UK: Andy Murray has paid £1.8 million for Cromlix House Hotel, the venue for his brother’s 2010 wedding.
The US Open and Olympic champion plans to transform the property, which is near his hometown of Dunblane in Stirlingshire, in to a five-star hotel with a Chez Roux restaurant. Chef Albert Roux, owner of Le Gavroche in London, has been consulted by Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI) which will manage Cromlix House on Murray’s behalf.
The hotel has 14 bedroom suites, a chapel, reception hall, two drawing rooms, conservatory, dining room, library and meeting rooms. It is set in 50 acres of woodlands and gardens with a trout loch.
Murray said: “I am pleased to have acquired Cromlix House and look forward to securing its future as a successful business. By re-establishing Cromlix as a leading luxury hotel at the heart of the Dunblane community we will be able to attract new visitors to the area, create a number of new jobs and focus on supporting other local businesses. I’m pleased to be able to give something back to the community I grew up in.”
The property is scheduled to reopen next spring ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is being held at nearby Gleneagles.
ICMI managing director Norbert Lieder, said: “I am confident that, with Andy, we can create a very special hotel in his home community. While we aim to create a destination that attracts visitors from around the world we are also determined to ensure it remains a venue of choice for local people.”