A break in the Borders has never been so appealing. Imagine sleeping in a romantic Romany caravan. Add the fact that this roulotte is one of seven around a pretty lochan in a 3.5 acre wildflower meadow and you have an idyllic location in which to unwind. Luxury is the key to these artisan-crafted homes: there are sumptuous elegant furnishings as well as all the “mod cons” you’ll need for a self-catering stay.
Brought to the Borders over the past five years, each bespoke roulotte is different and has its own personality. There’s the oriental jewel Devanna with its peacock and paisley design or the Himalayan-style Shivanni with its carvings of ancient India on the wooden panels. Like the others, Shivanni was made in France from sustainable timber and took several months to complete.
Breakfast hampers showcase the best of the area’s fine produce. Watch out for Roulotte Retreat’s themed weekends: a spring foraging and wild dining break will make good use of
the natural resources of this beautiful corner of the Borders, while co-owner Avril’s teaching skills are harnessed for yoga getaways.
Close to the Tweed and Eildon Hills, the retreat makes the most of its tranquil environment and is popular with artists, writers and musicians who make creative use of the on-site studio. It’s also positioned right in the centre of the Borders, so a great base for exploring the galleries in Melrose, Selkirk or Kelso, the historic homes of Thirlestane, Floors, Abbotsford, Mellerstain, Manderston, or the Borders’ four abbeys.