Rejuvenated by celebrated designer Isle Crawford, simple creature comforts are celebrated, with a touch of contemporary Scandinavian style combining seamlessly with the old English roots. Dog-friendly rooms include historic features, pure cotton sheets, Jacob’s wool blankets, White Company toiletries, WiFi and Roberts radios.
You and your dog can enjoy a delightful selection of rooms here in the charming, historic buildings of this contemporary coaching inn.
Situated on the ground floor of the 16th Century main building, looking over the high street, Main Inn Standard double rooms have large beds, and olde worlde features such as low beams and wooden floorboards, with many also having rainforest showers. For a little more space, opt for a Main Inn Deluxe room. Old world charm meets the modern day here, with a minimalist but enticing feel in these rooms, overlooking the courtyard or high street. Main Inn Superior rooms are the largest rooms in this historic section of the hotel, and come with wonderful roll-top baths.
Alternatively, try our pick, a Courtyard Suite. These suites are hidden away in the old outbuildings which surround the cobbled courtyard, from which you enter. Rooms are cleverly decorated to show off the historic features and many have towering, beamed ceilings, with some covering two floors. All have king-sized beds, some of which are four-poster, and free-standing roll-top baths in the bedroom, with rainforest showers in the bathrooms.
Dogs will feel at home, and a bowl will be ready and waiting on arrival.
With a pretty, fenced garden, you don’t have to leave the hotel for your pooch to have a sniff amongst the roses. The utterly charming village beyond is surrounded by fields, with plenty of places to explore for a proper walk, and maps are available at the hotel.
While not part the hotel, the adjoining Red House Spa offers a variety of treatments, and complimentary gym access for hotel guests during off-peak times.
Extra beds are available for children for £20 per bed per night. Be sure to request in advance of your stay.
Eating and drinking is at the heart, and centre, of The Crown Inn. The hotel’s restaurant, Hawkyns, focuses on Modern British cuisine, and is headed up by a two times Michelin-starred chef. Locally sourced and seasonal produce are all designed to be washed down with the fine wines and local ales on offer. Expect delights such as grilled rainbow trout with a spring fricassée, and elderflower pannacotta with poached pear and hazelnut croquant. A tasting menu is on offer from Monday to Saturday, with the option to include paired wines.
Breakfast is served here, or the courtyard, and includes a continental buffet, as well as an a la carte selection.
While dogs not allowed in Hawkyns, they can snuggle in for a slumber with you in the neighbouring bar area, while you tuck in to a tempting treat or two.
A cobbled courtyard runs through the centre of the hotel’s charming buildings, lined with lavender and roses, and is filled with a good number of tables and chairs, perfect to while away the time on warmer days. Whether you take a pew to read your book, have a drink, or eat alfresco, fido will be captivated by the passing humans and hounds.
A selection of dishes from the restaurant are available for you to enjoy in your room.
Hawkyns is popular with visitors and locals alike, so make sure you book your table in advance. Mention when reserving your room, and the hotel will book this in for you.
A children’s menu is available.
A charming courtyard room with an Inglewood fireplace is available for private hire.
Located in the centre of the historic, English market town of Old Amersham, make sure you leave time to wander around the charming shops and cafes, a number of which allow dogs, with several having handy signs welcoming in paws.
For a walk to survey your surroundings, stroll with fido past the church, through the delightful town garden, and continue until you find a small babbling brook a couple of minutes ahead – perfect for your pup to cool their paws. Then head over the bridge and take the footpath on the edge of the field ahead. Walk up the hill with the forest on your left, and field continuing on your right, to the brow of the hill, where you will have a splendid view over the town. Fido will also love a mooch in the well-cleared forest paths.
Inspired to find some more foliage? Take a drive into the Chiltern Hills and explore Wendover Woods. Run by the Forestry Commission, there are several trails to follow through majestic woodland – take your pick depending on how energetic you are both feeling!
Do you have the taste for another market town? Try Marlow, on the banks of the River Thames. Alternatively, if you pup wants to be a real cosmopolitan canine, take the tube together and explore dog-friendly London.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: The Crown Inn, 16 High Street, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 0DH
Old Amersham is located between the M40 and M25, and is easily accessible from the Midlands and the South. Pop the postcode in your SatNav and you’ll find the hotel right on the main street running through the town. Car parking is available at the back of the hotel.
Only 45 minutes from the Capital, at the end of the Metropolitan Line, the hotel is perfect for an easy break away from the city lights – and you will feel a world away! The tube stops at Amersham station, which is also served by overland Chiltern Railways services. The station is a 17 minute walk away, or 6 minutes in a taxi. We would recommend you book your taxi in advance to ensure it’s dog-friendly.
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