The Racecourse Inn at sunset

Stylish Heritage Listed Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Built by an entrepreneurial rogue as a coaching inn in 1860, The Racecourse Inn offers stylish bed and breakfast accommodation with warm country hospitality in historic Longford, one of the oldest towns in Tasmania  (settled 1813).   

Located only 15 minutes from Launceston airport, 20 minutes from the centre of Launceston and one hour from the Spirit of Tasmania terminal in Devonport, this lovely former coaching inn  is the perfect base for exploring beautiful Northern Tasmania.  We are also a convenient and comfortable half-way stop between the east coast and Cradle Mountain, and only two hours from Hobart. 

With five ensuite rooms we offer all the comforts of home, in a private and spacious historic manor house setting.  Our tariff includes a full cooked and continental gourmet country breakfast, using home grown and fresh local produce, served  in our beautiful vaulted dining room.  

We specialise in catering for groups so that you can relax and celebrate with a group of friends, or get together as family.  With a special rate for whole house bookings of three nights or more,  we can accommodate  up to twelve guests  in our five ensuite rooms.  Children of all ages and infants are welcome, and travel cots are available on request.

 Our Accommodation

Surrounded by a lovely, English style cottage garden, this beautifully restored Georgian coaching inn features five luxury ensuite guest rooms , individually furnished with antiques and artwork.   Upstairs are three delightful attic rooms with dormer windows, and downstairs two generous bedrooms with twelve foot ceilings, including a spacious suite with a king-sized bed and double spa bath.

Relax in Style and Comfort

Purpose built by wily ticket-of-leave convict William Dean in 1860 as a coaching inn, the Racecourse Inn is named after Longford’s racecourse, the oldest continual raced track in Australia. With roses trailing over its convict-made bricks, this picture-perfect two-storey Georgian B&B  is steeped in the history of Longford, one of the earliest towns settled in Tasmania (c.1813).  At the centre of northern Tasmania’s pastoral industry, Longford is rich in gorgeous Georgian and Victorian architecture, and  magnificent cool climate gardens.  

After a day exploring the town, historic Woolmers and Brickendon Estates, and Tasmania’s historic northern midlands, relax with a cup of  tea or a glass of wine in our lovely cottage garden, or read a book in front of our cosy wood fire. 

Upstairs King room at The Racecourse Inn
Upstairs King room.
English cottage garden at the Racecourse Inn
Delphine, our guest relations manager in our cottage garden.
The dining room at The Racecourse Inn, Longford, Tasmania
Guest dining and sitting room.

Attractions and Events

The Racecourse Inn is only five minutes away from Longford’s main tourist attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage listed properties, Brickendon Estate and Woolmers Estate (home to the National Rose Garden), Bell & Gong Vineyard, and Adams Distillery.  

We’re also a short drive from historic Entally House and Clarendon, the Tamar Valley and Northern Tasmanian wine routes, and an easy day trip from Cradle Mountain and Tasmania’s east coast.  In the vicinity are some of the best fly fishing lakes and streams in Australia, including Tasmania’s Highland Lakes,  home to the 39th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship, The Macquarie and South Esk Rivers, Four Springs Lake at Selbourne, and Brumby’s Creek.

Longford is the perfect base for cycling quiet hedgerow lined roads through northern Tasmania’s beautiful countryside, or enjoying peaceful bush walks in the magnificent Great Western Tiers.  

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