The Graceful Swan – Skipton

Skipton, North Yorkshire


Bowman Riley has designed the Graceful Swan, the first electric canal boat in Skipton to be used for dining experiences.

The Rendezvous Hotel is located alongside the famous Leeds Liverpool Canal less than a mile from the centre of Skipton, the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. The hotel owner wanted to make the most of the beautiful canal-side location and expand their offering through the use of a canal boat to be moored up outside their property offering canal cruises during the day and evening.

Taking inspiration from the iconic Orient Express train, we have created an interior environment that celebrates this vintage opulence. We have reworked this interior concept with a contemporary edge to suit the environment and purpose of the Graceful Swan as well as the boat itself.

We have looked critically at the space to ensure the client’s aspirations are achieved and to ensure a realistic amount of tables and chairs are accommodated to ensure an enjoyable experience and repeat business. The restaurant will be able to cater for up to 44 guests with a bar area and will be accessible for all via a lift.

Opening in Winter 2019, the Graceful Swan will be a unique visitor attraction in this picturesque part of Yorkshire and will enhance the Rendezvous’ offer for guests.