The Idle Rocks

The Idle Rocks, a luxury coastal boutique hotel offers the ideal seaside getaway, in the tip of the Roseland Peninsula

The Idle Rocks

At the tip of the Roseland Peninsula sits The Idle Rocks, a luxurious coastal boutique hotel that provides the perfect seaside getaway. Relax by the shore on your Private Tour of England.

The hotel offers nineteen elegant and comfortable rooms that feel like your Cornish home away from home. Discover one of the many activities that Cornwall has to offer, from surfing to kitesurfing. Under two hours, you can find yourself in the artistic town of St Ives or at Trebah Gardens, a lush jungle of the sub-tropics.

Try out some of the fabulous dishes at the award-winning restaurant where fresh Cornish ingredients are crucial, and you can enjoy the views over the bay. Take the plunge and book a Private driver-guided Tour of England’s South Coast.

A Cornish home away from home

The Idle Rocks offers various rooms that feel homely yet luxurious, offering sea views and others overlooking the village.

Room options
Each room provides a luxurious stay with seaside touches, featuring Hypnos beds and contemporary en-suite bathrooms.

Grand Seaview Rooms with waterside views; Seaview Rooms with en-suite bath or shower room and some feature a balcony overlooking the water; Harbour View Rooms overlooking St. Mawes harbour and the waterside; Village Hideaway overlooking the village; Family Room with bunk bed, overlooking the seaside.

Near the hotel, there is a range of different activities to try out. You can go kayaking to explore the Roseland peninsula, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Find yourself practising one of the oldest water sports in the world, Stand Up Paddleboarding. Or hire a classic Morgan convertible and discover the high-, and byways of the Cornish coast.

The Idle Rocks Restaurant offers a menu that focuses on locally sourced ingredients with dishes combining British cuisine with Far East influences and French cooking techniques. Enjoy a meal overlooking the waters’ edge.

In 1900 The Idle Rocks hotel was built where the St. Mawes Bakery used to be and opened its doors in 1913. During the 1930s, the property started presenting itself as a deluxe coastal hotel. At the end of WW II, the hotel closed its doors temporarily before being sold to a small hotel chain. In the 1960s, the boat slipway was removed, and the terrace extended along the hotel front.

The owners of the Lugger Hotel in Portloe purchased the Idle Rocks in 1976 and reopened it in 1978 after refurbishments. Richardson Hotels bought the Idle Rocks in 1988, a new extension wing was developed with six bedrooms, and the restaurant was refurbished. David and Karen Richards purchased the property in 2010, it reopened on July 1st, 2013, after a complete refurbishment.

Touring Guide
Staying at the Idle Rocks opens up a world of possibilities on your Private Tour of England. Visit the Trebah Gardens, a lush jungle of the sub-tropics or go to the Eden Project, a modern take on a botanical garden.
Under two hours away, you’ll find the vibrant town of St Ives with an abundance of galleries, sandy beaches and restaurants. Or get out of your comfort zone and go kitesurfing in Watergate Bay.

A seaside getaway

In the heart of St. Mawes

  • Bespoke Amenities
  • Award-winning Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Hire a Morgan
  • Waterside luxury

Help us make your trip exceptional

Our UK, EU and US office-based staff will listen to what you want to see and experience.

Whether you are a honeymoon couple, a family or a corporate incentive group, our team’s collective resources will be brought together to build the experience that’s right for you.

We will require your arrival and departure dates, details of your personal preferences and places that you would like to visit as well as the events you would like to experience.

We will then prepare a draft itinerary and send it to you by email for your approval. Once agreed, we will send you a Booking Confirmation with Personalised Itinerary and Information Pack via email.

Contact information

From the UK: +44(0)20 8669 3666

FREE from Canada or the USA: 1-888-472-1799