Tennis star and world number one Andy Murray has announced plans to extend his Perthshire boutique hotel, despite the company ending the year in the red.
Murray has put forward a proposal to add 30 new rooms to his luxury five-star hotel, Cromlix near Dunblane, as well as plans to build a conference space for up to 200 people and a gym designed by Murray himself.
However it’s been revealed that the latest accounts for Cromlix House Hotel Limited, Murray’s property management firm, show it owes £6.8m to its creditors and ended the year in the red with a shareholders’ deficit of £181,631.
Despite these results, general manager at Cromlix Graeme Green said since opening, the hotel has been a ‘real success story’, with both the hotel and the Chez Roux restaurant exceeding expectations and often operating at capacity.
The extension plans would see a new breakfast and afternoon tea area created, overseen by Albert Roux who heads up the Chez Roux restaurant.
Now the proposal will need to be given the official go ahead from councillors before work can begin. If given the green light, work could start in 2018 with a launch scheduled for 2020.
Cromlix is currently home to 10 bedrooms, five suites and a gate lodge, as well as the Chez Roux restaurant, and dates back to the 15th century. Murray acquired the site in 2013 for £1.8m.