The Idle Rocks

, Harbourside, St Mawes, Cornwall.
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The Idle Rocks Hotel has stood on the harbourside in St Mawes for over a hundred years, always providing luxury accommodation and fine dining for visitors to the Cornish Riviera. Facing south, it has a sun-trap terrace that looks out across the harbour to Carrick Roads and the Fal estuary.

Winner of the “2018 Seafood Restaurant of the Year” and voted as “Best Restaurant” in Trencherman’s Guide 2018, the Idle Rocks Restaurant serves great Cornish produce, simply prepared, cooked and served. The dedicated kitchen team pride themselves on preparing authentic and inspiring dishes, conceived from sustainably produced local ingredients. With the market on hand, and fishermen landing their catch on the nearby harbour wall, the food-miles can be measured in yards, not miles. While the dedication to the culinary art is serious, the setting in the restaurant is relaxed, and the hospitality genuine.

Rooms at The Idle Rocks are individually designed; classic luxury meets seaside chic. Guests can relax in the sumptuous Hypnos beds and luxurious modern bathrooms, with all the little extras that make your stay the perfect home-from-home retreat. The Seaview rooms have uninterrupted vistas across the Fal Estuary; fall asleep to the waves lapping against the seawall and wake up to the sunshine sparkling on the sea. There is nothing between you and nature. Children are not forgotten at Idle Rocks: the family rooms have bunk beds or sofa beds so the sea views can be enjoyed by all the family. The Village rooms retain the nautical flavour but peep back into the village of St Mawes.

The location of St Mawes on the Roseland peninsula gives easy access to some of the most beautiful Cornish landmarks and destinations including Falmouth, St Anthony Lighthouse, Trelissick, Porthscatho and more. It’s also a walker’s paradise with a great variety of both coastal and inland walks, offering fabulous walking all year round. For the more adventurous St Mawes is a centre for all things boatie; sailing, power-boating, water sports, fishing and wild swimming are all available. Appropriate qualifications are required to take charge of certain vessels, but experienced skippers are available too, to leave visitors to simply relax and enjoy the stunning Cornish waters.

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Double rooms from £180
Guest rating 9.3, based on 672 reviews
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Sea views
Free wi-fi
Tennis court
Room service
Complimentary toiletries
Walking routes
Museum nearby
Historic sites
Near castle
Close to ferry
Free parking