Posts tagged #Tennis

Tennis Master Andy Murray Scores with Scottish Hotel Purchase

Tennis ace Andy Murray has just bought the multi-million dollar luxury Cromlix House Hotel near his Scottish home, just north of Edinburgh. 

The US Open and Olympic champion plans to transform the grand Victorian manor house, where his brother Jamie married Colombian Alejandra Gutierrez in 2010, into a five-star destination.

Locates close to his home town of Dunblane in Stirlingshire, the refurbished hotel is scheduled to re-open next spring just ahead of the 2014 Ryder Golf Cup, which is being staged a short drive away at Gleneagles.

Murray said in a statement to the press: “By re-establishing Cromlix as a leading luxury hotel at the heart of the Dunblane community, we will be able to attract new visitors to the area, create a number of new jobs and focus on supporting other local businesses. I'm pleased to be able to give something back to the community I grew up in.”

The Cromlix House is set in 50 acres of breath-taking rolling woodlands and currently has 14 vintage bedroom suites, a beautiful wedding chapel, a baronial reception hall, two drawing rooms, a conservatory, a classic dining room, a well-stocked library and several meeting rooms.

The Eden Family, who have owned the estate for more than 30 years, is happy the property is passing to someone with a strong commitment to the local community. Future plans for the Hotel involve a Chez Roux restaurant.

Renowned Chef Albert Roux, owner of Le Gavroche in London, is one of a group of industry experts consulted by Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI), which will manage The Cromlix House on behalf of Murray.

ICMI’s managing director, Norbert Lieder, is confident that “'With Andy, we can create a very special hotel in his home community. While we aim to create a destination that attracts visitors from around the world, we are also determined to ensure it remains a venue of choice for local people”

Bravo, bravo, bravo!

Your Culinary World copyright Ana Kinkaid/Peter Schlagel 2013

Pasta y Gambas is Nadal’s Secret Recipe for Tennis Success at Wimbledon

Last weekend Rafa Nadal won set after set against Roger Federer at this year’s French Open.  Surely no one watching from center court at the esteemed Roland Garros sport complex could doubt that they were seeing a master play the game.

The question now being asked by many is how far can Nadal go? Will history rank him as the greatest tennis player ever? At 25, he has age on his side. But if he is to surpass Federer’s standing record of 16 Grand Slam Titles (Nadal has 10 Grand Slams to date), he will need nearly endless energy and stamina to enter the record books. But take heart Nadal fans... 

Now we know the secret recipe for Nadal’s number one energy source and all-time favorite meal before his strength draining afternoon championship matches: Pasta y Gambas (Pasta and Shrimp) - just be sure to use only Spanish paprika and olive oil, Nadal cautions.  They are, according to this tennis legend, the ingredients that make this dish a winner with top players - on and off the court:

Your Culinary World copyright Ana Kinkaid/Peter Schlagel 2011