London: Andy Murray's luxury hotel opened yesterday, a business the tennis star hopes will boost his Scottish hometown Dunblane.
Andy Murray returns to Dunblane following his win in the US Open and his gold medal in the 2012 Olympics on September 16, 2012. Pic/Getty Images
The Wimbledon champion bought Cromlix House, a Victorian mansion dating from 1874, in February last year and has transformed it into a 15-bedroom, five-star retreat.
The property, set in woodlands three miles (five kilometres) outside Dunblane in central Scotland, has undergone extensive refurbishment and tourism officials hope it will prove a big draw for visitors to Scotland.
Murray, 26, envisages the hotel will create up to 40 jobs in Dunblane. "I'm pleased to be able to give something back to the community I grew up in," he said on the hotel's website.
Dunblane was hit by tragedy in March 1996 when resident Thomas Hamilton shot 16 pupils and a teacher dead at the primary school that Murray attended.
Murray, who hid with his brother Jamie under the headmaster's desk during the massacre, still struggles to speak about the experience. Murray bought the property last year for £1.8 million ($3 million, 2.2 million euros).
Number of jobs Murray's hotel will create in Dunblane