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Coast Magazine

AN ESPIONAGE BREAK ON THE CORNISH COAST

NOVEMBER 2017

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.

The Nare's motor launch sails past the St Mawes castle.

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.

The country house hotel by the sea