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The Cromlix Is an Elegant Country Hotel in Andy Murray's Scottish Hometown
The Cromlix is a 15-room, five-star luxury hotel in Perthshire, Scotland. An 1880-vintage castle once owned by Lairds of Dunblane, The Cromlix was bought by Dunblane native Andy Murray, the Scottish superstar who won Olympic gold medalist in singles tennis in 2012 and 2016.
The Cromlix serves up the perfect blend of elegant opulence and rural charm. Its Chez Roux restaurant lures gourmets from all over southern Scotland.
- The hotel is a member of the ICMI Luxury Collection and Small Luxury Hotels of the World
- The Scottish Hotel Awards named The Cromlix “Luxury Hotel of the Year” in 2015 and 2016
The Cromlix Is Near Glasgow and Edinburgh
The Cromlix is set just a 45-minute drive from Glasgow and a little over an hour from Edinburgh. Many guests take a train to Stirling or Dunblane and a taxi from there.
What Kinds of Luxury Travelers Visit The Cromlix?
The Cromlix draws visitors from the UK, Europe, and North America. The hotel’s appealing blend of vintage British Isles charm, beautiful grounds, fine dining and standout recreation ensures that guests leave happy.
Guests at The Cromlix can enjoy:
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- A historic, romantic castle hotel
- And its 34 acres of gardens, fields, woods, and lakes
- Lovely rooms and suites with antique furniture and luscious views of the surrounding countryside
- Fine dining at Chez Roux, overseen by legendary UK-based French chef Albert Roux
- Extensive outdoor activities: fishing, croquet, country rambles, falconry, and more
- Mouthwatering afternoon tea in the lounge beside the roaring fireplace
- Enjoyable, expert-led whisky and wine tastings
- Exquisite tennis courts
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Will You Personally Like The Cromlix?
You’re likely to enjoy The Cromlix if:
- You like a small, personal boutique hotel that feels more like a country estate than a getaway resort
- You like plush, vintage-style accommodations and will love The Cromlix's specially-sourced antiqueScottish furniture
- You appreciate celebrity-chef fine dining on seasonal, local ingredients
- And single-malt Scotch
- You’re active and outdoorsy, whether playing tennis, going for brisk walks, or fishing in a “house loch” (lake)
- You love a hotel with history and quirky features like an elegant chapel tucked away
However, The Cromlix may not be your ideal Scottish getaway if:
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- You prefer the bright lights of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the solitude of the Scottish countryside
- You'd be bored with one hotel restaurant and bar (however outstanding)
- You need an on-property spa and/or pool
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The 15 Rooms and Suites
The Cromlix has only 10 bedrooms and five suites, all of which offer luxurious comfort and beautiful views.
Each of the five suites was named by Andy Murray after a famous Scot, from the local poet Robert Burns to the renowned soccer manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Our suite honored Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy.
Amenities in All Rooms
All rooms and suites offer:
- A view over the manicured grounds, tennis courts, or countryside
- Downy double beds with 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets
- A marble bathroom laden with Arran Aromatics toiletries made for The Cromlix
- 32-inch TV framed in gold and disguised as a mirror
- iPhone/iPod dock/charger and DVD player (on request)
- Free wifi (throughout the hotel)
Splash Out on a Suite
Suites at The Cromlix are cushy. They offer a spacious bedroom and a lounge (or lounge area). Suite bathrooms are decadent, with a rainfall shower, steam room, and claw-footed bathtub hand-finished in antiqued metallic paint.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Fine Food and Drink
Fine dining awaits your taste buds at The Cromlix all day long, from delicious breakfasts to a boozy afternoon tea to great gourmet dinners, and then Scotch around the fire.
Cultured Cuisine at Chez Roux Restaurant
Overseen by French-born, UK-based, legendary chef Albert Roux, Chez Roux is The Cromlix's sole eatery. It is also one of Scotland’s hottest restaurants.
- Chez Roux is handsomely housed in a glass-walled conservatory overlooking the grounds
- Its semi-open kitchen (shown above) furnishes sights, sounds, and great food that lavishes French finesse on hearty Scottish farm-to-table cooking
We Loved What We Ate at Chez Roux
From Chez Roux's a la carte menu, we chose two starters:
- Scallop from the Isle of Mull, off Scotland's western coast, with butternut squash purée, braised acorn-fed pig’s cheek, chorizo, and apple jam
- Classic Floating Cheese Soufflé in Cream
Our favorite main dish was the delectable Wild Smoked Venison Loin from Newtonmore in central Scotland. It was paired with Braised Beef Shin (called shank in the States), which was drizzled with red wine jus and served with exquisite quince purée, salt-baked beetroot, and baked potato croquette.
For dessert, we shared the Valrhona Chocolate Crèmeux (a thick pudding like a pot de creme) served with Praline Mousse, Mango Purée, and Praline Ice Cream.
Chez Roux is also the setting for breakfast at The Cromlix.
- You can go for the tempting buffet, offering stone-ground oatmeal, hot and cold cereals, fruit, cheese, sliced meat, smoked fish, and all sorts of bakery treats
- Or you can fuel the day ahead with a Full Scottish Breakfast. Be hungry: options include eggs, back bacon, Lorne link sausage, black pudding, baked beans, and tea or coffee. For bread, you have your choice of fresh-baked grain bread, toast, butter scones or tattie scones, made with potato on the griddle
- You can also order omelets and other breakfast dishes cooked to order
Other Fantastic Food and Drink Options
Many guests at The Cromlix indulge in this midday ritual, served in the lounge with a bubbly twist: Champagne Afternoon Tea. That's right, Champagne (or tea).
- You'll find a traditional assortment of savory sandwiches, house-baked cakes and pastries, and fruit scones with clotted cream, butter, and fresh jam
Before or after dinner (or before and after dinner) is the time to enjoy a drink in The Cromlix's modern bar. Our you make a beeline to the Whisky Room for a tasting of rare single malts Scotches, accompanied by a local expert.
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- We fell in love with the limited-edition, super-smoky Octomore 167, a cult whisky from Islay that its distiller, Bruichladdich, calls "the world's most heavily peated Scottish Barley whisky yet"
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Scotland's Great Outdoors
Come rain or shine (and you can usually expect both in one day in Scotland!), The Cromlix offers a whole estate full of absorbing activities for everyone in your party.
What Will You Play at Andy Murray's Hotel?
Considering who owns The Cromlix, it's no surprise that there's an all-weather tennis court on-property (shown above).
- Wondering about the quirky color scheme? Andy designed his court to be decked out in Wimbledon colors of dark green and purple
- Guests can book the court at the reception desk, and the hotel will lend you racquets and tennis balls on the house
Or Go Fishing on the Loch With The Cromlix's Ghillie
Expert “ghillie” (fish wrangler) John McCallum accompanies Cromlix guests on fishing expeditions to one of the on-site lochs.
John spent four pleasant hours with us fishing off the bank of the loch, and he also took us out on his rowboat
We got some nibbles but didn’t manage to catch anything. Yet we thoroughly relished John's great company (and snacks of tea, shortbread, and whisky!)
Other Things to Do
Guests can try their hand at archery on the grounds of The Cromlix and croquet out on the lawn.
- They can shadow the property's falconer as his hawks and gyrfalcons flush out game birds
- The hotel can also arrange rounds on nearby golf courses, including at the famous Gleneagles
And for indoor activities, guests will find a full-size snooker table, all kinds of board games, a library (and free wifi)...and then there's the pastime of Scotch connoisseurship.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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How to Connect With The Cromlix
- Visit the website of The Cromlix
- See the menus for Chez Roux and the lounge bar
- Follow The Cromlix on Twitter or like the hotel on Facebook
- See photos of The Cromlix on Pinterest and Instagram
- And read reviews on TripAdvisor
- Ready to book your stay? Here's where to contact The Cromlix or book online
- Or email The Cromlix