About Peacock River Ranch


Beautiful, rustic weddings are our specialty. Our ranch is the perfect venue for your outdoor or indoor wedding, and we are ideally located in the Central Texas area. Whether you want a quaint, custom ceremony or an elaborate and elegant affair, we have the perfect place for you!

Every girl dreams of her wedding day, and Peacock River Ranch can help make your visions come true. From the rustic, Texas Hill Country setting, to the elegant outdoor scenery, the proprietors of Peacock River Ranch can take care of every detail for you. From creating decor to securing vendors, all you need to bring is your dress!

Located in the heart of Central Texas, Peacock River Ranch is the perfect destination for your wedding ceremony, rehearsal dinner and reception. The outdoor wedding venues feature arbors that overlook sunsets across the river valley below or a waterfall and a beautiful creek.

Peacock River Ranch is not just a venue for your indoor or outdoor wedding – we are nestled in a hide-away place and offer a prestigious yet private setting for your event. We have the experience needed to put your worries to rest, and it is our pleasure to offer you a venue perfect for your big day. We can help you with flower arrangements, decorations, and special services for any type of wedding. Whatever your wedding day vision is, from small and whimsical DIY events to vintage and elegant services, we have the resources to create it all.

Why Peacock River Ranch? From our outdoor arbor setting to our ageless ranch barn, our team is ready to personally show you around the ranch.  We also have a downtown, on the square, venue see Thistle Hall tab.

We have three venues from which to choose: Shady Grove, Stone Ridge or Thistle hall

shady grove, stone ridge and thistle hall

Shady Grove has a true Texas Hill Country feel with a rustic barn full of country charm for intimate gatherings. Shady Grove accommodates up to 225 guests, has an outdoor arbor overlooking the Leon River, as well as Shady Grove Tavern with outdoor fireplace and our Peachick House for brides.

Stone Ridge is our more contemporary venue laced with sophisticated elegance and is perfect for grand celebrations. Stone Ridge accommodates up to 350 guests and has an outdoor arbor with a view of Stone Ridge Creek.

Thistle Hall is located in an historic, 120 year old building, one that is timeless and ruggedly romantic.

The last year has been spent meticulously fashioning every little detail to honor the history and beauty that the building already possessed, while crafting the space into a chic, modern version of itself.

This space is designed with you in mind.  A place to host your nearest and dearest in an environment where you can do as little or as much as you want to make it your own. To tell your love story.

All venues have a kitchen area to assist your caterer as well as private bridal rooms. Shady Grove has a back porch with a view of the Leon River. From the front porch you can view Bonnie and Clyde, our famous ranch peacocks! Stone Ridge has a back porch overlooking the wedding arbor and beautiful Stone Ridge Creek.  Thistle Hall has separate dressing rooms for the bride and groom.

Groom rooms are private and located separately from the bridal rooms in Stone Ridge and Shady Grove.


Our venues are conveniently located in Gatesville, Texas, just thirty minutes from Waco, Temple, Copperas Cove or Killeen, a mere one and one-half hour drive from Austin and a little over two hours from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We also have many brides from the Houston area which is a short three and one half hour drive. Set on forty-eight beautiful acres, the Leon River flows through the southern end of the property. Stone Ridge Creek flows through the northern end.

Since we are located near Ft. Hood, we particularly enjoy military weddings. Please visit our Military Weddings where we share some of our favorite moments.


In conjunction with our onsite florist and Straw Hat Photos, we can make your special day a truly memorable one. Try us, you will like us, and we know we will like you!