Owned and operated by the award-winning Rendezvous Hotel, and demonstrating an investment of more than £600,000, Graceful Swan is the first all- electric powered dining boat of its kind on the canals of Great Britain.
Graceful Swan is fully heated for all-year-round use, has a bar and toilets, and wheelchair access. Large double-glazed windows and a headroom of nearly seven feet (two metres) offers a spacious interior
Diners and other guests embark and disembark from the mooring point outside Rendezvous Hotel.
Floodlights are fitted to the roof to illuminate the vista of the canal banks for evening cruises. Food is freshly cooked in the hotel’s own kitchen and brought aboard to be prepared in a purpose-built galley at the rear of the boat.
Graceful Swan has been built to strict Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) regulations and has been approved to operate on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal by the Canal and River Trust. All crew are accredited by the MCA. The cabin crew and bar staff are members of the Rendezvous Hotel staff.
Malcolm and Karen Weaving, The Rendezvous Hotel
The launch of the new boat is a culmination of a long-held wish by the owner of the Rendezvous Hotel, Malcolm Weaving.
“In 2018 we introduced a new dinner cruise option for our guests using a boat from a local supplier,” he says. “This proved extremely popular, giving our guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing cruise and good food along the tranquil Leeds and Liverpool Canal. However, I have always been keen to have a boat of my own that we could use both for dining and for functions. Over recent years we’ve been developing the hotel’s eco-friendly credentials, including the introduction of a biomass heating system and electric car-charging points. It was therefore extremely important to me that this newest member of the Rendezvous family was electric. Graceful Swan is the first of its kind in the UK, offering a wonderfully peaceful, serene and tranquil way to see more of the wonderful scenery in this part of Yorkshire. We look forward to welcoming you on board very soon.”
The Rendezvous Hotel is located a mile to the south of the historic market town of Skipton in North Yorkshire. The hotel has 96 bedrooms and two, comfortable lounges, giving plenty of space to relax. There’s also a leisure club and swimming pool, and one of the largest hotel ballrooms in the north of England, ideal for hosting special events. The location makes it an ideal base from which to explore Skipton, the Yorkshire Dales, Haworth and Bronte Country, Saltaire and Harrogate.