Tayside and Central Scotland

Hotel bought by Wimbledon champion Andy Murray opens

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Image caption Murray was best man at his brother's wedding at the country house hotel near Dunblane in 2010

A hotel owned by Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has opened its doors.

The 26-year-old tennis star bought Cromlix House, near his home town of Dunblane, last year.

He has transformed the former country house into a 15-room, five-star luxury hotel, which includes a restaurant overseen by legendary French chef Albert Roux.

The hotel, which also has its own loch, chapel and tennis court, is already fully booked for the Ryder Cup.

Cromlix had previously operated as a private residence and then a five-star country house hotel before closing in 2012. Murray was best man at his brother Jamie's wedding there in 2010.

The British number one said the hotel venture was aimed at attracting new visitors to the area, creating jobs and supporting other local businesses. The development has created up to 40 jobs in the area.

He added: "I'm pleased to be able to give something back to the community I grew up in."

VisitScotland has already included the hotel in a James Bond-themed guided tour of the country being offered to Russian holiday operators, as it features rooms named after 007 actor Sean Connery and series creator Ian Fleming.

And VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay said he was "delighted" to see the nation's top tennis player joining the tourism game.

He added: "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."

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