A new country hotel has opened in the Highlands, following a £12m investment in three properties by the newly formed Black Sheep Hotel group.
Rokeby Manor, located on the outskirts of Invergarry, opened following a major refurbishment programme and is soon to be followed by The Cluanie Inn and The Whispering Pine Lodge. The hotel group was founded by Indian millionaire Sanjay Narang.
Sanjay Narang and his sister Rachna travelled to the Highlands in 2018 for a hiking holiday and fell in love with the area, later establishing the Black Sheep Hotel Group with the intention of purchasing and renovating country houses in the area. To date, €3m has been spent on property purchases while €9m has been spent on refurbishments. Mr. Narang has subsequently relocated from India to Glengarry.
Formerly called Craigard Guest House, Rokeby Manor is a Victorian country house built in 1840 and retains many of its original features. The 13 ensuite bedroom property has been fully refurbished and includes Emily’s Byre restaurant, which serves Indian cuisine.
Under the ownership of Mars Enterprise and Hospitality, Black Sheep Hotels is the company’s first venture in Scotland, taking their expertise in hospitality from their hotels and restaurants in Mumbai.
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.
“We fell in love with the Highlands on our first visit and decided to make this considerable investment, ensuring that other visitors can be as impressed as we are with the beauty of the area.”
The other properties in the collection are due to open later this summer.