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Huge waves smash through windows of luxury hotel in St Mawes

By WBMiles  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

  • The storm surge smashed through windows at the Idle Rocks hotel in St Mawes. Picture by Mike Garside.

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A luxury boutique hotel on the south coast of Cornwall has taken a battering in the latest storm to hit the county.

The massive waves that assaulted the coast in this morning’s high tide smashed through windows at the Idle Rocks in St Mawes.

Flood damage has been caused throughout the 20-room hotel which was completely refurbished last year.

Mark Apsey was on his first morning as head chef at the hotel when the storm hit at approximately 7am. The hotel was due to re-open on Friday after a winter break but that date has now been put back.

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Tim House, hotel director, said: “Waves battered the hotel and broke through terrace windows, causing flood damage throughout.

“It will delay re-opening by a week or so, but with all hands on deck, literally, we will get there.”

The hotel was bought by David Richards, chairman of the Aston Martin sports car company. He and his wife Karen invested £2 million in refurbishing the hotel ahead of its relaunch in July last year.

The head chef is looking to hire staff in the kitchen and for front of house and anybody interested should get in touch.

John Howard from st Mawes Sailing Club took a photograph of the harbour which showed how the high spring tide had come in over the harbour.

He said: “Lloyds Bank had water through the front door. There was a car parked up outside Barclays that ended up parked across the road. It was fairly rough.”

Angie Green from St Mawes said the flooding was the worst she had seen in 27 years in the village.

She said: “It’s the sheer power of the tidal surge that was unusual.

“There was lots of debris in the harbour and the fishermen and a few other helpers have been clearing everything away.”

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