Batesford Hotel

(6 reviews)
700 Ballarat Road, Batesford, Victoria
Business Hours
By Appointment
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Situated in Geelong, Batesford Hotel is a historic, rustic wedding venue nestled in amongst an abundance of towering gum trees and native foliage. With a picturesque garden on the grounds, cosy fireplace, outdoor deck for drinks and dancing and three beautiful reception venues to choose from, this charming, rustic hotel is an ideal spot for both intimate and larger weddings.

We are a family-owned venue, established in the 1800s, our charming hotel is located within the landscape of the beautiful Moorabool Valley and it is the perfect quaint, rustic location to hold your wedding day.

Our stunning and unique venue offers a blank canvas and has the flexibility to cater for your dreams. Enjoy our spacious rooms and decking, complemented by our picturesque gardens with towering gumtrees, historic bluestone Batesford Bridge and a beautiful river at the bottom of our property – it’s perfect for photographs in the afternoon sun. We know that one size does not fit all. No two weddings are the same because no two couples are. We enjoy the challenge to create a wedding that is unique and personal to you and we have three distinct spaces to provide a wealth of options to suit any wedding.

Our approach is flexible. You have the ideas and we make them happen. You may choose to keep it simple or let your imagination run wild! Every wedding is tailored to meet your expectations and budget. We are more than happy to coordinate all your suppliers and have access to a range of experienced professionals such as celebrants, florists, photographers and entertainers. 


“We had our wedding at the Batesford Hotel on the 03.03.2020 and we are so happy we made that choice. It was the best venue. Great food and simply amazing space for a beautiful wedding. As soon as we saw the river and that setting we fell in love. That’s the spot where we got registered, much better than any room in the city. We were so happy to have everything in one place, made life easier for all our guests and us. We are simply thrilled for the venue. Can’t thank the batesford team enough for organising our amazing day.” - Nina Nikolovska


What you can expect from your Batesford Hotel wedding:

  • Delicious food. Your guests will be treated to some absolutely mouthwatering catering at Batesford Hotel, made from fresh, seasonal, local produce. Couples often rave about the plentiful amount of high quality, tasty fare served at Batesford Hotel  - there certainly won’t be any empty bellies by the end of the night!.
  • Beautiful surroundings. Batesford Hotel is nestled in amongst an abundance of native trees, and features a beautiful garden and river on the grounds. You’ll be impressed by the native beauty of the area - and it’s sure to look stunning in wedding photographs.
  • Rustic charm. From the cosy fireplace to the lush green gardens, this historic wedding venue will make guests feel peaceful and right at home. After your ceremony in the garden, your guests can enjoy the serenity with a beer or wine on the deck - soaking up this beautiful venue’s rustic charm, be sure to listen out for the native birds!
  • Flexibility and options. From the final wedding menu to your ceremony location and wedding reception space, you’ll be spoiled for choice at Batesford Hotel.

What you’ll love about working with the team at Batesford Hotel:

  • Customer service. Batesford Hotel is known for their terrific customer service, with the owner and staff going above and beyond for their couples. From the first viewing of the property to the helpful coordination on your wedding day, you will be privy to nothing but excellent support and assistance.
  • Communication. The team at the Batesford Hotel are there to ensure their couples feel organised and happy is a huge priority for staff at Batesford Hotel, which is why you will receive updates, have planning sessions and be prompted for decisions you might need to make throughout the process. 
  • Tailored experience. The team at Batesford Hotel ensures to tailor each wedding to the couple’s needs, so if you’re after a grand wedding with lots of guests or an intimate, quiet occasion of 20, the team can help you plan the day of your dreams.


“Me and my husband got married here in March, and honestly I couldn’t recommend this venue enough! They made our wedding planning so easy and relaxed. The food was amazing and the service was great! Would highly recommend Batesford for anyone’s wedding you will not be disappointed. Thanks so much to everyone that helped on our day!” Taylah




Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 20 / Max 300

Price per head

Low $145 / High $ 165


Indoors & Outdoors

Time restrictions

12:00 AM

In-house catering


3rd party catering


Questions and Answers

Do you have any accommodation onsite?

Batesford Hotel

We currently don’t have any accommodation onsite, however, we are 15 minutes from the heart of Geelong. We are more than happy to assist with organising accommodation if required.

What is your peak and off- peak season?

Batesford Hotel

Peak season October up until and including April

Off-peak season May through to September

What Event Management Service do you offer?

Batesford Hotel

You will receive a dedicated event manager that will be there from your initial site inspection to helping you pack your car at the end of your magical day.

Your event manager will help you with your menu choices, floor plans and will work with your suppliers to ensure they know when to bump in, where to set up and when to bump out. Our team will be there to ensure nothing is forgotten and all you need to do is show up and enjoy your day.


What’s your max capacity for a reception?

Batesford Hotel

Batesford Hotel can host both intimate and larger weddings, catering for between 20 to 300 guests. The Moorabool Room seats up 170 seated guests or 300 standing cocktail-style. The Batesford Room is smaller, and can accommodate up to 50 diners or 60 standing. Meanwhile, the Sunroom is perfect for intimate celebrations, and can seat up to 30 guests.

What event spaces are available for a reception?

Batesford Hotel

There are three beautiful wedding reception spaces available - the Moorabool Room, Batesford Room and the Sunroom. The first is a large, open plan area and is best suited for more formal occasions and overlooks the river, the second is a charming, pub-style room with plenty of character and the last is a sun-drenched room for intimate weddings of up to 30.


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14 Mar 2020

Me and my husband got married here in March, and honestly I couldn’t recommend this venue enough! They made our wedding planning so easy and relaxed. The food was amazing and the service was great! Would highly recommend Batesford for anyone’s wedding you will not be disappointed. Thanks so much to everyone that helped on our day!

Batesford Hotel  

Thank you for the review Taylah and Rob. We loved having the opportunity to be a part of your special day.

7 Mar 2020

“We had our wedding at the Batesford Hotel at the beginning of March. It was the perfect location and we had so many comments from our guests saying it was the best wedding they have been to. The food was excellent. The layout is awesome, big dance floor, beautiful garden, and great to have everything all in one place. The staff were very attentive also. I would HIGHLY recommend this venue for a wedding or other special occasion! Thank you so much.

12 Mar 2016

Venue was amazing. They put so much work into making our day amazing. Very supportive and adaptive to our ideas. Food was delicious. Floor staff were very professional. Night was fantastic.

31 Oct 2015

They were brilliant. Tania was amazing. She looked after us especially as we had it booked for two years.

15 Feb 2015

Very good service!!

1 Mar 2014

Excellent service. The place is amazing!!

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