Andy’s Cromlix House opens
Today Andy the Wimbledon champion launches his latest venture with the first glimpse’s into the incredible interiors of the 15-bedroom hotel.
The Victorian mansion, just three miles from Andy’s home town of Dunblane, has been renovated to showcase much of the original heritage, including its own private chapel and loch, and furnished with a classic blend of antique Scottish furniture.
The accommodation features five suites and ten bedrooms, all light-filled and subtly decorated, many with views over the spectacular grounds and tennis courts. The suites, all named by Andy after famous Scots – Burns, Bowes-Lyon, Bruce, Eden and Ferguson – each have their own individual character, from hand painted baths right through to 32in televisions screens disguised as mirrors.
The hotel also offers endless possibilities for dining, entertaining and celebrating. Chez Roux restaurant, overseen by legendary French chef Albert Roux and run by award-winning Executive Head Chef Darin Campbell’s, is housed in an elegant conservatory overlooking the grounds and offers diners a ringside view of the chefs at work in the extensive open kitchen.
Throughout the hotel there numerous other opportunities for private dining – including a small study seating up to 10 or the traditional atmosphere of the first-floor snooker room where a full-size snooker table can be flipped over from green baize to dining or boardroom table seating 20.
Guests can also relax in the whisky room, the drawing room with its plush sofas and open fire or in the stunning bar.
Add to that the landscaped grounds, the tennis courts and practise wall in the Wimbledon colours of purple and green and its clear Andy Murray has matched his talent on the court to his ambition to champion the best of his Scottish heritage.
The hotel is being managed on behalf of Andy by Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI). Norbert Lieder, managing director, said: “Cromlix and Chez Roux combine to truly offer one of the best hotel and restaurant experiences in the country. The interiors, service, food and attention to every detail of the customer journey will make sure Cromlix becomes as well known for its service as it is for its famous owner.
“We look forward to welcoming guests from all over Scotland, the UK and the world.”
ICMI already manage eight other renowned independent properties around Scotland, including Inverlochy Castle, near Fort William, Greywalls Hotel in Gullane and The Atholl, in Edinburgh. ICMI’s group of industry experts includes Albert Roux OBE, KFO, owner of Le Gavroche in London, the first UK restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars.
Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said:
“We are delighted that one of our greatest sportsmen, Andy Murray, has entered the tourism game and I’m sure he will be a terrific ambassador for the industry. The revamped Cromlix is bound to be a huge draw for visitors from all over the world, generating the kind of excitement that Andy creates on court. As a local boy, from nearby Callander, the hotel itself has a very personal, special place in my heart and to see such an amazing redevelopment is truly inspirational. I am positive this venture will be a resounding success and we wish the team all the very best.”
To make a booking or for more information about Cromlix call 01786 822 125 or visit www.cromlix.com