We have several guests books stuffed full of the most amazing comments, poems, watercolours, sketches, cartoons, photographs, songs and tunes. Thank you to all of you who take the time to create in our books, we love reading them. Here's just a few treasured memories from some of our guests. I will continue to add to these so keep them coming ....
"A taste of Eastern Magic in the tranquil setting of the glorious Scottish Borders in Devanna. Roulotte Retreat gave us the restful, restoring and rejuvenating experience we were both looking for. Thank You So Much To Alan & Avril."
Clare and Vince
“It was indeed a leap of faith for me to contemplate spending a night in the Bowtop. Eventually my husband persuaded me to give it a try and I can honestly say I was not disappointed. Sitting in the warmth, listening to gentle music in the background and enjoying a glass of wine, the night spent in the bowtop was hyggelige* beyond our dreams. The patter of the rain on the roof lulled us to sleep, we woke refreshed after the best night’s sleep either of us had enjoyed for a long time."
(*Hygge ['hoo-ga']: Hygge is an important element of the Danish mentality meaning a deep sense of place & well-being; a feeling of friendship, warmth, contentment and peace with your immediate surroundings)
Audrey and Finn
"Alluring Karlotta, idyllic setting and just the right pace of life to recharge the batteries. The genuine hospitality of Avril and Alan, as well as Goosey and Lucy makes this a firm favourite with us and we can't wait to return. You have something very special here, thanks for sharing.
Sarah and Steven
“Wonderful Magical Sumptious Restoring Reviving
Thank you so much for our fabulous stay in Devanna. We didn’t want to leave”
Cat and Bill
"Our first time here at Roulotte Retreat and it will definitely not be the last! So many hidden mod-cons in this beautiful vintage wagon. What a great place to spend our 1 year anniversary!"
Vicki and Kieran
"Another unforgettable stay here at ROULOTTE RETREAT! Peace and tranquility - something that can be rarely found in this day and age! Thank you, thank you! .... till the next time. Just love this place!!!
Ailsa and Bruce
"What an amazing place you have created here! Devanna is better than we could have imagined - you have thought of everything! And the surroundings are so peaceful, you can't help but relax. As soon as we arrived we knew we wanted to come back so you'll definitely see us again soon! We had planned to go out for evening meals but loved the Roulotte so much we stayed in both nights and enjoyed the fire! (the kitchen area is brilliantly equipped too). We've loved it that much we almost don't want to tell our friends about it and keep it a secret - but we will! An unforgettable stay, many thanks.
Helen and Andy
"A magical stay in elegant,tasteful surroundings. Thank you, we shall definitely be back!
Sue and John
"B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! What an amazing place! The attention to detail in Maharani is exceptional and the location, just tucked away, is fab! We can't wait to come back. Thank you for your warm reception.
Fionnuala and Alistair
"Lovely warm and cosy roulotte - a great place to spend the third anniversary of our civil partnership and we had a great time. We were very lucky to have mild weather in November to enjoy a night by the firepit and have a bbq! Like the eco friendly approach and will definitely tell friends about it."
Linda and Barbara
"Where do we start ... extremely helpful and attentive owners made us feel so welcome. Maharani is a very special place, snug and warm and beautifully laid out. There are many 'must do's' here, one of which is to look up from the front door and promise yourselves you will walk up the hill that dominates your view. Exercise complete, return here and make a lovely warm stew, picked from the cookery book and then weather permitting, sit around the firepit with a glass of wine. All in all, the perfect break.... We WILL be back!
Amy and Lee
"Une magnifique petite roulotte - tres belle et tres comfortable!! We've had an amazing couple of days here - a true retreat from the day-to-day. Unique, cosy and memorable. Merci Avril et Alan!
Catrin and Chris
" ... 2 more further nights in the Roulotte Retreat, now in beautiful elephant inspired Maharani, (just enjoyed 2 nights in Gitana). Coming to the end of our honeymoon here and we really do not want to leave!!! The peacefulness of the roulotte, the air of singing birds outside (occasional Goosy and Lucy instrumentals). We hope to visit again once our new addition has arrived. All the best! Merci!
Stephanie et Benjamin
"Carlsberg don't do roulottes, but if they did ... they'd do Roulotte Retreat! The setting is as it should be, the welcome is as it should be, the story behind what has been achieved here just reinforces how much Roulotte Retreat deserves to be here! We love it!! Can't wait till next time."
Jo and Colin
"Pressures of life now far behind. Sounds of nature is breathtaking. Loved the warmth and character of Karlotta. Felt at h ome as soon as we put the kettle on. Very sad to leave. Drinking in every last moment. Thank you Avril and Alan for providing a beautiful haven to unwind in. A very memorable exprience. We'll be back!
Yvonne and Elizabeth
"What a great place to decompress oneself. Waking to a glorious sunny Sunday morning, shutters all open and chilling on the bed or eating breakfast outside the roulotte with swallows overhead."
Scott and Jen
"I should have written this the day we arrived and you'd have experienced a rare loss of words from me! Maharani was everything we'd hoped for and more. Aside from a short walk, exploring the meadow and a brief drive to Melrose we couldn't bring ourselves to venture away! So now we're confused - do we tell everyone we know or keep it as our secret place ... Thank you so much for sharing such a magical place."
Debs and Andy
"Amazing start to our new life! Roulotte Retreat is everything I had hoped for - and more. Lovely night with a fire by the lochan, then watched shooting stars - top that! So relaxing reading in front of the log burner too. Sorry to leave but we will be happy when we return! Thank you Avril and Alan, your friendliness makes the place special."
Laura and Arthur
“Lovely time chatting with Avril and Alan round the firepit. A wonderful place with magic in the air! Bliss" (stayed in Devanna)
Cat and Graham
“We came to stay in Horseshoe Cottage and Ruby the bowtop caravan for a surprise birthday treat for me, what a lovely treat! We stayed in the cottage the first night, had a cheese and cider feast in front of the fire. Stayed in the bowtop last night, so pretty and cosy, perfect – we should have slept there both nights! Had a lovely break.”
Kate and Neal
“Many thanks to both Avril and Alan for their wonderful friendly welcome. You very much made us feel part of the Roulotte Retreat ‘family’. Your extensive knowledge of your local area was very helpful giving us lots of top tips on places to go and see (and eat!) We particularly enjoyed our stroll over to Melrose along the St Cuthberts Way, for lunch and bottle of wine at Marmions, followed by a game of spot the pig at the Abbey (which I am pleased to say I won!) Karlotta was beautiful and a real novel experience, made all the more special by the little details, brass ducks on curtain rails, Moroccan tea pot, quirky crockery, and authentic items of furniture. Between rain showers we enjoyed hanging out round the campfire, wandering round the Lochan in our wellies, whilst sipping a glass of bubbly. Perfect relaxation, and something different to tell family and friends about once home… Thank you so much, we hope to see you again!”
K and T
"Fabulous and fun. The furnishings in Devanna were exquisite and SO comfortable and cozy. It had everything I needed. A big Thank You to Avril and Alan for this wonderful idea. Looking forward to staying again when I visit Scotland next year."
"What a step away from the real world and the hustle and bustle of modern day life. A great place to come back down to earth and watch the world go by. With such a great atmosphere and beautiful decor but with all the mod cons too! Would definitely visit again! Thank you Avril and Alan for making us so welcome."
Cathy and Steve
"Out Of This World!!! (Quite literally). Sheer tranquilliity with the most warm and friendly hosts, Alan and Avril. you really do have something special here. Definitely see you again, sooner rather than later. Thanks for the most wonderful experience."
Norman and Deb
"This was my 40th birthday treat and it fulfilled my childhood fantasy of staying in a Gypsy caravan. Ruby the bowtop is absolutely beautiful and our stay was enhanced by the lovely surroundings - daffodils, blue tits, brown hens and even the hissing geese! many thanks for everything."
Ruth, John, Bobby and Beth
"This is just what we needed now that our son is 9 months old. We were able to comfortably leave him with Grandma and retreat to this world within a world. This was a surprise for my beautiful other half and what a surprise it was. We have never been anywhere like it or experienced anything like it ... ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL ..."
"I have had the most wonderful birthday I could have asked for, its been like a magical fairytale being here. Avril and Alan - you have made our stay even better with your kindness. We loved the freshly laid eggs for breakfast. Thank you for having us and we will definitely be back again!"
Ross and Emma
"We don't normally say this - but we were so glad it was rainy during our time here! It meant we could just enjoy this beautiful gem of a roulotte, drink cups of tea and stoke the wood burner - bliss! I just love the pitter patter of rain on the roof and being tucked up and cosy inside. (Also provided a great location for study for upcoming exam!) A wonderful birthday surprise - thank you!"
Caroline and Adam
"Thank you, thank you, thank you! A beautiful place to relax; so peaceful. We came here to work and got tons done! A great space to be creative; wonderful! Avril and Alan - thank you v. much! See you soon; since we are not 'allowed to move in', we will be back!"
George and Kirsty
"We came to Roulotte Retreat for 2 days and nights of hoped for peace and chill - that's exactly what we got, a short stay, but very very Sweet!"
Alan and Clare
"What a fabulous place! Love the fact it's so traditional yet all mod cons. Love the attention to detail, love the wood burning stove, love the power shower ............. could go on and on! We've had a wonderful two days. Thank you."
Vicky and Paul
and there's so many more treasured comments filling our guests books ....