The Nare

‘Old-fashioned in all the best ways’, ‘a Cornish jewel’, ‘a real joy – almost a privilege – to stay there’; complements rained down from trusted readers after visits to Toby Ashworth’s hotel on the Roseland Peninsula. More

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The Nare
Carne Beach
01872 501 111

Hotel information


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, light lunch/supper room, 2 restaurants, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, 2-acre grounds, tennis.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


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

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £295-£835, D,B&B £315-£856. Set dinner £50, a la carte £50. Min. 2-night bookings at Christmas, New Year.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Old-fashioned in all the best ways’, ‘a Cornish jewel’, ‘a real joy – almost a privilege – to stay there’; compliments rain down from trusted readers after recent visits to Toby Ashworth’s hotel on the Roseland peninsula. Perched high above Carne Beach in ‘stunning gardens’, its ‘spacious, warm-hued, traditional rooms’ – many with balcony and ‘divine’ views of Gerrans Bay – have fresh flowers, antiques; ‘wonderful beds, good linen and expensive toiletries’. Further gold stars: ‘sherry by the bedside’, shoe cleaning, fresh milk with turn-down, and, ‘oh joy, Horlicks’. The ‘young but experienced smiling staff’ are uniformly praised. ‘Many remembered our names. They seem to know instinctively how to look after their guests.’ New chef Brett Camborne-Paynter’s ‘scrumptious dinners’, including daily Portloe lobster, are served in a formal silver-service dining room with dress code and dessert trolley. The more casual Quarterdeck offers the likes of Cornish seafood linguine. Breakfast ‘keeps the bar high’, as does afternoon tea: ‘feather-light scones and blackcurrant jam, home-made cakes, proper loose-leaf teas’. ‘I wish we could visit more often.’ (Tessa Stuart, Peter Govier, IB, and others)

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Special offers

Complimentary Spa Treatment Special Offer

Stay at The Nare between December 2018 and March 2019 and enjoy a complimentary spa or beauty treatment for each adult. Choose from one of the following treatments – neck and shoulder massage, reflexology, mini manicure or pedicure – or upgrade to one of our more indulgent therapies. The Carne Bay Spa is located in a quiet corner of the hotel where you will find two calming treatment rooms. Please quote ‘GHG SPA’ when booking. To take advantage of this offer, please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.


The Nare
Carne Beach

Guest comments

'We went for a special birthday and loved it. The setting, the room and the food, but the highlight was a boat trip with Toby. ' - SR - September, 2018
'Old-fashioned in all the best ways: sherry by the bedside, flowers and fruit, biscuits and tea and coffee. Five-course silver service dining room; hors d'oeuvre and dessert trolleys. The fish and shellfish were excellent. Feather-light scones and simple homemade cakes at tea in the lounge, alongside loose-leaf tea choices. . Deliciously warm swimming pool, large wooden hot tub on the cliff in sight of the sea. The views and quiet are glorious. I fell asleep to the sound of the sea every night. There are many spaces in the stunning gardens to sit and enjoy the views. And best of all, NO piped music! ' - Tessa Stuart - August, 2017
'As good as ever. Lovely, spacious room. Smiling faces throughout. Splendid breakfasts and scrumptious dinners.. Difficult to imagine being as comfortable away from home. ' - Peter Govier - May, 2017
'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

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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.