The luxury hotel owned by two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is getting set to expand to cope with the soaring demand for afternoon tea.
Cromlix House, close to the tennis star’s home town of Dunblane, submitted a planning proposal in April to create a new 270 sq mtr tearoom and 27 new bedrooms, with the existing facility operating at ‘the limit of its space’.
Also included in the development will be a new function suite and a gym – designed by Murray himself – with the new rooms being built within a rundown walled garden in the grounds of Cromlix House.
Now the extension has been given the go ahead by Stirling Council, saying the new addition will boost local economy and create more jobs at the hotel, which employs 70 people.
Planning bosses also said that once open, the facility would help increase turnover to a level where the ‘feasibility of running the business on a long-term basis is more sustainable’.
Granting permission in a written decision, the owners said: “The hope is the development, especially of the Cromlix walled garden, would encourage more visitors to the area for weddings and events and therefore have a knock-on effect to other business in the area.”
Cromlix House was acquired by Andy Murray in 2013 for £1.8m. After an extensive restoration process, the hotel and its Albert Roux restaurant opened in 2014 and have since won a string of awards.
It is now managed on behalf of Murray by Inverlochy Castle Management International.