Andy Murray reveals his Dunblane hotel lost £284,000 last year after he spent £4million on renovations
Gutsy Andy Murray, who is battling to keep playing tennis till the summer, is facing a second fight — to keep his hotel business in the black.
The sports hero’s hospitality firm has just revealed that it lost nearly £284,000 last year.
Double Wimbledon champion Sir Andy, 31, bought the 15-room Cromlix House Hotel near his home town of Dunblane in 2013 and held his wedding reception there in 2015.
Andy Murray and Kim Sears, pictured left, at the wedding of Jamie Murray and Alejandra Gutierrez, right, at Cromlix House in 2010. Double Wimbledon champion Sir Andy, 31, bought the 15-room Cromlix House Hotel near his home town of Dunblane in 2013 and held his wedding reception there in 2015
His father married his long-term girlfriend at the venue in 2016.
A spokesman for Murray tells me: ‘Profit was never Andy’s motivation for investing in Cromlix. The principal aim of this significant, long-term and continued commitment is to give back to his home community.
Since opening, the hotel has outperformed all expectations, employing around 70 people, more than half of whom are local residents.
Sir Andy’s other business, Cromlix House Hotel Limited, his property management company, owes creditors £7.194 million, but has assets of £7.232 million — a surplus of £38,000. But since the sportsman is worth £83 million, he can probably afford to continue to finance his role as a local benefactor
‘The accounts represent one part of the Cromlix business, which has made a small profit in the past year.
‘Overall, we are absolutely delighted with the performance of Cromlix and its impact on the local community.’
Murray has spent £4 million refurbishing the venue, which has a restaurant created by celebrity chef Albert Roux.
The company accounts for Cromlix LLP were signed off by Murray’s wife, Kim, 31. It is owned by Sir Andy, his wife and his mother, Judy, 59, and lost £167,000 the previous year.
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The latest accounts state: ‘At the year end, the LLP made a loss of £283,686 . . . [It] is dependent on the support of the members to continue as a going concern. This support has been confirmed as being in place.’
Sir Andy’s other business, Cromlix House Hotel Limited, his property management company, owes creditors £7.194 million, but has assets of £7.232 million — a surplus of £38,000.
But since the sportsman is worth £83 million, he can probably afford to continue to finance his role as a local benefactor.
Olympian Rebecca’s love life is going swimmingly
Rebecca Adlington is pictured at the 2018 BBC Sports Personality Of The Year in Birmingham last month
Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington’s relationship with her property manager boyfriend Andrew Parsons is hotting up.
The pair are off to the Caribbean to celebrate her 30th birthday.
Adlington split up with her husband, fellow swimmer Harry Needs in 2016 after just 18 months.
The former couple have a three-year-old daughter, Summer.
‘I’m about to be 30 and really excited and off to St Lucia,’ she tells me at TV chef Tonia Buxton’s launch of her new cookery book, The Secret Of Spice.
‘I’ve never been able to celebrate a landmark birthday properly before because I’ve always had the discipline and commitment of swimming. I’m going there with my boyfriend and daughter. Thirty is certainly the start of a new era.’
Rebecca denied rumours in 2016 that she was seeing swimmer Mark Foster following an apparent on-screen flirtation while co-hosting the Rio Olympics for the BBC.
Clare Balding will argue that Billie Jean King was a more significant 20th century figure than Nelson Mandela in the BBC’s wacky Icons public vote.
But why not throw animals into the mix, too? ‘There’s no Red Rum,’ laments the presenter, who began her career at the race track.
‘I would love to do a whole new series on the 100 greatest sports stars of the 20th century, including animals,’ suggests Balding. Clear the schedules!
Sky’s Kay Burley is pictured at the Cirque du Soleil Premiere Of ‘TOTEM’ in London on Wednesday night
She’s hosted more live TV news bulletins than any other presenter, but when she’s not on duty, Sky’s Kay Burley, 58, is equally active.
‘I’m a very busy woman, I’m off climbing Ben Nevis this weekend,’ she tells me at the Cirque du Soleil premiere at the Albert Hall, attended by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
‘Don’t ask me why I’m doing it.
‘The classic answer is, of course, because it’s there. Certainly not for sexual fulfilment.’
This weekend it’s forecast to be down to minus 10c, with snow showers, so there definitely won’t be any of that.
The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond is proud of his goatee beard, which he started sporting after leaving Top Gear.
‘It’s got grey bits in it, which stops people from accusing me that I dye my hair. I don’t! Maybe that’s the main reason I do it.’
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby prefers exchanging phone messages with the woman in charge of the Church of England’s £8 billion property portfolio rather than using Lambeth Palace headed notepaper.
‘He and I are in very, very frequent contact,’ discloses First Church Estates Commissioner Loretta Minghella, the most senior lay person in the Church.
‘He Whatsapps me whenever he needs to.’
And if his Grace is on the computer, presumably he uses a stone tablet . . .
Words of wisdom from actress Emilia Fox. ‘I’ll never forget going to the post-mortem of a young man in the prime of life as my research for Silent Witness.
It left me realising that you have to make the most of every second — because you just never know what’s around the corner.’
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