A Hygge Weekend, Denmark

As you very well know, my best friend lives in Sweden.

We Skype almost every day, text constantly, but still somehow miss each other’s infectious company.

So again, we decided to meet up somewhere lovely and spend a long weekend together.

This time we met in the middle, in Denmark.

Where we spent a handful of days in a funny little hotel beside the sea.

Waking with the sunrise (mercifully not too early this time of year!) and breathing in the bracing sea air.

Watching the waves crash below our balcony.

Before retreating inside to defrost beside the fire.

This was our hotel…

A Scandi-style seaside retreat.

The staff were utterly charming though utterly confused by us both. How had we found them? Why were we there? Were we sneaking off on a dirty weekend?

It turns out that not too many non-Danes make it to their little stretch of coastline and they quite like it that way!

Nevertheless, they were warm, welcoming and understanding of our little quirks (wanting more than one pillow and asking for one each, for example).

We spent our days chattering over delicious coffees and soft boiled eggs at the breakfast table, before setting off on borrowed bikes to explore the local area.

Which is so quaint it doesn’t even seem real.

A short ride away we stumbled upon Kildegaard, where the owner called out to see if we’d like a hot drink.

We took him up on his kind offer and explored his castle.

A beautiful little B’n’B filled with books and surrounded by roaming chickens, watched over by an old dog wrapped in a blanket.

White hat // Nordic jumper

Hooded coat // Skinny jeans

Suede boots // Louis Vuitton bag

Shearling jacketHighst version

Very cool jumper

Skinny jeans // Shoes

If you ride on a little further, you’ll find yourself in Tisvildeleje.

A delightful, sleepy little town with shops and coffee houses galore.

All oozing that effortless Danish charm.

Along side a marvellous bakery and a handful of restaurants.

Be sure to pop into Bread & Wine for a cuppa and a pastry or three.

 

You’ll need all the fuel you can get for the next bit of the journey!

A ride through the countryside.

To “The Farm“.

A sort of garden centre, meets home store, meets fashion house, in the middle of nowhere.

Gorgeous from the outside and stuffed with Scandi goodies on the inside.

Well worth a trip, should you find yourself in the area.

And with little-to-no traffic in the winter months, it’s an easy glide home.

Just in time for lunch!

Which is really where this hotel shines.

I don’t say this lightly, but they served some of the consistently best food I’ve ever eaten. I know, I know, it’s a little sea side hotel, how can that be true?!

It just is.

There are no menus, the chef serves whatever’s good. I joined Val in her pescetarianism (vegetarian but eats fish) during our stay, so we had different dishes to the other guests. Every single dish served was well balanced, well thought out, not too light or heavy, bursting with flavour, as fresh as can be and truly spectacular, without being in any way pretentious.

Supper was a three course set menu, every night.

While lunch was a varied smorgasbord of nibbly bits to share.

Always starting with freshly made bread and butter.

And local style dishes that changed every day.

I learned that I love pickled herring! ^ Who knew?!

While the perfectly cooked salmon with whipped creme fraiche is probably more of a mainstream taste.

We spent our afternoons snuggled up outside with bottomless coffees, shooting the breeze and dolphin spotting. (We saw a whole pod of dolphins and no-one would believe us, so we had to drag the staff outside to prove it!)

I really can’t think of a better place to experience proper Danish Hygge. 

Pronounced hue-guh, it’s the Danish saying for happy, content and cosy. It’s about togetherness, comfort and that warm glow that works from the outside in.

I think we could all use a little more Hygge in our lives!

Once the sun went down we would shuffle in and take up the sofas closest to the fire, chatting, playing games and reminiscing until supper time.

When plate after plate of spectacular local food would appear.

Each a little surprise, as you don’t order from a menu.

Starting with mussel soup (something I would never have ordered), silky and rich with droplets of vibrant green lovage, torn greens, lots of dill and two big, plump scallops.

Just so delicious, and surprising.

Followed by cod in a butter and caper sauce, on a bed of rich, creamy mash, all topped with herbs and ribbons of crisp, pickled pumpkin.

I really don’t want you to think I’m exaggerating, but I could eat at this restaurant every day for the rest of my life and never be tired of it.

Finishing off the evening with orange cake, ice cream and freshly made honeycomb.

Then we’d stay up late and play beside the crackling fire.

Luxuriating in the warmth, before making the climb upto our cold and somewhat barren bedroom (there had to be a catch somewhere, right?)

Falling asleep to the sound of the waves, the wind and the rain outside.

And then doing it all over again the next day.

A little out of the way and not without its quirks, I still wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a Hygge weekend of your very own in Denmark.

This is the hotel’s website, you could combine a stay with a trip to Copenhagen, or just go right to the sea side.

I will most certainly return, I just can’t face a life without those Danish flavours!

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  • This is so cool – I’d never think of going on a ‘seaside break’ in Denmark! Also all that food looks spectacular!

    KatieJane | Soup&Champagne

  • Tina

    Beautiful pics! Where can I find your’s friend beanie hat with pink pom pom?

    • Rosie Penelope Kerr

      It is from Boden 🙂

  • It looks so lovely! I would love to go there. X
    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

  • Pickled Herring is excellent – I buy it in Waitrose and have it on toast/ crackers with cream cheese and dill for a breakfast quite often.

  • Charlotte

    Oh! Rosie.
    I love this post.
    I can feel your Genuine smiles and happiness with your bestie!
    X

  • The photos look beautiful and this is definitely friendship goals. Or even weekend away goals with your loved one. Amazing <3

    The Lisa’s World

  • Alexandra Donnelly

    Oh Rosie this looks like the loveliest few days! I went to Copenhagen for the first time last year and fell in love with everything Danish. You’ve completely convinced me that I have to go back!

  • Disha

    Love these posts, so authentic and pure. Looks so cosy!

    http://www.deardishablog.wordpress.com

  • What a cute place! The food looks yummy too.

  • What a gorgeous place! I love the Hygge mentality of living. It’s something I am trying to adopt in my own life.

  • Natalie

    You’re pictures are so beautiful! I’ve always wanted to go to Copenhagen, and I’ll have to make sure to plan a trip to the Danish seaside too! I might even be convinced to try a pickled herring or two.

    Natalie
    https://tillygraceblog.wordpress.com

  • Margherita

    This is so Hygge ❤️ Love it!!!

  • This place looks so magical and I always find it’s the ‘off the beaten track’ places that have the most wonderful hotels! I love Denmark too, this has spurred me on to explore more.

    Mel x mediamarmalade.com

  • How lovely to have such a cozy time with your best friend! That is so amazing!

    x
    Shloka
    http://thesilksneaker.com

  • Jet

    My best friend also lives in Sweden- definitely the only good thing about that is getting to visit. Looks like you had a great time. I also love the word smorgasbord haha,

    http://www.jettravels.co.uk
    J.E.T
    x

  • That looks like an absolutely amazing trip. I hadn’t yet put Denmark on my travel list, but obviously that needs to change. And I love how they use Weck jars for glassware!

  • marie from heartfelt hunt

    gorgeous post and these chocolate pastries look soooo good!!! <3

    xoxo,
    marie

    http://www.heartfelthunt.com/cozy-red

  • This looks amazing! I need to visit Denmark so badly!!

    http://champagne-lifestyle.com

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Gorgeous photos!! Looks like a fantastic mini-break!

    Rebecca
    xx
    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

  • The hotel and town looks so quaint and peaceful, definitely my kind of trip and bookmarking the hotel right now!!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Cruelty-Free/Vegan Beauty • Lifestyle • Photography

    • Viviane Feeney

      That’s what I did! Much love x

  • That pinks sky is incredible, the food all looked amazing, and I can not wait to go back to Denmark!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Rosie this looks like a dream! That food looks absolutely amazing!
    Maz xx
    https://reddress.me

  • Denmark looks so lovely. What a cozy weekend getaway!

    Stephanie | https://une-cherette.com

  • Viviane Feeney

    Weekend goals right there… but really, I felt warm and cosy reading this.
    Danes apparently to leave the office by 4 and the world don’t stop, in fact they are happier that way!
    If I go to DK I might make a detour for this hygge paradise!

    Cheers from Aus!

    http://dreamtraveleat.blogspot.com.au/