British tennis ace Andy Murray is reported to have bought the Cromlix House hotel near Dunblane, the 14-bedroom property which fell victim to the economic downturn and closed its doors in February.
The hotel has been a popular wedding venue for more than 30 years and was where Murray's brother Jamie married his Colombian girlfriend, Alejandra Gutierrez, in 2010.
According to reports on www.scotsman.com, the Scottish Olympic gold medallist is believed to have bought the property, which was on the market at offers over £1.8m.
"He knows the place well. Anybody who is anybody in Dunblane goes to Cromlix House for their wedding, anniversary or birthday," a source close to the property was reported to have said.
"Nobody knows what he intends to do with the hotel. It is only ten minutes by helicopter from Gleneagles, which could prove useful during the 2014 Ryder Cup.
"On the other hand, it could be that Andy will restore it as a private house so that he has a luxury base in Scotland to come back to."
Dating back to 1874, Cromlix House was the family home of the Eden family, who have owned the surrounding estate for the past 600 years. It was converted into a luxury hotel in 1980 by the late Ronald Eden.
By Janie Stamford
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