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Sid’s Ideas for a Romantic Winter Getaway

Cornwall’s one and only hotel concierge, Sid Williams of the Idle Rocks shares his ideas for a romantic winter getaway in St Mawes.

We all know that summer in Cornwall is a perfect location for a holiday, well known for its beaches, sailing and wonderful food. The winter season here in south Cornwall offers the chance to feel the real romance of the county. Daffodils are already out across the Roseland Peninsula and in February nearby gardens Trebah and Glendurgan are already beginning to show signs of spring. Out of season it is as quiet as a breeze, you can have a beach to yourself and walk for miles with just a few seagulls for company. Here are a few ideas for a romantic winter getaway.

Art Classes

St Mawes has a number of great galleries on its doorstep, and also offers the chance for expert tuition from local artists. Whether it’s a life drawing class, water colouring, or even an introduction to the potter’s wheel, there are a range of artisans available to help.

Art and Garden

Another way to enjoy the arts in Cornwall is via two wonderfully inspiring sculpture gardens. Tremenhere Gardens has a contemporary installation throughout its subtropical garden and panoramic views across Mounts Bay. Further north and nestled in an ancient Cornish village, Withiel Garden has been developed over 5 years by Lemon Street Gallery owner, Louise Jones. There is an eclectic mix of work on show among the gardens and woodland of this 17th century estate.  A unique space, it provides rich inspiration for anyone thinking of putting some art into their own garden, all the sculptures here are for sale.


From an hours amble along the coast to creek side church at St Just, or a days hike from St Anthony’s Head to Dodman Point, the winter months offer the chance to really feel the landscape. The Roseland Peninsula has some of the best coastline in the country, so our lounge and log fire is never too far away.


The surf over on the north coast is at its best this time of year, if you’re looking for adventure we can help even if it is February. Again, tuition is available and of course the waves are not as crowded as they are in August.


The Hall for Cornwall is just 30 minutes away, with touring shows from the West End, opera and national orchestras from across the world. If you prefer fringe shows and offbeat comedy The Poly in Falmouth always manages to surprise.

R and R

If you prefer your winter holidays inside the hotel, we offer packages that include treatments and massages from our local therapist Dawn. An expert in massage, this really is a great way to relax and feel the stress of everyday life just drain away. Call us for more details on how Dawn may be able to help you.

I look forward to welcoming you soon.

St Just in Roseland Circular Walk

One of our most favourite walks from the hotel, and St Mawes is the circular walk to St Just in Roseland, which can be enjoyed through the seasons.  It is 3 and half miles and takes about 2-3 hours to walk depending on how often you stop to take in the views.

You will enjoy stunning coastal views, across to Falmouth, up the Fal River and back up St Just Creek.  There are many points of interest to enjoy along the way, including St Mawes Castle, the disused water tank on stilts, St Just in Roseland Church, Bosloggas and the Percuil River.

The St Mawes Castle was built around the same time as Pendennis Castle between 1540-45 and its over riding task was to protect the Carrick Roads (Fal River) from invasion along with the larger more prominent Pendennis Castle in Falmouth.

The St Just in Roseland church is a very special 13th century church, set within sub tropical gardens on the site of a 6th century Celtic chapel.

South West Coast Path’s website detail the walk here

We hope you enjoy!

Tall Ships and Classic Yachts


Falmouth harbour hosts two of the most spectacular sailing events in the world during 2014, St Mawes offers a great vantage point to watch some of the most beautiful yachts in the world compete and visit the area.

The Pendennis Cup 27th-31st May

Founded in 2008 by the world renowned superyacht builders, Pendennis Shipyard, The Pendennis Cup is a unique opportunity to see classic and modern superyachts race off Falmouth Bay. With a wide range of yachts, this year looks like one of the most dramatic and closely fought regattas yet.

Tall Ships Regatta 28th-31st August

Up to 50 sail training vessels and a number of magnificent tall ships arrive in Falmouth on August 28th for 4 days of spectactular sailing and a packed programme of shore side events.

The large square rigged vessels will be berthed in Falmouth and will be open to the public for the three days preceding the race start, which will see training vessels and tall ships from around the world will take part in competitive racing over three days before heading off to Greenwich, London. Join us on our terrace for ringside seats for two of the most impressive events of the season.


St Mawes Classic Car Rally

St Mawes sometimes feels like you’ve stepped back in time and our car park recently had the appearance of a bygone age.

car imageThe St Mawes Classic Car Rally is all about discovering Cornwall at one’s ease with a small group of other classic owners who appreciate great food, spectacular scenery and the rather gentler pace of travel… just as it used to be.

The 2014 Winter Dinner Series

To celebrate our chef’s first season, we have put together a very special series of dinners starting this November. Nathan Outlaw, Alan Murchison and renown suppliers are joining up with Mark to present some memorable gastronomic events. Places are limited, so please call and book tickets in advance.

Thursday November 27th – An evening with Alan Murchison Head Chef of the Michelin starred L’Ortolan restaurant in Berkshire

Tickets £85 per head inclusive of wines

Alan Murchison has been at the helm of the widely acclaimed L’Ortolan restaurant since 2004 where he’s retained his Michelin star status and a reputation that goes from strength to strength

Alan comes to The Idle Rocks to showcase his talents and take you on a fascinating journey through his own culinary experiences and the best of British cuisine.

With perfectly paired wines from Jake Osborne at Bibendum Wines this is certain to be a very memorable evening.

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Thursday December 4th 2014 – An evening with Nathan Outlaw,

Awarded a total of Four Michelin Stars across his three restaurants.

Tickets £90 per head including wines

Nathan Outlaw is someone who needs no introduction. He has become one of the UK’s most recognised and significant chefs with multiple Michelin stars to his name. We are delighted for The Idle Rocks to host an evening of Nathan’s own food served alongside a bespoke choice of wines perfect for each course. Meet the man and experience his extraordinary talent.

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Thursday December 11th 2014 – A Celebration of Cornish fish with guest Rob Wing, from Wings of St Mawes

Ticket price £65 per head inclusive of wines

Rob is the well-known local fish merchant ‘Wings of St Mawes’. He will be directing the evening through a menu designed around his favourite Cornish catches. Talking about sustainable fishing methods and the merits of locally sourced produce – Rob is the perfect host for an evening celebrating Cornwall and all its local charm. Wines will be specially selected to complement each dish.

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Thursday December 18th 2014 – Christmas Lunch Master Class with Mark Apsey

Tickets £80 per head including Master Class, wines and lunch.

If the thought of preparing Christmas Lunch fills you with dread, we have a Master Class you should not miss out. Our very own Head Chef Mark Apsey will spend the morning with up to 12 guests demonstrating the Art of the perfect Christmas Lunch, from Turkey basting to Christmas pudding Mark will explain all the inside tips of the trade.

After all the hard work is complete everyone sits down at the chefs table to enjoy a relaxed lunch with a few glasses of festive cheer!


Join us and meet some of the legends of the culinary world, experience their cooking and enjoy a night in St Mawes. Please call 01326 270 270 0r to book a ticket.

Spooky News

Spooky News

So it seems our sister property, St Mawes Hotel, is planning quite a party on Friday 31st October – all welcome, so come and enjoy a night in the village. Prizes for best costume and a lot more fun besides, with live music and great food from our new team in the kitchens. Hope to see you there.


Good Hotel Guide 2015 Award

Along with the recent nomination from the Cornwall Tourism Award for Best Small Hotel, we also found out that The Good Hotel Guide 2015 had given us the Editor’s Choice Award for “Discovery” putting us on the map as a new arrival. Thank you to them and all who have supported us. An early Christmas present.


Cornwall Tourism Awards

We were absolutely delighted to discover that The Idle Rocks had been shortlisted for Best Small Hotel in the 2014 Cornwall Tourism Awards. Another accolade greatly welcomed and appreciated. Apparently 146 properties were looked at across the county, so we were obviously thrilled that such a revered organisation should hold us in high esteem. Hope to be announcing even more exciting news in November….



September in St. Mawes? Surely not…

St Mawes in September

As the Indian Summer continues, you will not believe how beautiful St. Mawes is right now. This taken in mid afternoon from our famous harbourside terrace. A few hours in the car, or just around the corner, come and join us; next event the wonderful sunset…

Working Boat


Following on from my last post, I’m pleased to say that our guest had a wonderful time onboard the working boat, Helen Mary. It’s hard work, but thanks to Kevin and his crew, everybody made a safe return to the bar at the St Mawes Hotel where refreshments were graciously accepted.

Helen Mary as viewed from our terrace… with a cooling drink.Helen MarySid


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