Tam's Tall Tales

- Game on for Andy Murray - Hotelier

Andy Murray, one of Scotland's greatest athletes, has slipped a notch or two in the tennis rankings, but as one door closes another hotel door opens. Earlier this year it was reported that the tennis star had opened the revamped Cromlix House Hotel near his native Dunblane.

Barely had the paint dried on the 15 room hotel, nestling in 34 acres, than the gaff was awarded the Luxury Hotel of the Year Award. (Editor's note for those - like me - who are not familiar with current UK slang - "gaff" is an Irish slang word for "house", which is also used across Scotland and parts of England and Wales).

Judges described the Victorian hotel, which has its own private chapel and loch as a "national treasure", just like its owner, really.

It is not surprising that bookings have been very healthy following its high-profile opening. During its first week Judy Murray, the star's dutiful mum, was much in evidence chatting to guests.

When you see the illustrations on this page (including a selection below) and the Cromlix House Hotel Web site and the splendid photographs of the place (nearly typed "palace") you can understand why it won the prestigious prize.

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Tam O'Ranter
May 2014

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