Rokeby Manor is a late Georgian early Victorian Manor House.
The house, then known as Craigard, was first built as part of a farm in the 1840’s and thankfully it has retained many original features such as the old cowshed, attached to the side of the house. The Rhodes family were the first tenants of Craigard and James Rhodes worked with Thomas Telford at the Caledonian Canal.
In the 1860’s, Craigard was the house and office of Factor (Estate Manager) George Malcolm who worked for Edward “Bear” Ellice, the Laird (Estate Owner) of Glengarry. He lived here for over 30yrs and was viewed with a great deal of respect within the community. Tom Mackenzie was the last factor to occupy Craigard and he worked for the Ellice Estate as well. Craigard stayed within the Glengarry estate until the 1940’s when it was sold to the government department developing the hydro schemes in the glen and surrounding area. It then became the Engineers offices. Later in the 1960’s, Craigard opened its doors as a guesthouse.
Rokeby Manor is a modest 19c house that was built with local materials by traditional hand-made techniques. It is a glimpse into the artisanship and architecture that was typical of rural Highlands history.
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