The Idle Rocks – St Mawes, Cornwall
Perched on the rocks in the fishing village of St Mawes, this is a gorgeous coastal escape which was voted the number one boutique hotel in Cornwall and is perfectly placed to explore some of the area’s most famous towns and landmarks (it’s a 20-minute ferry ride across the River Fal to Falmouth). The biggest of the 18 light, airy bedrooms (the Grand Seaview Rooms) have spectacular water views; others look out to the boats bobbing in the harbour or the quiet, cobbled streets of St Mawes, which was voted the number one coastal village in the UK. The Reef Knot Retreat treatment room is tucked away on the top floor for relaxing Aromatherapy Associates massages and facials; there’s a hidden cinema with comfy chairs for dinner and movie nights; and a must-visit restaurant, which is led by Executive Head Chef Dorian Janmaat. Here, the menu is based around local produce and suppliers, so expect plenty of fresh fish in dishes such as trout tartare with sushi rice and wasabi crème or salted cured cod with lentils and salsa verde. For the classic Cornish experience, don’t miss a cream tea with sparkling wine in the lounge either.
Doubles from £260
+44 (0)1326 270270; idlerocks.com
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