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Andy Murray Buys £1.8m Cromlix House Hotel

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Tennis star Andy Murray has bought a luxury Victorian hotel near his home town of Dunblane.

The £1.8m Cromlix House Hotel was the venue for his brother Jamie's 2010 wedding to Colombian wife Alejandra Gutierrez.

The world number three plans to turn the Perthshire mansion into a 15-bedroom hotel in time for next year's Ryder Cup, which is taking place at Gleneagles, around 13 miles away.

In a statement, Murray said: "I am pleased to have acquired Cromlix House and look forward to securing its future as a successful business.

"By re-establishing Cromlix as a leading luxury hotel at the heart of the Dunblane community we will be able to attract new visitors to the area, create a number of new jobs and focus on supporting other local businesses."

The hotel, which is set in 50 acres of woodland, also boasts its own chapel and trout loch. Murray's venture is expected to create up to 40 new jobs.

Previous owners the Eden family, who had managed the hotel for 30 years, said they were happy the venue was staying in local hands.

Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI) will manage Cromlix House on behalf of the US Open champion.

ICMI managing director Norbert Lieder said: "I am confident that, with Andy, we can create a very special hotel in his home community."

The hotel will also be home to a Chez Roux branded restaurant, offering fine dining and using local produce.

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