The Idle Rocks Hotel
Travel Blogs from St Mawes
There's only one thing more exciting than driving on Cornish roads in the sunshine - that's driving in the mist and rain, which we've had a bit of in the last few days. But enough of the commentary. (You can read my blog Bloody Tourists for my rave about Cornish roads.) We shot a clip from our car driving ...
... to get their money's worth. You do feel as if you've covered a large chunk of the castle once you get back to the entrance by which time you've walked through a number of rooms including a study, library, dining room, smoking room, armoury, courtyards, drawing rooms and private chapel where weddings are now held. The village of Marazion lies on the other side of the sea path to the mount. The girls buy earrings and necklaces at a local designer, Silver Mine. I take a nano nap in ...
... villages such as Chysauster, an Iron Age settlement originally occupied almost 2000 years ago.
Our next stop was the historical & medieval castle of St Michael's Mount dating back to the 12th century, previously a Benedictine Monastery, fortress, a port & family home. Here our fitness level was tested, at least 500 very steep steps over rugged terrain, but well worth it.
Our last stop for the day was Land's ...
We ducked into the St Ives Guildhall this morning to get out of the drizzling rain and were pleasantly surprised by a local farmers market made up of dozens of stalls of local produce from honey cured ham to Trelawny cheese - the later originates from Cornwall. We spent our time stocking up on food for a picnic tea back at Sam's Place tonight. On the waterfront, I sampled another coffee, sucked in by the ...
... s Flagship Restaurant at Padstow. We were not disappointed.
Our base for the next 3 nights is here in Falmouth where we have just arrived & now we plan to do a brisk walk to burn off some of those calories put on after our lunch.
xxWin & Maureen
p.s. Thank you Tess for your note - our love to everyone.
pps. Lucy thank you for your lovely Confirmation photo.
& thanks to everyone else, it has been great to hear from so ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Idle Rocks Hotel St Mawes
What a lovely setting the Idle Rocks hotel has, perched above the harbour/beach in St Mawes. We stayed for 2 nights in April 2005 on a special deal booked directly with the hotel.
Wonderful home made bread!
Staff wery very friendly and obliging at all times. A good base to explore Cornwall, a picturesque fishing village. Very nicely refurbished dining room and breakfast cooked freshly, not a buffett. A huge choice of gorgeous home made breads. Would definately recommend it. Oh & almost forgot very comfortable beds! Got our thumbs up for that so often you get poor beds in hotels.
We had a lovely weekend break at the Idle Rocks. Our room was one of those in the cottage - delightfully set out with two easy chairs by the casement window, below which the tide lapped. The bed was very comfortable and there was plenty of space.
Excellent February mini break
We have just returned from a mini break at the Idle rocks Hotel at St. Mawes and it was a truly lovely experience.
The food was excellent and the staff extremely courteous and helpful.
The location was just on the beach and the hotel had views of the harbour. The hotel looked to have been newly decorated and certainly the restaurant was very spacious and well presented - in the style of ocean liner dinning. The food was wonderful.
The short ferry trip to Falmouth was nice (about 15 mins) but there is not too much to recommend Falmouth itself (from a holiday makers point of view).
The hotel has excellent views over the small port and I woould recommend the break to anyone - we shall be returning.
A thoroughly delightful hotel, the staff were the friendliest we have ever come across, and the views from our room was nothing short of breathtaking. After reading Paddy Burts review of the food, we were a little hesitant, but I am glad to say it was one of the finest meals we have ever had with service to match. This truly is a jewell in the crown of Cornwall and we WILL be returning
What a superb Christmas break! I'd read a few reviews on this hotel and was a bit apprehensive before arriving but this feeling soon evaporated. We were made extemely welcome by a very professional team of personnel, from the hotel manager to the waitresses in the restaurant. Our room was extremely comfortable with a wonderful view over the harbour. The food was superb - they currently have 2 AA rosettes and are clearly aiming for a 3rd. The cooking is simple - the chef relies on quality and extremely fresh produce. Whilst the prices at first seemed rather high, when balanced against what you received, the Idlerocks Hotel was extremely good value for money. I wouldn't hestitate to return!
Food for thought
The room, staff,location were all perfect...but!! Oh my the food (gourmet) as the Head Man pointed out not pub food - leaving us feeling a little less than worth our space...
The Menu was disappointing; food excelent quality but not our thing exactly. Very repeatative and quite uninteresting apart from the puddings....scrumptious if a little different. A case of nice place, restaurant needs a little variety and tolerence..
We would stay again, but only B&B
Great situation,pity about the food
Wish I had read Paddy Burt's review prior to eating. Unimaginative, and poorly presented.
The Idle Rocks Hotel is in a great spot, right on the small beach/harbour of St Mawes. The sea view room we had was spacious, quiet, spotless and had tasteful decor (touch chinzty perhaps) and wonderfully powerful shower and spa bath. The breakfast (included in the price) offered a wide choice - haddock to full english to porridge. The dinner was well presented and tasty although the staff were perhaps not quite in league with the level of cuisine - frienddly all the same mind. Note too that if you book a table by the window, this does not mean you will actually get a table by the window - unless one is vacated at the right time.The hotel is currently undergoing some construction (of which we were not aware at the time of booking, one week before our stay!) - rebuilding the restaurant and extra 6 rooms which should be nice when its completed (June 2003).If you are travelling by public transport, it is probably easiest to get the train to Truro and bus from bus station to St Mawes (1.5 hour journey). If travelling by car there is no car park, but a public one opposite for which you will be refunded.
Is one of the most beautifull places I've ever been. The food is excellent with the pretiest views while you having dinnner.
And the rooms is like you where at home.