Romantic Gypsy Caravans and a Royal Residence

22/02/2020 Romantic Gypsy Caravans and a Royal Residence

Picnic in the three-acre flower meadow surrounding the romantic Roulotte Retreat Gypsy Caravans, or live like the Romany Kings and Queens in what was once a royal residence at The Gypsy Palace.

Roulotte Retreat

A gorgeously grown up collection of seven romantic Roulottes (Gypsy caravans) circling a three-acre wild flower meadow and the charming Horseshoe Cottage, complete with authentic Bowtop Gypsy caravan in the woodland garden next door.


Scottish and French Romany boho chic meets the luxurious Orient Express. Roulotte Retreat offers a collection of seven, adult only roulottes (two with eco hot tubs). Delicately hand-crafted French Romany wooden hand crafted roulottes quietly tucked around a natural wildlife lochan in a secluded wild flower meadow in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Six of the roulottes sleep 2 and one sleeps 4. In addition to the Roulottes, there's the charming Horseshoe Cottage sleeping 4 and little Ruby sleeping 2 - a beautiful 1930's Gypsy Bowtop, in its own woodland garden in front of the Cottage. Guests leave their stresses far behind them when they enter Roulotte Retreat where the location offers the perfect place to relax, re-connect and revitalise the soul. Enhance your stay with walks in nature, peaceful surroundings, switching off from the busy-ness of life, star gazing from the eco hot tubs, Yoga, massage and being mindful of the surrounding natural environment. Cosy in by the woodburning stove, switch off your phone, watch the flames and listen to the nature channel - just bliss!


It's always cosy in the wooden Roulottes, due to insulation in the walls, floor and roof plus heating in each Roulotte by woodburning stove and electric radiators. All bed linen and towels are provided. 


Roulotte Retreat is self catering and all roulottes have kitchen utensils, pots and pans for cooking, crockery, cutlery, cafetiere, champagne flutes, wine glasses and bottle opener, as well as Baby Belling cooker with oven, grill and two electric rings, fridge, kettle and toaster - all you need for the hygge ambience, wining and dining!


The Eildon Hills and River Tweed surround Roulotte Retreat and offer great hikes and strolls, with the Yarrow and Ettrick Valleys offering resplendent territory for exploring the wildness of the area. Great mountain biking terrain and the perfect walking base for your stay.  Make a day of it and visit Scotland's capital, the city of Edinburgh only 55 mins by train or visit the historic abbey town of Melrose, home to the famous Melrose Rugby Sevens in April and for booklovers, there's the Borders Book Festival in June.


Find out more about Roulotte Retreat here.

The Gypsy Palace

Once Royal residence to the Romany Kings and Queens - stay in a stylish traditional cottage with diamond paned windows, beautiful garden grounds, fascinating history, charm and spellbinding views from the foot of the Cheviot hills.


A totally unique cottage which was once home to Queen Esther and her son King Charles Faa Blythe known as the Gypsy King and Queen of the Romanies. In a stunning location close to the Pennine Way the Gypsy Palace is tucked away in a tranquil valley amongst the Cheviot Hills. If only walls could talk! This gem of a cottage on the edge of the Northumberland National Park with a fascinating royal pedigree is the perfect location for your holiday in the Scottish Borders.


It is likely that the Gypsy Palace was first used as a gypsy dwelling in the 17th century. Queen Esther Faa Blythe, perhaps the most famous Gypsy monarch of all, took up residence in the Gypsy Palace on November 16th 1861. In August 1866, she was visited by George Burrow, a writer and acknowledged Romany expert and the Gypsy Palace was described as ‘a single storey, whitewashed thatched cottage with ivy covered walls. The single room was kept neat and tidy and was relatively well furnished with two beds, in recesses on either side of the fireplace, a chest of drawers, a clock, pictures and a cat'. Visitors came from all over the world to visit Queen Esther and claim to have seen two large swords hanging from the ceiling; one was the royal ceremonial gypsy sword and Queen Esther claimed that the other was taken as a souvenir from the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513.  After Queen Esther's death in 1883, the Gypsy Palace was renovated by the local wool manufacturer and owner of much of the village, Peter Govanlock. It is probable that the renovation included the addition of the porch with its unusual arched window and the replacement of the original thatched roof with a slate one.  Queen Esther's son, Charles Faa Blythe (shown below) continued to live in the Palace though 15 years were to pass before his coronation as the new Gypsy King. The coronation took place on May 30th 1898 and was a huge event with over 10,000 people descending on Kirk Yetholm. King Charles II, as he was known, continued to live in the Gypsy Palace until his death just four years later. King Charles' wife continued to live there until her death and then after successive ownership it was lovingly restored and refurbished to create a stunning accommodation venue that you see today.


Inside you'll find a cosy lounge area with stone fireplace and log burning stove as well as a cute snug window seat from which to enjoy the sunlight in the morning and the stunning views surrounding the property. Immediately upon entering you will notice the dining area, which reveals a regal 19th century arched feature window with diamond panes. Fully central heated with all the mod cons for when you want them, flat screen TV and DVD player, wifi etc. Dotted around you'll see occasional tributes to the noble occupants of yesteryear as the owners have collected images from the Romany Royals who occupied the palace.


Find out more about The Gypsy Palace here.


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