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

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, 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.

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.


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

Other reviews

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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Special offers

Children Summer Special Offers

Stay for 4 nights or more during July and August and receive a complimentary leisure activity for each child that stays with you. Children can choose from the following activities: horse riding, sea kayaking, tennis lesson, mini spa treatment, painting lesson with our in-house artist or a trip on our classic motor launch, Alice Rose. All activities are 1 hour, except for spa treatments which are 20 minutes and Alice Rose, which is a 10-4pm event. Alice Rose trips are limited to Tuesdays and Saturdays and all children must be accompanied by at least 1 paying adult. All activities are subject to availability. Promotion valid 1st July to 31st August 2017. To benefit from this offer, please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
To celebrate the launch of launch of To Snare A Spy (set at the Nare hotel), guests staying at The Nare will have the chance to dip into the covert nuances of the spy world, undertaking ‘SOE’ style missions across land and sea – ‘Operation Snare’. Aspiring resident agents will be challenged to crack the code and uncover a Russian mole within the hotel. Remaining undercover at all times, agents will follow leads in locations across the Roseland, before identifying and making covert contact with the mole. The Nare’s classic motor launch, Alice Rose, will be required for maritime missions, dropping guests at key locations along the Fal and Helford Rivers. Missions are great fun and suitable for all the family. Successful operatives will be appropriately rewarded. To be an undercover agent please mention Operation Snare and reference Good Hotel Guide website 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

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  • The Eden Project

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