After breakfast, mum and I decided to go for a wander around the idyllic village of St Mawes. It was a truly beautiful day and there was much to be explored!
Our first stop was to a wonderful boutique shop called Onda which, if you are in the area, I could not recommend that you visit more highly. The tiny shop is filled with one-off trinkets and beachside cool apparel (they had the most awesome canvas espadrilles when we went but, sadly, none left in my size).
Then, we couldn’t help but snoop around the other of David & Karen’s hotels, The St Mawes Hotel, which is a real hub for the village, locals & tourists alike.
Upstairs provides a tranquil haven. The décor is incredibly homely and it’s almost impossible to resist sinking yourself on to the inviting sofas and picking up a magazine.
I love all the quirky knick-knacks and personal touches around the room.
For me, it’s such a happy space, and would lift my spirit no matter the season – I can definitely visualize myself wrapped up under a blanket by the fireplace during winter, clasping a cup of hot chocolate with my nose in a good book!
Whilst, during summer, the huge, open French doors fill the room with the sea breeze.
The small, cute, white balconies practically scream for you to come outside and enjoy a coffee or glass of wine in the sun, whilst gleefully observing the unsuspecting passers-by below.
Successful snoop over, we made our way back towards The Idle Rocks. We wandered through the village, taking stock of the pretty & the unusual homes along the way.
Back at The Idle Rocks, mum and I felt that we’d earnt a cappuccino in the sun, and happily took two seats beside the calming sea.
I don’t know if I’ve ever enjoyed a coffee in a more serene spot. And, back to the Richards’ amazing attention to detail, just check out the chocolate dusting on this beaut (it’s the hotel logo, by the way).
With rumbling tummies and other guests finally rolling in, we made a beeline for a table for lunch, and began to look over the (daily-changing) menu.
But we didn’t get much of a chance to choose our dishes, as the Restaurant Manager appeared out of nowhere with a far more distracting item.
As for food, as much as it pained me at the time, knowing the kind of feasting weekend that we were in for I chose the ‘Salad of the Week’ (£11.00), which was essentially a posh & delicious take on a Caesar salad.
Whilst mum went for the ‘Cornish Crab Salad, Grapefruit, Apple, Rock Samphire’ (£14.00). Light & fresh.
However, we were on holiday, so a side of ‘Chips’ (£4.00) didn’t go amiss! And I must tell you that they were damn good. It was crystal clear from the first crisp, fluffy bite that The Idle Rocks is on top of their chip game, unlike City Social and Northbank.
So good, in fact, that you might have to fend off some unwelcomed chip enthusiasts.
Don’t worry, I’m not into sharing.
Petit fours and coffees made the rounds, although, personally, I was more than happy to stick with rosé.
We whiled away the afternoon in our perfect sunny spot until it was time to get ready for dinner, supposedly the first real ‘event’ of our big weekend (would you believe…).