Andy Murray buys hotel near Scottish hometown

London, Feb 26 (IANS/EFE): Tennis world No. 3 Andy Murray said Monday he paid 1.8 million pounds ($2.7 million) for the Scottish luxury hotel where his brother, Jamie, got married three years ago.

Cromlix House was built in 1874 and is near Murray's hometown of Dunblane in central Scotland.

"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. I'm pleased to be able to give something back to the community I grew up in," the 25-year-old Murray, who won a gold medal at the London Olympic Games and won the 2012 US Open, said.

Cromlix House is located on a 20-hectare property that features a lake stocked with trout, 14 guest rooms, a chapel, dining room, library and meeting rooms.

Inverlochy Castle Management International, or ICMI, will manage the hotel, which will have "a Chez Roux restaurant offering fine dining, but with a reasonably priced menu, using locally sourced produce", the tennis player said in a statement posted on his web site.


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