Reservations are already being accepted for a luxury property near Dunblane, Scotland that Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has purchased and is currently having refurbished. It will open in April 2014.
A member of Connoisseurs Scotland‘s family of luxury accommodations, Cromlix is set within 34 acres of secluded woodland approximately three miles from Dunblane, which is Murray’s hometown. When renovations are complete it will feature 10 individually designed bedrooms and five suites, each of which has been named after a great Scots both past and present.
Murray purchased the elegant Victorian mansion in February 2013, with the goal of providing an economic boost for the place where he grew up by attracting visitors to the area and generating revenue for neighboring businesses. It was also important to him to create local jobs. When it’s in full operation, the hotel will employ about 40 people.
In addition to its guestrooms, the property has an array of common areas: dining room, two drawing rooms, conservatory, library, reception hall, whisky room, bar and an on-site chapel. Corporate meetings can be held in one or more of five rooms. Large functions of up to 300 guests can take place either inside or outside the mansion.
Activities available include tennis (tennis court and practice wall), archery, outdoor garden games, billiards and in-room spa treatments. Fishing, hunting and golf options are available nearby.
Cromlix is being managed on behalf of Murray by Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI), which also manages The Atholl in Edinburgh, Blanefield House in Ayr, Greywalls Hotel in Muirfield, Inver Lodge in Lochinver, Inverlochy Castle Hotel in Fort William, Rocpool Reserve Apartments in Edinburgh, and Rocpool Reserve Hotel in Inverness.
Like many of its sister properties, Cromlix will put a spotlight on dining. Chef Albert Roux OBE, KFO, owner of Le Gavroche in London – the first United Kingdom restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars – is part of ICMI’s management team and helps guide the properties and their individual culinary teams as they develop dining experiences under the name “Chez Roux.”
Award-winning Scottish chef Darin Campbell, who hails from the neighboring town of Doune, has joined Cromlix as Executive Head Chef at Scotland’s sixth Chez Roux restaurant. Campbell most recently held that title at another Connoisseurs Scotland property, Hotel du Vin One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow. He also served as Head Chef at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles resort, yet another Connoisseurs Scotland member. That restaurant is the only in Scotland to boast two Michelin stars, in addition to its four AA rosettes. Campbell and his team will focus on locally sourced produce as they create menus for Cromlix.
The Cromlix estate dates to the early 15th century, and its current mansion was built in 1880. It was converted from a private residence to a luxury country hotel in 1981, but Murray is completely transforming it into a new offering. The property gives its guests easy access to the Scottish countryside but is also a short drive from the cities of Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh. For more information about Cromlix or to make those reservations, visit www.cromlix.com or www.luxuryscotland.uk.