What We Love
- Just 35 minutes by tube or train from central London
- The hotel was featured in rom-com classic Four Weddings and a Funeral
- Isle Crawford–designed rooms are chic and cozy
- On-site restaurant serves a meaty selection of gastropub classics alongside a decent wine list and local ales
What To Know
- The property is a 20-minute walk or an $8 cab ride from the train station
- Guestrooms in the main inn have uneven and creaky wooden floors
- WiFi and parking are free
- Top spot for couples, although families are welcome
- Cute boutiques, pubs and country trails are within walking distance
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Old Amersham, a cute Buckinghamshire town lined with cottages and country pubs, The Crown is a cozy retreat within easy reach of central London. A 35-minute journey by tube or train from Marylebone station, this timber-framed hideaway, complete with wood-paneled gastropub and croquet lawn, is a best-of-British boutique hotel.
Since starring in ’90s classic Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell cozied up here in its guise as The Lucky Boatman), The Crown has chucked out the chintz and upped its style credentials with the help of design guru Isle Crawford, the creative brain behind New York’s Soho House and founder of Elle Decoration UK.
The 38 guestrooms are split between the main inn and the courtyard, but they all have a homey Scando-chic look: pale gray walls, Welsh wool throws, rocking chairs, sheepskin rugs, chunky oak furniture and bright red Roberts radios. The rooms in the main inn are smaller, but they have plenty of Old World charm, from wonky floors and beam ceilings to views of Old Amersham’s high street. All courtyard rooms have freestanding tubs and hipster toiletries from Aesop.
On-site restaurant, The Chop House, serves a hit list of gastropub classics such as Cornish hake and chunky chips and braised beef brisket with fondant potatoes. Meaty dishes are flame-grilled over charcoal in a Josper oven, and dishes are served on pewter plates against a backdrop of inglenook fireplaces and low ceilings, a nod to The Crown’s former life as an Elizabethan coaching inn. Grab a post-dinner local ale in the pub, where you can perch on mismatched chairs and hole up in front of the crackling fire with a board game.
The staff is local and armed with suggestions on how to explore the great outdoors; there are free walking maps and mountain bikes. Just beyond the high street, country trails cut into the Chiltern Hills, linking farmland to forest. The Crown’s best-of-both-worlds location means that you can go from the buzz of the city to bucolic seclusion in less than an hour.
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We had a really nice stay at the Crown Inn. The staff are very friendly, welcoming and efficient. The room was very clean and tidy. The meal at Hawkyns was superb, and breakfast on the Sunday morning was excellent too - a lovely buffet and some delicious options from the menu. I had a massage at the Spa next door which was excellent too. The rooms out in the block in the car park are very nice - well equipped and nicely decorated - but they are on the small side. There's not much space when you are in there. But once we'd squeezed in (!) we had a really lovely stay.
The hotel was welcoming have stayed before good service friendly staff. The facility was well equipped great location as my family are very close. We ate Sunday lunch within the courtyard good service and top food as always cater well for my two grandchildren !
Returned after staying for am event last year as we loved the hotel so much. We managed to get the same room (Room 1) as we love the layout and perfect for Harryour dog. The staff are so helpful and friendly. They give everyone such a warm welcome. Breakfast is a real treat and they laid it for us in the bar area so we could have our dog with us. If you like chanrming old hotels witha touch of luxury at a very reassonable price then this is for you!
Lovely hotel. Well worth a visit. Hawkyns restaurant was great and the breakfast was yummy. Lovely fresh and clean room and the and complimentary wine and champers was a great touch. We will definitely return.
We stayed last year at The Crown and loved it so much that we wanted to return. This hotel is very dog friendly, so much so our dog Harry didn't want to leave! We stayed in the same room as before as we loved it so much, but all the rooms are delightful. The staff are exceptional, combining great service, hospitality, warmth & efficiency. A very personal service.
It is a perfect location for business and pleasure. So many fantastic walks. Old Amersham Village in my opinion is the best in the whole area with a perfect mix of shops, bars & restaurants. Food in The Crown is superb!