Following an extensive refurbishment programme a new country hotel in the Highlands, Rokeby Manor, opens its doors this week.
Part of the Black Sheep Hotel group, a collection of Highland country hotels, the opening of Rokeby Manor will soon be followed by The Cluanie Inn and The Whispering Pine Lodge.
Dating back to 1840, this early Victorian country house, earlier known as Craigard, is situated outside Invergarry. Retaining many of its original features it is surrounded by woodland forests and lies in an idyllic location to explore the Highlands.
Tastefully designed to complement its Scottish surroundings and retaining the essence of a Victorian country house, the 13 en-suite bedroom country hotel boasts quaint floral wallpapered rooms filled with antique furniture, china, paintings and silverware. Accompanied by modern amenities this allows travellers to experience truly affordable luxury in the Highlands.
The hotel also offers some exclusive overnight packages including the Highland Village package which allows visitors to explore the Highlands and learn more about its’ fascinating history.
The hotel includes a souvenir and gift shop, transport to and from hiking locations, complimentary Wi-Fi and is pet friendly. Strategically located to showcase the true spirit and beauty of the Scottish Highlands it is ideally placed to explore the outdoors and experience the local culture and heritage.
The restaurant, ‘Emily’s Byre’, serves delicious genuine Indian food specialising in ‘Northern Frontier’ style cuisine, reflecting recipes brought back by Scottish soldiers from India and adapted for locals. It also accommodates a range of Pan Asian food choices.
Housed in the completely refurbished old byre (cowshed), the restaurant is open daily for guests and the general public and all the food is prepared from locally sourced produce. For example, the fish is from Iain Stewart Fishmongers, Charcuterie from Anja Baak of Great Glen Charcuterie, meat from Grants of Speyside and Ice Cream from Luvians in Perthshire.
Formally called Craigard Guest House, the property was bought by the Black Sheep Hotel group, which is under the ownership of Mumbai-based hospitality company, Mars Enterprise and Hospitality. Its owner, entrepreneur Sanjay Narang purchased the property following his visit to the Highlands in 2018.
Mr Narang, who was disappointed with his stay in the Highlands, decided along with sister Rachna to invest in three properties across the area as a result of his visit. £3 million was invested in buying the properties with a further invested another £9 million in refurbishing them.
Commenting on the opening of Rokeby Manor, Mr Narang said:
“We are delighted to be opening the first of our Black Sheep Hotels at Rokeby Manor, bringing together our considerable experience and expertise in the hospitality sector in order to provide a distinctive and authentic experience for our guests.
“Our stylish rooms are spacious and reflect much of the Highland’s unique charm and character. And for travellers who love to be surrounded by ever-changing landscapes of the rugged beauty and timeless enchantment of the Highlands, Rokeby Manor helps the visitor switch off from the world in truly spectacular surroundings.”
The other properties in the collection, The Cluanie Inn at Glenmoriston and Whispering Pine Cottage, formerly the Letterfinlay Lodge in Spean Bridge are due to open later this summer.