Cornwall’s hidden coves, rocky inlets, mysterious caves and cliffs have always lent well to cloak-and-dagger affairs, from the wreckers and smugglers of old to GCHQ’s satellite dishes looming eerily over the seascape at Bude. It takes only a small leap of imagination, therefore, to imagine a Russian mole masquerading as a staff member at a luxury hotel on Cornwall’s remote Roseland peninsula, covertly feeding information back to Moscow in between serving cream teas or escorting guests.
This is why I chose to accept the call to become Agent 0091, spending a weekend undercover at The Nare unearthing the enemy within – on one of the hotel’s Espionage Breaks. The themed weekends are inspired by author Jon Stock’s book, To Snare A Spy, which was written and set at The Nare. Aimed at adults, children, couples or groups, the break seemed like a great way to explore Cornwall’s coastline while having some furtive fun.