Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

The Crown

Rates from (inc tax)$117.03

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP106.40), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Cosy country pub

Setting

Amersham market town

Set in the rural market town of Amersham, The Crown hotel is a classic British coaching inn surrounded by an inviting countryside of bounding hills and verdant valleys. Design guru Ilse Crawford has revamped the interiors to pair its rustic timber-framed features with a fresh contemporary feel.

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A bottle of house champagne on ice on arrival

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

38, including 10 suites.

Check–Out

11am; earliest check-in 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $117.03 (£89), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next {dayrange} days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP106.40), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs small and large can stay free. See more pet-friendly hotels in Buckinghamshire.

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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At the hotel

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.

At the 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.

Location

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Address
The Crown
16 High Street
HP7 0DH
Amersham
United Kingdom

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.

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 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).

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).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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.

We loved

The atmosphere, the style, the village. Good walking.

Don’t expect

A gourmet meal

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Stayed on 18 Aug 2016

We loved

The roll top bath, the breakfast in bed, the short trip from the bar to bed!

Don’t expect

Robes - I wanted robes. Can't be too picky though!

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Stayed on 5 Aug 2016

We loved

The room decor and the friendly staff. Nothing too much trouble with lots of lovely personal touches. The Courtyard suite was the location for 'the morning after' scene in "Four Weddings A Funeral". The bar also features in the film. Right on the High Street in Amersham with good shopping and dining near by.

Don’t expect

Chic modern lines...it's rustic luxury

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Stayed on 1 Jun 2016

We loved

Beautiful old building with brilliant service. The bar had a great whisky selection and the food was good. The Mr and Mrs Smith gifts on arrival were lovely too. Great Turkish restaurant up the hill called Village Mangal. The Elephant and Castle further down the street has a nice beer garden.

Don’t expect

Party atmosphere - this is a pretty quiet village.

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Stayed on 28 May 2016

We loved

Everything! Local recommendations: Hughenden - Country home of the Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli

Don’t expect

To leave stressed

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Stayed on 6 May 2016

We loved

The courtyard room was just a dream! Really spacious, cosy and an amazing bathtub. Try the chocolat fondant with basil heart at the hotel's restaurant, a must!

Don’t expect

Bad service: the whole staff was lovely and very professional

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Stayed on 1 May 2016

We loved

The proximity to nature... You can go for a walk in the country very easily. But it has all the amenities of a classy hotel! Eat in the restaurant it's really good!

Don’t expect

A quiet night, if you are in a room facing the main road.

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Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

The restaurant and the design of the rooms

Don’t expect

Spa

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Stayed on 29 Apr 2016

We loved

Relaxed feel of the hotel and the great service from welcoming staff. 10/10

Don’t expect

Lots of late night noise. There was a wedding when we stayed there and we hardly even noticed.

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Stayed on 16 Apr 2016

We loved

The lovely food, friendly staff and warm welcoming atmosphere. We had an incredible day out at Bletchley Park - approx 45min drive away. Would highly recommend.

Don’t expect

To be able to creep around late at night unheard - the floorboards are not exactly forgiving!

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Stayed on 8 Apr 2016

We loved

The Inn is absolutely charming, and I cannot say how much I appreciated that my dog Tess was allowed to stay. The staff were absolutely adorable as well as professional. The food was wonderful and it felt like a home away from home. I plan on going back because there are more walks to discover, and I never had the opportunity to visit the museum. Amersham itself is a lovely town with a wonderful high street and beautiful scenery everywhere you look. And you are just an hour away from London. Heaven. 9/10

Don’t expect

As a gold member I would have liked being upgraded, especially as it was my birthday and I was with my dog, but perhaps rooms were not available, or those rooms which were available did not take dogs. I don't know. They did not tell me, and I was too embarrassed to ask. Be warned: there may be a lot of noise with events (weddings/birthdays) during the day - mainly kids running around (another smith member mentioned this), so I was not surprised.

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Stayed on 18 Mar 2016

We loved

The service, the room, the location and the food. 10/10 

Don’t expect

Lively nights

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Stayed on 12 Mar 2016

We loved

Attention to detail and the relaxed atmosphere, plus it's dog friendly. Countryside walks were very good!

Don’t expect

Lively party nights!

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Stayed on 11 Mar 2016

We loved

The food, the staff and the decor. Good for walking - the hotel has walking maps and the local shops.

Don’t expect

Carpets - it's floorboards throughout, except the upstairs corridor.

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Stayed on 5 Mar 2016

We loved

The hotel's vibe and decor are truly beautiful. The chairs are cozy, fires on, and a cup of tea (or champagne) is always nearby. You can get lost for hours reading by the reception fire or snuggling up in the main bar. Great food and a special call out to the service; dramatic improvement in staff training and guest to staff ratios. Great attention. The beauty of this place is that it immediately feels like your home...and everyone else's as well.

Don’t expect

Solitude. The hotel is small and lively. You can just as easily see couples on romantic weekends as you can kids running up and down the main staircase...

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Stayed on 5 Mar 2016

We loved

I liked that they accept dogs. The shops in the old town are lovely.

Don’t expect

To get a table for dinner unless pre-booked!

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Stayed on 27 Feb 2016

We loved

The ambience; the friendly staff; the quirky nooks and crannies of the old building.

Don’t expect

It's not as rustic and cosy as we'd imagined from the exterior. The "four weddings" room was a bit of a let down for us – bland and the bath is in the bedroom, not the bathroom.

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Stayed on 6 Feb 2016

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.

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Stayed on 17 Jan 2016

We loved

Food, bed, and staff were all exceptional!

Don’t expect

Total quiet.

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Stayed on 16 Jan 2016

We loved

The wonderful service and location.

Don’t expect

Late night parties.

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Stayed on 15 Jan 2016

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.

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Stayed on 1 Jan 2016

We loved

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

Don’t expect

Lavish luxury.

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Stayed on 30 Dec 2015

We loved

The Crown is a lovely looking venue. If you stay in the main inn or the courtyard suites, you will find it hard to find fault in the accommodation - it's clear that the fabric of the listed building has had some serious investment made into it. The location is key here, a tube ride (albeit a very long one!) from London, Amersham has been hailed as one of the best places to live, and no wonder. The hotel is right opposite The Artichoke, a stunning national award winning restaurant. The Crown Inn offers an excellent level of service, from the warm welcome at reception right through to the following morning's breakfast service, staff are enthusiastic and warm. Whatever the management has done, I hope they keep doing it.

Don’t expect

Unless you book a standard room, don't expect a traditional hotel room. If you think quirky is good, then you won't go wrong with the main inn or adjacent suites

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Stayed on 26 Nov 2015

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.

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Stayed on 7 Nov 2015

We loved

The room, where we had a bath in the bedroom and a tiny sitting room for the dog. The bar for food and the staff. Walking in the Chilterns right outside the door. 10/10

Don’t expect

Total luxury. It's top quality, but more rustic

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Stayed on 31 Oct 2015

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.

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Stayed on 31 Oct 2015

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.

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Stayed on 30 Oct 2015

We loved

The cosy room.

Don’t expect

Lively nights, but it is a beautiful village.

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Stayed on 17 Oct 2015

We loved

Dog friendliness!

Don’t expect

A spa.

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Stayed on 16 Oct 2015

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!

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Stayed on 3 Oct 2015

We loved

The food and the little garden.

Don’t expect

Carpets and soft furnishing or a wardrobe.

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Stayed on 11 Sep 2015

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

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Stayed on 15 Aug 2015

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.

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Stayed on 14 Aug 2015

We loved

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

Don’t expect

Nightlife

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Stayed on 7 Aug 2015

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

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Stayed on 1 Aug 2015

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.

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Stayed on 31 Jul 2015

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.

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Stayed on 17 Jul 2015

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.

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Stayed on 18 Jun 2015

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.

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Stayed on 22 Feb 2015

We loved

All delightful.

Don’t expect

Spa treatments.

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Stayed on 19 Feb 2015

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.

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Stayed on 15 Feb 2015

We loved

Nice small hotel with good room and excellent restaurant.

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Stayed on 30 Jan 2015

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.

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Stayed on 27 Jan 2015

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.

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Stayed on 24 Jan 2015

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.

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Stayed on 17 Jan 2015

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.

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Stayed on 27 Dec 2014

We loved

Comfy bed and powerful shower.

Don’t expect

Food service could've been better.

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Stayed on 28 Nov 2014

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.

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Stayed on 22 Nov 2014

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.

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Stayed on 9 Oct 2014

We loved

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

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Stayed on 26 Sep 2014

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!!)

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Stayed on 13 Sep 2014

We loved

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

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Stayed on 28 Aug 2014

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