The Idle Rocks
We’ve always liked the St Mawes Hotel, with its fabulous location right in the heart of this pretty and rather fashionable Cornish fishing village, but we love its sister hotel The Idle Rocks just as much. It's also housed in a beautiful Edwardian waterfront building in the centre of the village, and is a stylish, bright and contemporary place that has a touch of escapism and seaside romance about it. It was voted one of the best 50 beach hotels in Europe by the readers of Sunday Times Travel Magazine a couple of years ago – quite an accolade, given the competition, but once you get here you will see why: not only are the building and the location pretty much picture-postcard-perfect, but the stripped-down charm of the guest rooms and the unabashed comfort of the public areas make it the perfect place to spend the weekend doing, well, not very much at all. Plus there's a restaurant which serves superb local produce in a deliberately non-starchy, laid-back and really rather Cornish environment – and which itself has also won various awards, not least in The Times, which rightly ranked it among the UK's top places to eat by the sea.
Double rooms with breakfast cost from £200 a night for 'Village Cosy' and 'Village Hideaway' rooms to £380 a night for 'Grand Seaview' rooms.
Open all year (closed 8 January– 19 January 2017).
19 individually designed bedrooms, ranging from cosy Village rooms to spacious Sea View Rooms.
The Idle Rocks, Harbourside St Mawes Cornwall, TR2 5AN
On arrival in the village, turn right and follow signs for the castle which will bring you down to The Idle Rocks sitting on the harbour side. Just pull up outside the hotel and someone will take care of your luggage and park your car. Be warned that most Sat Navs take you via the King Harry Ferry, which stops running at 9.20pm in summer and is also not the most direct route, so you may want to switch your Sat Nav to “avoid ferries”. There are regular train services from London and the Midlands to Truro, from where we can arrange for guests to be collected – an approximately 40-minute journey.
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