As if December wasn’t indulgent enough, well the latter part of the month, Wes and I decided to escape for a night to the beautiful Crown In Amersham. Having had a chaotic work schedule for the past few months, we thought a night away to just catch up with each other before ‘crazy’ hits, was needed. Also, as we all know round this time of year before the lazy relaxing sofa days post Christmas commence, it is constant, endless work parties, out on a Monday night, Tuesday, then again Thursday night, work deadlines, and last minute shopping chaos, all requiring a certain level of energy. So we thought an escape away was a very good idea before it all kicked off!
The 500 year old Crown Inn, was the absolute perfect place to sneak off and hide for a night, just an hour out of London, set in the beautiful Old Town of Amersham, and in my opinion the perfect back drop to Christmas. A warm and particularly festive feel greeted us as soon as we arrived, twinkling lights from the Christmas tree, the warmth from the roaring log fire fire, it was like stepping into a Dickens novel, far away in story time land, the perfect place to hide, take a breath and almost watch Christmas commence from afar.
The first great thing about the Crown Inn, is you are able to book just one night over the weekend, so you can keep the escape feasible, short and sweet, (it drives me mad when hotels state you need to book two consecutive nights over Saturday and Sunday-WHY?)
Now the second great thing is the 1994 movie Four Weddings and a Funeral was filmed here and took place in the Court Yard Suite 101, which was the room we were we lucky enough to stay in. Yes, to top it off we were living in Richard Curtis land.
Suite 101 was a perfect blend of contemporary modern design, created by Ilse Crawford, (of Soho House, New York) mixed with the traditional ‘olde worlde’ features, modern and rustic at its best. The highest ceilings, crisp white walls and traditional black beams, keeping that old school, rustic yet romantic charm. The four poster bed was the feature of the room (of course) with a huge chandelier hanging over the bed, with the free standing bathtub coming a very close second, (those who have read a lot of my post will know my love for the free standing tub.) The cotton white bed sheets were complimented with warm Welsh wool blankets and the lounge area with big comfy chairs and fur throws dotted around just gave the biggest sense of warmth.
The huge white bathroom, complete with super huge rain showers to match, fluffy white towels and wait for it, White Company goodies aplenty of my favourite kind. The view from the timber framed windows looked out on to the beautiful cobbled courtyard with the fairy lit Christmas Tree, why ever leave the room? Christmas was on our door step!
Leave the room we eventually did, after a long soak in the tub. We drank champagne in the warm, informal but stylish bar, more of that ‘olde worlde’ feel but with big comfy chairs, colourful fabrics and long wooden benches. Before moving onto a three course meal in the candle and fairy light lit Court Yard restaurant (yes more indulgence). Crab salads, followed by steak and truffle oil cooked chunky chips, and finally a Creme Caramel to complete, well the evening just continued the warmth and indulgence from The Crown.
We slept heavily (as you would after all that food) and with the indulgence theme continuing ordered breakfast in our huge bed, whilst reading through the Sunday papers.
So yes we are now rested up, caught up and luckily not too indulged-up to take onboard the ‘crazy’ but oh so wonderful rest of December.
As we left feeling festive and happy, Wes stated that the only downside was it was raining, of course i said ‘Oh I hadn’t noticed!’
You can book The Crown through their website or through Mr and Mrs Smith. It is about an hour from London at the end of the Metropolitan Line and has direct routes from Amersham to Marylebone, it also has it’s own car park.
Dress from Zara
Thank you so much to the Team at The Crown for looking after us!