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Brigitte Gorez Santos
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Hi it's been a long time.

Hope you're all doing well. The Bell, Aston Clinton has had yet another makeover and it looks pretty damn good. It is now known as The Bell by Innkeeper's Collection and I have booked a couple of nights there in October (call it a late birthday celebration for my husband or an early birthday celebration for A.C).

I remember there was a thread about the room A.C. stayed in, room 11 apparently, and photos in the archive but there doesn't seem to be a link to these photos anymore. 

If anyone has pictures of the inside of the hotel, could you please post them?

If I find any mention of A.C at the hotel I will make sure to share.

Also planning to visit the Hell-Fire Caves in West Wycombe on the same trip and it's not far.


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Posted by: @brigitte-gorez-santos

I remember there was a thread about the room A.C. stayed in, room 11 apparently,

Yes, it was room 11 when Kenneth Grant went to meet Crowley there in December 1944. I remember someone saying that the rooms have been renumbered since then. It's a few years since I was last there, but I thought it was a great place, both as a pub and as fine dining.

 


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Brigitte Gorez Santos
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I remember, in the last thread, someone said the room was North facing. According to TripAdvisor, someone who stayed in #11 recommended the room, for the location, overlooking the gardens.

I'll have to investigate...


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Brigitte Gorez Santos
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Grady explains the lay out of the inn fairly well even if he insists on referring to the place as "ASHton Clinton" instead of Aston (Americans... 🙄) but says he can't remember the room number.

Hopefully I can find my way around and maybe I will even ask the hotel staff.


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(Americans... 🙄)

Be careful! "Hate Crime" is now a punishable offense. The correct reference is "SOME Americans," which rhymes with some Twits Brits and some Hispanics.

Grady was a drunk and not trustable. I assume you refer to Grady McM. The name "Grady" was NOT mentioned in a prior post, so we really don't know who Grady was/is/will-be.


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Brigitte Gorez Santos
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Of course, Shiva! I was kidding. Yes, SOME Americans are twits like Brits etc.

Yes I meant Grady McMurtry, there was no reference on this thread but it was on an old thread.

I had a look in a few biographies (Churton, Kaczinsky, Booth...) but the Bell is only mentioned in passing. AC only spent 9 months there after all. Walks to Buckland might be worth investigating.


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Brigitte Gorez Santos
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Well, looks like we may add to the 1944 theme with fuel shortage and possibly taking the train to Aylesbury and then finding a bus or a taxi lol.


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The Bell still looks very much like it did before, from what I can see on old photographs. I believe they extended the dining rooms where it would have been a garden in 1944.

I stayed in Room 5 but as Michael said the rooms have been renumbered since Crowley's day. According to McMurtry's description On Knowing Aleister Crowley Personally - Red Flame (corneliuspublications.com), it looks like Crowley's room was what is now room 7 (family room). It was occupied on the days I stayed there but I believe it is the one posted on the hotel website Accommodation (thebellastonclinton.co.uk), the one with the 3 steps leading to the window.

Also walked towards Buckland and passed the Baptist Church (possibly the one where Crowley witnessed the priest's service and found him a very uninspiring creature). A few old buildings remain on Green End Street but there are a lot of new developments behind the church and also on the site where the National Film Archive stood from 1939 to 1987.

It is a lovely place, with an excellent restaurant. There is a nice Art Deco feel to the dining rooms. No pictures of Crowley, only Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who, apparently, were regulars in the sixties. 

I quite enjoyed staying there and, even though Crowley only spent about 9 months there, it is at least the original place (unlike Netherwood) and you can spend the night there in all legality and without worrying about the ceiling caving in (unlike Boleskine or Cefalu).

 


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Thank you so much for posting these pics etc, and nice to see you back- for the first time in recent memory, lashtal has two female-identified posters!


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That's lovely. Thank you for sharing.

What did you eat if you don't mind my asking? 🙂


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Brigitte Gorez Santos
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Thanks guys 😀 

What did I EAT? 😆 Ok, on the first evening, I had the Old-fashioned cocktail, then as a starter I had the Salt & Szechuan Pepper Squid, followed by the Rotisserie Pork Belly and Scallops with a glass of Malbec, then I finished with the Passion Fruit Martini Eton Mess and a coffee.

On the second evening, a Blood Orange & Passionfruit cocktail, as a starter the Chipotle Sticky Chicken and the Devon Crab & King Prawn Homemade Fishcakes as a main, washed down with cider. Had the same dessert as the night before, it was very nice.

I would say the food was lovely, only the Pork Belly and Scallops was just ok.

Would definitely visit again, it's a lovely place, although it's better if you have a car. We were lucky to get fuel, given the recent rationing. Otherwise you can do it by train (Chiltern services from London Marylebone via Amersham, to Aylesbury) and I believe there is a regular bus service from Aylesbury along the London Road but it's a bit of a faff.


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