Get Hygge Island Style

Hard to explain and even harder to pronounce, the Danish word hygge is in essence creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you. With many books on the subject, this is the new black when it comes to the pursuit of happiness and contentment. Danes are reported as being the happiest nation on earth after all.

But good news - the Island gives Denmark a run for its money when it comes to getting hygge this season. With thatched country pubs, roaring fires, blustery walks and secret snug hideaways, here’s our guide to some top ways to get cosy & snuggled Island style this winter.

Cosy Coffee, Chocolate, Cakes, Carols & Candles

Want to sink into comfy sofas, watch the flames dance in an open fire and nurse a warming mug of artisan coffee? Then put Chessell Pottery Cafe and The Chocolate Apothecary into your satnav and head for hygge heaven.

Nestled amidst the AONB in the West Wight, Chessell Pottery Cafe is not only a great place to release your inner artist and paint your own Christmas tree decorations – it also serves fantastic barista coffees and artisan teas, as well as a plethora of handmade cakes. Sit in front of the Charnwood log burner and settle in for the afternoon. Potygge.

The Chocolate Apothecary on Ryde seafront is straight out of the Joanne Harris novel – minus Johnny Depp. Formerly housing a Victorian chemist, this is a shop, meets café, meets chocolate factory – with all the original wood fittings now home to a vast selection of chocolate and chocolate related goodies.  The handmade chocolates are all made at the back of the shop, while high stools and tables offer the perfect spot to perch and watch the world go by whilst indulging in the thickest most luxurious handmade hot chocolate. Chocygge.

If it's enjoying the good things with people around you you’re after make sure you book a visit over the weekend of 7-9th December and attend the Yarmouth Carnival Carols in the Square on Saturday 8th December. This locally run annual event sees the town square filled with locals and visitors alike to come together to sing Christmas carols beneath the giant Christmas tree. Father Christmas always make a visit and roasted chestnuts and mulled wine are on sale, many of the small independent shops open late as well with special Christmas offers. With its own Tudor castle, this is the oldest town on the Isle of Wight, dating right back to 991 AD and Yarmouth is also the second smallest town in the whole of England. Carolygge.

OK so maybe you want to take a little piece of Islandygge home with you so make sure you pick up a Pure Wight Soy Candle – all handmade and lovingly hand poured on the Island in Bembridge. Using pure essential oils and natural soy wax choose from Lime & Lemongrass, Rosemary & Bay, Lavender & Lemon, Geranium & Orange, Strawberry & Rhubarb or go all festive with Cinnamon, Orange & Clove. Candlygge.

Pure Wight Soy Candles are available from: Pomegranate, Bembridge. Rectory Mansion, Brading. Blue Fox Gallery, Ryde.
 Island Artisan @ House of Chilli, nr. Arreton.
 Chale Green Stores
. Tapnell Farm Gift Shop, nr. Yarmouth.
 Robin Hill Gift Shop.
 Ventnor Botanic Garden Gift Shop, Ventnor.
 Bella, Cowes.
 The Little I.O.W. Company, online.

Alix Robinson

21 November 2018

By Alix Robinson in Articles