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.


[2018] per room B&B from £150–£405. Lunch 2 course- £27.50 3 course - £35. Dinner À la carte £58, 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

A Taste of Cornwall Special Offer

Stay for a two-night break at The Idle Rocks this December through to 21st March 2018, to experience a real taste of Cornwall! Prices start at £458.75 per night, based on a two-night stay with two adults sharing a Grand Sea View room. Your break will include: Tea and homemade biscuits on arrival; two nights’ luxury accommodation; breakfast each morning; half a dozen Cornish oysters and a glass of Trevibban Mill, Organic sparkling wine; Chefs secret Tasting menu within The Idle Rock’s award winning restaurant; Three course dinner at The St Mawes Hotel, followed by a movie in the luxury Hidden Cinema; a visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan. To enjoy this culinary journey please call the Reservations Team on 01326 270270 or email quoting A Taste of Cornwall. And don’t forget to enjoy ‘The Catch of The Day’ lunch special, with a glass of organic Cornish wine for £19.50 per person. 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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