A retreat for
all seasons

Bed & breakfast in Cornwall, Ontario

Rooms & rates

Enjoy our 4 luxurious bedrooms with ensuite baths.

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Events & Garden

The perfect venue for garden parties,
small weddings & receptions.


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- Estd 1814

History of the Inn

Auberge Chesley’s Inn is located on the traditional lands of the Akwasasne Community. The Inn was built in 1814 by Alsaints Chesley.  Alsaints was one of three brothers from New York State who all fought on the Revolutionary side during the American War of Independence.  He brought his family to Cornwall in 1800 where he seems to have had a change of heart as he and his sons fought on the Canadian side during the War of 1812 – while his brothers were both in American regiments.  According to a family historian in the U.S. it caused a family rift which lasted some years!

The first record left by a visitor to the Inn is contained in a memoir written by Charles Fothergill.  An émigré from England, Fothergill traveled by sleigh from Montreal to Kingston in the winter of 1817.  He quotes the Innkeeper, John Chesley as telling him that the difference between Canadians and Americans is that ”The Canadians are richer than they seem – but the Yankees seem richer than they are – making a great display of small means…”

Another prominent early visitor who recorded her impressions was Catherine Parr Traill.   Traill and her sister Susanna Moodie both achieved literary fame writing about life in the backwoods of Upper Canada.  Traill was a bit of a snob and disliked Americans.  In her record of her visit to Chesley’s Inn she sniffs that “Mrs. Chesley showed her into a room that had no bed curtains and an excuse for a washstand.  When she asked Mrs. Chesley whether or not their was something larger, she was told there was another room with four beds – three of which were occupied by men – and asked if she would prefer that.”  Mrs. Traill was not amused.

Popular local legend also has it that Charles Dickens spent a night when he passed  through Cornwall during his 1840’s tour of the Americas.

The coming of the railway moved traffic away from the St. Lawrence River and the Inn was eventually turned into a private residence.  Many people in Cornwall still refer to it as Dr. Taylor’s house.  During the Taylor’s long occupancy the house was a popular hangout for theatrical groups and the site of lively social affairs.  In those days before cheap travel to southern beaches, Mrs. Taylor once confronted the winter blues by having a ton of sand dumped in one of the drawing rooms and held a February beach party in which guests had to arrive in bathing suits!

In recent years the house had fallen on hard times and was in a derelict state when purchased by the current owner and lovingly restored to highlight both its features as a one-time Inn and as a gracious family home.  Once again it is welcoming guests.


Rooms & Rates


* Breakfast included. *Check in:  3PM   *Check out:  11AM
*Cancellation policy:  Full refund with one week notice, otherwise charges will apply. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. *Cornwall has added a MAT (Municipal Accommodation Tax) of 4%

French Room

The French Room has two full-size twin beds.  It’s perfect for friends, siblings traveling together – or married couples where one partner has a tendency to kick and squirm! Equipped with pillow top mattresses and luxury Aul Lit duvets, this room features French ormolu furnishings, Persian carpets and has an ensuite bath with a rain forest shower.  It is also equipped with an iPod dockable stereo/radio, hair dryer and toiletries.  There is also hi-speed wi-fi.

$150.00 plus HST and MAT

Governor's Suite

The Governor’s Suite is named for the fact that the Upper Canadian colonial elite gathered at Chesley’s Inn in 1834 to launch work on the Cornwall Canal – one of the first attempts to create a St. Lawrence Seaway.  It is said that copious amounts of libations were consumed.  It is the largest suite at Chesley’s Inn.

The bedroom features a mahogany four-poster queen-size bed, a fine Sheraton dresser and magnificent  carvings from Bali, as well as other works of art.  The spa-like bathroom has a large rain forest shower and features one of the original 1814 fireplaces.

There is an adjoining private sitting room/office making this the perfect space both for those who desire more privacy and for business travelers who need a place to work.  The suite also has an iPod dockable stereo/radio.

There is also high-speed wi-fi.


* Breakfast included. *Check in:  3PM   *Check out:  11AM
*Cancellation policy:  Full refund with one week notice, otherwise charges will apply. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. *Cornwall has added a MAT (Municipal Accommodation Tax) of 4%


* Breakfast included. *Check in:  3PM   *Check out:  11AM
*Cancellation policy:  Full refund with one week notice, otherwise charges will apply. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. *Cornwall has added a MAT (Municipal Accommodation Tax) of 4%

Tudor Room

This room is popular with everyone from newlyweds to those who just want room to spread out.  It features a king-size Henry VIIIth-style bed with a wooden canopy and a lovely cushion top mattress.  The room has a desk and an iPod dockable radio/stereo.

The walls are decorated with original art, an antique kilim carpet from Persia and a silk wall hangings from Lao. The full ensuite bath features a rain forest shower. There is also high-speed wi-fi.

Innkeeper’s Quarters

Located in the rear wing of the Inn, “The Innkeeper’s Quarters” is a completely self-contained two-bedroom apartment.  It has a fully equipped kitchen with stove, fridge, microwave, dishes and pots and pans.   The  sitting room comes with a DVD  and a VHS player plus an assortment of classic movies.

The larger bedroom has a full queen-size bed and the smaller a double antique Jenny Lind spool bed.   The light-filled new bathroom comes with a rain forest shower.

The Innkeeper’s Quarters welcomes travellers with children and pets and offers an extra degree of privacy for guests visiting Chesley’s Inn.

Note: The Innkeeper’s Quarter’s is a housekeeping unit with a fully equipped kitchen and does not include breakfast.


* Breakfast included. *Check in:  3PM   *Check out:  11AM
*Cancellation policy:  Full refund with one week notice, otherwise charges will apply. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. *Cornwall has added a MAT (Municipal Accommodation Tax) of 4%

Menu & Food

Our breakfasts highlight local organic ingredients

Breakfasts at Chesley’s inn are served at flexible times convenient for guests. Coffee is ground fresh every morning,

The menu highlights in-season local foods.   The cheese trays offer an assortment of Ontario, Quebec and European artisanal cheeses.  The trays also include creton, the traditional French-Canadian breakfast spread.  Fresh fruit trays include both exotic and local offerings. Yogurt and cereals are also available.

Whether you are enjoying a frittata, an omelet or simply over-easy, the eggs come from free-range locally raised chickens. Guests love our bacon, which comes from organically raised heritage Berkshire hogs and is smoked the traditional way for two weeks without any chemical accelerants or additives. The bacon comes from Langview Farms in nearby Williamstown.

Guests can choose between fresh from the oven butter scones, homemade pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup, frittatas or omelets.  The seven-grain bread for toast comes from Riley’s Bakery just down the street. Jams and jellies come from local markets.  Some are made from fruit grown on the grounds of the Inn.

Events & Garden

Chesley’s Inn has more than a quarter of an acre of gardens.  They are set behind six foot fences and offer both privacy and the perfect location for garden parties, small weddings and receptions.  The gardens can also be coupled with the great rooms inside.

The music room/library has a grand piano and games table and the Grand Salon can be opened up to accommodate larger groups.  Whether it’s an anniversary, reunion, wedding shower or wedding we can accommodate your needs and provide a truly unique setting for your next event. Chesley’s can also connect you with fine caterers to make your event extra special.

No chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides are used on the grounds of Chesley’s Inn creating a safe environment for children, pets or just those who like to walk in the grass in their bare feet.

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40 First Street West, Cornwall, Ontario. K6J 1B9. Canada

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