Andy Murray hotel wins top award 27 days after opening
- 28 April 2014
- From the section Tayside and Central Scotland
Andy Murray's hotel has been named the best in Scotland - less than a month after opening.
Judges at the Scottish Hotel Awards called Cromlix, which opened its doors on 1 April, a "national treasure".
It was the unanimous choice for the hotel of the year title at a ceremony in Edinburgh.
The renovated country house has 10 bedrooms and five suites, and features a tennis court, chapel and its own loch.
Wimbledon champion Murray bought the hotel, which is situated just a few miles from his hometown of Dunblane, last year for £1.9m.
It welcomed its first guests earlier this month following a major renovation project.
Awards chairman Gary McLean-Quin said spending "sizeable" sums of money renovating hotels was "only half the battle".
He said: "This superbly balanced combination of solid investment, vision and hugely experienced management has made Cromlix the unanimous choice of judges this year.
"What impressed us - and specifically enabled this award - was the involvement of award-winning management and individuals in every department - people of excellence we have known for a decade.
"The result is no less than a national treasure."
He added: "We must also pay tribute to Andy's mother Judy who has undoubtedly played a great part in this transformation."
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 five-star development, which includes a restaurant overseen by legendary French chef Albert Roux, has created up to 40 jobs in the local area.