Mum and I woke up to the sound of seagulls and waves lapping against the shore. The sounds of holiday. We had a big long stretch and proper chinwag in our amazingly comfy bed, before drawing the curtains and being smacked in the face by the most glorious view.

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Like, seriously. I had to pinch myself that we were still in England. Especially when I saw this brave old lady going for a morning swim in the freezing water – major inspiration!

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We scrubbed ourselves sparkly clean in the lavish bathroom and made our way downstairs to breakfast. But not before I’d finished going snap happy with every charming corner of The Idle Rocks.

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The reception area is so laid-back and welcoming, just like its lovely owners (and our hosts for the weekend), David & Karen Richards.

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Karen designed every last nook & cranny of the hotel herself – no interior designers here! I personally think that’s so awesome, and an absolute credit to Karen’s taste. I mean, is that ^ not the coolest, most inventive, beach-appropriate lampshade that you’ve ever seen? It also makes the hotel feel like a home away from home, versus a stiff, well-decorated space.

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Since opening the hotel, Karen has started collecting antique swimsuits to adorn the walls.

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The lounge is spacious & stunning, with a vibrant blue & white seaside theme.

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At the end of the room, there is a cosy area sectioned off by a table over-spilling with the largest bouquet of white lilies that I have ever seen.

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Plush seating and a stunning fireplace surrounded by heaving bookshelves makes for a very homely spot to enjoy a cuppa & a biccie.

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But, for me, what really sets this hotel apart from any other, is the personal touches that can be seen everywhere. As much as it is a hotel, it is also David & Karen’s baby, and nowhere is that more evident than in this little corner of the lounge, with family photographs lining the mantelpiece, and a glass coffee table littered with personal titbits, including this beautiful gift of driftwood with a silvered The Idle Rocks knot logo from some close friends:

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Venturing back into the main dining room, the first thing that strikes you is a table filled with beautiful orchids of varying heights.

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Followed by a huge, stylish open bar (stocked with the ingredients to make every conceivable cocktail, I can assure you).

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The décor and colours of the dining room manage to merge homely comforts and luxury into one.

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The huge French doors allow you to enjoy the thrills of the seaside come rain or shine. But, of course, are particularly enjoyable during the height of summer, filling the room with the airiness & light, smells & sounds, so unique to being beside the sea.

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On to breakfast. If The Idle Rocks hasn’t already won your heart, just wait till you see the morning spread that they put on – they certainly know how to do breakfast!

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A ‘buffet-style’ table overflows with all sorts of healthy & delicious treats. My favourite part, though, was the wooden crate filled with fresh fruit & veg, from which you pick the ingredients that you wish to make a juice or smoothie from, complete with a selection of Organic Burst superfoods that you can add in. Talk about being on trend!

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Although, for those less adventurous, the staple freshly squeezed juices can be found right beside.

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As well as jars of nuts, seeds & dried fruit.

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Cereals, homemade! granola bars, organic yoghurt & fresh berries.

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Thick, proper cream cheese & the finest smoked salmon sit on ice.

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There are cold cuts & cheeses, for those more continentally inclined.

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Freshly baked bread & pastries, accompanied by individual pots of marmalade & jam.

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Vibrant grapefruits and accompaniments, and a fresh fruit basket, complete the table menu.

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But that’s not all, as I haven’t even mentioned the kitchen menu… pancakes, kippers, eggs royale, porridge, and the ‘full Cornish’… the list goes on.

And then there’s the view.

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I can’t imagine anywhere in the world where I’d rather eat breakfast, or could ask for a better spread. Especially so when my green juice arrived.

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I kept things simple & light with a bowl of organic yoghurt, topped with fresh berries, pumpkin seeds, and chunks of homemade granola bar.

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I can’t even tell you how good the granola bar was – I need the recipe. Mum went for a protein fuel of beautifully presented scrambled eggs & smoked salmon, finished with a sweetener of various petite pastries.

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We sat back and enjoyed the warmth of the sun on our skin, relishing every moment of the (fleeting!) British summer.