“Warm Hospitality”. We stayed at the Racecourse Inn in Longford (near Launceston) for three nights in June. It is a beautiful old Georgian house with period furniture. The inn is a good launch pad to visit nearby Brickendon (a working farm established in colonial times and originally run with convict labour) and historic Woolmers, which is a world heritage site similar to Brickendon, with a wonderful caf?. We also visited the Evandale Markets, which are held on Sunday mornings, which has bric-a-brac alongside the freshest vegetables you’re ever likely to see. There is artwork displayed on the walls of the inn by our host Annabelle, who has great artistic talent, and also some artwork from the local gallery in Longford depicting the fascinating Tarkine region. We slept in the Red Room, which is a medium-to-large room and it was perfect for us. It was a cold stretch (there was frost for most of the day and the thermometer got down to -5?C overnight) but we were toasty warm because the inn has a fireplace in the dining room and heating throughout. Our room had reverse cycle air conditioning, and there were spare blankets and a doona in the cupboard, if you need it.
Every morning we were treated to a fantastic breakfast. The hosts Annabelle and Richard put out a continental breakfast with yoghurt, cereals, three different kinds of stewed fruits (a changing palette, but for example, raspberries from the raspberry farm at the end of the road, apples from their own garden in the summer months, plus their own rhubarb), home-made jams and if you so desire, a wonderful full cooked breakfast prepared by Richard, with very yellow Racecourse Inn eggs. You can even meet the chickens and get to know them by name!
The hosts also treated us to a glass of wine in the evening when we arrived and it was a pleasure to engage with two very interesting individuals and relax by the fireside. On one evening we also had the opportunity to meet the other guests and mingle and that was very enjoyable because everyone has a different tourist experience.
Although we were there for three nights I don’t feel I have explored enough of the region yet and so we will definitely be back to visit the Racecourse Inn again.
Room Tip: We saw the different rooms and they were all charming.
Stayed June 2015, travelled as a couple