The Crown Inn Chiddingfold

South East England Surrey Haslemere

  • From £150 a night
  • 8 Guest Rooms
  • Pub with Rooms

This Surrey inn is one of England's oldest places to stay – and dispenses plenty of contemporary hospitailty

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The Crown Inn has been providing hospitality to royals and locals alike since the 14th century - Queen Elizabeth 1 is said to have stopped here in 1591 on her journey between Loseley and Cowdray, Sussex, and the timber-framed Wealden building on its attractive village green exudes character from the moment you enter. There's rich oak panelling, stained glass windows and huge stone fireplaces as well as the inevitable sloping floorboards and a staircase that creaks as you head to your room after a fine meal in the restaurant. It's the ultimate historical country inn – and a perfect escape from London for a weekend if you don't want to travel too far.

Just a couple of miles south of Godalming in Surrey, Chiddingfold was a famous medieval glass-making centre until 1615, and the Crown is one of the UK's oldest inns. It is said to date originally from the 14th century, and you can immerse yourself in its history by spending the night in one of its four luxurious Tudor-style bedrooms, located in the oldest part of the inn, all with heavy beams, vintage furniture and antique four-poster bed. Three of these rooms have a roll-top bath. Or, if you prefer, there are a further four bedrooms  – three Classic rooms and a single – that are more contemporary in style with king-size beds and bath or walk-in shower. A welcome tray is provided in all the guest rooms.

The main bar and the stunning oak-panelled restaurant exudes yet more history – some of the original deeds (from 1383) hang above the grand fireplace. Marvel at the family crests adorning the stained-glass windows while you browse the eclectic menu which focuses on seasonal ingredients and offers a variety of fish, veggie and meat dishes. A decent cooked breakfast includes a Full English fit for a king or queen.

The Crown is handy for the Surrey Hills, which provide lots of walking and outdoor activities, plus there’s gin tasting at the nearby Silent Pool distillery, while to the south Petworth House, just over the border in West Sussex to explore. It really is a perfect place for a short break from the city.



Doubles from £150 including breakfast.


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Getting There

On the Petworth Road, 20 minutes by car from the A3 and 30 minutes from Godalming train station.


  • Bar
  • Coffee/Tea Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi

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  • Rural Retreat
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