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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Lovely old building in excellent location but general service lets it down. Very poor breakfast - toast completely burned, coffee almost cold. Room small but adequate but standard of cleanliness left a lot to be desired.
Would highly recommend The Crown Inn - Rooms was modern, elegant and cosy. The exteriors were delightful - would definitely come back and stay again! Breakfast was tasty and good all round selection!!
Take an adaptor for the music player in room, take an ipad cos the TV doesn't work, good luck figuring out the heating system. You need to understand the two hotels share receptionists so it gets confusing and sometimes you have to go looking for the receptionist at the other hotel. Also restaurant and hotel are separate so don't think by booking you get a seat in restaurant. Did I mention the cocktails? Probably best not