Rippon Lea

(45 reviews)
192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, Victoria  View Map
Business Hours
Monday to Sunday by Appointment
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Set in 14 acres of picturesque pleasure gardens, Rippon Lea Estate is a national heritage-listed mansion with a grand ballroom wedding venue. The sweeping lawns and decorative fountains make this a fairy tale setting to host your wedding day near Melbourne CBD.

Let the romantic surrounds, historic touches and glamour of a bygone era set the tone for your celebration. Chandeliers sparkle in the elegant Grand Ballroom overlooking sweeping lawns and manicured gardens. The poolside terrace has a Hollywood art deco elegance that makes the perfect area for drinks.


This timeless venue can host up to 300 for cocktails, 180 banquet style and 160 with dance floor.


Features include:

  • National Trust listed property with elaborate furnishings, original artwork and detailed touches including embossed wallpaper
  • Beautiful gardens with expansive lawns host ceremonies, relaxed drinks, for up to 2,500 and even old-fashioned games. Croquet anyone?
  • The ornate balustrade overlooking the dance floor combined with a sparkling chandelier exudes elegance in the Grand Ballroom, perfect for banquets or cocktail parties
  • A gorgeous art deco pool terrace is a relaxed yet sumptuous setting for pre-event cocktails or an elegant soiree
  • Smaller celebrations are perfect on the estates’ ornate terrace
  • Photographic opportunities are limitless for special occasions


Give us a call to book a site inspection or get your obligation free quote today and we'll get in touch with you within 24 hrs!


Venue inclusions:

  • Exclusive hire of the Grand Ballroom and poolside terrace
  • Complete event management by a dedicated event planner
  • Professional event coordinator on the day
  • Bridal suite or green room
  • Auxiliary connection & 2 roving microphones
  • Lectern
  • Indoor heating and cooling
  • Cake and gift table
  • Market umbrellas

It’s our privilege to be part of your wedding! Whether you desire an elegant champagne reception with chic canap?s, a refined three-course sit-down dinner, a welcoming buffet with all the trimmings or friendly bowl food the seasoned team will work with you to create the perfect dining experience. Our wedding planners are also an invaluable source of inspiration for floral, styling and entertainment to assist you in creating a magical day that match your personal style.



Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 50 / Max 250

Price per head

Low $165 / High $ -


Indoors & Outdoors

Ceremony Guests

Min 50 / Max 250

Time restrictions

12:00 AM

In-house catering


3rd party catering


Event time included

5.00 hours

Music must end by

12:00 AM


(45 reviews)
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23 Mar 2018

Thank you to Charlotte and the team at Peter Rowland Catering, we had the most amazing wedding reception at Rippon Lea.

Rippon Lea  

Thank you for your wonderful review Jacinta, the Peter Rowland team were delighted to host your wedding reception! Charlotte is definitely an asset to our team, and we are delighted that she was a part of your special day. Kind Regards Peter Rowland Team

1 Apr 2017

The venue is really beautiful, especially with the pool terrace it's like you're in your own little world. Such a gorgeous property for photos which was perfect as we didn't have to leave. Food was incredible and the staff were so attentive.

Rippon Lea  

Jade, thank you for your amazing feedback! The Peter Rowland team always work hard in ensuring we deliver delectable food & impeccable service. Our team were delighted to host your wedding reception in our beautiful surroundings. Kind Regards, Peter Rowland Team

25 Mar 2017

Fantastic service, very helpful, always attentive service and all basis we're covered. Staff are friendly and very professional.

Rippon Lea  

Thank you for your feedback Phylyse! We are delighted to hear of your all-round positive experience with our team, and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day. Kind Regards, Peter Rowland Team

6 Dec 2020

We were married at the duck exit, in front of the lake. It is truly a beautiful venue and Katharine the Weddings and Events Coordinator from the National Trust of Australia (Vic) especially made the the planning leading up to the big day easy and efficient. The team was accommodating to our numerous changes and updates and we cannot appreciate this enough as the circumstances kept fluctuating during the pandemic. The venue is amazing, just make sure to keep to the strict timeframe allocation.

20 Nov 2020

A beautiful venue no matter what setup you have, it really speaks for itself. There is unique charm for the estate and gardens that is hard to match. We chose to have no furniture, food, or decoration and enjoy the natural beauty with a mini ceremony package with a limited number of guests (due to COVID restrictions) and it was amazing! We enjoyed the public visiting the gardens whilst I ceremony went on and felt a special sense of being well looked after by our event coordinator provided by National Trust weddings (Katharine is excellent!). Little signage and way pointing notices of "private ceremony" added to the whimsical ambiance. If you're a minimalist, love plants and wildlife sounds with amazing back drops - you'll love this venue.

7 Nov 2020

Peter Rowland at Ripponlea were just fantastic, especially Fiona Scanlon, our sales person. Very professional and always available to answer questions I had. The night ran perfectly!

Rippon Lea  

Emily, thank you for your feedback! Appreciate your kind words on our team's professionalism. Kind Regards, Peter Rowland Team

1 Feb 2019

We had our ceremony here, it was absolutely beautiful outside in the gardens!

18 Nov 2018

A really lovely venue, and it was great that we were able to have the ceremony and reception at the same place! National Trust were quite strict about the time frames for the ceremony booking, but the fees were not too expensive, and generally the wedding ceremony was coordinated well. Lucy was also very friendly and helpful! However we would have preferred a bit more assistance with liaising between National Trust and Peter Rowland, given that they are the exclusive caterer at Rippon Lea.

Rippon Lea  

Thank you very much for your feedback! The Peter Rowland team were delighted to host your wedding reception in our Ballroom. I am delighted to hear that the National Trust did an amazing job in facilitating your ceremony, and appreciate your feedback regarding the liasing between National Trust and our team. Please rest assured we have addressed this with the team to ensure that we improve on this. Kind Regards Peter Rowland Team

25 Aug 2017

Beautiful location and such a beautiful set up. It was simple but elegant with beautiful gardens. The mansion at night time was stunning and offered perfect photo opportunities. Highly recommend.

Rippon Lea  

Thank you Jade for your kind review. Our location is definitely remarkable! We are delighted to hear that you managed to capture stunning evening shots. Kind Regards, Peter Rowland Team

11 May 2017

Exceptional venue - Highly recommended for a garden ceremony and photographs

Rippon Lea  

Thank you for your feedback, Abbey! We appreciate your kind words and are glad to hear that you are drawn to our beautiful surroundings. Kind Regards, Peter Rowland Team

18 Mar 2017

Location was very nice, very quaint and their service on the day was absolutely 5 stars!

Rippon Lea  

Ersin, thank you for your 5-star review! We are delighted that you chose Peter Rowland to be a part of your special day and are pleased to hear of your positive experience. Kind Regards, Peter Rowland Team

17 Mar 2017

The perfect garden party venue on a lovely sunny day. We were amazed to find such a quiet and tranquil venue conveniently located near Melbourne's heart. With multiple places to explore and get lost this really is the perfect venue for couples who love being outdoors.

Rippon Lea  

Simon, thank you for your amazing review! We are definitely fortunate to be located in such a well-maintained Estate yet still in close proximity to the heart of Melbourne! We hope that you visit again soon. Kind Regards, Peter Rowland Team

3 Feb 2017

Pleasant staff and beautiful venue.

Rippon Lea  

Hi Rebecca, thank you for your great review, and appreciate you choosing Peter Rowland to host your special day! Kind Regards, Peter Rowland Team

6 Jan 2017

Stunning location and was very helpful and accommodating for our day

1 Jan 2017

They were fabulous. The staff were helpful. We had a bit of wet weather on the day and they were so flexible and accommodating.

Rippon Lea  

Cheryl, thank you for your review! We are delighted that you chose Peter Rowland to host your special day and that we were able to be accommodating on the day. Kind Regards, Peter Rowland Team


192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, Victoria

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