Visitors can explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan all year round for just £25. Set within the Heligan Estate which has been around for more than 400 years, it is one of the most mysterious estates in England. The gardens themselves offer over 200 acres of exploration with a variety of gardens and wildlife.
Sub-tropical gardens, that are more reminiscent of far warmer climes than our British shores – yes, they are palm trees, surround the exquisite Nare Hotel. This is England’s most south-westerly region, where the Gulf Stream warms the waters to create a microclimate and more hours of sunlight.
A family-owned hotel for over 30 years, The Nare Hotel is a five star English country house offering traditional hospitality. Elegantly comfortable with carefully chosen antiques, roaring fires and uninterrupted views of Carne Beach and the English Channel. Journey down the rivers Fal and Helford to hidden coves, both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on one of the hotel’s boats or claim the quiet beach as your own.
There is, quite simply, charm by the bucket (and spade) load here in this rural and secluded, little-known spot in Cornwall. Far from the madding crowd, the sound of the sea is your companion.
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Need to Know
Check-in at 2:00pm
Check-out at 11.00am
Also Worth Knowing
Several suites and rooms have been specially designed to accommodate families and, for those holidaying without their nanny, baby-sitting can be arranged with Reception. Carne beach is easily accessible from the hotel gardens. The sheltered bay and softly sloping shelf is perfect for safe swimming and, with an expanse of golden sand, shallows and rock pools, it is a child’s paradise. Children’s early supper is available from 5.30pm in The Quarterdeck, with Family Dining from 6.30pm.
An indoor and outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, a health and beauty spa and an outdoor hot tub overlooking a perfect Cornish beach. There is a guest library stocked with books suitable for all ages. Other bespoke activities are available by arrangement including; lessons with the hotel’s artist-in-residence, espionage missions, guided coastal walks, sea fishing, tennis lessons, and private guided tours of local gardens. The Nare has its own chauffeur service that guests can book for half or full day visits to sights across Cornwall.
The hotel has its own 38’ classic gentleman’s motor launch, Alice Rose. With The Nare’s Coxswain and Chief Steward at the helm, Alice Rose offers both scheduled and private chartered sailings for guests to enjoy the stunning Fal and Helford Rivers throughout the season. In addition to Alice Rose, the hotel has a 22’ Cornish Crabber yacht called Maggie O’Nare. Skippered by Toby Ashworth, she is ideal for mackerel fishing, exploring creeks and gentle sailing along the Carrick Roads. The Nare’s chauffeur service offers door to door travel to and from the hotel from anywhere in Britain and meets guests at Truro train station and Newquay airport.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at The Nare, in the gardens, and in your room. All dogs checking into the hotel are charged and have dinner included from their own Table d’Hôte menu. Dogs are welcome to “stretch their legs” in the field behind the car park, on the coastal path or on the beach. During the summer, dogs are requested to be kept on a lead during the day.
The Cocktail Bar, the Drawing Room and the Sitting Room are traditionally decorated with sofas and armchairs for guests to relax in, read the papers and even enjoy a quiet snooze. There is a sea-view terrace and plenty of benches around the grounds to soak up the stunning sea views.
The Dining Room boasts magnificent sea views on three sides and offers traditional five-course Table d’Hôte dining. The menu, which changes every evening, is a classic silver service affair with a fabulous hors d’oeuvres trolley, flambés and homemade puddings.
The Quarterdeck restaurant is open all day for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and evening dining. Children’s early supper is served in The Quarterdeck, since young guests (under sevens) are not expected in the Dining Room in the evenings. For families with young children who all wish to dine together, The Quarterdeck restaurant is a popular proposition
Dress code: Most gentlemen prefer to wear a jacket and tie in the Dining Room and The Quarterdeck.
Room service: 24 hours.
From £312 per room per night
What the Experts Say
“Guests are enveloped in kindness, and their grandchildren, children and dogs are all equally welcome.”
The Sunday Telegraph
Offers & Packages
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Discover Spring in Cornwall with a four day garden break at The Nare Hotel.
Cornwall has a mild sub-tropical climate due to its geographical location on the edge of the Gulf Stream and as a result Cornish gardens are considered some of the most famous in the world.
The Nare is conveniently located for many of these beautiful gardens. A Spring Garden Break (available January to April) enables you to see the gardens at their very best and includes four nights’ accommodation plus entry to three Great Gardens of Cornwall of your choice.
The gardens can be explored all year round but February and March are the best time to visit to see the stunning displays of magnolias, some of which are as large as dinner plates. The bright colours of the camellias add to the wonderful pink displays during these early months of spring. In fact, the moment Cornish magnolias flower, spring has arrived in England and visitors to Cornwall may not be aware just how much earlier spring arrives in Cornwall than in the rest of the UK.
These four-day breaks start from £1,760 for a Country View room, based on a couple sharing four night’s accommodation (sea view and single rooms are also available). This includes dinner, full English breakfast, afternoon Cornish cream tea, VAT and entry into three gardens from the following: Caerhays Castle and Spring Garden with its world-famous National Magnolia collection, the exotic Lamorran House Gardens, The iconic Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pinetum Gardens which is home to one of the largest plant collections in the county, the botanical oasis that is Tregrehan Garden, Cornwall’s true jungle garden Penjerrick, Trebah Garden, a subtropical valley with coastal backdrop, Tremenheere Sculpture Garden and Trewidden which boasts one of the finest stands of Tree Ferns in the Northern Hemisphere.
Available until 30/04/2023
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Last Minute Getaways
January Blue’s at The Nare
For those already considering an antidote to the inevitable pending January/Winter Blues, a winter stay at The Nare could be just the solution. Simply curl up on a sofa by the log fire and read a book, go for walks along the beach or visit the early Cornish Spring Gardens. There are plenty of things to do or not to do.
Rates in January start from £400 per night for a comfortable country view room for a couple and are inclusive of dinner, afternoon cream tea, full English breakfast and VAT.
Available until 31/01/2023
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Romance is in The Nare
Maximise the romance and stay at The Nare for two nights (from February 14th – 16th) with your loved one. Go for romantic strolls along the endless coastal paths in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, indulge in a relaxing couple’s massage in the health spa followed by an alfresco hot tub with panoramic sea views. By evening, enjoy traditional five-course table d’hôte dining by candlelight. Rates start from £420 per night for a comfortable country view room for a couple and are inclusive of dinner, afternoon cream tea, full English breakfast and VAT.
Available until 16/02/2023
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Bed and Breakfast stay at The Nare
Stay in a Sea View room with a private balcony or terrace and fall asleep to the sound of lapping waves.
Enjoy a guided or non-guided walk on the south-west coastal path which starts right in the hotel grounds, an evening tea or early morning tea tray (Camomile in the evening? EBT in the morning?) or a non-guided, but ‘at your own risk’ wild swimming on the calm south coast Carne beach.
Prices from £542.00 per night, including breakfast, early morning tea and afternoon Cornish cream team.
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From the M5, join the A30 to Bodmin at Junction 31. At the end of the dual carriageway follow the A30 until the B3275 to Ladock. Two miles past Ladock, turn right towards Truro. Then take the B3078 to Tregony / St Mawes. One mile past Tregony, follow the signs to Veryan and The Nare Hotel.
Newquay Airport (NQY): 15 miles.
Hotel courtesy car and driver meet guests by prior arrangement.
Attractions Near The Nare Hotel
The Eden Project in Cornwall is a great day out for the whole family: explore the largest indoor rainforest in the world and explore how we can all work with the land towards a better future. The charity and social enterprise has stunning gardens, fantastic arts and music events as well as environmental projects on their doorstep. Some of the projects they work on go towards bringing about environment, social and economic regeneration with the main purpose to inspire people about the world we live in.
This multi-award winning museum has 15 galleries over 5 floors, beautifully illustrating the past, present and future of our nation with exhibitions dedicated to the sea, boats and Cornwall.
Situated on Porthmeor Beach, Tate St Ives celebrates the modernist legacy of the town’s international artists’ colony.