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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Carne Beach
01872 501111

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

'Coastal Walking' Special Offer

Stay at The Nare this autumn and enjoy a leisurely guided walk along the stunning South West Coast Path. From 18th – 24th October there is a week of guided walks taking place along different parts of the Cornish coast path – all Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Throughout November guests can join the weekly guided walk, book a private guided walk, or use the hotel’s maps to walk the coast path independently. There is a new Boot Room stocked with Muck Boot wellies for guests to borrow and guests can book the private chauffeur service to access any section of the Cornish coast path with ease. After plenty of fresh air, the hotel’s comfortable sitting rooms, log fires and luxurious afternoon cream tea make for a welcome return. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.


The Nare
Carne Beach

Guest comments

'One of our favourite hotels in Cornwall, in excellent form, welcoming, friendly and helpful as ever. I think The Nare’s description of itself as "the country house hotel by the sea" sums it up nicely. It is so comfortable in a somewhat old- fashioned way, but it must be precisely that which entices visitors (mostly of a "certain age") to return time and time again. Glorious settings, with lovely gardens. ' - Peter Govier - July, 2019
'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

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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.

Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide