The Idle Rocks

Welcome to The Idle Rocks

The Idle Rocks enjoys the most beautiful location, perched on the harbour wall of St Mawes, the quintessential English fishing village on the southern tip of the Roseland Peninsula. It is impossible to get any closer to the water, so it presents the perfect vantage point for watching life go by on the sea.

This seriously chic beachside hotel, with beautifully designed interiors, doesn’t present itself as anything other than a welcoming home-from-home, a place where people can relax and re-engage with the simpler pleasures in life.

  • Alastair Sawday Recommended
  • CTA Gold 2021/22

Our rooms

  • Beautiful rooms for your stay

    On the water's edge in the heart of St Mawes, the Roseland Peninsula Overlooking the harbour 19 bedrooms each with a unique décor scheme and luxury bathroom Some rooms with wet room style showers. Some rooms have free-standing roll top baths with sea views. Flat screen TV’s disguised as mirrors. The finest Egyptian linens on the super king-size beds. Aromatherapy Associate toiletries. Nespresso machines. Mini fridges in most rooms. Kids play room.

    • GuestSleeps 2


  • Bar/Licensed
  • Breakfast included
  • WiFi
  • Restaurant / Cafe
  • Sea View
  • Garden views

The Restaurant and Bar

Great Cornish produce is simply prepared, cooked and served. It comes right from the door step. When they can forage, they do. When the markets are open, they are there. Whilst the food will be served to the very highest standard, the setting is relaxed – providing a real home-from-home feeling. The philosophy: good-old-fashioned hospitality, simplicity and friendliness. The Kitchen, Restaurant and Bar team are energetic, passionate and driven to deliver this experience to all guests.

Lunch can be enjoyed on the south-facing terrace in the afternoon, and in the evening it’s all about sipping a glass of Champagne or trying one of a wide range of cocktails before dinner, often alfresco on summer nights.

Executive Head Chef, Dorian Janmaat, keeps the food focus on local produce wherever possible – he knows the journey made by every ingredient, from plough, line or net to plate. His seasonally evolving menus often feature delicacies that he has foraged from the seashore or Roseland woodland.

What can you do during your stay?

Explore the shops and galleries in the village | Go kayaking | Take a sailing lesson | Hire a motor boat and visit nearby beaches | Go fishing | Take the ferry to the busy port of Falmouth | Walk to St Mawes castle.

Beaches nearby

Summers Beach | Tavern Beach | Towan Beach - The Roseland | Hemmick Beach | Carne Beach.

We were celebrating my wife’s birthday and stayed for 2-nights and dined-in. Clearly a great deal of thought, attention and money has been spent at the Idle Rocks. Staff were all terrific from the initial welcome (thank you Yvonne) through to departure. The room was immaculate and suited the environment perfectly. The food was exceptional and the menu is clearly crafted to obtain a Michelin Star in the near future - the tasting menu certainly wasn’t cheap, but the quality of the produce and skill of the kitchen fully justified the price. We have family who live locally and we’re sure that we’ll be returning.

Peter W, Trip Advisor
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