Built in 1860 by an entrepreneurial ex-convict as a coaching inn, 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, 15 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.
Explore historic Woolmers and Brickendon Estates, wend your way along the Tamar Valley Wine Trail, take a balloon flight over the beautiful and scenic northern midlands, or explore the magnificent Great Western Tiers. We are a convenient half-way stop between the east coast and Cradle Mountain, and only two hours from Hobart.
With three ensuite rooms available, accommodating up to 7 guests, we offer all the comforts of home in a private and spacious historic house setting. Our daily tariff includes a full cooked and continental gourmet country breakfast using home grown and fresh local produce, served in our beautiful vaulted dining room. If you have to bring a little work away, we have free wifi throughout the house.
We welcome individual bookings and also cater for groups, so that you can relax and celebrate with a group of friends or get together as family. Children of all ages and infants are welcome, and travel cots are available on request.
Surrounded by a lovely, English style cottage garden, this beautifully restored Georgian coaching inn features three luxury ensuite guest rooms , individually furnished with antiques and artwork. Upstairs is a delightful queen suite 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. All of our rooms feature tea and coffee making facilities, a bar fridge, complimentary port, biscuits and sweets, all linen and use of the guest dining and sitting room.
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 nearby historic Woolmers and Brickendon Estates, and Tasmania’s scenic northern midlands, relax with a cup of tea or a glass of wine in our lovely cottage garden, or browse our library and read a book in front of our cosy wood fire.
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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, streams and tarns in Australia, including Tasmania’s Highland Lakes, The Macquarie and South Esk Rivers, Four Springs Lake at Selbourne, and Brumby’s Creek.
For cyclists, Longford is the perfect base for exploring the quiet hedgerow lined roads through northern Tasmania’s beautiful countryside, or enjoying peaceful bush walks in the magnificent Great Western Tiers.