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Andy Murray snaps up £1.8m luxury hotel

Tennis star Andy Murray has branched out into the hospitality industry with the purchase of a £1.8 million luxury hotel close to his home town of Dunblane in Stirlingshire.

The US Open and Olympic champion has bought Cromlix House Hotel, a former Victorian mansion that was the venue for his brother Jamie's wedding to Colombian bride Alejandra Gutierrez three years ago.

Murray plans to re-open the refurbished hotel next spring and looks forward to its future 'as a successful business.' Credit: PA

The property is set in 50 acres of woodlands and has 14 bedroom suites, a chapel, reception hall, two drawing rooms, conservatory, dining room, library and meeting rooms.

Murray plans to boost tourism in the area by re-opening the hotel as a luxury five-star venue next spring, ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is being staged a short drive away at Gleneagles.

Cromlix House Hotel, near Dunblane, has been snapped up for £1.8m by tennis ace Andy Murray. Credit: PA

Murray, 25, 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."

Murray's brother married in the hotel's chapel, above, three years ago. Credit: PA

Its previous owners of more than 30 years, the Eden family, said they were happy the venue was staying in local hands.

Murray's home town celebrates victory

Fans in Andy Murray's home town of Dunblane exploded in rapturous applause as the British number claimed his first Grand Slam title.

At the Dunblane Hotel, near Stirling, posters of the 25-year-old were hung on the walls and champagne was on ice ready for his victory.

A crowd of around 80 fans packed into the bar to watch the nail-biting five-hour game into the small hours of this morning, before erupting into a mass celebration and chanting "There's only one Andy Murray".

Andy Murray is a 'local hero'

Tennis fans in Dunblane heaped praise on Andy Murray after their local hero lost out in his bid to win Wimbledon.

Supporters in his home town cheered on the tennis star as he aimed to become the first British man to win a singles title at the All-England Club in 76 years.

"He's a hero to everyone here whether he wins or loses.

"There were so many people getting behind him in Dunblane and across the country and there are so many messages of support everywhere you look."

– Steven Balmer, 28

"Andy played his heart out and it was just a sin that Federer played his very best.

"He had us excited after winning the first set and it was just a shame that he couldn't keep it up."

– Brea Steele

"Everybody was rooting for him, he was emotional at the end and clearly wanted to win it for everyone who's been supporting him.

"He was just a wee bit short today but he'll be back next year and I'm sure he'll get his hands on the trophy."

– Mrs Steele