Lounge, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Roberts radio, minibar, tea- and coffee- making facilities, Aromatherapy Associates toiletries.
It may not have sea views but, tucked beneath the hotel’s eaves, the Hideaway makes a romantic retreat with its king-size bed, vintage mirrors and spacious dressing area leading to a light-filled bathroom with a roll-top bath. Grand Sea View Rooms are the biggest, with French floor-to-ceiling windows opening out to tranquil harbour views; one even has a freestanding bath in the bedroom. All put a fresh, individual twist on nautical chic, with crisp linens, floral patterns in blue and white, brightly upholstered sofas and a scattering of sea shells and porthole mirrors.
Don't forget your water shoes: the rocky beach can be a bit tricky to navigate.
Swap cigarettes for fresh sea air: there’s no smoking in or around the hotel. The hotel’s public areas are wheelchair-friendly (the main building has a disabled toilet); Grand Sea View Room 17 has a ramped entrance.
Welcome. Cots (£10 a night) can be added to most rooms; some have a sofa bed (£30 a night) for under-16s.
Village Twin Room 11 has adorable white iron beds perfect for older children. The Seaview Family Room has a separate bunk bedroom for the kids, which even has its own TV. Grand Seaview Rooms are the biggest; two of them are equipped with a sofa bed.
Rent paddle-boards or kayaks to meander up St Mawes’ rivers and creeks; if you’re after a more energetic workout, the concierge Sid can book you a spot on the local tennis courts. Inside, the children’s playroom makes the perfect snug to hide away from bad weather and is equipped with toys, a large flatscreen TV and a saloon-themed toilet.
There’s no pool, but the hotel is within steps of a tidal beach. Rocky areas make it ideal for crabbing and rock-pool exploring, and there’s a sandy stretch for swimming, too.
Children are welcome in the restaurant and bar until 7pm; high chairs are available at lunchtime and a special high tea is served for them from 5.30pm around the chef’s table. They can pick from the menu of home-make kid-pleasing staples such as chicken burgers, fish goujons or pasta with fresh tomato sauce; if they’re feeling adventurous, they can hand over their catch of the day for the chef to cook up.
Local qualified babysitters are available for £10 an hour (minimum three hours); book five days in advance.
No need to pack
Highchairs, baby monitors, cots, craft materials, bucket and spades, crab lines and net. The children’s playroom toilet is equipped with a changing mat, as well as nappies and creams that come in handy in a pinch.
The Idle Rocks offers a baby-listening service that extends throughout the hotel. Staff can also set up a camera in your room so you can enjoy child-free evenings while keeping an eye on your sleeping tots from a supplied iPad. Buggies aren’t allowed in the hotel’s public areas (including the terrace), but there’s a storage area just by reception.