Tennis star Andy Murray launches new luxury hotel in Scotland
Singles or doubles at the Hotel Cromlix
Andy Murray has just opened a new hotel in Central Scotland near his home town of Dunblane, a beautiful Victorian mansion, that boasts all things Scottish. The tennis star has spent over over $6.5 million to purchase and refurbish the 15 bedroom 'cottage' on the 15th century property of the lords of Cromlix, turning it into a 5-star luxury hotel.
Murray fell in love with the 34-acre estate back in 2010 after his brother got married on the grounds, leading him to purchase the property last year.
Murray's first additions to the breathtaking grounds were Wimbledon-themed purple and green tennis courts, with entertainment for guests consisting of consisting of snooker, falconry, fishing in a loch by the hotel and even hosting your own Highland Games, complete with Scotland's traditional caber toss.
For the April 1 opening, Murray's mother Judy even gave tennis lessons to local kids on the court, as guests joined celebrity chef Albert Roux at the hotel's Chez-Roux restaurant, where they were able to try the signature twice-baked cheese soufflé in cream.
To celebrate Murray's Scottish heritage, rooms are named after national icons like Robert Burns, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming, Annie Lenox and Sean Connery. Silver-mounted bagpipes cover the walls of the chapel beside tartan kilts, 1850s battlefield relics from the Crimean war and family boar-crests.
Andy's girlfriend Kim Sears also contributed to the interior design ideas of the five-star hotel's lavish rooms as its furnished with specially-sourced Scottish antique furniture. Murray also hopes the new Cromlix will create more local jobs and help contribute to business in the surrounding areas.
The Cromlix Hotel is open for business and located in Kinbuck near Dunblane, Perthshire.