Trip Report: The Nare

The Nare

The Nare

The Nare truly is as described, a country house hotel by the sea. Located a scenic four hour train ride from London, or a quick one hour flight, this is the perfect warm weather destination for hitting the beach or exploring the famous gardens in the area.

In the winter months, The Nare is a quiet and relaxing place to rest and recharge. During this season some guests enjoying visiting when they know a large storm will be coming in from the Atlantic; an activity appropriately called storm watching. Cozy up in front of one of the many fireplaces with a good book and a glass of wine and be awed by the power of Mother Nature.

Fireplace

I stayed in February and I loved that during turndown service they put an old-fashioned hot water bottle in your bed. It was so cozy to crawl into a warm bed every evening. This small detail is reflective of the kind of hotel that The Nare is – charming, approachable, and exuding a relaxed casual elegance. Many of the guests here are repeat, some coming several times a year. Everyone feels like family from the moment they arrive, and that homey yet elegant service and atmosphere continues throughout your stay.

Menu

Cornwall is one of the most beautiful parts of England, and the climate is temperate enough for palm trees. We visited numerous sites, including Lanhydrock HouseEden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and Caerhays Castle. It’s also a wonderful place to simply explore as you drive among the hedgerows past picturesque villages and gorgeous views of the sea.

A very special thanks to Toby and the entire staff at The Nare for their warm hospitality. Thank you also to Rebecca Recommends for giving me the opportunity to visit Cornwall.

I would love to help you plan a week touring the gorgeous gardens of Cornwall. Or perhaps you would prefer to visit London for an extended weekend city break, and then spend several days at the beach at The Nare.

It’s time to start making memories. Contact me today for assistance with planning the perfect Cornwall itinerary for you.

 

Trip Report: Corinthia Hotel London

Chandelier

Chandelier

The Corinthia Hotel in London exudes freshness and warmth through a combination of abundant natural light, airy spaces, and beautiful design elements. Located steps from the River Thames, it is a great location for exploring all that London has to offer.

I arrived before the scheduled check in time without having given the hotel advance warning of when I would show up, and was warmly greeted and taken to my Executive King Room.

My favorite thing about the space was the small entry that had a door to the room on one side, and a door to a large walk in closet on the other. I am a light sleeper and the ability to further close off my room made for absolute silence at night. Combined with the cozy bed and responsive HVAC system, I slept great! It truly is the little things that make hotel stays enjoyable.

The hotel has numerous places to eat and drink throughout the day; whether you want traditional afternoon tea, a five course meal, or simply a glass of champagne. As a person traveling alone on business I truly appreciated having a variety of options to dine or grab a quick drink when I wasn’t feeling up to going out by myself.

The staff even graciously accommodated me when I wanted to sit at the bar and order from a different restaurant. I was glad they did, because it was the best gnocchi I have ever eaten. Don’t miss the picture in the photo tour below!

The spa by ESPA is absolutely gorgeous. Although I did not have a treatment, I did visit to use the gym facilities which were clean and spacious. There were plenty of machines and lots of room for stretching and free weights. Complimentary towels, cold water, and fruit were also available. The space was so beautiful that it almost made my workout fun. Almost.

I loved being able to take an impromptu walk in the late afternoon along the Thames to see the slow burn of the sunset over London. The crisp wind helped to keep my jet lag at bay, and the photography opportunities were spectacular. You could feel the vibrancy of a city on the move.

Contact me today to find out about my exclusive offers at the Corinthia Hotel in London. You can’t VIP yourself, so get in touch!

 

Trip Report: England from London to Cornwall

Big Ben

Big Ben

When was the last time you visited London? When I ask my clients I usually receive one of two responses. One, not since I went with my family when I was a kid. Two, not since I went on my college backpacking trip across Europe.

It’s a wonderful cosmopolitan city that truly offers something for every age and travel interest. Plus, one of the great things for those of you living on the East Coast is that London is close enough to visit for a long weekend.

The truth is, I had not visited London since 1997! Therefore, I elected to travel in England for a total of ten nights while doing a several traditional visitor type activities. Quite the trip!

Hotels

Flights

Activities

  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Fashion Walking Tour
  • Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley
  • Shopping: Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Alexander McQueen
  • The Shard
  • Lanhydrock House
  • Eden Project
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • Caerhays
  • Hampton Court Palace

Stay tuned for updates! I will be writing up my experiences and offering more details about each of these items.

In the meantime, please get in touch with comments or questions about London and Cornwall.