Built in 1860, The Racecourse Inn offers Australian colonial country-house accommodations with free WiFi and free onsite parking. This 2-story B&B is surrounded by lovely English-style gardens and offers antique furnishings. The property is 2 minutes' drive from the World Heritage-listed Brickendon Estate, with its historic Farm Village and Woolmers Estate, which includes the beautiful National Rose Garden onsite.

Located in the historic town of Longford, which was settled in 1813, the convict-built Racecourse Inn B&B is 15 minutes' drive from Launceston Airport. It is 20 minutes' drive from the Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery, Cataract Gorge and the James Boag's Brewery.

The upper story offers attic rooms with sloped ceilings and large windows, while downstairs features a spacious heritage suite boasting an open fireplace and a 2-person spa bath. All rooms include bed linen, toiletries and a hairdryer. Children's cots and bedding are available on request.

A full English cooked and a continental breakfast are provided each morning. This features locally-sourced Tasmanian produce and ingredients including poached fruit from the property's garden and orchard and artisan wood-fired bread. There is also a licensed guest lounge.

This property offers unusual architectural features and is ideal for those interested in history and period design.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip.

The Racecourse Inn has been welcoming Booking.com guests since May 15, 2015

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.5)

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast Info

Continental, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Buffet

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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This property is part of the Travel Sustainable program, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.
Property questions and answers
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  • Hello, my daughter and I were looking at staying at the racecourse inn, in the Queen suite, are we able to have to sofa bed made up for my daughter?
    Hello, thank you for your message. The sofa bed is made up with bedding, with spare blankets and pillows in a chest of drawers in the room.
    Answered on 25 October 2021
  • Hi there, I'm looking to stay in Longford on Saturday night 25/07 as I'll be driving at Symmons Plains on Sunday. Do you have off street parking that..
    Dear Andrew, thank you for your enquiry; unfortunately we are closed at the moment for repairs. Regards, Annabelle
    Answered on 21 July 2020
  • hi, if my flight arrives at 9:35pm, will a late check in be available? thanks.
    Hello, yes, we can provide a late check-in. We are approximately 15 minutes from Launceston Airport. If your flight is delayed, we would appreciate ..
    Answered on 13 November 2019
  • What type if sofa bed us it comfortable ? As booking would be for a myself and 90 yr old mum.
    Hello, both of the sofa beds (in the Queen Suite and the upstairs Queen room) have sprung mattresses, and are quite comfortable for children and avera..
    Answered on 5 January 2020
  • Is there a walk in shower in the superior king room? Thanks
    Hello, the shower in the downstairs Superior King room is over the bath, with a step up. The downstairs Queen has a walk-in shower. Regards, Annabelle
    Answered on 23 July 2020

Hosted by Annabelle Sandes

Host Review Score

Annabelle Sandes
The Racecourse Inn, originally "The Northern Hotel", was purpose built as a coaching inn in 1860 by Ticket-of-Leave convict William Dean. Constructed of convict made bricks, the inn has two spacious rooms downstairs rooms and one guest room upstairs. The current dining room was originally a ballroom, and features a unique barrel vaulted ceiling, one of only three of its type in Tasmania. Furnished with Australian colonial antiques, the house is still welcoming weary travellers nearly 160 years after it was built.
We love beautifully cooked fresh Tasmanian produce, good wines, photography and exploring the wonderful surroundings of the northern midlands. You'll also find us in the local auction houses searching for antique treasures for this gorgeous house. Richard is a farrier by trade, and after cooking our guests a delicious breakfast, travels northern Tasmania shoeing horses. Annabelle is an artist and photographer, and paints oil portraits of animals, and watercolours of Tasmanian wildlife and flora in her spare time. We enjoy showing guests around our lovely cottage garden, and introducing guests to our animals - our chooks Hester and Parsnip, Pippin, the Tasmanian Smithfield collie, and Delphine, our gorgeous little cat.
Longford was first settled in 1813, part of the Norfolk Plains, a rich agricultural region. As one of the oldest towns in Tasmania, Longford has many Georgian and early Victorian buildings which contribute to a delightful townscape, with two World Heritage properties - Woolmers Estate (also home to the National Rose Garden), and Brickendon Farm Estate - only minutes from the town centre. Well known for its beautiful gardens and English style hedges, Longford is at the confluence of the Macquarie and South Esk Rivers, and also offers some of the best fly fishing in Australia. We are also only a short drive from the beautiful Tamar Valley Wine Route, and an easy day trip from the stunning beaches on the east coast, and Cradle Mountain.
Language spoken: English
Area info *
Amenities of The Racecourse Inn
Great facilities! Review score, 9.9
Most popular amenities
Free parking
Non-smoking rooms
Free WiFi
Family rooms
Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Alarm clock
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • BBQ facilities
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • DVD player
  • Radio
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Restaurant
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Packed lunches
  • Express check-in/out
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • Electric blankets
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Carpeted
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
Languages Spoken
  • English

House rules

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From 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM


From 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Crib upon request

The number of cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

There are no extra beds available at this property.

All cribs are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in

Mastercard Visa UnionPay credit card Eftpos American Express Cash is not accepted The Racecourse Inn accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

Please note that the car park entry is via Bulwer Street. Please turn in from Marlborough Street and drive through the first gap in the hedge.

Please note the owner resides at the property and has pets.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), make sure you're booking this property in accordance with the destination's local government guidelines, including (but not limited to) the purpose of travel and maximum group size.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimize transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property currently isn't accepting guests from certain countries on dates where such guidelines exist.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

It's not possible to stay at this property for coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine purposes.

Please inform The Racecourse Inn of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

FAQs about The Racecourse Inn

  • Room options at The Racecourse Inn include:

    • Double
    • Suite

  • The Racecourse Inn offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Skiing
    • Fishing
    • Golf course (within 2 miles)

  • Yes, The Racecourse Inn is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • Check-in at The Racecourse Inn is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • The prices at The Racecourse Inn may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • The Racecourse Inn is 0.9 miles from the center of Longford.