The Bowtop & Cottage
Roulotte Retreat – Melrose
Gypsy caravan for 4 from £90 per night
2 doubles, 1 twin
Suitable for children of all ages
Pets are welcome in the cottage. A surcharge of £5 per pet per night will need to be paid on arrival
In the woodland garden in front of the cottage rests an authentic 1930s Gypsy bowtop caravan. If you love the idea of being on the road and like cottages too, or if you're travelling with a larger group of friends or family, then the Bowtop wagon and cottage could be just for you. Always rented as one space, together they sleep up to 4 people. It's memorable to sleep out, separated from the stars only by this lovingly restored
bowtop caravan, originally painted by the famous master painter, Jim Berry (a distant relation of Avril). On chillier nights an original Queenie stove keeps both you and the kettle warm. The interior is beautifully decorated with fabrics and original objets, and the bed, while not a full double, is the type of bed that's too comfy to get out of in the morning, but that's fine. Just open the shutters and let the sun stream in, before contemplating what the day might bring. Horseshoe Cottage, converted from the original stables, sits a few yards from the bowtop. Its colours and style reflect the bowtop and together they're a comfortable and cosy escape. The cottage has a spacious, bright sitting room with a view of the legendary Eildon Hills. There's also the double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a galley kitchen and the bathroom with a shower. The cottage has oil-fired central heating as well as a wood-burning stove.