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Skipton named as one of the UK’s happiest places

It’s official: Skipton has once again been named as one of the happiest places to live in the UK! According to a survey carried out by Rightmove, Skipton has been ranked as number 4 in the Top 10 happiest places to live in the UK, with Hexham in the number one spot, Harrogate at number 2 and Richmond-upon-Thames at number 3.

Rightmove’s survey covered community spirit, whether residents felt safe, earned enough to live comfortably and whether the locals are friendly and polite. In addition, respondents were also asked questions about local amenities such as schools, shops, arts, culture, green spaces and sports facilities.

As regular readers of our blog will know, we’re incredibly proud of our location in Skipton and love nothing more than welcoming visitors to our fantastic town! Situated on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, surrounding by stunning countryside and boasting a fantastic range of shops, cafes pubs and restaurants, we’d definitely agree that Skipton really is a great place to live!

New Years Eve Gala Ball

See in the New Year at our legendary Gala Ball

New Year’s Eve entertainment at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton

Offering the ultimate way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style, our legendary Gala Ball promises to be a fantastic evening of party fun. Starting with a sparkling drinks reception, guests are then piped into our stunning Malham Ballroom for an extravagant six course banquet.

During your meal you’ll be able to enjoy a range of Movie Musical themed entertainment, guaranteed to get you into the party spirit. We’ll toast in the New Year to the chimes of Big Ben at midnight, accompanied by a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne. You’ll then have a chance to party the night away with our talented house DJ.

For full details of our New Year’s Eve Gala Ball, including the menu, prices, accommodation options and dress code, please see our website.

Contact us to book tickets

Tickets are selling fast so to make your reservation we recommend booking as soon as possible. Please contact Vanessa on 01756 700100 to find out more.

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Yorkshire weddings at the Rendezvous Hotel

Book your special day at one of Yorkshire’s leading wedding hotels

From small, intimate ceremonies through to large weddings with hundreds of guests, the Rendezvous Hotel is the perfect venue for weddings of all shapes and sizes! Lindsay, our highly experienced wedding co-ordinator, takes great pride in offering a bespoke and personal service, designed to ensure your day is as unique and special as you are. Why not get in touch and turn your dreams of a wedding in Yorkshire into reality?

Weddings with a difference

We know there are many wedding venues in Yorkshire but what sets us apart from the rest is our commitment to providing exceptional customer service and a warm, friendly welcome. We also know that all weddings are different and we’ll go the extra mile to ensure yours is everything you’ve dreamed of by taking care of those all-important details and personal touches.

We offer a range of wedding packages, designed to cover large ceremonies, civil ceremonies, small wedding receptions and more. Including everything from menu options, fresh flowers and table decorations, through to background music and our own Master of Ceremonies, we’ll work closely with you to ensure your big day runs smoothly.

Get in touch to start planning your dream wedding in Yorkshire

We’re already taking bookings for 2021 so if you’d like to find out more about our wedding packages, please download our wedding information pack or get in touch with Lindsay, our wedding co-ordinator, by calling 01756 700100.

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Further success for the Rendezvous at the Group Leisure & Travel Awards

We’re delighted to announce that the Rendezvous Hotel, the Yorkshire hotel by the canal, has been crowned the top independent hotel for groups in the UK.

The prestigious accolade was awarded at the Group Leisure & Travel Awards, a national awards scheme that recognises hoteliers, destinations, visitor attractions and other tourism suppliers that deliver first class customer service for group travel organisers.

We were the only privately owned, independent hotel to make it through as a finalist in the category for ‘Best Accommodation for Groups’, joining a six-strong shortlist featuring five major hotel chains, including Warner Leisure Hotels. The overall winner was West Country-based Daish’s Holidays that operates 10 hotels across the UK.

Malcolm Weaving, the owner of the Rendezvous Hotel, commented: “Making it through as a finalist in any awards scheme is always good news. However, to be the only privately-owned, independent hotel in the UK to make the list of finalists really does reflect the commitment from everyone at the Rendezvous to really deliver the very best customer service to the many groups who stay with us each year.”

This is the second success for the Rendezvous in 2019. In March we won the category for Accommodation Provider (Independent Hotels) at the British Coach Tourism Awards, an accolade we have won four times over the last six years.

“Whilst being successful in awards is great news for the hotel, it also brings benefits to the tourism economy of Skipton and north Yorkshire. Groups are able to take advantage of ‘The Real Yorkshire Experience’, a three or four-day short break that includes visits to many of the area’s best known visitor attractions. Our new all-electric restaurant and function boat ‘Graceful Swan’, which is due to be completed towards the end of this year, will be an added reason for groups to visit Skipton and should put us in a good position to win even more awards in 2020.”

Graceful swan will be the only 56 seater electric boat on the canals of Great Britain. This Eco-Friendly boat is in addition to our two electric car charging points and our renewable energy biomass boilers that heat the hot water systems in the hotel.

We are very proud to be doing our bit towards slowing down global warming and helping Craven District Council to achieve it’s ecological target by 2022. Simultaneously bringing more day visitors to add to our 43,000 plus people bed nights that we bring to the hotel each year to experience the delights of the town and the Yorkshire Dales.

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88 miles for 88 years – Jeffrey Long celebrates his 88th birthday with an 88 mile walk!

Most 88 year olds celebrate their birthday with a slice of cake and maybe a drink or two but Jeffrey Long, a great friend of the Rendezvous Hotel , has just completed an 88 mile walk to celebrate his 88th birthday! No stranger to long distance walking, Jeffrey undertook his 88 mile to raise money for the Lord Mayor of Bradford’s appeal, with funds donated going to Child Bereavement UK and the new ‘Pot of Gold Initiative.

Jeffrey is a retired paratrooper and started his annual charitable walks when was 75; raising money for The Royal British Legion by walking from London to Lausanne in Switzerland whilst carrying a 30kg backpack. Over the last few years he’s raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity and we couldn’t be more proud to know him – well done Jeffrey from your friends at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton!

For further information on Jeffrey’s 88 mile walk or to make a donation, please visit:

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