The Crown is not your average boutique hotel. No no no. It is something very special indeed. It’s a timber-framed, 16th century property in the heart of Old Amersham, a pretty cobbled market town. What was originally a whole day’s horse ride from central London is now a half hour tube journey from London, and we made the most of this a couple of months ago, when we scooted off to The Crown to luxuriate in our own roll top bath and stroll around the grounds and indulge in some wonderful English fayre.
I should mention now that it was at The Crown that Andie MacDowell tried to get rid of that annoying whisky-drinking chap in Four Weddings and a Funeral and where she and Hugh FINALLY, um, connected.
We crossed the Elizabethan cobbled courtyard, which you may have seen on my instagram, and entered our beautiful room, which immediately took our breath away. It was so stylish and had a gorgeous scandi/wood cabin feel to it… it was so up our street, we absolutely loved it.
37 bedrooms are split between the main inn and converted outbuildings situated around the courtyard – and we were in one of these. Bedrooms in the main are accessed from an uneven wooden stairwell.
The design of the room was very simple but with beautiful, luxurious modern touches. I loved the stained dark wooden floors and actually took great inspiration from these for our recent floor restoration project!
Our bed was wonderfully large, comfortable and accessorized with crisp white linen and hand-woven Welsh blankets – heaven. We listened to our Robert’s radio, read a few pages of the classic Penguin paperbacks provided for us, and enjoyed a glass of complimentary red before heading down to dinner…
From this month, Atul Kochhar, a twice decorated Michelin-starred chef, will head-up all food and beverages at the inn… so if you needed a new reason to visit – you’re welcome.
That, and the fact that the hotel even has its own spa – treatments can be booked at Red House Spa and access to the gym is complimentary to guests of The Crown during off-peak hours.
The meal was delicious and the dining room itself is beautiful – understated, cosy, warm and twinkling. They really have struck the perfect balance.
We headed to bed and slept like babies – it’s such a treat to have a quiet, QUIET room, with no traffic sounds, police sirens whining and the rest of the London orchestra tooting away…
The Crown is a re-invention of the traditional English Inn – providing eating, drinking and lodgings, with a luxurious feel to every single bit of it.
We absolutely loved it and can not wait to go back.
16 High Street, Old Amersham,
Bucks, HP7 0DH