I didn't really know what to expect from The Racecourse Inn but it pleasantly surprised.
The Building has had a colourful history and was at one stage in disrepair and almost demolished. Staying you can't help but think the refurbishments are still going on (bare unpainted timber in places) but it doesn't take away from beautiful rooms and gardens.
The hosts are lovely people and manage to address all guests by name. Their food is even more impressive; my breakfast at theRacecourse Inn was the best I had in Tassie. (Although I would have preferred espresso coffee (there was a machine) than the plunger coffee - hardly a deal breaker)
Longford is steeped in history and close to many wineries/vineyards.
Wool ears in particular, and also Brickendons, are worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Racecourse Inn offers stylish accommodation, together with warm, country hospitality in a heritage listed Georgian former coaching inn, in historic Longford, one of Tasmania's oldest villages. This beautifully restored building was originally named the “Northern Hotel”, and subsequently renamed "The Racecourse Hotel" after the Longford racecourse, Australia’s oldest continuously operating track. Our five en-suite guest rooms have been individually furnished with period antiques with the comfort of the traveller in mind. Upstairs are three delightful attic rooms with dormer windows and sloping timber-lined ceilings, and downstairs are two generous bedrooms, including a spacious heritage suite with a king-sized bed, open fireplace and double spa. Your accommodation includes a full cooked and continental breakfast featuring tasty locally sourced Tasmanian ingredients, many of them home-grown and hand picked daily from our kitchen garden and orchard. We also have a fully licenced bar and lounge area. With roses trailing over its convict-made brickwork, the picture-perfect two-storey Racecourse Inn (built 1860), is steeped in the history of Longford, itself one of the first villages settled in Tasmania. For those interested in history, the building itself contains one of only three barrel vaulted ceilings in Tasmania, and is furnished with period antiques. Our beautiful accommodation is only minutes away from Longford’s main tourist attractions, including The World Heritage listed Brickendon Farm Village and Woolmers Estate, home to the National Rose Garden. Other historic buildings in the district include Entally House, Franklin House and Clarendon House. We’re only a short drive from the picturesque Tamar Valley wine route, and some of the best fly fishing lakes and streams in Australia, including Brumby’s Creek, The Macquarie and South Esk Rivers. The Racecourse Inn is the perfect base for touring Northern Tasmania; only 15 minutes from Launceston airport, 20 minutes from the centre of Launceston and one hour from the Spirit of Tasmania terminal in Devonport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Racecourse Inn Longford, Tasmania