The Idle Rocks

Harbourside, St Mawes, England

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  • Rooms18.5
  • Public Spaces18.5
  • Service18.5
  • Overall19
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Hotel Description

Cornwall’s come a long way since it was Fawlty Towers country, all crumbling inns and desolate promenades. In fact the seaside village of St. Mawes has itself become something of a glamour destination, albeit a low-key, rather under-the-radar one. And now the Idle Rocks Hotel, the whitewashed inn that’s long presided over this picturesque harbour, supplies another reason to visit — it’s been taken over by new owners with an eye for design and a taste for relatively understated luxury.

We say “relatively” understated because the pair in question includes the chairman of Aston Martin. But anyone who fears the ostentation of a race driver’s hotel has nothing to worry about here. The public spaces are contemporary, a bit spare, bright and airy, but still cozy for all that — and while the rooms are clean-lined and contemporary as well, with plenty of bright white and vibrant pop, they lack anything that can reasonably be described as edgy.

All in all it’s quite in line with the state of the art in contemporary British luxury, which is a pretty good art to be the state of, frankly. There’s just enough original character to make the Idle Rocks feel unique, mixed with just enough modernity to keep it from feeling like a museum. The restaurant very sensibly focuses on seafood as well as the West’s enviable produce, and from there a walk along the seaside is but the work of a moment.

How to get there: The hotel is about a 40-minute drive from Newquay Cornwall Airport (NQY), or about a 35-minute drive from the St. Austell train station, with regular service from London and the Midlands. The hotel can arrange transportation from the airport or train station at an additional charge.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 20 Rooms
  • Style: Modern Design
  • Atmosphere: Quiet

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine tours nearby
  • Wood burning fireplace

Need to Know

Pets are allowed with prior permission from the hotel. Baby cots available on request direct with the hotel 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. We do advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place to cover any unforeseen cancellation.

Credit cards accepted:

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Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

11am

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  • Village Twin Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Single Beds
    • 193 ft²/18 m².
    Amenities

    Views: street or village.

    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • central heating
    • coffee/tea
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • hardwood floor
    • heated floor
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • safe
    • turndown service
  • Village Double Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 193 ft²/18 m².
    Amenities

    Views: street.

    This room includes:

    • carpeted floor
    • central heating
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • phones
    • safe
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
  • Harbour Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 247 ft²/23 m².
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    Views: harbour.

    This room includes:

    • arm chair
    • Aromatherapy Associates bath amenities
    • central heating
    • coffee/tea
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • minibar
    • minifridge
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • safe
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
    • working desk
  • Village Hideaway

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 269 ft²/25 m².
    Amenities

    Views: street or village.

    This room includes:

    • Aromatherapy Associates bath amenities
    • bathtub
    • carpeted floor
    • central heating
    • coffee/tea
    • complimentary minibar
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • minibar
    • minifridge
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • safe
    • turndown service
    • working desk
  • Sea View Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds
    • 269 ft²/25 m².
    Amenities

    Views: sea.

    This room includes:

    • arm chair
    • Aromatherapy Associates bath amenities
    • bathtub
    • central heating
    • coffee/tea
    • crib (on request)
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • minibar
    • minifridge
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • safe
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
  • Grand Sea View Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 279 ft²/26 m².
    Amenities

    Views: sea.

    This room includes:

    • arm chair
    • Aromatherapy Associates bath amenities
    • bathtub
    • carpeted floor
    • central heating
    • coffee/tea
    • crib (on request)
    • espresso machine
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • international channel
    • minibar
    • minifridge
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • safe
    • turndown service
    • wake up service
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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Golf nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine tours nearby
  • Wood burning fireplace

Need to Know

Pets are allowed with prior permission from the hotel. Baby cots available on request direct with the hotel 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. We do advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place to cover any unforeseen cancellation.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

11am

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