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“Should be re-named the Idyllic Rocks”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Idle Rocks

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The Idle Rocks
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in St Mawes
Certificate of Excellence
Falmouth, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Should be re-named the Idyllic Rocks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Three visits so far but only for lunch and dinner, all 3 meals near faultless. Wonderful waterside views and setting - the Terrace keeps you away from the hustle bustle of St Mawes in High Summer, but if you want the town, it's just a few moments walk away. Can't comment on the overnight experience but one relative booked in for their wedding anniversary and spoke very highly of the service they received and the comfort of the rooms. For an opinion on the wine list, see my Master of Wine qualified sister-in-law "Ichoosethewine" 5 star review elsewhere on TA. Almost impossible to believe that the interior decor was put together by the owner's wife, better results than so many high end interior design firms achieve.

Noted that others have marked down their trip adviser score on patchy service but this can happen anywhere, our last 2 meals at the otherwise excellent Tresanton were marked by a wrong order for one of our party 1st time around and then one course completely forgotten at the next visit! Meaning the "victim" had to wait and watch the rest of us eat while their meal as then cooked and we all had to wait for her to catch up. St Mawes spoilt for eating and accommodation, don't ignore the Rising Sun either, that's a great place for a cheaper meal.

Idle Rocks: Please sort out a visitor mooring for your guests who arrive by boat from Falmouth! (Ferry stops running too early) Anchoring off in the dark is such a pain.

Room Tip: The end bedroom opp Place has fine views and little noise. As for an FM radio! (The DAB is very patc...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

My elderly mother and myself stayed for a few days recently at the new recently refurbished Idle Rocks. Upon entering on the first day to our departure we were treated exceptionally. All of the staff were very attentive, polite, courteous and nothing was too much trouble. We are regular visitors to St Mawes and often call in for drinks and we have to say that the refurbishment is absolutely first class. The decor and ambience is very relaxing and the background music is soothing. We had a juliette balcony room which was just stunning, aside from the fabulous views which you have from almost everywhere you are seated in the hotel, the style and decor is just beautiful. It was a very spacious room with a gorgeous bathroom and every facility you would expect in a hotel of this standard.
We would definitely recommend the Idle Rocks and look forward to returning in the near future.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

It was the perfect sunny Autumn day for taking tea on the terrace and watching the boats and the world go by. The cream tea was lovely, the service pleasant and the atmosphere just wonderful. We wandered around the lounge and restaurant areas before leaving and the decor is exceptional with a nautical, seadrift theme. If we visit the area again, would love to stay here and soak up the village, the waterfront and this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Having visited St Mawes a few times in recent years it was great to see that the Idle Rocks has been brought up to the standard that its fantastic position deserves. We visited for drinks, lunch and dinner and found the food excellent and service good. It will no doubt take a bit of time to fully gel a new team but the signs of a great hotel are there in the making.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

I really like Idle Rocks it's such a beautiful building, I also really like the location and the views. I would recommend you to try the muscles that is one of my favorites meals to have. I also like the lighting in the bar and restaurant. The service is great, the waitresses are polite and on task.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

The recent major refurbishment has transformed this property and the hotel now presents a serious alternative to Hotel Tresanton just up the road which was the only real upmarket property in town until Idle Rocks reopened this summer. Idle Rocks has probably the best location in St Mawes being actually adjacent to the sea rather than across the road, which is the case elsewhere. The new décor is fresh and clean and very “seaside” with bright fresh colours, but with great style. Most of the rooms are harbourside and all these rooms have magnificent sea views. However please note none of the rooms at Idle Rocks are very big given the buildings history and constraints. However how much time do you spend in a hotel room anyway? It may be worthwhile looking at the rooms that face the village as they are considerably cheaper (well relatively speaking as this is not a cheap hotel!). The room called “Hideaway” also has quite a lot of space plus a dressing area and a very large bathroom but no sea view. If that doesn’t bother you it would be an excellent alternative choice and considerably cheaper. All the public areas (lounge, bar and restaurant) have the fantastic view in any case. You also understandably pay a premium for the sea facing rooms. On warm days you can take meals including breakfast and afternoon tea and evening drinks out on the sea terrace which has simply stunning views.
In the rooms they have fitted very comfortable Hypnos beds and there are also lots of delightful little touches such as being escorted to the room and able to check in to your room by way of their IPad system so no hanging around in reception on arrival.
Our room not only had Tea making facilities but also a Nespresso Coffee machine, an in-room safe and a mini bar (not all do so due to size issues, I would advise you check when booking if these are important to you). Lots of hanging space with good sized proper coathangers – again I guess they presume their guests aren’t planning to steal them anyway! Loads of plentiful different teas to choose from with fresh milk in the fridge and also complimentary chilled filtered water that is also replenished at the excellent turndown service each evening.
The bathrooms are well appointed with nice big fluffy bathsheets and plenty of towels. Aromatherapy Associates toiletries are also plentiful and again in generous packs. Beware some rooms only have showers (albeit excellent rainforest ones). However again The Hideaway has both large bath and a separate walk in rainforest shower.
Other little touches include Roberts Radios, Flatscreen TVs, Sugar in mini kilner jars. Good fast wifi in both the rooms and public areas at no extra cost (hooray!!).
Breakfast is available pretty much anytime so don’t worry about coming down late and the breakfast buffet offers a splendid range of products, fresh fruits and fresh juices beautifully presented. The wide selection of hot dishes is cooked to order so is actually fresh…and hot...and delicious. Excellent coffee and teas and breads and jams and marmalades are also served in their little mini kilner jars.
Dinner in the restaurant was also of excellent quality, though the service, whilst very friendly and polite, was rather on the slow side, but guess that is just a teething issue that will soon be sorted out by Josie Simcox, the excellent General Manager, who is constantly buzzing around looking after guests assisted by Wendy Watts and their small team of charming staff. All in all a terrific experience and well worth trying.

Room Tip: The room called "Hideaway" doesnt have the sea view but it more than makes up by being muc...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

Hardly ever dined in the old Idle Rocks ... couldn't stand the carpet. We had high hopes of the smartly refurbished new one, and indeed it is a huge improvement. Their top attribute remains the divine location, literally at water's edge, and unbeatable in St. Mawes. However, they have a long, long way to go before reaching the standards of The Tresanton. Our waitress was sweet but embarrassed when we chose "Small bites" .... "They are very, very small" ... she warned. So I chose Idle Rocks Salad (£10). "Would you like chips or new potatoes?" Strange with salad, I thought, but I chose new potatoes, which turned out to be £4 extra. I thought the signature salad must be good ... but it was just designer lettuce, a tiny bit of pickled vegetables, and some weeny shavings of goat's curd. Pathetic. The attitude seems to be "How little can we give?" instead of "How can we please our guests?" I would have happily paid more for something good.
Management should take a leaf out of The Tresanton book; they are professionals and show true generousity of spirit, concern for the happiness of the guest, and expert friendly service. It takes more than a sleek decor to win customer loyalty.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Idle Rocks
Address: Harbourside, St Mawes TR2 5AN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Roseland Peninsula > St Mawes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in St Mawes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Idle Rocks has the most enviable location in St Mawes, overlooking the harbour with views across the River Fal to Falmouth. Our 19 bedrooms, most with stunning vistas over the bay, have been thoughtfully designed, each having their own unique identity with fabulous fabrics and decor that leave you in no doubt that you are by the sea. After a long day lazing on the beach, our south facing terrace is the perfect place to relax, have a long drink, and watch the world go by. You may even see your dinner being landed on the harbourside.The Idle Rock's restaurant, run by our head chef, Guy Owen, is a celebration of Cornwall; showcasing a range of fabulous produce that has been sourced locally using only seasonal fresh ingredients. In many cases it will have been swimming right on our doorstep only a few hours earlier and while the food is of the very highest standard our setting is very relaxed. ... more   less 
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