The Racecourse Inn at sunset

Stylish Heritage Listed Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

The Racecourse Inn offers stylish B&B accommodation and warm country hospitality  in a heritage listed former coaching inn in historic Longford  (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 former coaching inn  is the perfect base for exploring beautiful Northern Tasmania.  

With five ensuite rooms, we offer all the comforts of home in a private and spacious country 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 also cater for groups – why not celebrate with a group of friends or get together with family.  We offer a special rate for whole house bookings of three nights or more,  accommodating  up to twelve guests  in our five ensuite rooms.  Children 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 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 Georgian and Victorian architecture and magnificent cold climate gardens.  

After a day exploring the town, Woolmers and Brickendon, and Tasmania’s historic northern midlands, guests are welcome to 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 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 in November 2019, 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.  

Testimonials

Warm hospitality

Dear Annabelle, We wanted thank you for your warm hospitality, delicious breakfast set in such an artistic way; we could see your delight in beautiful colours, wonderful flowers, china and old silver.  The ambiance of your old house is unlike anything we’ve discovered elsewhere!  We were so comfortable and quite spoilt by your creative, delicious cooking and thank you again. … Read More

Wonderful, considerate hosts.

Wonderful, considerate hosts. They made us feel like royalty!!! Thoughtful amenities · Spacious rooms · Quiet rooms   Kathryn Lewis on Facebook. 1 September 2019

Amazing place to stay.

Amazing place to stay. Beautifully restored B&B and gardens. Anabelle & Richard are wonderful hosts. The cooked breakfast or continental, which ever you decide, will not disappoint. We had a one night stay and would have loved it to be longer. Thank you for the surprise Birthday breakfast muffin, with candle, to start off the husbands day. Oh! they also … Read More

The BEST out of all the places we stayed…

We stayed here on the last night of our Tassie trip and I’m glad we did because it was the BEST out of all the places we stayed including major hotel chains. The current hosts are very amiable and most thoughtful towards a comfortable stay and the building itself is a dream! The dining room was amazing and breakfast was … Read More

We couldn’t recommend the place enough. We can’t wait to go back.

Recently my partner and I, from the U.K stayed at the Racecourse Inn, Longford, Tasmania for two weeks. We were on a fly fishing holiday on and around The Great Lakes. This wonderful B&B was a home away from home. Annabel and her partner Richard, not forgetting the delightful cat, Delphine, were the very best of hosts. Warm, welcoming and … Read More

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