The Idle Rocks had me won over from the moment I stepped into reception. Beautifully set out with its nautical theme, the recent nine-month transformation (this was less of a refurbishment - more of a rebuild!) has clearly been a labour of love.
I had the chance to view most of the 20 rooms currently available (there are four more nearing completion in the adjacent cottage) and the attention to detail is phenomenal. The new owners have put their extensive experience of staying in hotels globally to good use...
There is little more guaranteed to send you off too a gentle sleep - or to ease you back into the new day - than the sound of waves gently lapping against the shore and as most rooms overlook the water this is truly a place where you can escape from stress.
Children are welcome - there's a lovely playroom for the little terrors! - and one of the cottages is set up as dog-friendly too.
Sadly my stay was only for one night and next time I'll have to be sure to book in for the hotel's Sunday brunch which promises to be more of an informal house-guest party.
I understand that the old Idle Rocks had come to the end of a long and tiring life. The new version looks ready to set fresh standards for St Mawes for a very long time to come.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Idle Rocks has the most enviable location in St Mawes, overlooking the harbour with views across the River Fal to Falmouth. Our 19 bedrooms, most with stunning vistas over the bay, have been thoughtfully designed, each having their own unique identity with fabulous fabrics and decor that leave you in no doubt that you are by the sea. After a long day lazing on the beach, our south facing terrace is the perfect place to relax, have a long drink, and watch the world go by. You may even see your dinner being landed on the harbourside.The Idle Rock's restaurant, run by our head chef, Guy Owen, is a celebration of Cornwall; showcasing a range of fabulous produce that has been sourced locally using only seasonal fresh ingredients. In many cases it will have been swimming right on our doorstep only a few hours earlier and while the food is of the very highest standard our setting is very relaxed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Idle Rocks Hotel
- Idle Rocks St Mawes
- The Idle Rocks St Mawes, Cornwall