Staying at the retreat
Our goal is to ensure the Ripple Retreat offers a relaxing natural environment that’s accessible to young cancer patients and their families. We offer retreats for patients up to the age of 18, for five nights. We can accommodate a maximum of five guests alongside space for a baby in a travel cot, over three bedrooms, all completely free of charge.
Stays at the Ripple Retreat start from Saturday morning, offering five days through to the following Thursday noon. Our accommodation includes three bedrooms, a twin, a double, and a single. All are barrier free, making it accessible to individuals regardless of mobility challenges. The single room also includes a wet room with wheelchair accessible sink.
The Ripple Retreat aims to provide all the amenities for a calm, relaxing stay. Our kitchen includes a fridge, freezer, oven, microwave and dishwasher for residents’ use, with an induction hob and hotwater Quooker tap, all ensuring the highest standards of comfort during your stay. A height adjustable unit with induction hob and sink has also been included to allow easy access for wheelchair users.
“Thank you so much for inviting us to stay at the Ripple Retreat, a perfect name for a perfect place.”
Orla, Iona, Catie and Jenny
“The Ripple Retreat is totally cool! My family had an amazing time… I know all the other kids staying here for a bit of a break will love the Ripple Retreat too.”
Ross, aged 14
“The views are nothing short of incredible. You’ve never really experienced silence and tranquility until you’ve stayed here.”
the Carter family
“The Ripple Retreat is in such a peaceful location, and is perfect for some quality family time together.”
the Kerr family
Eligibility for staying at the Ripple Retreat
The Ripple Retreat caters for young cancer patients and their families, and we do have some basic criteria in order to qualify for a stay.
We accept guests who include a young cancer patient up to age 18, along with their families, who reside in Scotland. They would currently be undergoing treatment, or up to a maximum 1 year after active treatment for cancer has ended.
We also want to reach out and offer a place for those families who have suffered a bereavement as a result of childhood cancer. Families of young cancer patients up to 18 years of age who have unfortunately passed away are eligible for a stay at the Ripple Retreat within a year of their bereavement.
The Ripple Retreat is an on-going project, and we are constantly looking to revise and review the support we can provide to reach as many young patients and their families as possible. We will review our procedures after 6 months of operation to see how we can provide the best possible positive assistance to those people who need it. We are constantly building relationships with the healthcare professionals and support workers around Scotland in order to better help us improve our offer of help.
It should be noted that we cannot accept pets, and no smoking is allowed in the house or surrounding grounds. It is essential to have your own transport for a stay at the Retreat as the location is very remote.
If you have any more questions, or want to discuss arranging your own visit to the Ripple Retreat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.