Hotel Highlights

Overview

Five-hundred year-old coaching inn, The Crown boutique hotel in Amersham has undergone a modern-rustic makeover at the hands of style guru Ilse Crawford, seeing its original olde-worlde features seamlessly complemented by a fresh, contemporary-comfy design.

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Here's what you get for booking The Crown with us:

A bottle of house champagne on ice on arrival

Facilities

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The Crown hotel – Amersham – United Kingdom

Need To Know

Rooms

38, including 10 suites.

Check–out

11am; earliest check-in 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $188.81 (£113), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include full English or Continental breakfast.

Also

There is a little garden area behind the hotel which is set up for croquet during the summer. If you fancy a picnic, the hotel can prepare a hamper from the kitchen and send you on your way with a Jacobs wool rug.

At the hotel

Courtyard, free WiFi throughout, free parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Roberts radio, free bottled water, White Company bathroom products.

Our favourite rooms

The Ilse-Crawford-overhauled rooms in the main inn and courtyard are all pictures of peaceful, pared-down rusticity, with spotless white walls, Welsh wool blankets and rush matting. For a glimpse of the inn’s history, check into Room 12, where there’s a section of hand-painted and National Trust-protected wall dating back to 1550. We also like Room 5, which has a raised bathroom area up a little stairwell. Room 1 in the main inn is the only room with his ’n’ hers basins. Courtyard Suite 101 was featured in Four Weddings and a Funeral and 102 – one of the largest – has a dramatic four-poster beneath an imposing chandelier. The courtyard rooms all have claw-foot tubs in the bedrooms.

Packing tips

Wellies for countryside trudging; don’t worry about reading matter though, you’ll find a stash of Penguin classics in every room.

Children

Welcome, cots and extra beds can be provided free. Dinky versions of adult meals and highchairs can be supplied in the restaurant.

Pet‐friendly

Small dogs are welcome for £10 a night.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Will Hughes oversees the Crown Chop House’s menu of fine farmhouse food, including home-baked bread, ham hock terrine and pork cheek. The menus for both lunch and dinner change daily, using herbs and root vegetables grown on-site, and meat procured from local butchers: the beef from Hertfordshire and fish from Cornwall. In summer, a kitchen-barbecue outside in the central courtyard serves up a selection of beef and fish dishes and crispy-fresh salads. Bar meals are available in the snug, pubby area at the back of the inn.

Hotel Bar

Mismatched chairs, chunky tables and woolly blankets dominate the bar at the heart of the Crown. It’s a place to quaff a pint of locally brewed Rebellion ale while nibbling from a bowl of spicy nuts and soothing ramble-weary limbs in front of the log fire.

Last orders

Breakfast is served until 10am, lunch from 12.30pm to 3pm, and dinner in the Chop House from 6pm until 9.30pm (the restaurant is closed on Sundays). The Bar menu is served until 10pm and drinks until 11pm; on Sundays food stops at 9.30pm, drinks at 10pm.

Room service

A selection of hot and cold snacks are available 24 hours a day.

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Dress code

Hiking socks and waterproofs (damp dogs discouraged).

Top table

In the summer, grab a table in the cobbled courtyard; in winter, cosy up by the fire.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Amersham and its neighbouring villages are dotted with a selection of traditional alehouses and eateries serving up delicious fare. Artichoke in Market Square, has a menu full of Master Chef-worthy dishes made using free range and organic ingredients foraged from the region (+44 (0)1494 726611; www.artichokerestaurant.co.uk). 

Local bars

Just three miles outside Amersham in Winchmore Hill, The Potters Arms is a charmingly English country-pub offering a terrific selection of real ales to wet your whistle with, and they’ve got plenty of fab food to boot (+44 (0)1494 726222; www.pottersarms.co.uk).

Local cafés

Just down the road from the Crown, Seasons Café Deli, is a contender to the title of best coffee shop in the country – decide for yourself with a hot breakfast-brew (+44 (0)1494 728070; www.seasons-cafe-deli.com).

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Amersham market town

The Crown

16 High Street, Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0DH, United Kingdom

The Crown is set in the heart of Amersham, in London’s rural outskirts. This quaint and quirky market town wears its history with pride and is surrounded by the bounding hills and valleys of the Chilterns.

Planes

Heathrow is the most convenient airport just 18 miles away. You can fly here from all over Europe and the UK, and regular flights from the States arrive daily. A taxi to the hotel should take around 35 minutes.

Trains

Chiltern Railways run directly from London Marylebone to Amersham in around 35 minutes. You can also hop on the Metropolitan Tube line, which takes around 50 minutes from Baker Street. Amersham station is just a mile from the hotel.

Automobiles

Taking your own set of wheels can be handy when exploring bucolic Buckinghamshire. The Crown is just five miles from the M25 and six from the M40. Drive times from London can vary, depending on your route. Traffic permitting, it should take a little over an hour.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Andrew Wilson , Boutique backpacker

Old Amersham has a tranquilising effect. Stepping from beneath the shade of Parsonage Wood I was presented with the prettiest view of the market town, flanked by rising country pastures and cast in the sanctifying light of a blue-sky sunset. A whiskered man in tweed came strutting up the hill towards me, swinging a walking stick, whistling a jaunty tune and brandishing the most terrific set of ...

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The Crown

Anonymous review by Andrew Wilson, Boutique backpacker

Old Amersham has a tranquilising effect. Stepping from beneath the shade of Parsonage Wood I was presented with the prettiest view of the market town, flanked by rising country pastures and cast in the sanctifying light of a blue-sky sunset. A whiskered man in tweed came strutting up the hill towards me, swinging a walking stick, whistling a jaunty tune and brandishing the most terrific set of sideburns ever seen on someone not at a terrific-sideburns convention. He gave me a genial grin and one of those sideways nod-cum-winks that only country folk can pull off, and then he tootled past into the woods. This all transpired within a few seconds but it shifted my mood from city-stress to country-calm in an instant.

A few moments earlier I’d been trudging through muddy woodlands cursing myself for taking directions to the hotel from a man who’d just fallen out of a pub, and for using an old roller suitcase that waited until I was completely surrounded by puddles before bursting open. I thought to myself ‘boutique-hotel reviewing isn’t supposed to be like this’ as I dolefully picked the dirt from my new Paul Smith shirt. But with my mood swiftly ameliorated and a pile of filthy clothes tucked under my arm, I set off with purposeful gait towards the Crown.

I’d hoped this trip to the Chilterns would deliver me from London’s din and gift me with a simple rural escape. Although Old Amersham is hooked onto the end of the Metropolitan line and so technically still a part of London, I was comforted with the realisation that a couple of days in Buckinghamshire would be a very pleasant alternative to a weekend in the city. The entrance to the Crown is just off a central courtyard; it was filled with tables of cheerful chaps and cordial ladies enjoying the last of the day’s light and glasses of chilled white wine. Hopping over the cat curled up on the cobbles, I stepped inside.

This 500-year-old property certainly looks well for its age. The unfussy interiors run counter to what you might expect from a boutique bolthole in the heart of the home counties, famously featured as the Lucky Boatman in Four Weddings. Twisted original oak beams, lattice windows and creaking floorboards bring an old-world warmth. At the end of the higgledy-piggledy coir-carpeted first-floor corridor, was my room. Big on character, it featured a sheepskin-covered rocking chair beneath the market-hall-facing window, a Roberts radio, a collection of English historical novels, and an antique stable-style door leading to the super-modern ensuite with a shower the size of a modestly proportioned barn.

Throwing my clump of clothes into the closet and booting (deservedly hard) my broken suitcase under the plush double bed, I took to the backroom snug for a pint of local brew and a browse of the pub menu. I resisted the more hearty offerings via a Caesar salad, knowing that when Mrs Smith turned up late the next afternoon I’d be gorging myself into a stupor on the Chop House’s renowned country tucker.

The next morning it was still sunny and conditions were perfect for an exploratory stroll through the Chiltern Hills – but not before breakfast. Now, buffets can present problems: I don’t do well with too much choice. When it comes to picking between a full English, freshly baked bread, slices of salmon, prosciutto, all kinds of cheese, juicy fresh fruit and a selection of crunchy cereals, I will invariably decide to have all of them which routinely renders me incapable of any and all physical movement for several hours. Were it not for the three cups of coffee, I’m not sure I would have got up from the chair.

After a quick change into elasticated shorts I donned my backpack and set off rambling. Roaming across low-cut fields, through tall-tree woods, over rickety stiles and past dozing cows brought me to the Red Lion Pub in Little Missenden where I repaired with an ice-cold frosty top and a small bite to eat. ‘Busy?’ I asked the landlady. ‘Swamped’ she said – in all seriousness from what I could tell. There were only two other people there and they were both asleep in their chairs. ‘This is more my speed,’ I thought as I found a spot in the garden, sat down, and fell asleep in my chair.

Back in town, I met Mrs Smith at the station and proceeded to energetically point out all the wonders of bucolic Buckinghamshire in a vein similar to a child showing his farther how his new bucket and spade works. After leading her through Parsonage Wood along the ‘shortcut I’d discovered’, telling her all about John McCririck winking at me, showing her my favourite view of Old Amersham and the puddle my shirt was in, we stopped by the Seasons Café Deli on the high street for a coffee-kick before setting off on more exploring. This time our rambles included walking along the River Misbourne, watching a local game of cricket, me explaining how cricket works, me admitting I have no idea how cricket works, skipping, climbing trees and chasing sheep. The coffee at Seasons Café Deli is excellent!

We decided it was only right that we cap off a day this enjoyable with a meal from head chef extraordinaire, Will Hughes, at the Chop House restaurant. His menu makes artwork out of simple rustic grub – I can say with some certainty that his veal chop and turnip gratin will produce an almost emotional reaction in anyone who eats it. After polishing off a couple of carafes of Citta dei Ponti we retired fully sated and certain of a future return. The next morning I was no more abstemious at the breakfast buffet, before we headed back towards the station whistling a jaunty tune and nod-winking at anyone who cared to look our way. That, ladies and gents, is the Old Amersham effect.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Crown's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on 3 Feb 2014

We loved

We were quite demanding guests but the staff were excellent and fulfilled our every need. We liked the decor and the rather cranky nature of the old building. I enjoyed the very comfy bed, good champagne on arrival and superb breakfast with the best scrambled eggs I've ever had. We had a great time.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 31 Jan 2014

We loved

This is a beautiful hotel. Rooms were spotless and amenities very good. The staff was really welcoming and our puppy was made extremely welcome. We will definitely be returning.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 16 Nov 2013

We loved

The hotel was lovely really good friendly staff. But, the best part was the food. I have been in chef recruitment for 13 years, and the dinner we had was excellent: swift, efficient service, and a well-balanced menu very well executed.

Don’t expect

Not much could be improved, but little touches like offering an ice bucket for the champagne would have been nice. The plumbing system was a bit noisy, but apart from that it was perfect.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 24 Sep 2013

We loved

Nice decor and nice touches in the room – including a reasonable half bottle of Bordeaux that went down very well!

Don’t expect

I was in Room 4 and my shower ran hot and cold without explanation!

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 21 Sep 2013

We loved

I liked the fact that we were upgraded to a courtyard suite with a claw foot tub. We had champagne on our arrival and a free half bottle of good red wine. The food was amazing in the restaurant and breakfast was fantastic with lots of choice. I loved the cotton sheets. It was a really romantic stay and a getaway from it all; good value.

Don’t expect

Nothing could be better.

Rating: 10/10 stars