George Kerferd Hotel, Mayday Hills, Beechworth


Bluegrass Junction – photo thanks to Ian Fisk

✭ Mountaingrass – new location & dates for 2018.✭

Mountaingrass 2018 will be held at The George Kerferd Hotel at Mayday Hills in Beechworth on the second weekend in November, from 9th – 11th.

The George Kerferd Hotel has a restaurant, bar and a large function room with seating for over 400.

The Bijou Theatre (National Trust), where Dame Nellie Melba once sang, is capable of seating up to 100. The chapel in the hotel grounds, has great acoustics, is able to seat 60 and will be used for workshops and small concerts.

The hotel is surrounded by acres of beautiful grounds, full of huge shady trees.

The accommodation at the George Kerferd Hotel also includes the recently refurbished Linaker Lodge, previously the nurse’s quarters for the hospital that was located there. There are many open air and under-cover spaces for picking and conducting workshops.

Mayday Hills is close to the centre of Beechworth, where there is a variety of accommodation, including two large caravan parks. Best of all, the proprietors of the hotel are very keen to host Mountaingrass.


We are very grateful for the many suggestions provided by our members regarding possible future locations for Mountaingrass. We are confident that our choice of the change of date and location will meet with approval from our membership, and that it will enable ABOTMA to continue to successfully run Mountaingrass for future years. 

We thank all local supporters and sponsors of ABOTMA’s Mountaingrass in Harrietville over the past five years and we recognise the assistance and support provided for our type of acoustic music in Harrietville over many years prior to ABOTMA.


All of the concerts at Mountaingrass 2018 will be held at the George Kerford Hotel’s Harold Whittaker Room and the Bijou Theatre at the old asylum about 100 metres from the George Kerford Hotel

Accommodation at George Kerferd Hotel, Mayday Hills  are now SOLD OUT! However, as at January 13, there are four rooms available on Friday Nov 9  only, and another eight available on Sunday Nov 11. 


See below for other accommodation in Beechworth. 

Lake Sambell Caravan Park

20 Peach Drive, Beechworth, Victoria 3747

Ph: 03 5728 1421

Lake Sambell Caravan Park Website

Villas and cabins, on site vans, and lots of space for caravans and camping on powered and unpowered sites around Lake Sambell. It is about 1.5 km from the George Kerferd Hotel.


Beechworth Holiday Park (Silver Creek Caravan Park)

151 Stanley Road, Beechworth Vic 3747

Ph: 03 5728 1597

Beechworth Holiday Park Website

1km by road from Mayday Hills.

Villas, cottages and cabins that sleep from 2 – 11 guests; powered and unpowered sites for vans and camping. Pet friendly.


Other accommodation

Beechworth Cabins

18 High Street, Beechworth

0400 040 889

Beechworth Cabins Website

Self-contained cabins perfect for families and groups of up to 5.

The Old Priory

8 Priory Lane, Beechworth

03 5728 1024

The Old Priory Website

A beautiful old Catholic convent. It has a cottage, as well as single, double, and twin rooms and beds in the dormitories.

There are many other properties and accommodation options in Beechworth, some of which will take groups, listed on AirBNB, Stayz and Trivago and via

The Hibernian Hotel

40 Camp Street, Beechworth

Range of options for 2-4 people including apartments with two bedrooms.

Hotel Nicholas 

1A Camp Street, Beechworth

B&B in rooms with 1930s style decor

Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel

50 Ford Street, Beechworth

Inexpensive old-style pub rooms – singles, queen or twin

Armour Motor Inn

1 Camp St, Beechworth

Beechworth Carriage Motor Inn

44 Camp St, Beechworth

Best Western Beechworth Motor Inn

54 Sydney Road, Beechworth

Golden Heritage Accommodation

51 Sydney Road, Beechworth