The St Mawes Hotel

St. Mawes, Cornwall

This cool seaside hotel goes out of its way to exercise your pleasure receptors - smart rooms, delicious food, even a cinema wait


7 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Head upstairs for the balcony – an unbeatable spot, even on a winter’s day. It’s all about sea air and estuary views at this small, laid-back hotel in the sailing village of St Mawes. The pavement tables at the front will please people watchers.

The harbour stands directly outside, so you can hire kayaks and explore the bay. There’s a castle to look around, a ferry to hop onto for shopping in Falmouth and the coastal path starts from the door for view-filled walks. Return to bedrooms with much goose down on the beds, some with sea views and others with sleeping platforms for older children.

Eat upstairs in the lounge where balcony windows open on balmy days, or downstairs in the bistro-bar where the fire burns. The ale is well kept and the food is versatile, with fresh seafood, small plates of mezze, and homemade stone-baked pizzas. On rainy days the private cinema is a boon for families – and the staff can ply you with popcorn.

Cosy sitting room at the hotel

We think you'll love

  • The setting and the views
  • How family-friendly it is
  • Being so close to the ferry and a sandy beach
Large double bedroom

Home truths

  • You may have to wait to be served at lunch – the food is deservedly popular
  • St Mawes gets very busy in the summer holidays


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Breakfast: continental included, full English £8. Lunch from £6.50. Dinner, 3 courses, £25-£30.


Nightly price
from £140
Damage deposit
The rate for 1 night
Minimum stay 2 nights at weekends. Cots/children in parents' room from £25.
7 Twin/doubles
From £140


Ate dinner there and enjoyed it hugely. Great atmosphere and pretty good food.

Alastair, Bristol

Nice bedroom with seaview and good ensuite facilities, excellent continental breakfast and very pleasant and helpful young staff.


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The neighbourhood

The little fishing village of St Mawes has drawn yachties and families for years. Classy boutiques, restaurants and galleries abound, but you can still watch the fishing boats come into harbour. Throughout the summer the hotel’s doors open to the street, inviting passers-by into the bustling bar where local musicians play twice weekly. This hotel is proud of being at the heart of the community.

Local points of interest from David & Karen Richards

  • St Just in Roseland Church is a very special 13th century Church, with a 6th Century Celtic heritage, in a unique waterside semi-tropical garden setting where you will be sure of a welcome.
  • St Mawes Beaches. Both Summer’s Beach and Tavern Beach are within a short walk of The Idle Rocks.A range of other beautiful sandy beaches, including Porthcurnick (with its Hidden Hut beach cafe) and Carne, are just a short drive or cycle ride.
  • Lamorran Gardens. The gardens are a ten minute walk from The Idle Rocks and are open on Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 5pm, during the months of April through to September.
  • St Mawes Castle. The castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses, and the most elaborately decorated of them all.
  • Place Ferry. From St Mawes you can pick up the Place Ferry that will take you over the water to Place Manor where you can pick up the Southwest Coastal Path. The little ferry runs from March to November, 7 days a week from 9am to 5.45pm.
  • Falmouth Ferry. The foot ferry journey from St Mawes to Falmouth is a pleasant run and makes for a good day out without having to use the car. The ferry runs between St Mawes Harbour and Falmouth every 30 minutes throughout the year.


David & Karen Richards

This is clever David and Karen Richards' second venture into the hotel world (they also own The Idle Rocks) and it's brilliantly executed. Karen's flair for design is evident and the service is on wheels. David is a classic car enthusiast, flies a helicopter and more recently has taken up sailing. Karen has chosen the art and sculpture around you, she also enjoys wild swimming. Both are keen St Mawes fans and support local community events. Their vision for both hotels was to create a wonderful experience for guests and to promote the village to a wider audience.