Idle Rocks

In a ‘wonderful position right by the water’, this ‘beautifully decorated’ hotel is ‘superbly run’, by ‘great staff’, in a ‘hospitable spirit’. More

Contact details

Idle Rocks
St Mawes
01326 270270

Hotel information


19. 4 in adjacent annexe, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


lounge, restaurant, kids’ room, boot room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), terrace.

Background music

all day in public areas.


all ages welcomed, not under 12 in restaurant after 8.30 pm.


allowed in 2 bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2017] per room B&B £240–£395. À la carte £55, 5-course tasting menu £75. 1-night bookings sometimes refused at weekends.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a ‘wonderful position right by the water’, this ‘beautifully decorated’ hotel is ‘superbly run’, by ‘great staff’, in a ‘hospitable spirit’. Owned by Karen and David Richards, it is a modish place, in a pretty village ‘well accustomed to well-heeled yachties and other sea-loving holidaymakers’. ‘On a Sunday afternoon in the off season, the place was buzzing with people dropping in for lunch,’ a Guide correspondent reports in 2017. ‘Despite a full-scale gale blowing outside, the hotel was comfortably warm.’ Smart bedrooms facing village or harbour vary in size; some suit a family. ‘Our room had a supremely comfortable bed and crisp bedlinen; a huge walk-in shower that would easily have taken two. Small improvements would be welcomed, however: a full-length mirror, better bedside lighting, more power points.’ Order a cocktail, then join the crowds in the restaurant or on the sun-bathed terrace raving about chef Guy Owen’s ‘high-quality cooking’: his Cornish produce-packed menus might include wild bream, squid ink gnocchi, salsa verde, saffron. ‘Breakfasts are excellent, the full Cornish and eggs Benedict particularly good.’ (Oliver Thomas, AK-H, and others)

Special offers

November Chef Night Experience

8 COURSES. 4 CHEFS. 3 MICHELIN STARS. 1 NIGHT. SATURDAY 11TH NOVEMBER. This special evening will celebrate produce and recipes from some of the UK’s finest regions, as Idle Rocks welcomes chefs from highly acclaimed Michelin starred restaurants across the UK. Gareth Ward of Ynyshir in Wales, Mark Poynton of Alimentum in Cambridge and James Knappett from Bubbledogs and Kitchen Table in London, will join forces with head chef Guy Owen and his team for one special night. Guests will enjoy an eight course-tasting menu with each chef presenting two dishes throughout the evening. All courses will incorporate the very best of local and seasonal ingredients, with each chef showcasing their culinary excellence from their region. The special Chef Experience weekend package is available on either Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday nights from £345 per night, based on two people sharing. The package includes two nights’ bed and breakfast and the chef’s showcase dinner on the Saturday night. There is an optional wine flight for an additional £50 per head (please advise at time of booking). Not only this, but guests who book in on this package, will also experience an exclusive Cornish oyster and wine tasting session with Head Chef Guy Owen and Bubbledogs’ and Kitchen Table Sommelier, Sandia Chang. For more details see here: Terms and conditions apply. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.


Idle Rocks
St Mawes

Guest comments

'The situation, the view and the interior are all are marvellous. The menus at dinner are somewhat complicated, with no change of the choice over three days. The breakfast were marvellous however. ' - SA - October, 2017

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