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The Inn at Irwin Gardens

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

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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

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Histpric Beauty

5 on March 01, 2015

Excellent historic preservation,period appropriate antique furnishings,large rooms,excellent value.

Great retreat

5 on February 24, 2015

Fantastic two day stay. Our second time. Great place for some much needed R&R. Highly recommended. We will be back.

A particular pleasure

5 on February 21, 2015

It was a particular pleasure for us to stay at the inn because a grandparent worked at there when it was the Irwin/Miller family home. We were able to swap stories and see bits of the home that filled in some childhood memories, so for us all was "outstanding." The inn is walking distance to several downtown restaurants and we were sorry we could not explore more of them. The home and furnishings, so many of which are original to the home, are a treat to see. Being February, the gardens were just the "bones" of what they will be later in the year, but still lovely. And you can't go wrong with the public library next door and the fascinating architecture around Columbus.

A great place to stay in Columbus

4.2 on February 17, 2015

A great place to stay in Columbus, especially paired up with a tour of the nearby Miller House and Gardens. Staff friendly and helpful. The Irwin Suite was fantastic - well worth the climb to 3rd Floor - best nights sleep in months and best shower ever. We'll be back when the weather is warmer and the gardens are in bloom.

Beautiful house, excellent service, tasty food.

4.8 on February 16, 2015

This place was great, very unique and beautify, yet barely more expensive than the run-of-the-mill hotels nearby. I wish I could have stayed longer.

This place is AWESOME!

5 on January 12, 2015

This is beautiful Inn! Has tons of history and the staff and services are great. The food is always good n fresh. Always some thing new.

A Step back in Time

4.0 on November 23, 2014

My husband and I were very pleased with our stay at The Inn at Irwin Gardens. Our accommodations were lovely. Sarah, the Inn Keeper, was so helpful and provided a delicious breakfast for us. The Inn was a lovely place to get away from it all.

wonderful experience

5 on November 14, 2014

We had a delightful stay. I don't remember being told that we had to put out the sign in order to get housekeeping service - would have liked that.

Beautiful, Relaxing, Historic Place to Stay!

5 on November 12, 2014

My wife and I stayed here one night on our honeymoon. We had the Irwin Bachelor 3rd floor suite all to ourselves, and it was amazing! This place is so beautiful from the architecture of the buildings, the furnishings in every room, to the magnificent gardens outside. The Innkeeper, Sarah, was so professional and great about making sure our stay was comfortable. And the breakfast we had the next morning was their version of banana's foster french! It was so delicious! We will definitely be making a return trip here in the future.


4.4 on November 08, 2014

Beautiful, historic home. Relaxed atmosphere. The location--one-half block to the Visitor's Center, across the street from a Saarinen church, and next to the I.M. Pei-designed library--can't be beat.

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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: 14 days notice for full refunds.



Rosanne Gordon and Sarah Johnston

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

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian


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

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