Cromlix Closing for Refurbishment

Cromlix, the five-star hotel in Dunblane, has announced that it will be undergoing major refurbishments next year and moving to self-management.

From 3rd January 2023, the hotel will close its doors for nearly three months to upgrade bedrooms, bathrooms and communal areas, including the restaurant, and improve the grounds with new landscaping and planting.

The hotel, which was bought by Andy and Kim Murray in 2013, is also pleased to welcome three senior appointments to its team - Barry Makin as new General Manager, Emily Shields as new Head of Sales & Marketing and Neville Ablitt as Non-Executive Director.

Barry was formerly GM at The Scotsman Hotel and Hotel Indigo, both in Edinburgh, and has also held senior roles at The Principal Edinburgh George Street, The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow and The Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh. Barry's extensive experience in the hospitality industry, coupled with his ability to manage teams effectively and consistently generate excellent guest satisfaction scores in his previous roles, will help him maintain an outstanding experience for guests at Cromlix.

Emily Shields was Senior Event Sales Manager at The Royal Yacht Britannia and held roles at Dundas Castle, Edinburgh, The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath and The Dorchester, London. She will be tasked with helping to drive occupancy throughout the year, managing the relaunch of the property and creating an exciting roster of events for overnight guests and day visitors.

Neville Ablitt has worked in the five-star luxury hotel sector for over three decades, both in an executive and non-executive capacity. 

For more information, please stay tuned to our social channels, and visit https://cromlix.comCromlix will be reopening on 22 March, but the hotel reservations team will be available while the renovations are taking place for any bookings and enquiries.


Editors Notes

Cromlix Hotel was bought by former world number one tennis player Andy Murray and his wife, Kim Murray, in 2013. The hotel has 15 bedrooms and a self-catering Lodge house. Situated in 34 acres of private grounds, Cromlix also has its own chapel, loch, award winning restaurant, kitchen garden and tennis court. 

For more information about Cromlix, visit

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