Andy Murray's hotel named best in Scotland - just weeks after opening



Andy Murray's luxury new hotel, Cromlix House, has been named the best in Scotland, just 27 days after opening on 1 April.

The five-star spot, near the Wimbledon star's home town of Dunblane, in Perthshire, landed the Scottish Hotel of the Year gong at the 2014 Scottish Hotel Awards.

The event was held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh, and Andy was there in person to pick up the award.

But while we're sure Andy was very pleased with the accolade, others in the industry were not so positive.

Mark Linklater, who runs the Scotland's Personal Hotels website, said: "How you can give an annual award to a hotel that is open for less than a month is beyond me."

Speaking to the Daily Record, an awards spokesman said: "There is no specific qualification cut-off date. It's fair to say that it's unusual for a hotel that has been open for such a short time to win such an award but Cromlix House was open before and it underwent a substantial refurbishment.

"We were impressed by the quality of the food and the service and the quality of the team running it.

"Many factors were considered and the hotel was looked at very closely. We believe it is a worthy winner."

And judges' chairman Gary McLean-Quin defended the choice against some criticism, telling The Courier: "Hotels often have sizeable sums of money spent on them but that's only half the battle.

"What impressed us, and specifically enabled this award, was the involvement of award-winning management and individuals in every department – people of excellence we've known for a decade.

"The result is no less than a national treasure.

"We must also pay tribute to Andy's mother Judy, who has undoubtedly played a great part in this transformation."

Andy bought Cromlix House Hotel, a Victorian mansion set in 34 acres, in February 2013 for £2 million.

The 15-bedroom hotel has been renovated to show off much of the building's original heritage, including its own private chapel and loch.

The accommodation features 10 bedrooms and five suites which overlook manicured grounds and tennis courts.

It also boasts a restaurant called Chez Roux, overseen by legendary French chef Albert Roux and run by executive head chef Darin Campbell.

The hotel is being managed for the British number one by Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI).

See all the pics from inside the hotel in our gallery below:

Inside Andy Murray's hotel

Inside Andy Murray's hotel

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