Our lives are full of moments that deserve to be celebrated. Whether you are looking for something grand or a casual, intimate event, finding the perfect venue to do this is one of the most important steps.

Be it your wedding day, a birthday, engagement, anniversary, a family reunion or a corporate event, finding the venue that can cater to all your needs – including your budget – can be a daunting task.

What Should You Look for In The Perfect Venue?

To make your wedding day special and stress-free there are many things you need to consider and questions you need to ask.

Perfect Venues in Mt Barker

Whether you live in Mount Barker, the surrounding areas or in the city, holding your event in Mt Barker couldn’t be easier. Just 20 minutes up the freeway and you are there. If you are looking for somewhere that can answer all your questions and make your day stress free and memorable, whether you require Adelaide wedding venues or a special function or conference venue Auchendarroch House is the first place you should consider.

Historic, heritage listed, Auchendarroch House can offer you everything you need. Six function rooms including the grand Robert Charles Room, fully licensed gardens, an executive chef who can create a menu especially for you, a separate large dining room, pizza area and the adjoining Mt Barker Cinema can all be utilized to make your event a success. 

From a conference to a birthday party to the perfect garden wedding venues Adelaide Auchendarroch offers it all – and all at the one place.

Make your special day a magical affair at Auchendarroch House! Call 08 8391 6100 or book a tour with our wedding coordinator.

Everyone wants that perfect Wedding Day! A day they can look back on knowing they created some very special memories not only for themselves but for their friends and families. One of the key factors in this “perfect day” is the venue you choose.

To help you with this decision, we have given you some suggestions in this article that will assist you to find your ideal venue just as you have found your perfect match.  

A wedding not only represents the commitment and love two people share, it also marks the beginning of a new chapter in their life. It is a special day for every couple and one that will live on in their memories and those of their family and friends for years to come.

So how do you ensure that your big day is a day to remember?

There is finding the perfect dress, choosing your wedding party, the type of ceremony you want, the guest list, the flowers and the rings. Then there is the wedding venue you choose. For many this will be the most important decision you make and a decision that will help you create a lot of your best memories. Deciding to pick an Adelaide hills wedding venue is a great start!

Until you have selected your wedding venue and confirmed the date it can be hard to make many other plans. A beautifully maintained venue with a variety of options to suit your needs, personalities and style of wedding with delicious food and a host that makes sure you can enjoy your day stress free, is ultimately what you are looking for.

To help you make your choice, here are some important details to consider:


Is the venue easy to find, recognisable and accessible to all your guests. Does it allow for ample parking and room for Wedding cars.


Can the venue cater to your desired number of guests? Being either too big or too small can vastly affect your enjoyment of the day and the look and feel of your event. Make sure that the venue you choose is one of the finest wedding venues Adelaide Hills and can offer you a choice of rooms and or garden areas to suit what you are looking for.


Before you begin the hunt for the perfect wedding venue, you must decide your budget. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement and over-spend on these days so make sure you find a venue with an event planner that knows how to work to, and keep you within, your budget without compromising your dreams.

If you are searching for the most beautiful Adelaide wedding reception venues, look no further than Auchendarroch House. Call 08 8391 6100  or register for a wedding venue tour with our wedding coordinator and see it for yourself

Every couple dreams of their perfect wedding – a memorable day, filled with love and shared with family and friends. You also want something special, something uniquely yours, something magical and something stress-free!

Auchendarroch House at Mt Barker can make your dreams come true!

Picking the venue for your Wedding will arguably be the biggest decision you have to make when planning your special day.

Auchendarroch can answer all those questions and offer so much more. Your search will be over once you visit Auchendarroch, speak to our event planner and see for yourself. Auchendarroch House is truly one of the finest Adelaide wedding venues making your dreams can come true.

The History of Auchendarroch House

Situated in the Adelaide Hills, Auchendarroch House, originally named the Oakfield Hotel, was built in 1860. It was sold to Robert Barr Smith in 1878 for use as his summer house, and after extensive renovations, was renamed Auchendarroch House – the Scottish-Gaelic term for “holy place of the oaks”.

After experiencing a variety of owners over the years, the House was finally purchased by the Wallis Family in 2000. It was the Wallis Family dream to restore the House to its former glory and to provide a much-needed entertainment complex for the community – and after years of painstaking work, they have achieved that and more.

Why is Auchendarroch House such a Special Wedding Venue

This majestic and versatile venue can cater for weddings and functions large to small, with 6 different rooms including the grand Robert Charles Room, the stunning gardens and even the use of the adjoining Cinema.

Aside from the beautiful, heritage-listed house, picturesque gardens and easy parking, our experienced staff will individually create your wedding to fit your requirements, needs and dreams.

Our Executive Chef and in-house pastry chef can put together a stunning menu for your event, be it a grand, sit down dinner, or canapes on the lawns. They can create a menu to suit your tastes, dietary needs and your budget that will leave your guests talking about it for years to come. They can create some amazing desserts and can even help you with your Wedding cake.

The Garden and the House provide a myriad of fabulous photo opportunities for the bridal party and the guests to take advantage of.

Everything is in one place at Auchendarroch House – from ceremony, photo opportunities and reception we have the right option for you and the comfort of your guests.

Make time to visit Auchendarroch – one of the finest wedding venues Adelaide Hills

What can we offer you at Auchendarroch House

Auchendarroch House offers venue options that include:

So, if you are looking for that special venue that will work with you to make your wedding day even more memorable, call 0883916100 or book a tour of our wedding facilities.

Have you just got engaged? Are you looking for a stunning Adelaide Hills wedding venue? If yes, then keep on reading further because Auchendarroch House could be the perfect venue for you.

Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable and special days of your lives and a day of celebration for your family and friend. You want your venue to be beautiful, reflect your personality and your dreams as well as taking the stress and hard work out of the day.

Finding that special Adelaide wedding venues can be a hard work, but when you end up finding the perfect one, you will know that it was worth it! This is exactly how you will feel when you visit Auchendarroch House. Aside from the beautiful, heritage listed house, and the stunning gardens, our experienced staff, including our Executive Chef, will individually create your wedding to fit your requirements, needs and dreams.

Auchendarroch House is a beautiful place waiting for you to discover it’s magic.

A Venue for All Occasions

Nestled in the Adelaide Hills, at Mt Barker, Auchendarroch House was built in 1860 and is now owned, and been lovingly restored by the Wallis Family. This majestic and versatile venue can cater for weddings and functions large to small, with 6 different rooms including the grand Robert Charles Room, the stunning gardens and even the use of the adjoining Cinema.


Our Executive Chef and in-house pastry chef can put together a stunning menu for your event, be it a grand, sit down dinner, or canapes on the lawns. They can create a menu to suit your tastes, dietary needs and your budget that will leave your guests talking about it for years to come. They can create some amazing desserts and can even help you with your Wedding cake.

Distance from the City and Affordability

Just 20 minutes up the freeway and you are at Auchendarroch House, Mt Barker. There is an abundance of parking (including coach parking), special access for Wedding cars, and access for all abilities – making your special day easy for the Wedding party and also easy for your guests. We know how expensive weddings can be so we go out of our way to make Auchendarroch House as affordable as possible so everyone has the opportunity to have their special day with us without compromising what is important to you.

So, if you think that Auchendarroch House could be your perfect  Adelaide hills wedding venue, or garden wedding venues Adelaide give us a call on (08) 8391 6100 or contact us to make a time to see for yourself.

The Adelaide Hill’s most beautiful, character wedding venue

Aucheddarroch Home is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the Adelaide Hills. It offers a diverse range of wedding settings for both your ceremony and celebratory meal.

Wedding Venue Site Tour

We invite you to a complimentary site tour with our wedding planner. Take the opportunity to experience all of our amazing wedding options first-hand. Breathe in the spectacular grandness of The Ballroom; the intimacy of Bar Smith Room or the blend of old and new in the Robert Charles Room

You will see that Aucheddarroch House is indeed the Adelaide Hills most beautiful wedding venue.  Personally review each of our wedding venue offerings to find the one that is just perfect for your plans.  Click here to book one of our personalised tours or call to make the arrangement with our Wedding coordinator directly. See for yourself just how amazing our weddings venue are.

A Wedding Venue in the Adelaide Hills

This graceful old-world mansion has a surprising range of wedding ceremony and celebration dinner options. Aucheddarroch House caters for small intimate ceremonies and celebratory meals, through to large weddings with generous guest lists.

An Indoor Wedding Ceremony you’ll Love

You would be amazed at the number and diversity of wedding ceremony locations inside the Auchendarroch property. We provide a diverse range of indoor venue options. Our indoor wedding ceremony locations include:

The Ballroom

The magnificent Ballroom with its beautiful fireplace and bay window and high ceilings can comfortably seat 60 wedding guests. Is this the ideal setting for your wedding ceremony?

Bar Smith Billiard room

The Bar Smith Billiard room with its three dazzling chandeliers has a capacity of up to twenty guests.

It adjoins the Robert Charles Room and is often used as a “retreat” for bridal parties for weddings.

If you are planning a small wedding but don’t want to compromise on quality, this the Bar Smith Room is a venue you must consdere.

It has a classic blend of beautiful old-world and modernistic charm. The original English Oak Fireplace has a series of very rare 19th Century Elfin tiles.

The furniture in this room is quiet spectacular with:
– Louis 15th Astor Place Plum Wine Chairs
– 2 seater sofa covered in William Morris Autum Flowers
– William Morris Honeysuckle & Tulips Curtains over Swarovski Sheer Curtains

Barr Smith Billard Room

Oakfield room

Auchendarroch House was originally called the Oakfield Hotel and this room was originally divided in two being the front bar and the office.

Oakfield Hotel served mail coaches on their way to the main Murray River crossing at Wellington.

The fabric on the wall is Kelmscott Tree Russett Artichoke. This pattern is the same as the bed curtains at Kelmscott Manor and were embroidered by
May Morris in 1891

Kelmscott Tree Russett Artichoke
Kelmscott Tree Russett Artichoke in the Oakfield Room

The original fireplaces are believed to be installed circa 1878. Oakfield room can accommodate 20-40 wedding guests.

Robert Charles Room

If you prefer a blend of old and new, you’ll find the new Robert Charles Room will more than fulfil your expectations.

Robert Charles Room

This room was created in 2009 to accommodate larger wedding functions. It was named in honour of Robert Charles William Wallis.

The room features sparkling Swarovski crystal curtains, and distinctive ceiling lights, with handmade forged iron vine leaves surrounding the bar.

The magnificent clock above the fireplace was specially designed using pieces found in the House. The waratah pieces surrounding the clock are candle holders from the Boulevard Lounge at Mitcham Cinemas

The Bistro

For larger weddings, the Bistro area is also available for receptions from 150 to 230 guests.

Outdoor wedding venue options

The Auchendarroch property also includes a generous selection of outdoor spaces suitable as backdrops for an outdoor wedding ceremony. When the weather is right, we can also serve your guests either standing or sitting in the outdoor spaces.

Auchendarroch House as a Garden Wedding Venue

Joanna’s Garden of Serenity

Brimming with fernshy, clivea, geraniums, violets, pink bergenia and a border of hellebores. Amazing bulbs – bluebells, jonquils and snowdrops will spring to life to add to the calm, cool ambience of this garden. A beautiful space to calm the bride and groom’s nerves.

Heritage Rose Gardens

This wedding garden features a collection of beautiful roses with interesting stories linked to famous South Australians. The Lovers Statue provides a romantic photographic backdrop for the wedding party and/or guests.

Jemima’s Kitchen Garden

Jemima Puddleduck of Beatrix Potter fame would be very comfortable in this period kitchen garden. A quirky space suits a smaller gathering.

Garden Weave of Natives

A stepping stone journey through meandering a path of native plants.

Dee Dee’s Secret Garden

A special place for Deanna Wallis with roses dedicated to her Grandfather. This sentimental space is ideal for a romantic exchange of wedding vows. An ideal wedding photo location is the bench under the Manchurian Peartree.


The manicured lawns provide another venue idea. Ideal for an outdoor wedding ceremony. We can serve your guests standup finger food dining. This is a cost-effective wedding dining solution that doesn’t compromise quality.

At most venue options we can provide sumptuous chef-designed meals matched to your taste. Our wedding planner will guide you through the options.

The stunning rose gardens at Auchendarroch House in Mount Barker make a beautiful garden wedding venue.  Only 30 minutes from Adelaide via the South Eastern Freeway, Auchendarroch House is a beautiful setting for your wedding ceremony and reception.

Auchendarroch House provides an ideal venue for couples seeking the informality and natural beauty of a garden wedding setting. Adelaide’s Mediterranean climate is also ideal for outdoor weddings with pleasant spring and autumn afternoons and evenings.

Several Garden Wedding Venue Options

There are several dining options that we provide in the garden or under a marquee on the lawns.

The garden ambience suits both formal and informal wedding ceremonies. The wedding reception can be held in either the garden, lawned areas or in one of the many rooms within the stately manor.

The wedding party will be able to relax with their guests on the lush lawns and gardens encircling this historic mansion

Surrounded by mature oaks and other towering trees, you and your wedding guests will fall under the spell of this magical garden – ensuring special memories for all who are there on the day.

Wedding Ceremony or Reception or both?

The garden setting is an ideal place to enjoy the wedding ceremony. It is also a superb setting for wedding photographs of the wedding party and guests commemorating the special day.

Wedding guests will be enchanted as they wander amongst the gardens. The scent of abundant flowering roses will drift over the wedding ceremony and reception.

While there is lots of space on the lawns for children to play, there are also some lovely secluded areas for the wedding party to mingle quietly with other wedding guests.

The ‘Secret Garden’ Wedding Venue

Reminiscent of the famous story of the Secret Garden, our beautifully arranged and fragrant rose gardens give a sense of wellbeing as you set foot inside this garden sanctuary.

The gardens also contain a variety of herbs and native plants that are bound to attract the interest of all the nature lovers in your party.

As you wander, you may encounter some elegant sculptures made from vintage cast iron pump handles  –  a great conversation piece for adults and children alike.

A Romantic Wedding Venue

In all its serenity, the Auchendarroch House Gardens are undoubtedly one of the most romantic and unique wedding settings in the Adelaide Hills. The prestigious Wilson and Lewis Wedding Photography list Auchendarroch House in their top three recommended wedding venues.

We are a very reasonably priced Garden Wedding Venue

For an exceptional garden wedding venue, you’ll find that Auchendarroch lives up to your expectations – and at a competitive price.

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