Fusion Group opens Dunblane hotel Old Churches House

By Emma Eversham

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Old Churches House in Dunblane is the latest hospitality venture for the town and for Fusion Group
Old Churches House in Dunblane is the latest hospitality venture for the town and for Fusion Group
Hotel operator and event management firm Fusion Group, has opened its third hotel in a former church meeting house in the Scottish town of Dunblane, close to Andy Murray's new hotel Cromlix House.

The 11-bedroom hotel - Old Churches House - includes a 60-cover restaurant The Dining Room, tearoom and event space and it re-opened last month following a £250k redevelopment.

Fusion Group managing director Alex McKie, whose company operates Mansion House Carphin at St Andrews and Logierait Lodges in Pitlochry is hoping the company's latest venture will benefit from its redevelopment, central location and the buzz that tennis star Murray has recently generated around the Scottish town. 

Brand appeal

He said: “We are bringing all our Fusion Group experience in running venues to the fore here at Old Churches House. We have built up a successful wedding venue from a standing start at Carphin By St Andrews – another Scottish Town with brand appeal - and expect to do the same here at Old Churches House with our 17th​ Century Chapel offering an extremely unique and charming location.

“There is nothing quite like Old Churches House in Dunblane. We have retained its quirky character and history with a homely, understated approach which will appeal to locals and our visitors alike. 

"Coupled with other developments in the area, including the new Cromlix House, and the renewed popularity Dunblane has seen since Andy Murray’s successes and the presence of the golden postbox, the town has a real buzz about it and has never been busier."

Old Churches House was built as a row of terrace houses before being transformed into Scottish Churches House, an ecumenical centre which was a meeting place for generations of Scottish Christians. 

It is situated just a few miles from Murray's Cromlix House​, which will be managed by Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI) when it opens for business next year.

McKie said Old Churches House expected to attract 4,000 guests over the next 18 months and 12,000 diners to its restaurant. 

The business will also add self catering accommodation to its portfolio next year.




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