(Warning: if you are not full of festive cheer yet, do not read on!)
At the weekend I made my very first foray to the House of Farnell near Brechin and Montrose in the North East of Scotland. This little gem of a place has been in existence for years and has a very loyal following in this part of the world. For three months of the year the Victorian schoolhouse in the village of Farnell turns into a a wee slice of Scandinavian festive paradise where the most gorgeous and stylish Christmas decorations and tableware go hand in hand with the tastiest coffee and Danish pastries.
Such is the reputation of the place that there is often a waiting list for tables in the cafe for lunch; we arrived at 10.30am and had no problem but by the time we left at 12.30pm the tables were full and people were browsing the shop waiting for their names to be called for the cafe. If you love all things Christmas and all things Scandi then this is a heavenly place to meet with a friend, browse, buy and gorge; in fact, I think it is the embodiment of the Danish word hygge!
And for all you Farnell fans out there, I got speaking to the manager and they’re looking to open up the schoolhouse again over Easter for two months, this time with a spring gift theme so there won’t be a 9 month wait for more Scandinavian delights!