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Perfectly positioned on the Roseland peninsula in the heart of St Mawes' traditional harbour, the Idle Rocks offers a quintessential Cornwall coastal escape. Everything directs your gaze out to the water, with its sea view rooms, white décor, terraces and a restaurant that offers vistas of the harbour as appealing as the fresh seafood on offer. Inside it has a coastal chic feel with French décor, colourful textiles, walk-in showers and Italian coffee machines.

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Located in the delightful fishing village of St Mawes, the Idle Rocks occupies an exceptional position within the Roseland Peninsula, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The surrounding area provides ample opportunities for guests to engage in a variety of land or sea-based activities, such as cycling along the numerous trails or hiking the coastal path.

There are daily ferry trips to destinations such as 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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With a distinctive Cornish coastal-chic atmosphere, The Idle Rocks is a modern and stylish hotel located along the harbor, which emphasizes its proximity to the water. With a personalized approach to each space, the hotel offers unique and carefully crafted interiors. Owner and interior designer Karen Richards has carefully curated a collection of new and vintage items from Cornwall, the UK and Europe.


Perfect for all seasons: during the winter months, enjoy a glass of fizz in the boutique-style lounge beside an open fire, while in the summer, take in the stunning harbour views over cocktails on the sun-drenched terrace. This welcoming hotel feels like a home away from home; the staff offers genuine warmth and enthusiasm, making guests feel at ease.

  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Afternoon tea
  • Kids' playroom
  • Baby listening service
  • Hidden cinema in sister hotel
  • Family-friendly
  • Dog-friendly
  • Water sports
  • Boat charters
  • Kayaking
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • RIB rides


Each bedroom has its own unique style and boasts bright and tranquil bathrooms, equipped with large walk-in showers, with many also featuring stand-alone baths for added luxury.

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

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

Food & Drink

The restaurant highlights the abundance of fresh produce available locally, with Head Chef Guy Owen passionately sharing his knowledge with the team on the origin of each ingredient . The creative, artfully simple plates were surprising, inventive and scrape-the-plate-clean tasty!

Idle Rocks restaurant: fresh, locally forraged, sustainably-sourced produce. Relaxed, homely hospitality. 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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