About Roulotte Retreat

Step into the wilderness.

A newly wed couple taking a stroll with their dog
A newly wed couple patting the dog
Sally & Christian enjoying champagne on their wedding day
Our beautiful meadow

Our Story

Avril and Alan and their gentle deerhound lurcher Bear joined with Indian runner ducks, a brood of chickens and a couple of geese, are the visionaries behind Roulotte Retreat and also run their own businesses in Yoga and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. They are true adventurers, some would say Bohemian, with a love of travel and enjoy a real zest for life.

Avril is a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist and offers Yoga Days, Yoga Retreats and occasionally 1:1 and small group sessions on the Studio deck. Alan is a Psychotherapist in Scotland and offers online Skype and Zoom sessions to interact with clients worldwide.

View our story here, as shown on 'Border Life' presented by Fiona Armstrong, October 2022. (Roulotte Retreat is in the second half of the programme).

Our Philosophy

In March 2008 the idea emerged of a romantic retreat in our meadow in the Scottish Borders. A place to restore, recharge and rejuvenate, staying in luxurious French roulottes whilst being surrounded by nature.

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There is so much written about Roulottes, where to start? It is generally agreed that Gypsies are an Indian people who left the subcontinent in the 10th century for Persia. From there the exodus continued to Armenia, Syria, the future Iraq, Byzantine Greece, the Balkans, Western Europe, and North America. Long past World War II, roulottes remained a way of life for European Gypsies.

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Wildlife & Environment

We have enhanced the beauty of the local landscape by planting more native trees, shrubs and wildflowers providing a natural environment where both holiday guests and our resident wildlife can happily co-exist in harmony with each other.

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Captivating beauty just a few steps away

In 2010, Roulotte Retreat received a Tourism Innovation Award by Scottish Enterprise Chief Executive, Lena Wilson at the Scottish Tourism Conference in Edinburgh.

It has taken several years to achieve our vision of Roulotte Retreat, creating a beautiful circle of colourful roulottes. Every one is unique and offers a stylish and utterly unique experience to enjoy time and space away from everyday life.

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