A little more than a year ago, tennis superstar Andy Murray bought a Victorian mansion in Perthshire, Scotland, and began turning it into a super-swank hotel. (It had been in use as a hotel previously, but had fallen into disrepair and closed in 2012.)
Yesterday, Cromlix opened its doors right in the middle of mainland Scotland (in between Glasgow and Edinburgh), close to where Murray grew up.
The Independent offered an early look at the hotel, calling it "handsome indeed, with the requisite turrets and castellations for a baronial pile." The color scheme for the ground-floor public rooms are "muted" in colors of ivory and burgundy, a theme that continues to the guest rooms on the first and second floors. Suites have bathrooms "the size of tennis courts" and include claw-foot bathtubs and double showers. (Nice touch: All guestrooms are named for famous Scots—from William Wallace and Robert the Bruce to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sean Connery.)
Historic and new elements are side-by-side here: The hotel's chapel (good for weddings) is a remnant of the original building that survived an 1874 fire, and there is a new whisky bar filled with single malts.
Outside, guests can unwind in 50 acres of greenery and look out over the mountains. For those hoping to get in touch with their inner Andy Murray, the hotel has a tennis court and practice wall. Other on-site activities include archery, outdoor garden games, billiards, and in-room spa treatments. Fishing can be arranged nearby, as well as hunting and golf options.
The hotel is managed on behalf of Andy by Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI), who already manage eight other independent properties around Scotland, including Inverlochy Castle, near Fort William, Greywalls Hotel in Gullane and The Atholl, in Edinburgh.