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Hotel Highlights

  • Ilse Crawford's designer touch
  • Hearty Brit fare
  • (Saddle) bags of charm

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.

Smith Extra

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 $172.54 (£119), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include full English or Continental breakfast.

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.

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.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs small and large can stay free.

Children

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

Food and drink

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The Crown hotel – Amersham – United Kingdom

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.

Smith Insider

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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The Crown hotel – Amersham – United Kingdom
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The Chilterns is pure rambler’s paradise, with dozens of scenic walking trails running from Amersham, Henley Marlow and the surrounds. If you prefer pavements to pastures, London is a half-hour Underground ride away. Disraeli’s country home, Hughenden Manor in High Wycombe makes an excellent day trip (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden), with insights into Victorian stately life and lovely riverside parkland for picnicking. A short drive from Amersham, Cookham was a ‘village in heaven’ according to the famously religious British painter Sir Stanley Spencer, who was born and buried there and often featured scenes of the village in his paintings: see them at the Stanley Spencer Gallery (www.stanleyspencer.org.uk).

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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The Crown hotel – Amersham – United Kingdom
The Crown
The Crown 16 High Street Amersham HP7 0DH Buckinghamshire United Kingdom

Anonymous review

by , Boutique backpacker

Rating: 10/10 stars
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 sid…
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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 have to say about The Crown in the Guestbook below…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The attention to detail – the room had everything that we could want. The staff were extra helpful – nothing was too much trouble.

Don’t expect

A party scene.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Food, bed, and staff were all exceptional!

Don’t expect

Total quiet.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

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We loved

The wonderful service and location.

Don’t expect

Late night parties.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The room was a great size and shower and bath tub was amazing. Staff were very friendly and nice. Full English breakfast was great too!

Don’t expect

Good weather.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Simple but elegant rooms, friendly service, nice touches like complimentary (and very good) wine in the rooms.

Don’t expect

Lavish luxury.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The beautiful hotel rooms, the fantastic 17th-century hand painted wall in room 12, the gorgeous countryside and the abundance of walks. There were also plenty of places to choose from for dinner.

Don’t expect

There was nothing I felt could be done better.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The setting in a gorgeous olde world village with lovely walks and boutique shops at hand. Ask reception for map of walks.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet. I thought our room seemed very noisy at night and we could hear creaking of the floor and slamming of doors when other guests moved around.

Rating: 5/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything! We were in a courtyard room which was just wonderful, the location of the hotel is perfect for a one night getaway from London and the food was delicious! We loved The Crown so much that there was no need to go anywhere else!

Don’t expect

Somewhere with nightlife - from what we saw it's a sleepy little town.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

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We loved

Dog friendliness!

Don’t expect

A spa.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

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We loved

The gorgeous in-room bath, the white company toiletries, the amazing breakfast, the four poster beds, the fantastic girls at the front desk who went the extra mile for us and the complimentary wine in the room. You'll feel the stresses of London falling away from you! its a seriously relaxing little village and countryside- but would you believe zone 9- at the end of the metropolitan line! you can actually tube there! the front desk has details of lots of local walks - we went on the 8 mile one which takes in 4 gorgoues local villages . easy walking and stupidly picturesque - took abotu 4 hours - and we were back in time for a fabulous dinner at the hotel - my lamb with sweetbreads was divine!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The food and the little garden.

Don’t expect

Carpets and soft furnishing or a wardrobe.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

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We loved

The chocolates and red wine in the room! The food is excellent gastro pub fare and the service is superb

Don’t expect

Spa, lively nights

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service, the decor, the restaurant, the ambience, the size of the rooms.

Don’t expect

Any additional features. This is a perfect little hotel/inn with an excellent bar/restaurant attached. there are no real amenities if that is what you are looking for.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Room designs, well appointed, high spec luxury, excellent service, friendly and helpful staff

Don’t expect

Nightlife

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location, peaceful town. Bright airy room, romantic setting, pretty courtyard,

Don’t expect

Pristine cleanliness. The bar is spartan and not very inviting

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Great groom with the most fanatic bed! The hotel is in a street with a great Dutch market. Excellent for food

Don’t expect

A bar or any real loung area. There is a restaurant but that's usually packed with people who aren't staying at the hotel.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service, the great rooms in a beautiful historic setting.

Don’t expect

The "best" food. It is after all a hotel that focuses on it's wonderful rooms and service. The menu is worthy of good pub food, but then not gastro-pub.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The outdoor courtyard for lazing in the sunshine. Room 1 with an upstairs bathroom.

Don’t expect

Plush luxury this is cozier and relaxed.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The decor, cosy fire and atmosphere. The breakfast spread was great. Lovely outdoor courtyard area that must be wonderful when it's warm.

Don’t expect

Large rooms. It has a typical, but very tastefully done, village pub feel, without the smell!!! Very charming.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

All delightful.

Don’t expect

Spa treatments.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The fireplace downstairs and cozy pub atmosphere! All the Inn's staff were incredibly friendly.

Don’t expect

A formal breakfast. They served everything buffet style, which was perfect for us. There was an option to order from a menu as well.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on NO

We loved

Nice small hotel with good room and excellent restaurant.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Restrained design, comfortable bed, friendly staff, great shower.

Don’t expect

The cleaners' station was right outside our door so there was no chance of a lie-in in the morning, although our request to not be above the bar was noted.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is a charming little place with exposed wooden beams in the bedrooms. The staff are very welcoming and helpful.

Don’t expect

A very minor thing but the bedroom could do with an armchair instead of a chair.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The room was well appointed and spacious. Good quality complimentary gifts included White Company toiletries, a reasonable bottle of wine and good quality tea and coffee facilities.

Don’t expect

The restaurant was a disappointment to me. The quantity and quality of the dishes did not justify the cost, I felt.

Rating: 5/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooms where very nicely decorated with exposed beams and white company products.

Don’t expect

The food could be better and breakfast could have some local produce like butter and jams.

Rating: 5/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Comfy bed and powerful shower.

Don’t expect

Food service could've been better.

Rating: 6/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Amersham old town was absolutely lovely, the bed was the biggest I have ever seen and the decor was stylish and comfortable.

Don’t expect

We would have loved a bath but didn't realise only the suites have baths. Also our room above the restaurant was a little noisy.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Spacious rooms, big beds, delicious food in the evening, wonderful service, yummy complimentary snacks and wine, cosy chairs with sheepskins.

Don’t expect

The wires around the TV could do with being covered over, and the wardrobes were a bare. They're only minor details but they seemed obvious to me.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Excellent service, brilliant huge room! Great food, beautiful scenery and wonderful weather.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

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We loved

Like several other people, according to the guestbook, we too were upgraded to a courtyard suite. I have always been cautious of hotel 'annexes', opting to stay in the main building, but my view has completely changed! Our courtyard room was lovely (nothing like an annexe), high ceiling, spacious, four posts on the bed and the roll top bath in the bedroom, with a fantastic shower in the bathroom. We went to the area to walk and enjoy some down time, and this hotel, along with some stunning local hikes, definitely achieved it. I recommend both!

Don’t expect

There was only one plug socket near a mirror. This was all that could have improved the stay!!! (But we did pass this very minor comment on to 'house keeping' who made note!!)

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The attention to detail in the rooms was lovely and the breakfast was delicious!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The food was spectacular. Service was excellent, and the whole hotel is really cosy. It's really close to London but feels a million miles away.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I thought that the building was quirky, the food was really good and the breakfast was set out imaginatively: we would return.

Don’t expect

The breakfast service could have been better, but the hotel was busy after a party.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We really enjoyed staying at this hotel. It's very unique – a combination of old coaching inns that have been combined together and stark modern decor. The staff was very helpful and we had an excellent meal here.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the large bath and the beams in the accommodation.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

As the hotel wasn't at capacity we received a free upgrade to a lovely little suite. We had a truly delicious meal in the restaurant that, considering how much we enjoyed it, was very reasonably priced at £70 for three courses for two (excluding wine).

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the lovely room… it's quite minimalist but with the space to carry it off. The fab upstairs bathroom was big as the bedroom and had a roll-top bath, twin sinks, a shower you could party in and lovely free toiletries.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved everything: the room upgrade, champagne on arrival, fantastic service, beautiful location and excellent food… A true five-star location.

Rating: 10/10 stars