The hotel owned by Wimbledon champ Andy Murray has reopened this week after its dramatic transformation from brooding country house hotel to luxurious retreat. And yes, there are tennis courts too...
This week Cromlix House, the beautiful Victorian hotel that 26-year-old tennis star Andy Murray bought last year, finally opens its doors to the world after a complete redesign.
The five-star Cromlix Hotel is set in 34 acres of grounds, just a stone’s throw from where Andy grew up in Dunblane, Perthshire, and has its own loch, private chapel and tennis courts.
When Andy purchased the hotel in February last year, the interior was decorated in a traditional style: dark wood-panelled rooms with plaid soft furnishings, bedrooms
with heavy curtains, florals and frills, resulting in a classic (but let’s face it, chintzy) country-house hotel look.
The new interior is a smart and luxurious take on the traditional – after a £2 million transformation, of course.
The hotel has 10 bedrooms and five suites, each named after famous Scots including Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and Robert Burns.
Elegant pale grey suites are decorated with sumptuous soft furnishings, while the bathrooms are fitted with polished silver, gold and copper freestanding baths and his-and-hers basins.
And guests can relax at the super-sleek hotel bar, or enjoy a meal at the restaurant, which is overseen by French chef Albert Roux, who ran the Michelin-starred La Gavroche in London.
While the hotel is managed on Andy’s behalf by Inverlochy Castle Management International, supporting the Dunblane community and creating new jobs in the area is something that’s still close to Andy’s heart.
When he bought the hotel last year, Andy said, ‘I’m pleased to be able to give something back to the community I grew up in.’
And it looks like the luxury hotel will attract tourists from all over the world, as we hear that the hotel is already fully booked for the 2014 Ryder Cup at nearby Gleneagles.
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If you’re planning on making a reservation at Chez Murray, be prepared to part with up to £585 a night in peak season… you see, this really is no ordinary country-house hotel.
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