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We’ve won our second accolade for 2016
Following our win on 16th March when Rendezvous Hotel was voted the best individual hotel in Great Britain for accommodation by the Coach Tour Operators. On Friday 3rd June Karen & Malcolm Weaving attended the 2016 Group Travel Awards evening at the Park Plaza Hotel, London & were delighted to receive the award for “The Best Individual Hotel for Groups” runner up in the whole of Great Britain. “Since the winner was a hotel in Wales that makes The Rendezvous the best individual hotel for groups in England, Scotland & Ireland.” Says Malcolm proudly. The awards are testament to the courtesy & professional informality of our team coupled with the popular market town of Skipton being the Gateway to the Dales. So, thank you Skipton for helping us win this award.
These awards were presented by the well known stand up comedian, writer & actor Christopher Biggins, who when Karen & Malcolm spoke to him after the formalities he did say he would take us up on our invitation to stay a couple of nights at the Rendezvous because he knew & liked Skipton, not surprisingly when he was born in Oldham.
We are lucky to have our hotel only a mile from Skipton centre because Skipton has helped us to bring just over 40,000 bed nights with an average stay of 2.5 nights which equates to approx 16,000 people seeing Skipton & the majority going back home & giving Skipton praise.
Afternoon tea at the Rendezvous
Summers here and although the sun isn’t shining all the time (we hate to admit it but it does rain occasionally in Yorkshire!) what better treat could there be than a delicious afternoon tea?
Designed to tempt the taste buds, our legendary afternoon tea includes all your favourite treats, from delicious delicate sandwiches, through to mouth-watering home-made scones and cakes. It goes without saying that our afternoon tea is served with a pot of tea but for an extra treat why not treat yourself to a glass of cool crisp prosecco?
Afternoon tea at the Rendezvous is available in our Baby Swan restaurant which enjoys a stunning location on canal side of the picturesque Skipton Canal. Boasting gorgeous views across stunning Yorkshire countryside, our Baby Swan restaurant really is a room with a view! With lots of wildlife to keep you entertained whilst you dine – including our swans and, depending on the time of year, a brood or two of signets – you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the view.
We’re incredibly proud of our restaurant which has earned a reputation for offering delicious, home-cooked food, made from locally sourced ingredients where possible. We believe that it’s important to support local suppliers and that really fresh produce tastes absolutely fantastic.
So whether you’re looking for a delicious treat for someone special or simply enjoy nothing better than a mouth-watering tea and cake surrounded by beautiful countryside, why not book an afternoon tea here at the Rendezvous Hotel?
Afternoon tea at the Rendezvous is available from Sunday through to Thursday and booking is essential. For more information or to make a reservation, why not contact our friendly team on 01756 700 100?
Have you got something to celebrate?
As a family run hotel we understand how fantastic it can be to get everyone together and whether you’ve got a big birthday on the horizon or a planning a special christening celebration to welcome a new arrival into the family, you’ll find that there’s nothing we love more than planning a party!
We devote a great deal of time and energy into every celebration we plan and regardless of whether you’re thinking of a small, intimate get-together or have something large-scale in mind, we’ll work hard to ensure everything is perfect.
We have a team of highly experienced Managers who are dedicated to providing the highest standards of personal service and attention. Our team have helped our guests plan everything from dinner dances and gala dinners, through to birthday parties, baby showers, christenings and school reunions.
Here at the Rendezvous we have a selection of superb function rooms available and our VIP Balconied Ballroom is pretty hard to beat if you’re looking for a stunning large-scale space to hold a party or function. With enough space to cater for up to 400 guests, a VIP indoor balcony, outside balcony and flexible staging, our ballroom is the perfect venue for larger celebrations.
Our Wharfedale Suite and Winterburn Suite are both smaller rooms, large enough to cater for up to 120 people each, making either room the ideal venue for family functions such as wedding anniversaries, christenings or birthday parties. Each room even boasts its own private bar – perfect for getting the party going!
The Old Nursery Suite might be smaller but we think it’s perfectly formed and is a wonderful room in which to hold a smaller family-get together or a baby shower, with plenty of space to cater from 4 to 20 guests.
We believe that it’s those all-important finishing touches which can transform a celebration and all of our function rooms include the following as required: red carpet, host for the event to act as MC, co-ordinating table line and special accommodation rates for you and your guests. For an additional fee we can also provide chair covers, sashes, table centres and the services of our resident DJ.
If you’ve got something to celebrate we’d love to hear from you! We’re ready and waiting to take your call so if you would like to find out more, why not get in touch with our friendly team on 01756 700100?
Half-term fun for the whole family
The half term holiday is just around the corner and there’s so much to do in and around Skipton during this week that it’s hard to know where to begin!
A whole host of events are on offer with something for all the family – from farming fun at Thornton Hall Farm Park, through to Skipton Beer Festival, there’s more than enough on offer to entertain the whole family.
The Bank Holiday weekend sees Skipton Castle recreate a medieval campsite within the grounds, offering a great opportunity to journey back into the past to find out what life was like during the Wars of the Roses and to watch a garrison demonstrate their arms and armour. This event will run from Saturday 28th May through to Monday 30th May.
Thornton Hall Farm Park will be hold a special ‘Pony World’ weekend over the Bank Holiday, thanks to their special guests Leopald Equestrian and their term of performing horses and ponies. Perfect for all the family, as well as pony rides Thornton Hall will also be offering all the usual fun on the farm, including animal feeding and egg collecting. Other half term events at Thornton Hall include a circus skills day on Tuesday 31st May and a visit by some very special birds of prey on Wednesday 1st June.
The 10th Skipton Beer Festival will run from Thursday 2nd June to Saturday 4th June and will offer the opportunity to sample around 70 British ales, along with cider, English wines and bottled foreign beers. Skipton Beer Festival is held at Ermysted’s Grammar School and is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale.
Sunday 5th June promises to be a very busy day in Skipton, thanks to the Le Petit Depart cycle race and Skipton Car Show. Following much for the Stage 1 route of the Tour de France 2014, Le Petit Depart incorporates some of the very best cycling that the Yorkshire Dales has to offer. This events starts from Skipton town centre and includes two stunning routes designed to suit cyclists of all abilities.
Skipton Car Show will be held on Skipton High Street and will showcase a wide range of retro, classic, hot rod, vintage and American cars in this free show. A wonderful opportunity to view a collection of iconic motors and bikes, Skipton Car Show makes a great day out for the whole family.
For further details of all these events, please visit the Welcome to Skipton website for further information.
We think Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales are the perfect destinations for a short break or holiday the whole family will enjoy and what better place to stay than here at the Rendezvous Hotel? We offer a wide range of family-friendly accommodation, from family rooms through to serviced apartments. To find out more or to make a booking, why not get in touch with our Reservations team?
Planning a Yorkshire Dales wedding?
The Yorkshire Dales makes a wonderful venue for a wedding and if you’ve always dreamt of getting married surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside that the UK has to offer, we think the Rendezvous Hotel is pretty hard to beat.
There are countless hotels and wedding venues throughout Yorkshire and the Dales but we believe that it’s our personal, bespoke service that makes us stand out from the rest. We know that every couple is unique and by choosing the Rendezvous for your wedding, we’ll go the extra mile to ensure your wedding day is truly memorable and the one you’ve always dreamt of.
Bespoke weddings in the Yorkshire Dales
We’re able to offer brides a wide range of different options which can be tailor made to create the perfect day and although the Rendezvous is a fairly large hotel, we believe in offering a highly personal, friendly service. Our bespoke wedding service is specially designed to help you plan and create your perfect wedding and our experienced, hard-working team will be on hand every step of the way.
We have two fully licensed function suites and Civil Ceremonies can be held in either our gorgeous conservatory which looks out over the canal across to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, or our Baby Swan Conservatory which also boasts delightful views. The perfect backdrop for intimate or large weddings, our weddings suites really do make the perfect venue for an unforgettable day.
Beautiful wedding photos – whatever the weather
We have to be honest and admit that the sun doesn’t always shine in Yorkshire but if the weather on your big day is less than perfect, we have the perfect solution. Our stunning double-sided staircase makes a memorable backdrop for your photos, whilst our canal-side setting is simply stunning should the clouds part and the sun come out.
It’s all in the detail
Planning the perfect Yorkshire Dales wedding is all in the detail and by choosing the Rendezvous, you’ll be able to choose from a range of mouth-watering wedding breakfast menus, with options to suit all tastes and budgets. From small weddings with just a handful of guests, through to guest lists which run into the hundreds, our experienced chefs have the expertise to create delicious themed menus.
Once you and your guests have enjoyed a delicious wedding breakfast we know that you’ll want to dance the night way. Our spacious ballroom has space for up to 400 guests but if you’re planning a smaller wedding, we have a number of smaller suites and function rooms.
Contact our wedding planning team on 01756 700100
Our wedding planning team are ready and waiting to take your call – remember that it’s never too early to start organise the perfect wedding so why not get in touch today so we can start helping you to plan your dream day?