Cornwall, the most south-westerly region in the United Kingdom, is on the eastern edge of the Gulf Stream and as a consequence enjoys a mild maritime climate. Whilst some parts of the UK experience a more continental climate, the more maritime climate in Cornwall shows milder temperatures and more hours of sunshine than any other county (graphs at the bottom of the page show the comparison with UK averages).
This mild climate allows daffodils grown in the hotel gardens to be on the tables for Christmas and it is known that spring arrives here before the rest of the country. In fact Cornwall's now renowned Spring Story - founded by Nare proprietor, Toby Ashworth – celebrates and recognises ‘the moment Cornish magnolias flower, spring has arrived in England’. This is often in February and a good month earlier than remaining parts of Britain.
The sunny conditions and mild temperatures also means the county has a number of successful vineyards, a couple of which have recently gained some high profile recognition.
The other interesting thing about Cornwall is the amount of light it enjoys, the result of light reflecting off the sea on both sides. This light has inspired artists in Cornwall over many centuries, helping to make even the most beautiful landscapes that much more vibrant, and is one of the reasons Cornwall has such a rich artistic heritage.
The Roseland Peninsula, on which The Nare resides, has an even milder climate compared to the rest of Cornwall. A part of the south coast of Cornwall, the Roseland has its own micro-climate that allows palm trees, agave plants and other subtropical flowers to flourish in the hotel gardens. For the various Cornish gardens on the Roseland, this micro-climate provides the perfect conditions to grow a wide variety of interesting and colourful plant species.
Right now The Nare Hotel is witnessing a phenomena of the natural world. One of the hotel’s Agave plants that flowers only once in 20-30 years has begun to bloom.Find out more
For the last 20 years The Nare Proprietor, Toby Ashworth, has seen cold snap upon cold snap turn to snow in the rest of England, while the Roseland and The Nare remained unaffected by snow. The policy states that if snow lies on the cocktail bar terrace for more than 24 hours, residents may have one of their four night's stay without charge. The only exception to the policy is over the Christmas and New Year period when snow is considered desirable for decorative purposes and even Ebenezer Scrooge might appreciate its attraction.
The only time this payout has ever been made was on 1st March 2018, when the weather system from Siberia covered the whole county of Cornwall and The Nare, in the worst snow and blizzards seen for over 40 years. The Nare of course, honoured it's commitment to the No Snow Policy and provided a free night’s stay for resident guests. Most guests chose to stay in the comfort and warmth of the hotel, rather than travelling home. Needless to say this bout of snow lasted less than 48 hours before usual conditions were restored as per the photo above taken a few days earlier.