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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The staff and rooms in the crown are great! We were given a bigger room and anniversary treats on arrival, very sweet gesture. The town is cute, quite quiet but there are a few great pubs around. Recommended stay for couples definitely! Relaxing and comfortable rooms and beds.
The hotel is on the main street of old Amersham (approximately 20 minutes walk from the train station, which is in the newer area). It is a traditional inn, with very old buildings and a newer extension. Our room was in the newer part. The size was adequate, bathroom quite good and comfortable bed. Pity for a very stained carpet and walls. Although the room was not dirty, the stains made it feel very shabby and unpleasant. The location facing the parking lot on the ground floor was not the best either, and controlling the air conditioning/heating was a challenge. Nevertheless, staff at the hotel are friendly and dinner at the restaurant was excellent. Breakfast is is good as well. Overall we had a good experience, but I would be careful when choosing the room. Maybe we should have picked the highest category.
This has real charm, and perfect for a weekend away. It is in the middle of town, and you can walk easily to anywhere you need to be. I would certainly stay here again. The staff were lovely, and extremely helpful.
Such a gorgeous hotel to spend a special few days. Extra touches included a card and some brownies for my birthday and a relaxing soak in the tub in the bedroom. Amersham is gorgeous and so close to London. Can't recommend enough.
Loved the location, design and relaxed atmosphere! All my guests had a great stay too!Loved how we could all stay eat and drink in one place, and all elements were equally matched from a service and experience perspective. Thank you! Ilana who arranged the booking for 14 of us was very helpful in organising my stay, and everything I had requested was though about and delivered. So a big thank you!