First in new flock opens its doors

Black Sheep Hotels group unveils revamped Highland property

Rokeby Manor

THE first of three Highland hotels bought by Indian hospitality entrepreneur Sanjay Narang has opened its doors following a major refurbishment.

Rokeby Manor – the former Craigard Guest House on the outskirts of Invergarry – is said to have been “tastefully designed to complement its surroundings” and the Victorian property’s original features.

The hotel now has 13 en suite rooms and a new restaurant, which was created in a former cow shed; called Emily’s Byre, the eatery majors in Indian cuisine, especially “Northern Frontier-style dishes, reflecting recipes brought back by Scottish soldiers from India and adapted for locals”.

The hotel also has a souvenir and gift shop; and it offers guest transport to and from hiking locations.

Rokeby Manor is one of three hotels in the newly-established Black Sheep Hotels group, which is part of Narang’s Mumbai-based group, Mars Enterprise and Hospitality.

He also acquired The Cluanie Inn at Glenmoriston and Whispering Pine Lodge (formerly the Letterfinlay Lodge) in Spean Bridge following a hiking holiday in the Highlands with his sister Rachna last year; they bought the three properties for £3 million and pledged to invest a further £9m refurbishing them, with both The Cluanie Inn and Whispering Pine Lodge due to open later this summer.

Sanjay Narang
Sanjay Narang

Narang, who has relocated from India to Glengarry, 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 Highlands’ 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.”