Opened in 1988 by Bettye Gray, whose family has been central to the Cornish hotel scene since 1908, The Nare was the county’s first luxury establishment. Today, owner Toby Ashworth continues, superbly, to uphold his beloved grandmother’s vision of warm, traditional hospitality and his many regular guests are drawn by the enveloping kindness, the offer of collection by car from their home, the location on stunning Carne Beach and the good food in the splendid dining room, where waitresses dart about in black skirts and white pinnies and the flambée trolley is on hand. Children are embraced. Dogs have their own menus. There’s a fine spa with two pools. No bothersome advance booking is required for activities: in fact, Toby likes nothing better than to suggest a sail in his Cornish Crabber, picnic stowed, or to visit some of the many gardens nearby. The hotel also has its own motor launch, Alice Rose. A unique address, perfect for extended families. Doubles from £290.
Name to Know: Ken Cracknell, the head barman, who has been with The Nare for over 30 years and is considered ‘Father of the House’. Ask him anything.
See: The historic churches, gardens and breathtaking scenery.
Eat: The sumptuous afternoon tea with Cornish cream.
Buy: A trip on the Alice Rose, the hotel’s yacht.
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