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The Idle Rocks

From $271 Night United Kingdom, South West, Cornwall

Why so chic? Why our travel experts chose this hotel

  • Highly acclaimed restaurant

  • Walks on the Cornish coast

  • Cosy weekend getaway spot

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The Idle Rocks is a stylish boutique hotel in Cornwall that sits on the Harbourside of St Mawes. This 20 room Chic Retreat has new owners who have refurbished and re-opened the St Mawes landmark in its 100th year with great style and attention to detail. The restaurant at The Idle Rocks enjoys panoramic views across the harbour and the south-facing terrace nestles perfectly on the rocks making this British Chic Retreat the perfect seaside hideaway where people can re-connect with the simpler pleasures in life. Make The Idle Rocks your home-from-home for a weekend or week away with family, friends or for a romantic break for two.


Idle Sunday has arrived and is here to stay! This day is all about relaxing, being lazy, and perhaps just a little bit selfish. Put your feet up and enjoy delicious food and fresh coffee, read the Sunday newspapers, chill out on the terrace, breathe in the sea air and enjoy the good life. Sid, the concierge, can organise anything and everything for you during your stay including fishing, boating, kayaking, crabbing and tennis. There are some beautiful and invigorating coastal walks along the peninsular, recommended throughout the year. Art lovers should visit the Tate Modern in St Ives which is a little over an hour’s drive from St Mawes and there are many other galleries which are well worth a visit including the amazing Newlyn Gallery outside Penzance. One of Cornwall's most famous attractions is The Eden Project near St Austell, which offers a great day out for the whole family and features the largest indoor rainforest in the world.


The restaurant at The Idle Rocks produces some wonderful dishes focusing on Cornwall and its local produce; menus are seasonal and prepared with passion and simplicity. Try to be here for their impressive sunday lunch which was voted The Times' Top Sunday Lunch in 2015.

Children’s tea (supper) is served at 5:30pm in the restaurant around the ‘Chefs Table’. A menu is especially prepared by the head chef in line with The Idle Rocks' food philosophy using the most seasonal and freshest food available that day. High chairs are available in the restaurant at lunch-time although please note that young children are not encouraged in the restaurant in the evenings. Between 6:30pm and 9:30pm the Children’s Room is fully supervised to ensure parents can enjoy a quiet dinner whilst the children have some fun.


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Address: Harbourside,, St Mawes TR25AN , United Kingdom

Nearest airport:

Newquay Airport, 40 mins by car

How to get there:

BY CAR: Please let us know in advance if you will be arriving by car, and we will have a permit ready for you. 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. From 3pm on the day of arrival, Sid, our concierge, can valet park your car should you wish. Please pull up outside the hotel reception, leaving plenty of space for passing traffic, our reception team will direct you from there. Otherwise, please follow signage in the St Mawes Public Car Park to our 20 allocated parking spaces. Parking Permits must be displayed in windscreen of your vehicle at all times. The Idle Rocks is not liable for any parking fines acquired whilst using these parking spaces. We ask that you vacate your parking space by midday on the day of your departure. If arriving via the King Harry ferry — please ensure you check timings. BY TRAIN: There are regular train services from London and the Midlands to St Austell Station from where we can arrange for guests to be collected (approx. 35 mins). BY AIR: There are regular flights throughout the UK to Newquay airport from where we can arrange for guests to be collected (approx. 40 mins). HELICOPTERS: Helicopter landings can be arranged in the village, a short distance from the hotel where guests can be collected.


All of the 20 rooms at The Idle Rocks have been individually designed to encourage rest and relaxation, and the coastal colour palette and luxurious fabrics are a testament to the level of comfort and luxury carefully thought out throughout the hotel. Expect underfloor heating, baths with sea views, massive beds, crisp cotton sheets and state-of-the-art TV systems. Most rooms enjoy sea, beach or harbour views, but do ask at the time of booking. 


The Idle Rocks has a variety of choices available for families up to 5 including interconnecting rooms and children's bunk beds.  Three rooms have sofa beds that can accommodate one child (two small ones) at £30 per child per night.

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Payments policy

Credit cards accepted.

Cancellation policy

Upon booking we request a deposit for the cost of your first
night’s stay with us; this will secure your reservation.

In the event that the booking is cancelled less than 14 days
before arrival we reserve the right to retain this deposit unless we can re-let the room.

In the event that the booking is cancelled less than 48 hours
before arrival we reserve the right to charge for the entire stay
unless we can re-let the room.


Room Type Sep 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017 Jan 2018 Feb 2018 Mar 2018 Apr 2018 May 2018 Jun 2018 Jul 2018 Aug 2018 Sep 2018
Village Rooms $271 $271 $271 $271 - - - - - - - - -
The Hideaway $339 $339 $339 $339 - - - - - - - - -
Harbour Rooms $448 $448 $448 $448 - - - - - - - - -
Seaview Rooms $475 $475 $475 $475 - - - - - - - - -
Grand Seaview Rooms $516 $516 $516 $516 - - - - - - - - -

Rates indicate cheapest price for the given period and may differ dependent on number of guests. Prices have been converted from GBP at the current exchange rate of = provided by European inter banking rates. Please note: The hotel will quote prices to you in GBP.

Rates at The Idle Rocks are per room per night including breakfast and VAT.  

From Sunday, April 13th through until the end of May, The Idle Rocks has extended their Idle Sunday brunches to include a Sunday overnight stay in one of their stunning rooms, giving you the opportunity to really unwind in this breath-taking location.

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Price Match Promise

If you find your stay cheaper elswhere we will price match and give you £50 towards your next stay with us.



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