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Nestled on the harbourside in the charming fishing village of St Mawes, on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula, The Idle Rocks is the ideal spot for a Cornish escape. The striking long white frontage, complete with terrace, makes this Relais & Chateaux hotel and restaurant a coveted destination for harbour gazing and tucking into sumptuous seafood, whatever the season.

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The Idle Rocks sits in prime position in the charming fishing village of St Mawes, on the Roseland Peninsular, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy day trips and activities on land or sea; walk the coastal path, cycle along the many trails or take one of the daily ferries across to Falmouth, Truro or St Anthony's Head.

By car: Just off the A3078, Idle Rocks is 40 minutes from St Austell, 1 hour 40 minutes from Plymouth and just under two hours from Exeter. There's free public parking nearby.

By train: Truro station is 45 minutes from the hotel (pick-up arranged with the hotel) and serviced by Great Western Railways trains from London and the Midlands. Book trains to Truro.

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A contemporary harbourside retreat that hones in on its waterside perch, The Idle Rocks provides a bespoke approach to each space. Unique interiors have been carefully thought out, with owner and interior designer Karen Richards sourcing new and vintage items from Cornwall, across the UK and Europe to create a Cornish coastal-chic aesthetic.


Unwind to a backdrop of blues at this stylish home-from-home offering genuine warmth and enthusiasm; think fizz in front of an open fire in the boutique-style lounge during winter months and harbour-gazing over cocktails on the sun-drenched terrace throughout the summer. It's the perfect south coast retreat for all seasons.

  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Kids' playroom
  • Family-friendly
  • Dog-friendly
  • Water sports


The hotel boasts individually styled bedrooms with bright and calming bathrooms, featuring large walk-in showers - many with the addition of stand-alone baths and a selection of toiletries by Aromatherapy Associates.

Room types: Village Cosy, Village Hideaway, Family, Harbour View, Seaview, Grand Seaview, dog-friendly Carricknath cottage rooms

Key amenities: ensuite bathrooms, Hypnos beds, 200 thread count sheets, tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi


Dine in cool and sophisticated spaces, featuring chic seaside styling inside and out. The restaurant showcases the abundant range of fresh produce that's right on the doorstep, with Head Chef Guy Owen being passionate about educating his team on where every ingredient comes from.

Idle Rocks restaurant: fresh, locally foraged, sustainably-sourced produce. Children's menus available. Open for breakfast and Sunday lunch - two courses for £32, and Wednesday-Saturday evenings for dinner - three courses for £55.

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