The Batesford Hotel

5.0  ( 7 reviews ) · 700 Ballarat Road, Batesford, Victoria · Show Phone
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Under brand new management and ownership, passionate Batesford locals Kristy and Mat have breathed new life into a Geelong icon. Excited to offer couples a unique and refreshed wedding experience, this historic venue sits on the banks of the Moorabool River, only 10 mins from Geelong. The Batesford Hotel offers a unique, versatile experience, the perfect all-inclusive venue for your celebration.

What We Offer

A wonderfully versatile venue, the new Batesford Hotel gives couples the opportunity to host everything in one space. Offering the perfect blank-canvas function space, surrounding expansive gardens and numerous picture-perfect backdrops - this charming hotel is the perfect location for your wedding day.

Explore the native bushlands, the babbling Moorabool River and historic Batesford Bridge, all within the grounds of the hotel - there is a photo opportunity in every corner. With outdoor festoon lighting, ample seating in the garden, a gorgeous surrounding deck space, and a fully contained indoor space complete with everything you need for you and your guests, The Batesford Hotel is the perfect venue to enjoy celebrating the night away.

Our Team

The team at The Batesford Hotel are proud to celebrate every couple and their unique love story - no two weddings are the same. The Batesford Hotel event team lovingly create personal and unique weddings for every couple. 

With access to a range of experienced professionals - event manager Rachel Cumming of Cumming Design Studio, and her team of experienced event staff, will plan and coordinate everything you need. Their approach is flexible, collaborative and with a wealth of knowledge - including in-house styling and floral services, an all inclusive package to plan, coordinate and manage your celebration, and the opportunity to select from their list of vendors to suit all budgets.

From your first viewing of the property to the helpful coordination on your wedding day, you will be privy to nothing but excellent support and assistance from the team. With regular updates and planning sessions, the team are committed to keep their couples as relaxed as possible.

With a team of passionate and talented chefs, The Batesford Hotel offers couples a dining experience that will impress every guest. With menu selections ranging from fine dining to in-house casual options, paired with a local wine list and beverages packages, the event team will work closely with each couple to bring their ultimate menu to life - with the opportunity to include local food vendors in the experience. 

The Batesford Hotel is the perfect destination venue to tie the knot in the region. Book a time to come and view the venue and meet with their event manager to discuss your big day.


I began my career in design and styling and have worked in the events industry for 10 years. A highlight of my role is getting to know all our amazing couples and having the opportunity to work collaboratively to bring their ideas to life. I am committed to understanding each couples specific requirements and enjoy the challenge to create a wedding that is unique, elevated and personal to them. I will be there every step of the way to ensure your day is 100% perfect.

Rachel Cumming

Events Manager

Venue Features

Indoor / Outdoor Ceremony

Min 70 / Max 300 Reception guests

Price per head: Low $170 / High $ 250

Time restrictions: 12:00 AM

In-house catering


Nearby Accommodation


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.


The Batesford Hotel can host both intimate and larger weddings, catering for small Micro Weddings with numbers in the 20-40's to much larger events up to 250+. The Pavilion seats up to 130 guests comfortably or 250 standing cocktail-style. 

We have a beautiful fully contained event space, The Pavilion, which overlooks the surrounding Pavilion Gardens, the nearby bluestone Batesford Bridge and adjoining Moorabool River. This is the perfect blank-space venue, with vaulted ceilings, surrounding deck, private bar and ammenities. It can cater from 70 - 250 guests.

Peak season October up until and including April

Off-peak season May through to September

We don't have any on-site accommodation however, we are 10 minutes from Geelong where there is a wealth of accommodation options. 

We have a list of trusted, expert vendors that we are happy to recommend. We also offer in-house styling, floral and coordination packages for that little something extra.

7 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

October 2023

The Batesford Hotel is the most stunning wedding venue. The Batesford staff went above and beyond to ensure we had the happiest wedding day. We loved everything about the venue from getting married in the garden with a view of the river just behind us, the large reception room, the delicious food, to getting our bridal party photos nearby at the beautiful Dogs Rocks.

Emma M.

September 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!

Taylah A.

The Batesford Hotel

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

September 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.

Nikki A.

May 2016

Excellent service. The place is amazing!!

Josephine C.

April 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.

Dean & Brianna G.

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