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OHOT Recommended Staycations: Rokeby Manor, Landour

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Landour, a sleepy little hamlet in the hills, located just 5 kms away from Mussoorie is a fairytale like place filled with with poetry in every aspect; from the music of the wind through the deodar trees to the stories of the heritage structures dotting the hillsides. And completing the experience is a charming old world mansion – Rokeby Manor!

rokeby manor
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Rokeby Manor was originally built in 1840 and is named after a poem written by Sir Walter Scott. Its wood and stone interiors embody Landour’s soul and charm while the modern amenities truly make the mansion an elegant boutique heritage hotel. This 175-year-old British home continues to retain its charm and is perhaps only becoming more beautiful with each passing year. It was owned by Frederick ‘Pahari’ Wilson, a runaway British soldier who eventually ruled over his own principality in the Himalayas. The café at Rokeby is named after writer Emily Eden, the governor-general’s sister who wrote many memoirs in Landour. It is now a boutique hotel run by hospitality legend Sanjay Narang.

Away from the clamour of Mussoorie, Rokeby is a welcome patch of serenity. The stone walls, working fireplaces and wood floors of Rokeby will take you back to Victorian England. Every room or suite is different and has its own name: Rose Room, Rhododendrom Room… and is tastefully furnished according to its unique theme. The lovingly renovated rooms with stone walls, quaint arches and wooden floors open out to a Tea Garden overlooking the Doon valley.

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The cottages are nice and cosz and some of them come with a private balcony. Don’t be fooled by the old world exterior as you are spoiled silly with all the amenities one needs. At Rokeby Manor, a Mars Hospitality initiative, you have round the clock service, chauffeur on call, wi-fi access, in-room dining, and even a gorgeous outdoor jacuzzi that overlooks the Doon valley.

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The gourmet restaurant of Rokeby Manor- Emily- serves the most authentic continental and Indian cuisine amidst picture perfect view. Eating at Emily will bound to take you back in time with furniture, wooden frames, the wall hangings, lanterns almost everything giving a feel of Victorian piece adaptation, set against the backdrop of pine trees creating a perfect ambience for its guests. The staff at Emily’s is wonderful and well equipped to handle gluten-free and vegan requests.

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Adjoining to this rustic looking restaurant,the favourite corner for any book lover will certainly be Wilson’s Chamber. One can spend hours reading books in this library where every shelf is filled with a variety of books from all the genres. How about having black coffee with a book in hand?

Wilson’s Chamber
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The Stray Dog Ale House is designed as an old English pub and is just a short walk away from the main residence. You can expect some really classy interiors, liquor from all over the world, and complementing music to set the mood. And, they have terrace seating too!

The Stray Dog Ale House
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If you like reading with a cup of coffee and a plate full of fine baked muffins and cakes, you must spend a couple of hours at Landour Bakehouse, which is just a 10-minute walk away from Rokeby.

Besides that, the resort offers a slew of activities to keep you entertained whether that is mountain biking, nature walks or even if it’s just a drive down to clock tower cafe. The Little Salon and Spa-Shed, as its called, with its quaint rustic interiors and offers a comprehensive menu of body scrubs, massages, facials, and nail treatments.

best hotels in landour
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Getting accommodation at Rokeby is slightly difficult, so it is a good idea to start checking with them well in advance if you wish to visit.

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How To Reach 

By Air : Land at Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun and then hit the road to Rokeby Manor, which is 2½ hours from the airport. Total distance is 65.4 Kms.

By Train : Arrive at Dehradun Railway Station. The drive from the railway station to Rokeby Manor will take 1½ hours . Total distance is 36.9 Kms.

By Road : Take NH 58 from Delhi to Dehradun via Meerut. Mussoorie is just 35 Kms from Dehradun. Take right for Picture Palace from Kincraig (base point of Mussoorie), turn right towards Landour from Picture Palace, cross the Grurudwara, Mulingar and proceed towards Chardukan. Rokeby Manor is 100 meters from Chardukan.

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