The Experience

Located in the charming Town of Rothesay, New Brunswick, this nine room, two suite inn offers the hospitality and ambiance reminiscent of a by-gone era.  The Inn has a dining room that can accommodate 50 people, a small intimate dining room for 2 to 20 people, and a newer glassed-in addition overlooking the side patio garden for meetings or dining with seating for 40 people.  Many guests enjoy relaxing in the mahogany paneled lounge while sipping cocktails.  During the summer season our canopied deck, patio and manicured gardens are used continually for weddings, anniversaries and business receptions.  The winter may close the canopy and patios but the fun switches to Yule tide surroundings indoors.

The Inn was built in 1870 by James F. Robertson for twenty thousand dollars.  Originally named 'Karsalie', the home has operated as an inn for the past fifty-plus years. The Inn offers full services with a staff of twenty.

Shadow Lawn at a glance
The Inn is located about fifteen kilometers east of the City of Saint John and ten kilometers from the Saint John Airport.  During the summer, when colorful blooms and vines overtake the trellises surrounding the mansion's sprawling veranda, the property's delightful gardens are a grand sight to see.  Inside the Inn, gleaming hardwood floors and painted woodwork retain the elegance of the past while potted plants add color and life to the warm and cozy rooms.  Decorated with a blend of vintage antiques, the guest rooms offer Victorian charm with modern amenities.

The Inn is within close proximity to many recreation venues including:

  • Yacht Club
  • Golf Courses
  • Beaches
  • Walking/Running Trails
  • Tennis & Racquetball Courts

Related links

Tourism New Brunswick
The Town of Rothesay
The City of Saint John

Special Notes

  • Dining & guest rooms are completely smoke-free
  • Gift cards available
  • Catering services
  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and EnRoute/Diner's Club accepted

The History of Shadow Lawn Inn
 When it was 'Karsalie'
King Edward VII passed through this part of Saint John in 1860 and the residents decided to name the area after his title, Duke of Cornwall and Rothesay.  The tree-lined roadway that leads into the community and the beautifully maintained 19th century mansions mark Rothesay as a wealthy extension of old Saint John.It was here in 1870 that Mr. James F. Robertson built 'Karsalie', a stately mansion that he used as his summer home.  Mr. Robertson was a founding partner and later president of MRA's (Manchester, Robertson and Allison), the largest department store in the City of Saint John. 

The Birth of 'Shadow Lawn'
When Mr. Robertson passed away in 1921, the house was sold to his nephew, Percy Thomson.  One change Mr. Thomson made was to rename Karsalie.  Over the decades, the cedar hedges, fully grown and their shadows with those of the birch, maple, oak and elm trees that graced the lawns, were cast across the grounds.  From this came the name 'Shadow Lawn'. It was in 1946 that Shadow Lawn began to change from a family home to an Inn.  The Flemming family, who purchased the property, began to provide accommodation to seniors and offer catering services.  The next owners, Willie and Jean Ward began to expand upon the original concept of catering and hospitality and created a unique and enjoyable inn. 

Present Day
In 1986 the Inn was sold to Patrick and Margaret Gallagher.  Under their guidance Shadow Lawn has evolved into one of Atlantic Canada's premier inns bearing international acclaim. 
As of July 1, 2010, Patrick and Margaret's son, James and his wife Mary Ann (McGuire), have become the current owners of Shadow Lawn Inn.  With the help of their parents, they made gradual changes to the Inn and are attracting new visitors from all over the world.

Keep in touch...

1 800 561 4166
1 506 847 7539

3180 Rothesay Rd
Rothesay NB
E2E 5V7