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 12:00 noon
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 relaxed evening dining. The informal atmosphere makes it a good place to meet up with friends and family at any time of the day. 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 and is much appreciated as an additional alternative.
Dress code: Most gentlemen prefer to wear a jacket and tie in the Dining Room.
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
Daily Afternoon Cream Tea
Book any stay at The Nare and enjoy a luxurious Residents Afternoon Tea each day served in the drawing room or terrace, both of which have stunning sea views. Savour freshly baked scones, shortbread and cakes accompanied by a choice of local jams and of course, lashings of Cornish clotted cream. There are a choice of teas from the local Tregothnan Estate – the largest private botanical garden in Cornwall and the home of English Tea. Rates start from £312.00 per night based on two people sharing, inclusive of room and breakfast, early morning tea, afternoon tea and VAT. Single rooms are also available.
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As Christmas draws near, the invitation for guests to write their Christmas cards from the warmth and comfort of The Nare beckons. The log fires are burning and there are few distractions, apart perhaps from afternoon cream tea at 4 o’clock. Don’t worry about stamps; The Nare will provide, and a good selection of cards are on hand for those last minute panics. Rates start from £312.00 per night based on two people sharing, inclusive of room and breakfast, early morning tea, afternoon cream tea and VAT. Single rooms are also available.
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Last Minute Getaways
Last Minute Getaways
There are sometimes rooms available at reduced rates due to late cancellations. Escape from the hurly burly of life to unwind and relax in comfort with panoramic sea views from The Nare’s stunning coastal location. Book a guided coastal walk or lesson with the artist-in-residence, or simply relax in the warm indoor pool, sea-view hot tub and charming spa. In true PJ style these offers are never knowingly undersold and are at the very best available rates.
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Walking and Art Break
Draw inspiration from the Cornish coast on The Nare’s four night Walking and Art Break. The Nare’s stunning location is perfect for coastal walking. This break includes three guided walks plus a painting and perspective lesson with The Nare’s artist-in-residence. With plenty of sea air and expert tuition, expect to leave with newfound artistic flair and a personally hand-painted canvas. Rates start from £2,222.00 per room for the four nights (based on two people sharing), inclusive of dinner, room and breakfast, early morning tea, afternoon Cornish cream tea, inclusive activities and VAT. Single rooms are also available.
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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.