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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Friendly welcoming staff. Nicely decorated and very pleasant for one night away. One negative is the poor acoustics. You can hear every creak of the nearby stairs and the timber floors from room above and adjacent.
Beautiful coaching inn..lovely modern decor which compliments the old beams. Mixture of lovely rooms, wonderful restaurant and lively bar area. Just what was needed for an overnight getaway! Live local, yet felt as though we were in a different world!
These two hotels in Amersham, are excellent, full of charm and facilities are great, we had a dog with us and she was made really welcome.We were over the moon with Amersham, but the hotel Crown, was worth the trip
Messed us around with rooms but ultimately we got the room we booked. Very comfortable beds. The Bailey building is noisy in the morning as the road is busy. Breakfast is average for an upmarket and expensive hotel. Overall, a bit overpriced but a solid choice for a stay in the area.
I had a wonderful stay at this lovely hotel, the room was amazing, lovely and clean, breakfast was really good. For such an old hotel it has a really nice character and atmosphere about the place. The staff were brilliant, couldn’t be more kind and helpful, especially Anastasia who I saw multiple times throughout my stay over the weekend and was always contactable.