Sir Andy Murray’s renowned Cromlix Hotel in Dunblane has successfully obtained planning approval to erect nine cabins within its expansive grounds, a decision that came amidst resistance from wildlife conservationists.

The five-AA-star establishment sought to expand its accommodation options for guests, choosing an area of dense woodland beside a lake to the north of the hotel.

Sir Andy Murray and his wife, Kim, acquired the hotel in 2013, investing £2m in their hometown establishment. Until 2023, the hotel was managed by Inverlochy Castle Management.

The Murray family has recently assumed a more hands-on role in overseeing the hotel’s operations and development.

The approved plans will see the construction of four types of structures, enhancing the variety of accommodation available. These will include a one-bedroom treetop cabin and a two-bedroom cabin complete with an elevated deck overlooking the water.

A three-bedroom retreat building will include a separate two-bedroom guest wing connected by a timber walkway, featuring a covered outdoor fireplace.

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Wildlife concerns addressed by advocates

Despite the planning approval, the development faced opposition from the Scottish Wildlife Trust due to concerns about its potential impact on local wildlife, including breeding birds, frogs and toads.

The Trust communicated these concerns to Stirling Council, suggesting that the cabins be situated in an alternative location.

They expressed apprehension that increased human activity associated with the cabins, such as dogs, canoes and paddle boards, could result in the displacement of waterbirds.

Stirling Council’s decision

But Stirling Council granted the Cromlix Hotel the necessary planning permission on 17 August 2023.

In their written decision, the council acknowledged that the proposed development had been thoughtfully designed to harmonise with the woodland setting on the Cromlix estate.

The council emphasised that this expansion would enhance the accommodation options available to visitors in the area and contribute positively to both the local and regional economies.

They gave assurances that specific planning conditions, including woodland management and a biodiversity plan, would be in place to ensure the proper stewardship and protection of the woodland environment.

Historic Cromlix Hotel

Originally constructed as a country house in the early 1900s, Cromlix was converted into a hotel in 1981.

In March 2023, the hotel underwent an extensive 10-week refurbishment under Kim Murray’s careful oversight, marking its relaunch with a new management team.

Sir Andy Murray’s vision for Cromlix Hotel’s expansion has overcome opposition from wildlife advocates, paving the way for an exciting addition to this historic establishment.

With planning permission secured, many believe the hotel’s future as a premier destination in Dunblane remains bright.