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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Beautiful hotel, really friendly and helpful staff. The receptionist team went above and beyond to make sure my stay was comfortable and that I had everything I needed. I'd definitely stay at The Crown Inn again
All things are perfect. Especially the breakfast! Staff are kind, patient and considerate. The location is awesome, we traveled back from Bourton-on-the-water, the bus stop is just right at the Inn's door. What a fantastic trip!
Reception staff very informative about the onsite parking and welcoming on arrival.
You do need to enquire about the parking and also make sure you register your car reg, make, model+ surname on arrival. Some cars had tickets already, so need to make sure you do this immediately on arrival even though it is the Hotels carpark
Must say the whole reception area could do with an upgrade, small desk in the corner and the breakfast buffet was in the hall area... so not first great impression I am afraid.
On the plus side lots of parking, courtyard area and courtyard rooms... but do think the main part of the Hotel could do with a refresh to ensure that this remains a hidden gem in a great Old Market town.
We stayed in the Courtyard Suite and it was lovely! The extra treats in the room was a lovely touch, the bed was really comfy and the room has a lovely bath in it. The courtyard area outside was a nice place to have breakfast and lunch and the food was great. We wish we stayed for 2 nights rather than just the 1! The town is fairly quiet but there a lots of pubs and we also walked to Chalford St Giles.
The staff were all friendly and helpful. The Crown inn blends old world charm with modern facilities.
The deluxe Bailey room was very pleasant and the welcome half bottle of wine was a nice touch. My only minor criticism is the room would benefit from a second chair.
The Hawkyns restaurant is a gastro Asian food experience worth trying.
We hoped for a relaxing couple of days away from the centre of London. The Crown inn and Amersham provide just that !