The Racecourse Inn at sunset

Stylish Heritage Listed Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

The Racecourse Inn offers stylish bed and breakfast accommodation, with warm country hospitality,  in a heritage listed former coaching inn 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 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 country 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 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 cool 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 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.  

Testimonials

Great Georgian Inn

Fabulous accommodation and a truly spectacular breakfast. Annabel and Richard were the perfect hosts who generously shared their knowledge of the area.  Our stay was one of the highlights of our Tasmanian sojourn.   Grahame B. on Trip Advisor, January 2020

The Racecourse Inn – Certainly within the top 10 things to do in Tasmania

The total experience of staying at the Racecourse Inn, The best B and B we have ever encountered. The home, the hosts the gardens and the unique history of the Inn. And best – enjoying a daily chat with Richard and Annabelle. Truly lovely and friendly hosts. Longford also has heaps of things to do and visit. Will be back. … Read More

I loved it here!

I loved it here! Annabelle and Richard are beautiful hosts. The inn is full of character and very charming, the garden is lush and fragrant and the breakfast is delightful – Think fine bone china, homemade marmalade, fresh eggs, and thick cut toast. The best! Super comfy bed and good energy all round. I can’t wait to come back. x … Read More

Do yourself a favour!

Five stars are difficult to achieve.  However I can see how Annabelle and Richard earn these ratings.The building is a Georgian gem.The rooms are perfect.The gardens relaxing.The breakfast memorable.The hosts provide a warm welcome and unparalleled hospitality. If your passing stop. If your on the island make your way there! Russell R on TripAdvisor, 4 November 2019

Old World Charm

We arrived on a warm, sunny afternoon in Spring when the garden was looking beautiful and smelled even better. There was also a plate of delicious cakes and biscuits waiting in our room. Annabelle and Richard are perfect hosts, happy to chat to you about the history of the hotel and provide you with tips on where to go in … Read More

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