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The Idle Rocks

Last updated: 13 May, 2023

Chic St Mawes is often called the St Tropez of Cornwall, and this delightful, 18-room Edwardian Inn in the heart of the town, fits right in.

The beautifully appointed and tasteful rooms, is natural tones with subtle colours, are the kind you feel cosy and comfortable in. The whole place has a relaxed, welcoming feel.

It’s set in on the mini-harbour – the lounger, bar and terrace all overlook the sea – in a south-facing, sheltered spot that makes al fresco drinking and dining a treat. Food is excellent, cooked by a Cornishman with a stellar pedigree.

Ferries depart from right by the inn to various points on the Roseland Peninsula, including a passenger ferry to buzzy Falmouth across the water, so despite its secluded location, it’s easy to access nearby attractions.

They welcome families with children of all ages; there’s a family room with bunk beds and a couple of interconnecting rooms.

Surrounding area

The inn is right on the idyllic waterfront, with quiet streets all around.

St Mawes is a picturesque, scenic village of over 1,000 people. It’s home to nearby St Mawes Castle, a 16th-century fortress built by Henry VIII; chic independent shops, cafes, and restaurants fill its streets.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: < 5mins walk
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Nearby (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed