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"If the Cornish coast is your thing, you won't find…"
If the Cornish coast is your thing, you won't find a more magical spot than the Nare. The county's top luxury hotel stands alone in lush grounds above the Carne Beach, with dazzling views of Gerrans Bay on the south coast. The perch offers a retreat of traditional comfort and a convenient base for exploring other offerings nearby.
My partner and I were invited on a press trip to discover what is billed as 'a comfortable country hotel for discerning guests'. The Nare has been owned and run by one family for the last 20 years, and it blends old-fashioned standards with modern indulgence. The luxury's discreet, with the helipad and hot tub tucked neatly away; the service was flawless and unobtrusive. But the Nare is also packed with personal touches, from the hot water bottles, to the gravestone of a beloved dog in a flowerbed, to the log fires framed by antiques and dozing old-timers. This is cosy luxury.
The Nare has two restaurants - the dining room that offers a five-course menu and classic silver service, or the more relaxed Quarterdeck restaurant bedecked to resemble a yacht. The Quarterdeck serves gorgeous views and well-done British cooking, with an excellent cooked breakfast. The Nare cream tea is also a real experience. We had ours on the balcony of our bedroom, which was designed to induce sleep, with its vast bed, views and bath the size of a small ocean liner.
The hotel describes itself as family-friendly, not family-centred. It makes an effort to accommodate children, with an early supper in the Quarterdeck and babysitting services available. A well-behaved water baby would make merry in the sheltered bay and two pools. A sporty kid would be happy with the tennis courts, or great walks in the area. The hotel also offers a gym, plus steam room, sauna and hot tub. There's a pretty croquet lawn and guests can use the hotel's boat. The Eden Project and St Ives are a short drive away. So no one will be climbing the walls on a rainy day.
But I'd be more likely to park the children with some relatives and come here for a break from it all, in a tantrum-free zone. The Nare is a charming, quaint treat: a hotel with a saucer and a silver spoon.Read moreLess