The Inn at Irwin Gardens

608 5th Street , Columbus, IN 47201 USA (Show map)


THE INN AT IRWIN GARDENS offers guests a rare opportunity to experience early 20th century luxury life while enjoying contemporary amenities. This magnificent home exemplifies the best in human craftsmanship, while the gardens display a taste of the beauty of God's creation. Share the grandeur of The Inn at Irwin Gardens with someone you love. This bed and breakfast style Inn is in the heart of Columbus, Indiana, a city well known for its unique character and extensive display of modern architecture.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Sunday Evening at Irwin Gardens

3.4 on August 08, 2016

Sarah was an extremely thoughtful hostess. Our accommodations in the Elsie Sweeney Room were very nice. We enjoyed the overnight stay.

Wonderful Overnight stay

4.8 on August 05, 2016

Really lovely experience...from the moment you walk in the door! Wine on the terrace, exceptional breakfast and lovely host!

The Best B&B so far

5 on July 10, 2016

We stayed at the Irwin house for two nights in June. We have stayed in quite a few B&Bs over the years but this place has been the best. It took our breath away when we first walked in to see the beautiful staircase and wood work in the main room. The innkeepers Sarah and Brittany showed us around the mansion. It was amazing. The service while we stayed was excellent. If we needed anything we just called Sarah o rBrittany and they would help us. We were served wine at 5pm in the evenings as part of guest services. We then walked down to a great Italian restaurant for dinner and then over to a bar for drinks before returning to sleep in a wonderful room. We chose to stay in the Elsie Sweeney Room.It had mahogany bedroom set with king bed. The bathroom had a vintage bath/shower combination. The breakfast we had on the first morning was fabulous but nothing compared to the Bananas Foster we had the second morning. The location was just a couple of blocks from downtown Columbus. Easy to walk to restaurants and bars in the evening and historic sites during the day. We loved the place so much we are giving our daughter and her husband a night there for their upcoming anniversary. And I am taking my wife back to stay for her birthday.

One of a kind place to stay

4.2 on June 27, 2016

The building and the gardens are absolutely beautiful! Friendly service and excellent breakfast. The only negative was the dirty bathroom. The toilet was dirty and a good layer of dust was on the base of the sink. Looked like the room hadn't been used in a while, the floors were dusty too. Will definitely stay again and check the room before settling in.

Unique B&B experience

4.0 on June 14, 2016

We’d been curious about Irwin Gardens since it opened as a B&B in 2010. The 1910 Edwardian mansion with its unique sunken formal garden is located adjacent to the Henry Moore arch sculpture and the First Christian Church which began Columbus’ reputation for architecture in 1942. The mansion and garden give you a bit of a Downton Abbey experience. Rooms are named after members of the Irwin family, responsible for Columbus’ architectural heritage. The interior is a bit plain and sparse with none of the Victorian fussiness. And since it’s remained in the family until becoming a B&B, it’s remarkably well preserved, with original period furniture and fixtures. A wedding rehearsal dinner was held the evening we were there, but it didn’t interfere with our enjoyment. Breakfast was served in a small dining room, mainly tables for two which didn’t allow much conversation with other guests. The weekend rates make this the most expensive B&B we’ve stayed at, but it is a unique experience, walking distance to all that downtown Columbus has to offer.

Awesome Stay! Beautiful place!

5 on June 08, 2016

We loved staying at the Irwin Gardens! It is such a beautiful place and the history of the building and the gardens is breathtaking. We will be back for another stay sometime soon!

Weekend get away

4.2 on May 25, 2016

My wife and I were looking for a unique experience, the Inn at Irwin Gardens delivered. Breakfast was delicious, the garden offered a pleasant place to sit and the house was full of charm and elegance.

Great oasis in the town of Columbus, IN

5 on May 06, 2016

It was so easy to get around town with the stay at the Inn at Irwin Gardens. The venue was quiet and close by to everything. We could walk or drive following the map of all the sculpture and buildings that were on the map. (Picked up the map at the Visitors Center for $3- great directions and excellent descriptions). Food was excellent! Sarah, our host, was great at making sure we were well attended. The archituecture and the furnishings were in excellent condition and made the venue feel like it was part of another era- which of course it was! Drove to Nashville, IN, where the arts and crafts were in abundance. Although it was a Monday and a lot of the stores were closed , we still were able to see and shop. Highly recommend a stay- you won't be disappointed. Lisa K Gleeson May 3,2016

Hoosier Abbey

4.4 on April 18, 2016

What a wonderful gem. Indiana has a museum quality bed and breakfast in the heart of one of the most architecturally significant cities in the country. My wife and I enjoyed our stay and plan to return when the gardens are in blooms. The service was wonderful and the food was outstanding.

What a wonderful stay

5 on February 29, 2016

My fiance and I could not have asked for a more perfect romantic getaway. The house was gorgeous, the innkeeper was so nice and helpful (she had champagne, flowers, and chocolate covered strawberries waiting our arrival), and the weather was perfect that weekend. Truly everything came together for an amazing weekend. We honestly wish we stayed longer because the Inn was so beautiful that we didn't really ever get a chance to check out the town!

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Rooms & Rates

Joseph Irwin Room

This large corner room has ample space for a comfortable seating area as well as a burl walnut empire style bedroom set with king bed. The massive windows give view to the First Christian Church, designed by Eliel Saarinen. The private bathroom has a vintage bath/shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Elsie Sweeney Room

This large corner room has ample space for a comfortable seating area as well as a full mahogany bedroom set with king bed. The massive windows give view to the First Christian Church, designed by Eliel Saarinen. The private bathroom has a vintage bath/shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Clementine Tangeman Suite

This four-room suite includes a large parlor, king bed private bath with shower, bedroom, kitchenette, and sunroom. The parlor can accommodate a conference table for small business gatherings or more sleeping space for additional guests. Please let us know how we can meet your needs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

JI and Xenia Miller Suite

This “Jack & Jill” suite has two sleeping rooms that share a common private bath. It’s ideal for two couples traveling together or a family with one or two mature children. Both rooms enjoy a view of the I.M. Pei designed library and court yard and the Eliel Saarinen designed First Christian Church. One room boasts a round copper clad bay window for optimal views and a queen bed, while the other has a king bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

WG Irwin Suite

In this ultra private offering, you’ll have the extraordinary third floor to yourself. Nearly the entire suite is finished with ornately detailed quarter-sawn white oak paneling with tapestries above. The parlor has a limestone fireplace and an amazing birds-eye view of the entire Gardens. There is a generous changing room with lots of built-in cabinetry. The bathroom boasts perhaps the most unique wrap-around shower imaginable in the early 1900’s… complete with a skylight!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

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Location Type

An hour from Indy, Louisville and Cincinnati, Small town


Indianapolis, IN (IND) 40 miles

Directions to property:

From Indianapolis head south on Interstate 65. Exit 68 to Columbus. 46 East over the bridge and past the courthouse. Left at Franklin. Right on 5th street. House is on the left just beyond the library. 608 5th Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Museum, The Miller House IMA extension tours have begun!, Outlet Stores, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Spa, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities , TVs are available in the suite level rooms.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Golfing, Architectural tours, Spa facilities, Local wineries, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other
  • Deposit Amount Required: Half of the cost is due at booking. For events we require 1/3 down.
  • Cancellations: 48 hours notice for full refunds.



Sarah Johnston and Brittany Snowden

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  • Time Served: 8:00-9:30
  • Serving Location: Veranda/gardens, Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian