When hotelier Sanjay Narang paid a visit to the Scottish Highlands on holiday, he was left disappointed with the hospitality and accommodation he stayed in – so much so that he decided to take things into his own hands and invested in the development of three brand new hotels last year. These are now part of Black Sheep Hotels and I was lucky enough to be able to stay at one of them – Rokeby Manor.
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Rokeby Manor is an old Victorian house near to the local village of Invergarry – a great pit stop on route to the Isle of Skye and a stone’s throw from Loch Ness. Sanjay teamed up with his sister Rachna and between them they have produced a cosy yet stylish country retreat with plenty of original period character and charm.
When you enter Rokeby Manor you are immediately met with a snug wood panelled reception, original Victorian flooring, a roaring fireplace and homely chintz style furnishings that are just begging you to sit, put your feet up and relax. The interior at Rokeby Manor definitely pays tribute the location, Scottish culture and its heritage, and as the rustic landscape is captivating and enthralling, the chic decor is inviting and delightful.
One of my favourite elements of my stay at Rokeby Manor was the DELICIOUS dinner we had at the restaurant Emily’s Byre. Rather than your usual fish and chips or haggis, neeps and tatties, this restaurant serves up authentic Indian cuisine (and it does not disappoint)! Located in the old ‘byre’ which is traditionally a cowshed, the interior is rustic and laissez-faire with plenty of raw natural wood and the addition of some enticing quotes above the windows – quotes also appear within the guest bedrooms above fireplaces and on bathrooms walls.
Rokeby Manor manages to embrace the quiet charm and traditional cosiness of a country house, and whether your curl up in front of the fire with a good book or you dabble in a whisky or two whilst beholding the sceinc views, it is a wonderful place to stop on your travels as you explore the beauty of the Scottish highlands.