Idle Rocks

Perched ‘truly on the water’, Karen and David Richards’s sophisticated seaside hotel (Relais & Châteaux) is ‘just the place to unfurl after the stresses of the day-to-day’, this year's visitors say. 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.


allowed in 2 bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2016] per room B&B £200–£380. Set menu £55 per person. 1-night bookings sometimes refused at weekends.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Perched ‘truly on the water’, Karen and David Richards’s sophisticated hotel is ‘just the place to unfurl after the stresses of the day-to-day’, visitors say. ‘Well-chosen’ decor in the public spaces ‘sets the style’: vibrant coastal colours (‘lots of blue’) throughout, along with bold paintings, huge flower planters, squashy cushions, ‘up-to-date’ glossy magazines. A children’s playroom brims with toys and puzzles. Go barefoot in the individually styled bedrooms – all the better to feel the pile of ‘expensive rugs’ on smooth wooden floors. Against an airy palette, find ‘splendid’ pillows and ‘gorgeous’ flourishes (glasswork, bleached coral, heavy throws in natural fibres). ‘Our bathroom had a motion-sensor-operated night light – a fantastic addition.’ An evening turn-down service leaves ‘tidiness everywhere’. In the lively restaurant, chef Guy Owen’s modern menu draws from the local larder; consider wild bream alla romana, barbecued vegetables. A separate oyster menu has them butter-poached, with a lemongrass velouté, or in a chilli-ginger preparation. Breakfast has ‘excellent marmalade’, artisan bread, eggs all ways. (Abigail Kirby-Harris)

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

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