Andy Murray swaps his tennis racket for a Scottish hotel
Tennis ace Any Murray will be serving up something new if his plans to open a hotel in Scotland come to fruition.
His ambition is to turn Cromlix House Hotel in Kinbuck, Perthshire, into a five-star boutique hotel ahead of the Ryder Cup in 2014. He must be serious because he forked out £1.8m for it.
Murray, whose brother Jamie held his wedding at the hotel last year, has said he wants to “give something back to the community I grew up in”.
And he will be doing just that if the project comes off and he emplys 40 people to run it.
But don’t run away with the idea that US Open and Olympic champiopn will be greeting guests at the door of the 15-bedroom property. It will in fact be be managed by Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI).
ICMI already manages eight other independent properties around Scotland, including Inverlochy Castle, near Fort William, Greywalls Hotel in Gullane and The Atholl, in Edinburgh.
Its managing director Norbert Lieder said: “We are delighted to be working with Andy in this very exciting project to redevelop and run Cromlix House.
“Our team of experts has experience in every aspect of the hospitality industry and specialise in working with independent properties and transforming them into luxurious destinations.
“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.”
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