The Nare

‘In lush, beautifully tended gardens, this wonderful cliff-top hotel offers a sense of timeless peace and isolation. More

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The Nare
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 (Freeview), gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, 2-acre grounds, tennis, sandy beach.

Background music



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


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

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2017] per room B&B £290–£440, D,B&B £480–£586. Set dinner £50, à la carte £50.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘In lush, beautifully tended gardens, this wonderful cliff-top hotel offers a sense of timeless peace and isolation.’ Guide readers this year continue to be drawn to Toby Ashworth’s family-friendly hotel and spa, founded 29 years ago by his grandmother. ‘The warm hospitality makes the train journey worthwhile. Even among strangers, here, there’s a feeling of old friends reunited.’ Traditionally decorated bedrooms, many sea-facing, have a ‘sumptuous bed’ and ‘excellent reading lights’, but it’s the old-fashioned touches that make them special: a valet to unpack your bags, a hot-water bottle, a laundry service. ‘It is, in many ways, a time warp, but that’s what makes it enjoyable.’ Dress up to dine from a nightly-changing table d’hôte menu in the silver-service restaurant (perhaps including ‘superlative pork in Calvados from the flambé trolley’), or eat more informally in the Quarterdeck. There may be a faint hint of change in the air – wasabi paste in a roast-beef sandwich! – but the ‘varied breakfast spread’ and ‘delicious afternoon tea’ remain key moments in the day. ‘Fellow guests said it’s the best hotel they’ve stayed in. I can only agree.’ (Matthew Caminer, Stanley Salmon). The Nare is also a member of Pride of Britain hotels, 

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Special offers

Espionage Adventure Special Offer

Have you got what it takes to be a spy for a day? Then why not join the undercover operation at The Nare – a great activity for couples, families or children this summer. There is a mole within the hotel – believed to be a member of the hotel staff – who is feeding intelligence to Moscow. Mi5 needs resident agents to follow up on leads in locations near to the hotel. If you can crack the code and reveal the identity of the mole you will be rewarded! Shh…secrecy is required at all times. There is a small fee of £25.00 for mission engagement, however this charge is removed for successful agents. Offer valid until 30th September 2018. To benefit from this offer, please quote ‘GHG OPSNARE’ when booking.


The Nare
Carne Beach

Guest comments

'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.