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.