Feeling a little worse for wear after the boozy Burger & Lobster dinner the night before, mum & I embarked on a good ol’ hangover cure of feasting on all of the yummy breakfast options on offer at The Idle Rocks hotel, which we had already tried & tested the morning before. After another snoop around the village, all of the guests gathered by the dock to climb aboard a boat that was to take us to our ‘secret lunch location’, which wasn’t so secret for mum & I, since we had had the extreme honour of checking it out whilst flying a la David’s helicopter to stunning St Mawes.

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All aboard, we pulled away from shore and began to sail the high seas.

Nothing cures a hangover like hair of the dog, right? With champagne popping and canapés flowing, we decided to just get stuck right in.

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We all relaxed, enjoying the sunshine and warm sea breeze, whilst our Captain had fun disturbing the boats taking part in the Working Boat World Championships, which I told you about the night before.

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How stunning is this lighthouse, framed perfectly by the natural light?

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And then we spotted David, the tell-tale sign that we had arrived at our destination.

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A rather spectacular setting for a spot of lunch.

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As we drew closer to the beach it became blindingly obvious that this wasn’t going to be my usual picnic blanket – cooler box – paper plate – beach BBQ.

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A long table had been laid with a white tablecloth and decorative stripe, proper crockery and glassware had been set up, and red flowers in matching red buckets used as fun centrepieces.

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A makeshift changing room had been built and painted in the red & white theme, complete with its very own skeleton guards to discourage any peeping Tom’s.

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Deck chairs and blankets were on hand to prevent sandy bottoms.

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A volleyball net had even been erected for the more active amongst the crowd.

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A beautifully arranged bonfire had been lit.

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Staff with snacks and free-flowing rosé welcomed us ashore.

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And some serious BBQ’ing was in full swing.

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As I’m sure you can imagine, it didn’t take long for the sounds of busy chatter & laughter to reverberate around our little, private cliff space.

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Serious hats off to these two ^ for pulling off such an awesome beach party.

Even the dog was having a whale of a time, digging for treasure!

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Oh, and in case you’re wondering, David & Karen hadn’t forgotten about music…

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With the men on meat calling us to attention, we formed an orderly queue and piled our plates high with the delicious assortment on offer.

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Not the worst dining view imaginable:

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I’d never had squid or monkfish on the barbie before, and simply could not get enough of it.

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Everyone tucked in and helped themselves to seconds (and maybe thirds…).

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We all stayed seated sipping rosé in the sunshine for God knows how long, with nowhere to be (or go!), truly embracing a rare break from our fast-paced world and the relentless demands of technology. It was complete and utter bliss.

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And, as if the day could possibly have gotten any better, a pot of deliciously creamy, sweet, tangy lemon posset with biscuit crumb and fresh raspberries, was placed under my nose.

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Some chose to burn off the calories, but my mother always told me not to exercise on a full stomach…

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All too soon it was time to head back.

We docked and offloaded, and it was as if I was arriving in St Mawes for the first time all over again – I was once more stunned by how beautiful this small corner of England is!

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Naturally, The Idle Rocks staff were ready & waiting with glasses of champagne to welcome us back on to dry land.

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We ambled slowly back to the hotel, all the while taking in our stunning surroundings.

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And then had to get a real shift on, as the big party and main event of the whole weekend was due to ensue only an hour later!