We probably aren't alone at scouring through the 'terrible' and 'poor' reviews, but to do so for The Idle Rocks and assume they represent the present offering would be a big mistake.
Like some others last autumn we called in and got an uncomfortable welcome. That didn't stop us booking three rooms this April to extend our family holiday by an extra night and WOW what a turnaround - it seems the winter storms that inundated the ground floor really have washed away the bad and brought a genuine new beginning.
A very warm welcome from Tim, the GM, and the fab Yvonne. An enthusiastic tour of the public rooms and then three delightful marine influenced bedrooms that got better and better as we went for one to another. Top quality fittings, fabulous bathrooms, lovely toiletries and a great location.
High tea for our two young boys on the terrace; good choice and probably the best quality food they enjoyed on out ten day break. Them in bed, monitored through a decent baby listening meant time for a very pleasant dinner. V Tastey pork belly and risotto for one; rather disappointing oysters followed by beef for BDI. Good broad wine list, unpretentious and reasonable money. All followed by a much needed and undisturbed night's sleep. We want a bed like that! Next day very sad to leave after our impressive breakfast with choice to suit all.
The team there now provide an efficient and slick service, but one that is unquestionably personal too. We've already booked again.
- 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