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