Six French Roulottes – Devanna, Karlotta, Gitana, Maharani, Shivanni, Zenaya and one Dutch roulotte, Rosa Bella have settled into their new home in the Scottish Borders and enjoying life around the lochan in the wildflower meadow. It has taken five years to achieve our vision, Roulotte Retreat – creating a beautiful circle of colourful roulottes, each unique and offering a stylish and utterly different place to enjoy time and space out from everyday life. And of course don’t forget Ruby, our beautiful little authentic Bowtop Gypsy caravan who comes with Horseshoe Cottage, in the woodland garden next door! In addition we have a 1950’s wooden Studio, which is great for groups, friends and family get togethers or for workshops.
Unusual, quirky interiors with quality furniture has been passionately sourced over the last few years and exotic fabrics have been hand finished into the finest drapes to adorn the windows and doors of the roulottes.
It’s incredible when everything comes together, like a gourmet meal – all the best of ingredients have been sought and provide a magnificent feast titillating all the senses for everyone who comes to stay in our beautiful roulottes in the wildflower meadow.
What is a Roulotte?
Hand crafted Romany style wooden caravan built in France and Holland. In Holland they are often known as woonwagens. Our roulottes are created to bespoke designs modelled on the styles of a bygone era of the East and reminiscent of the elegance of the Orient Express. Relaxing in one of our magical roulottes with all modern comforts is the perfect way to experience ‘Glamvanning’.
PETS : We only have up to two well behaved dogs in Horseshoe Cottage but not in the Roulottes or Ruby
Phone: 0845 0949 729
Mobile: 07990 744044
Nestled beneath trees on a small private estate near the legendary Eildon Hills in the Scottish Borders, Roulotte Retreat offers you the chance to escape. Just three miles away from Melrose, home of Rugby Sevens and the Borders Book Festival and right at the heart of the Borders, it is easily accessible from all local towns and villages. St. Cuthbert’s Way long distance footpath meanders nearby and woodlands, streams, waterfalls and hills complete the surrounding beautiful landscape.
Our site which lies just below the Eildons is easily accessible from the nearby Border towns of Melrose, Selkirk, St. Boswells, Kelso, Jedburgh, Galashiels, Lauder amongst others. The River Tweed flows nearby, in fact the very burn which runs through our meadow flows into this famous salmon fishing river, which meanders throughout the local countryside en route to the sea at Berwick upon Tweed. The beautiful valleys of Yarrow and Ettrick fan out from Selkirk and onwards up towards Moffat and Eskdalemuir where the famous Tibetan Monastery of Samye Ling is situated. Another neighbouring valley moves towards Peebles and its mountain biking terrain.
Directions will be given on booking.
Things to do
There is so much to do, see, taste and hear in this beautiful area of Scotland that it is not possible to list everything and everywhere so we have decided to leave it up to you to look through to see what is on when you are visiting. Sign up for our newsletter so that you can watch out for our very our own Roulotte Retreat calendar and keep up to date with what’s happening here in the Meadow. There are also events happening all over the Scottish Borders throughout the year, as well as the ongoing local attractions and weekly events. Or just decide to do nothing ….. relax, take time out from busy lives and enjoy the sheer pleasure and magic of living in a roulotte in the meadow ……
Activities in the area
Places to visit
The horse is very much part of the the Scottish Borders with the Common Ridings starting in June in many of the Borders towns and villages where it is possible to see several hundred horses and riders participating in ancient celebrations. There are spectacular International Horse Trials, horse racing, guided rides, riding for the disabled and the annual Festival of the Horse throughout the year in the Scottish Borders.
Walkers are well catered for in the many ranges of hills – the Eildons, the Cheviots, the Lammermuirs, the Moorfoots and the Pentlands all offer excellent hill-walking opportunities. The Festival of Walking celebrates a different area each year where everyone is invited to join in guided walks of particular areas.
Cycling is excellent around the Scottish Borders, bring your own bicycles or we can help to organise bike hire from a local company.
The Borders is home to four abbeys – Dryburgh, Jedburgh, Melrose and Kelso with a wealth of history to capture your imagination.
Stately Homes and Houses
Traquair House is the oldest inhabited and most romantic house in Scotland: it has the cot that James VI lay in and closed gates that tell a tale of die-hard romanticism. When Bonnie Prince Charlie left Traquair one summer’s evening in 1745, the head of the house said the gates would not be opened again until a Stuart monarch sat upon the throne. Shut and locked they’ve stayed ever since.
Luckily there are other ways in. Not only is the house fascinating but the setting is enchanting and the summer fair a must, if you’re in the vicinity. Other attractions include castles – Thirlestane, Floors, Neidpath, Fatlips, Hume and Ayton castles, Abbotsford, Mellerstain, Manderston, Bowhill and Paxton House, Smailholm Tower amongst others.
Rugby is in the Borderer’s blood and not only does the region supply many players who play at national level there is a thriving and fanatically supported local season focusing in particular on the rugby sevens.
Fishing, the more watchful, contemplative sport is in abundance with the famous River Tweed gracing the valleys of the Borders, home to the trout and the salmon.
Arts and Crafts are in abundance in and around all the towns, villages and countryside of the Scottish Borders, just ask us!
Weaving and knitting
The Tweed and other Borders rivers are also the mainstay of the traditional weaving, textile and paper industries. Famous names in knitwear, cashmere and tartan all hail from the Borders, centring on the towns of Hawick and Galashiels.