Charm, Character & Comfort
A beautiful black and white building sitting proudly on the High Street of the old part of Amersham in Buckinghamshire is the location we're looking at in this week's favourite virtual tour.
An eye-catching old coaching inn, The Kings Arms Hotel dates back to the 1400s. Even with parts of the structure having been added in later years, the most recent addition still dates back to the 18th century. Having been brought subtly up to date with ample modern-day amenities, The Kings Arms remains steeped in historic character.
A pretty market town known for its exclusive boutiques and antique shops, Amersham retains much of the same appearance to that which it had in the 17th and 18th century. Amidst the rows of pretty terraced shops and houses you'll have no difficulty finding The Kings Arms with its distinctive frame which cannot help but draw the eye.
Amongst the array of antique leaded windows is the entrance to the hotel reception. Here, you'll find yourself drawn straight inside the Tudor atmosphere the second your footsteps sound your arrival on the wooden floor. Rows of dark timber beams line the ceilings and walls, leading the eye along their heavy channels and framing further ancient doorways which hint of yet more history behind.
The furnishings may be dark, but the space is light and airy. Cream painted walls and spotlights scattered amongst the timbers ensure a bright and cheerful welcome.
Under the Eaves
Some of the 34 bedrooms are showcased in the tour, including the beautiful Bridal Suite with its antique four poster bed. Make sure you look up in this room and take in the fabulous beamed ceiling.
For a cosy night's sleep under the eaves, you'll love the Stable Duplex room. Tucked inside the converted stables of the old coaching inn part of the building, it's crammed full of character. Perhaps you prefer a more modern feel for your sleeping accommodation? Then, the Executive room may be just what you're looking for.
We recommend a virtual visit to the Kings Chapel, too. A separate building situated within the hotel grounds, the setting of grand pulpit, domed ceiling, mezzanine gallery and huge arched windows plays host to many weddings and offers an engaging alternative to insipid hotel rooms for business meetings.
If parts of The Arms look familiar, you may well have seen it before. The Hotel has been used in TV productions such as Miss Marple and Midsomer Murders. The exterior and bar area featured in one of those best-loved of British films, Four Weddings and a Funeral, with Room 101 at nearby sister property, The Crown Hotel, used for the bedroom scene.
But then, famous faces have never been unusual at The King's Arms; a trend which was very possibly started by Oliver Cromwell when he stayed there as a guest back in the 1700s.
If, like us, you enjoy lashings of history and considerable character along with comfortable surroundings and modern-day facilities, then we recommend you follow up your virtual visit with a trip to The King's Arms soon.
Visit The King's Arms at 30 High Street, Old Amersham HP7 0DJ. Tel: 01494 725722. Find them on the web at www.kings-arms-hotel.com
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Date: 05 June 2015
Author: The 360 Company