I was in Mussourie a couple of weeks ago and had the opportunity to visit a fantastic hotel property by the name of Rokeby Manor built in 1840 and today it is one of the landmarks of Landour. The property is situated near Lal Tibba, the highest point in Mussourie to the east of St. Paul's Church and the old cantonment parade ground, which is now popularly known as Char Dukan. The Property actually gets its name from the original Rokeby Castle in England.
The property went from various hands and ended in the hands of Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1930 and they continued to operate the property as a guest house throughout the rest of the 20th century. Today, this heritage building Rokeby has been converted into a beautiful hotel property ever since 2010. The property speaks a lot about its rich culture, history through its British architecture and its elaborate brick, stone and wood work including walls, wood floors and beams, and even fireplaces.
The hotel also offers splendid views of greenery and Himalayan peaks in Mussourie. The property is located at a distance of 35 km from the Dehradun railway station and only 7km from the Jolly Grant airport. The perfect place to vacation this property has the most comfortable rooms for customer stay, and one of the most beautiful valley views. You can go on long walks, or simply keep staring at the beautiful valley, or take a dip in the terrace Jacuzzi. I recommend a long stay at the property to feel the beauty and the freshness in the air that this place has.
I was in this property for a dinner, and regretted not staying here. I went to its specialty restaurant Emily’s. As soon as I entered the property, I was amazed at its beauty and its architecture. For some vague reason I felt a connection with this place, and felt I could stay here forever, I was enamored by its beauty and I felt a connection.
I have separately reviewed Emily's and I swear by its food and service, and I swear by the Rocking Rokeby Manor too. Do enjoy the beautiful pictures of this awesome property and if you ever get a chance to stay here don't miss it
Now I know why Ruskin Bond is in love with Mussourie, and this place just makes this love stronger, and this holds true for me as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rokeby was built in 1840 by Captain G.N. Cauthy and is one of the landmarks of Landour. The house and two acre estate are situated slightly above and to the east of St. Paul's Church and the old cantonment parade ground, which is now Char Dukan. Like many houses in Mussoorie, its name is taken from the writings of Sir Walter Scott, whose book-length poem describes heroic battles near the original Rokeby Castle in England. Methodist missionaries continued to operate the property as a guest house throughout the rest of the 20th century. Today, Rokeby has been carefully restored to its original glory. This heritage building is resplendent with character in its elaborate brick arches and niches, intricate stone walls, real wood floors and beams, and cosy fireplaces. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the traditions of bygone years – where colonial officers, renegade soldiers of fortune and pious miss saibs lived under one roof – can still be felt. An air of mystery beckons visitors. ... more less
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