelige glow to the evening – but don’t curl up in front of it alone, as true hygge can be achieved only if you’re also basking in the warmth of good company.
It’s with this inviting image in mind that we’re currently offering a “Cosy Night In” break, a two-night stay for four or more people sharing a Woodland home. Our Woodland homes are an appropriately Scandinavian influenced selection of luxury holiday houses, tucked snugly into wooded parkland.
To make sure you really get that sense of hygge, we include a bottle of wine, lashings of popcorn and a movie on one night. Some of the Woodland homes even have wood burners; and all have extremely comfortable places to snuggle down in.
Standing on your balcony (perhaps in your onesie – we’ll let you make that choice) with a glass of something warming in your hand, looking out at the night-time woods outside, is as close to a feeling of perfect wellbeing as you can get.
So, treat yourself to some comfort, and have a look at our Cosy Night In package – all you need to add is the people you’d like to get hygge with.