Cromlix is set in a large private estate just 45 minutes from Glasgow and just over an hour from Edinburgh, surrounded by idyllic countryside and an impressive long driveway through parkland. The Cromlix Estate dates back to the early 15th century, and the house itself dates back to 1880 when it was rebuilt following extensive fire damage, the chapel is the only part remaining of the original house. The house was converted to a hotel in 1981, and when Andy Murray saw the hotel he spotted an opportunity to restore Cromlix to its former glory and began an extensive renovation project in 2013, not only to create a taste of the decadent lifestyle once enjoyed by the Lairds of Cromlix for its guests, but also to attract new visitors to the area and his nearby hometown of Dunblane.
Today the property is truly stunning, full of understated elegance and only the highest quality specially-sourced Scottish antique furnishings creating a luxurious retreat redefined for the 21st century. There is a real emphasis on service, with impeccable yet discreet staff who will attend your every need yet melt away into the background so you can enjoy Cromlix as your very own luxury home.
Food at Cromlix is a real highlight, with catering courtesy of the Chez Roux team, overseen by none other than Albert Roux, the internationally renowned 3 Michelin-star chef. The spectacular orangery style dining room boasts a glass ceiling and vast windows with beautiful views over the grounds, creating a very special location for memorable meals, and can seat up to 80 guests on round tables.
There is also a beautifully contemporary styled bar area fully staffed for guests’ enjoyment. Dining is also possible in the Drawing Room for up to 50 guests, or in the original dining room, now called the Garden Room, for up to 24 guests. There are two elegant drawing rooms, both with cosy log fires and sumptuous seating.
The wine and whisky lounge offers a wonderful selection of Scotland’s most famous drink along with a selection of fine wines, set in a beautiful conservatory off one of the drawing rooms. Also on the ground floor is the snooker room and the original dining room, a lovely room ideal for intimate dinners or meetings.
There are five bedroom suites and ten bedrooms, plus the one-bedroom Gate Lodge, each individually designed in elegant, muted tones and beautifully furnished with luxurious Peter Reed Egyptian cotton bed linen and a bespoke range of Arran Aromatics toiletries. The bedrooms are all flooded with natural light and boast idyllic views over the grounds and surrounding countryside. Many of the suites offer freestanding hand-painted baths, whilst all bedrooms include every modern convenience you could wish for including i-Pod docking stations, televisions disguised as mirrors, DVD players, and Wi-Fi access.
Outside, the grounds extend to 34 acres, and include manicured lawns, woodland, and its own Loch and house chapel.
There is of course a tennis court and a tennis practice wall available for guests, and tennis lessons can be arranged from Daniel Alexander Reed (DAR Tennis). A number of activities can be arranged at Cromlix, including fishing, archery, falconry displays, clay pigeon shooting, mini highland games and off road driving, outdoor garden games and in room spa treatments. There are also a number of golf courses in the surrounding area.
Cromlix is also ideal for corporate events and conferences, and the property has a Civil Ceremony Licence for up to 24 guests in the Chapel or up to 80 guests in the Drawing Room. The wedding breakfast can be held in the Drawing Room for up to 50 guests, or up to 80 guests can be seated in the Dining Room. Up to 120 guests can be invited for the evening reception, or a marquee can be used on the front lawn for up to 300 people.