Cool Cornish inn with top harbour views
Perched almost on the waves in the cool n' trendy harbourside village of St Mawes, The Idle Rocks boasts some of the best seafront views in Cornwall.
Pole position in coolest St Mawes. • Some of the best harbour views in Cornwall. • Fabulous food – with fresh fish landed daily on the doorstep. • Boating, fishing, surfing and more.
Hit the spot
Centre stage in chicest St Mawes.
There's a seafront terrace with to-die-for views and a bar with music, cocktails and plenty of buzz.
Good to know
While there's a kids' playroom, this is more of a grown-ups hangout.
Minimum StayTwo nights in peak season to end September
ClosedClosed for the first two weeks of January
ParkingThere is free public parking - The reception team will arrange parking for you
AirportNewquay – 45 minutes
TrainTruro station – 40 minutes by car.
PetsWell behaved dogs are welcome in a couple of rooms, and a charge of £25 applies. Dogs are not permitted in the public areas.
ChildrenWelcome, although there are no special facilities.
LocationHarbourside, St Mawes, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, TR2 5AN, United Kingdom
19 rooms and suites
Designed as havens of relaxation, spotless and stylish rooms boast barefoot comforts and super-comfy kingsize beds dressed in crisp white Egyptian cotton. They sport coastal inspired colours and a softly nautical flavour, as well as generous hospitality trays.
Most enjoy wonderful views over the harbour, leaving you in no doubt that you are right beside the sea! Bathrooms come with underfloor heating, walk-in showers, zingy bath gels and – in many – freestanding rolltop baths.
For the best views, you'll want a Grand Sea View room with ceiling-to-floor French windows and a balcony. Some come with in-room bathtubs, too. For added privacy (though no sea views), the Hideaway (only bookable by phone) is a luxurious mini-suite that makes an ideal romantic bolt-hole, complete with rolltop tub.
Eat & Drink
Voted one of the top 20 places to eat by the sea by The Times, the Idle Rocks restaurant is designed to capture sea views from every table. Freshest Cornish fish and seafood are king here, with menus inspired by the hotel's seaside surrounds. The kitchen aims to deliver great Cornish produce, freshly cooked and simply served.
Start with oysters, crab-stuffed tomatoes or scallops and razor clams roasted in the shell and served with aioli. Follow up perhaps with grilled mackerel, baked cod or pan-fried sea bass with hand-cut chips. Meat lovers can get their teeth into a sirloin steak or Barnsley chops. Afternoon cream teas also come highly recommended.
Served until 10.30am daily with a generously laden buffet. You can even knock back a bloody Mary with your full English.
Available until late evening.
Sea & Do
Hop aboard the ferry across the River Fal to head for an antique trawl or fish n' chips in Falmouth, or take the Place ferry for a walk around St Anthony Head. Gorgeous gardens abound in this part of the world, and Trelissick is a great place to start. Don't miss the pretty church at St Just in Roseland or a stroll along the harbour to 16th century St Mawes castle. This is also an ideal place for crabbing, boating or swimming. And you can always idle away an afternoon or two sipping a Pimm's on the iconic Idle Rocks terrace.
Reception can arrange in-room aromatherapy massage treatments with a local therapist.