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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Four of us had a delicious Kir Royale afternoon tea to celebrate a birthday. We sat inside in a cool, calm restaurant - the service was attentive but unobtrusive and very charming. The food was delicious. We liked the spacious feel, with ancient, chunky wood furniture. We felt we had a truly gentile afternoon. Thank you.
they were reasonably helpful but if you are staying, ask for one of the lovely rooms with air con and much nicer furnishings in the new building - even if it's in the car park - was too hot to sleep. Nice food for evening meal and quite a nice breakfast.
Lovely hotel with lots of originality.
Bedroom - room 12 has an original wall painting going back to 16th century, the rooms are spacious, en suite, lovely wet room/shower. Only down side, no where to place clothes such as a chest of draws. Would have liked an area to use the hair dryer etc with a mirror.
Staff - polite and very accommodating.
Breakfast - great, plenty and set me up the the day.
The whole hotel was clean and well presented. Good information regarding walks around the area and plenty of pubs/ eateries in the locality.
Restaurant- A* great choice and taste.
Would highly recommend 😀👍🏻
I stayed for 24 hours and enjoyed all aspects of the hotel’s excellent facilities and the friendly, helpful hospitality extended to me by all members of staff.
My air conditioned room was spotlessly clean and I liked the touch of including complimentary drinks and nibbles-even a a bottle of red wine! Being able to enjoy the fine dining at the Hawkins restaurant was an added bonus.
The delicious full English breakfast was most welcome after a very sociable night cap in the bar the night before!
The Location of the Crown is ideal for access to Heathrow- very good taxi service on hand. Overall, a delightful building oozing character, charm and that includes the staff!
This was the second time we have stayed at this hotel and were disappointed in our stay as our rooms on both occasions have been very noisy both in the main hotel and last year in the newer section. This affected our sleep on both nights. We also felt on this occasion that the breakfast was poor with limited choice and they’d run out of yoghurt.
Shame as we like the decor and overall ambience of the hotel.