The Idle Rocks

England South West England Cornwall

  • From £400 a night
  • 19 Guest Rooms
  • Boutique hotel

A beautiful contemporary boutique hotel by the sea with gorgeous rooms and a superb restaurant

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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. There are 19 individually designed bedrooms, ranging from cosy Village rooms to spacious Sea View Rooms, plus 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.



Open all year.


Double rooms with breakfast cost from £400 in low season to £550 at peak times


Contact Website  01326 270 270  The Idle Rocks, Harbourside St, Mawes, Cornwall, TR2 5AN

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Getting There

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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  • Restaurant
  • Smart TV
  • Spa & Treatments
  • Wifi

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  • Family Friendly
  • Five-Star Luxury
  • Foodies
  • In the Sticks
  • Rural Retreat
  • Sensational Views
  • Waterside

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