The Crown has operated as an Hotel and Public House for over 450 years. The current management took over in 1997 and immediately set about refurbishing each of the 14 rooms to a modern standard. Each room having en suite facilities along with TV and Tea/Coffee making capabilities. Redecorated on a regular basis the rooms present a fresh comfortable and economic environment for our guests.
oldest part of The Crown Hotel is believed to date back to the mid 16th
century, with many of the timbers used in its construction reputedly
obtained from old warships in the shipbuilding yards of the Southern Hampshire maritime cities of Portsmouth and Southampton. Legend would have us believe that the hotel is haunted by at least four ghosts or apparitions. (i) a dog around the fireplace area of the Lounge Bar, (ii) Mr. John Gould whose painted portrait hangs in the Lounge Bar, (iii) A lady, alleged to be John Gould's sister roaming room 3 and finally (iv) A gentleman known only as Patrick, who guards the cellars. However, the present management have seen no evidence of these alleged hauntings, although staff and customers have reported "strange happenings" from time to time. The book "The Haunted Places of Hampshire", which documents the existing evidence of hauntings is kept behind the counter of the Lounge Bar and may be made available for guests to peruse.
We are easily accessible by road, being just 15 minutes from Junction 5 of the M3 and 25 minutes from the A34, M27, A3 and only 35 minutes from the M25. We are midway between Guildford and Winchester just 3minutes from the A31. Mainline railway services to London Waterloo are just a 5 minute walk away.
Alton is a small town with a population of around 25,000 people. It has always been a market town and a thriving market operates every Tuesday just a minutes walk from the Hotel. There are occasional weekend Farmers, French and other speciality markets from time to time. Places of interest for the leisure time include the Allen Gallery, Curtis Museum and The Watercress Steam Railway line
which operates out of the railway station. In addition The Gilbert White Museum in the village of Selborne is just a 15 minute drive, Jane Austen's house is just a 5 minute drive and the City of Winchester, where King Alfred burnt the cakes, is just a 25 minutes drive away, complete with
resplendent Cathedral. Alton is ideally central for shopping in Reading, Winchester, Basingstoke, Southampton, Portsmouth and Guildford all within a 30 minute drive.
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