Andy Murray's Cromlix Hotel To Open Next Week
Tennis pro Andy Murray is about to open his very first hotel next week in Dunblane, Scotland, but lest you think he's throwing in his tennis career to become a full-time hotelier, he will actually be missing opening ceremony to prepare for the Davis Cup quarter-final in Italy.
In true behind every great man ... tradition his mum, Judy, who actually handled much of the design herself, will be there instead.
The hotel has just 15 rooms including five suites, as well as a one-bedroom gate lodge. All have all been named by Andy in recognition of famous Scots: poet Robert Burns; Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon who became Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Robert the Bruce, medieval King of Scotland, Eden, the family who previously owned Cromlix, Sir Alex Ferguson, former football manager and player and Sir Chris Hoy, Olympic cyclist.
Most suites feature hand-painted freestanding baths in gold, silver and copper, and all rooms feature Peter Reed 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linen and Cromlix’s bespoke range of Arran Aromatics toiletries. On-site activities include tennis (of course), falconry, snooker and fishing.
The hotel's restaurant, Chez Roux, run by Darin Campbell formerly of Hotel du Vin, is already attracting some nay-sayers who, according to the Daily Mail, say the menu is too decadent with its "waistline-troubling fare." Sounds like an endorsement to us.
The first available bookable date we found is April 2nd when a Double Room will set you back a hefty £350, but the hotel is also offering a special opening rate of £199.00 per night for accommodation in a Small Double Room, a full Scottish breakfast and VAT. Full pre-payment is required at reservation and it is non-refundable and non-transferable. The special rate is available to be booked in March, April and May 2014 for stay dates in June, July and August.