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Scotland’s answer to Hygge is set to be one of the biggest trends of 2018
This year is all about Còsagach - the Scottish lifestyle trend which is ready and raring to rival Hygge.
If you’ve been fully embracing the in-vogue Scandinavian concepts of Hygge, Lagom and Lykke, you might be ready for bonnie Scotland’s very own version – Còsagach.
It’s the old Gaelic word (which is pronounced “kaw-sa-goch”) for the feeling of being snug, sheltered or cosy and Scotland’s tourist board, VisitScotland, have tipped it to become one of the biggest trends of 2018.
“With tranquil seascapes, vast open spaces and many warm and welcoming pubs, Scotland is a perfect place for your well-being.”
Bearing in mind that last year saw Rough Guides readers name Scotland the most beautiful country in the world, we suggest spending these long midwinters evenings planning your next Scottish escape and embracing a Còsagach stay to enjoy the splendours of the Scottish Borders.
Read on for a selection of Crabtree & Crabtree cottages which we’re sure will make the perfect Còsagach escape this year. It’s time to pack your bags and head for the countryside!
Park End, Milne Graden Estate | Coldstream | Scottish Borders
Hunker down in this quintessential romantic hideaway, beautifully finished in a contemporary country style nestled on the edge of the magnificent Milne Graden Estate. With the wood burner lit, a good film, your favourite board games and a wee dram, you won’t want to leave!
Pennine Way Cottage | Kirk Yetholm | Scottish Borders
Set high on the hillside with fantastic views across the Cheviots, the location of Pennine Way Cottage is an absolute treat. Stride out across heathery hillsides and soak up glorious skies and spectacular sunsets in this Area of Outstanding natural Beauty. A leisurely half mile walk will take you to the dog-friendly village pub where you will find a roaring fire, good food and a fine real ale.
Lower Tweedknowe | Melrose | Scottish Borders
Occupying a peaceful spot just a two minute stroll from the banks of the River Tweed and a leisurely five minute walk from one of the most picturesque towns in the Scottish Borders, a stay at Lower Tweedknowe is sure to cultivate a sense of Còsagach. Curl up in the drawing room which boasts fabulous proportions, an honesty bar and a wood burning stove for cosy evenings.
Garden Cottage, Teviot Bank | Denholm | Scottish Borders
For those craving a little of the good life, this pretty cottage will hit the right note. Watching the comings and goings of wildlife in the pretty garden. explore tranquil river valleys or simply cosy-up with a good book in front of the dancing flames of the real fire. When a lazy lunch beckons, the charming village pub is just a mile from the door.
Tweedswood | nr. Melrose | Scottish Borders
Surrounded by glorious scenery, this is a blissful spot to retreat, relax and enjoy all that this area has to offer. There are paths and riverside trails directly from the doorstep, including the Jubilee Path where you may be lucky enough to spot otters, kingfishers and badgers along the way. Return for supper in the calming kitchen before settling down on the deep squishy sofas!
Abbey House | Coldstream | Scottish Borders
The cosy interior at Abbey House makes the most of the many charming, period features including an original inglenook fireplace and bread oven, Venetian style windows and a restored open fire place in the sitting room. Add to this one very large copper bath, an attractive walled garden and four charming en-suite bedrooms and you'll never want to leave.
Halliburton | nr. Duns | Scottish Borders
This period farmhouse sits in a beautiful tranquil setting with an attractive, fully-enclosed garden and breathtaking views over open countryside. If the weather is clement, a sheltered al fresco dining area is the perfect spot to sit and watch the sun set over the hills. With 4x4 driving, clay shooting and fishing all easily accessible this is the perfect location for relaxation and adventures.
Aikwood Tower | Selkirk | Scottish Borders
Built in the 1540s Aikwood Tower sits in a lofty position guarding the entrance to the Ettrick Valley, amongst some of the most ruggedly beautiful and unspoiled countryside in the Scottish Borders. Relax in front of the vast fireplace in the Great Hall, start your memoirs in the Laird's Study, roam the garden and grounds before climbing the Kerry-handed spiral staircase to bed!