The Nare

‘Pretty well perfect’, Toby Ashworth’s seaside hotel on the Roseland peninsula, founded nearly 30 years ago by his grandmother, continues to please. More

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The Nare
Carne Beach
01872 501111
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37. Some on ground floor, 1 in adjacent cottage, 5 suitable for disabled.


all year.


lift, lounge, drawing room, sun lounge, gallery, study, bar, library, boat, light lunch/supper room, two restaurants, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), indoor 10-metre swimming pool, outdoor heated 15-metre swimming pool, gym, two-acre grounds, tennis, sandy beach.

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all ages welcomed, no under-7s in restaurant in evening..


allowed in bedrooms, not in public areas (except assistance dogs).

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2016] per room B&B £290–£835. Set dinner £50, à la carte £50.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Pretty well perfect’, Toby Ashworth’s seaside hotel on the Roseland peninsula, founded nearly 30 years ago by his grandmother, continues to please. ‘The ethos is a little old-fashioned,’ which is much of the hotel’s appeal for regular visitors: sheets or duvets are provided according to guests’ tastes; a valet is available to unpack bags on arrival; silver service is the rule in the dining room. Homely, ‘comfortable’ bedrooms, many with a balcony or private terrace for the best sea views, are ‘a pleasure to be in’. No two are the same, but all have fresh flowers, armchairs, plenty of magazines. ‘We had to change rooms in the middle of our stay (my mistake), but it was managed with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.’ Come dinnertime, chef Richard James serves a ‘delicious’ daily-changing five-course table d’hôte menu. ‘They encourage gentlemen to wear jacket and tie at dinner, but with no overt disapproval if you don’t.’ Less formal meals are served in the nautical Quarterdeck restaurant. Travelling with family? The facilities are ideal: croquet, a safe beach, a ‘superb’ heated outdoor swimming pool. (David Lodge). This hotel is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

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The Nare
Carne Beach

Guest comments

'A wonderful clifftop location overlooking the sea. The gardens are lush and beautifully tended. It offers a sense of timeless isolation and peace with warm and friendly hospitality, good food and a very interesting wine list. It is in many ways a time warp, and that is what many of the guests clearly enjoy. A widely varied breakfast spread, delicious afternoon cream tea and excellent formal dinner are still the centrepieces of the day, and the Nare does all of them very well. The kitchen staff willingly vary dishes to suit customer needs and tastes. In the bedroom, it was good to have excellent reading lights. ' - Matthew Caminer - June, 2016
'Expensive but good value. Ethos a little old-fashioned: men are encouraged to wear a jacket and tie at dinner unless you are eating in the bistro. In other respects - comfort, food, service - it is well nigh perfect. The warm outdoor pool is superb. ' - David Lodge - October, 2015
'Still in in tiptop form. I would be seriously challenged to fault it in any way. The rooms are full of home comforts, the staff exude friendliness be they long-serving members or new recruits, the meals are delicious, the location is breathtaking. The whole aura of the place is a joy to experience. I can understand that the hotel would not suit everybody, but it is absolutely spot on as far as I am concerned and so have no hesitation in praising it once again. ' - Peter Govier - March, 2015

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Tourist attractions

  • Lost Gardens of Heligan

    The gardens were initially created in the 18th century, but were only restored in the 1990s.

  • The Eden Project

    The world's largest greenhouse (biodome), with plants collected from around the world.

  • St Ives

    A seaside town renowned for being home to a large number of artist and a branch of the Tate Gallery.