Experiences at The Idle Rocks Hotel, St Mawes

Discover the Lost Gardens

Available in May & June and October & November

Twenty-five years ago Heligan’s historic gardens were unknown and unseen, lost under a tangle of weeds. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, The Lost Gardens have been brought back to life in pride of place among the finest gardens in Cornwall. You can experience a personal tour with one of Heligan’s Head Gardeners and the exclusive opportunity to pick your own heritage vegetables direct from the soil of ‘Britain’s Finest Productive Garden’. Bring your bounty back to our award-winning kitchen for our Head Chef to prepare and sit down to a delicious meal inspired by your day at The Lost Gardens.

The Jewel of the Fal

Select Saturdays between October & March / Weather permitting

You and your partner can join our local oysterman, James, for a morning harvesting Cornish oysters along the River Fal, followed by oysters and sparkling Cornish wine on the wonderful terrace at The Idle Rocks. The Fal is a beautiful river which gently meanders its way through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stretching from Truro to Falmouth and encompassing the unspoilt beauty of the Roseland Peninsula.

A Taste of Cornwall

Available between April - September / Weather permitting

You and your partner can join our local fisherman, James, for a fishing trip to catch your supper. On your return our award winning Head Chef will teach you how to prepare your catch, before sitting down to a seafood dinner for two with a bottle of Trevibban Mill Cornish wine.

Cornish Vineyard Experience

Available on Wednesdays, between March – June

Tucked away down a Campion-lined Cornish lane, Trevibban Mill is an international, award winning organic vineyard and winery only a stone’s throw from the picturesque harbour town of Padstow. You and your partner can enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way to Trevibban Mill, where you will be greeted and taken on a guided tour around this stunning vineyard, followed by a tasting of their organic wines.

Terms and Conditions

Booking needs to be made in advance of your stay and will be available on selected dates throughout the year.