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Near Enough: Scottish Borders, Roulotte Retreat

July 12, 2016


For Chris’s birthday in June I had booked a little getaway to the Scottish Borders.

I’d booked our accommodation before we discovered I was pregnant and had chosen it based on the fact that Chris had never been to Edinburgh and it could be the start of a longer trip, and because he’d never been camping. The place we stayed at, Roulotte Retreat, wasn’t camping by any means but I had found it via Canopy and Stars, a website which has a wide range of boutique, unique and glamping options.

Our roulotte, a French gypsy caravan, was positioned within a meadow a short drive from Melrose and it exceeded our expectations as soon as we arrived. The amenities offered at different glamping sites and styles can vary quite dramatically, with some encouraging you to go off grid and be closer to nature whilst others are as luxurious as a boutique hotel, so we tried not to have too many preconceptions before we arrived. We just needed a break.

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My communication with our hosts, Avril and Alan began towards the end of last year when I asked about breakfast hampers and activities, and this continued when I requested to amend my booking as the additional extra of a hot tub would no longer be required. Avril was really helpful and understanding from the off and this continued when the booking needed to be amended formally via Canopy and Stars whose customer service impressed me considerably.

When we arrived to Roulotte Retreat after our long journey from Leeds, the peace of the meadow and spring beauty gave an immediate sense of calm that didn’t leave us throughout our stay. Avril showed us to our roulotte, informing us of how to light the wood burner, where we could find different amenities throughout our stay and chatting about horse riding (I’d booked Chris a horse riding session following a recommendation from Avril). It was very easy to stay chatting and we immediately felt welcome.

Our roulotte was called Gitana and it was a vibrant blue colour which was packed with complimentary furnishings and accessories. It was the finer details that really made it such as the ornate character of the curtain rails and woodwork. My words won’t do it justice so you can take a peek inside instead…

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I ordered the breakfast hamper so we wouldn’t have to worry about sourcing food locally to cook breakfast and we were really happy with the selection delivered to our roulotte. We had enough for both mornings and I cooked Chris a full English breakfast for his birthday which we enjoyed outside looking towards Eildon Hills.

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Lets be honest though, it’s the views and the tranquility of Roulotte Retreat which really makes it, as you can see below.

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We were already talking about going back before we left and have thought about the places we’d like to take Mini to and explore along the way.

I couldn’t recommend Roulotte Retreat highly enough and will certainly be discovering more alternative accommodation options via Canopy and Stars.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Jenny July 13, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    this looks amazing! might have to book a stay

    • Reply Kay Brown August 7, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      It is so so nice. We had such a great time and it’s such a perfect location that I’d very much recommend staying there πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nell (the Pigeon Pair and Me) August 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    This looks gorgeous! A really peaceful kind of place.

    • Reply Kay Brown August 7, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      It was so peaceful. I think that was one of my favourite things about it πŸ™‚

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