An Indian entrepreneur has opened the first of three hotels in the Scottish Highlands he acquired after falling in love with the area during a hiking holiday last year.
Sanjay Narang bought Rokeby Manor, The Claunie Inn and The Whispering Pine Lodge with a £3m investment in 2018 following a trip to Scotland with his sister Rachna.
He has since spent a further £9m transforming the properties to become part of the Black Sheep Hotels, a company under the ownership of Mumbai-based Mars Enterprise and Hospitality and marking the group’s first venture in Scotland.
At its peak, Mars Group owned and operated 37 restaurants, 52 cake shops, five hotels, five air catering units and a luxury club in Mumbai.
Narang has now relaunched Rokeby Manor, located on the outskirts of Invergarry, the first of the trio, after converting the former Craigard Guest House into a 13-bedroom hotel and Indian eatery, Emily’s Byre.
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.