The Inn at Irwin Gardens

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

About

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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Overall
4.5

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

Delightful Experience!

5 on January 07, 2016

My husband and I had a delightful stay at the Inn.It's truly like stepping back in time. The entire mansion is as it was in the early 1900's. We stayed in the top floor "bachelor" suite which overlooked the gardens. The room was very comfortable, with amazing detailed woodwork, and featured the original wrap around shower in the bathroom! We were served a full breakfast in the dining room and the innkeeper was very caring and helpful. If you are traveling around the Columbus area I would highly recommend a visit here.


Grand Getaway

5 on December 13, 2015

Wonderfully preserved estate. Great location. Excellent food and service. So relaxing!


WEEKEND GETAWAY

4.6 on November 11, 2015

What a charming place to stay! Room was very comfortable and quiet. The garden was done for the season but would be beautiful in the summer. Breakfast, the only meal, was okay but not spectacular. Inn keeper was very courteous and helpful. Loved looking at the turn of the century fixtures and nick-naks, especially all the old magazines from the 30's and 40's.


A hidden gem

4.6 on November 10, 2015

Outstanding historic Inn and gardens. It is like stepping back in time. It offers a great location in downtown Columbus and has the wonderful One Body One Soul Spa in the caretaker's cottage. Breakfast was outstanding too! We would highly recommend this property.


What a brilliant place to stay!

4.4 on November 01, 2015

The Inn at Irwin Gardens is absolutely one of the most beautiful places I have stayed. The house is in amazing condition, with all period furniture and decor. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, and the living areas are welcoming, they absolutely beg you to come and enjoy them. We visited Columbus with friends and I could not be more pleased with our choice of accommodations. We stayed in the bachelor suite which gave a lovely view of the gardens, but is on the 3rd floor and is not handicap accessible (all other rooms are). The gardens are amazing, I only wish I had an event to plan that I could hold there! Wine in the evening, breakfast in the morning-wonderful. You can walk to most restaurants. You don't get to choose your breakfast (at least we never asked what it was going to be) but if you have dietary concerns you can mention that when booking. My only complaint is that having spent a couple of days in Columbus, I'm not sure why we would go there again, but I will work hard to find a reason because I desperately want to stay at the Inn another time.


Beautiful retreat

3.8 on October 30, 2015

Loved the home and gardens and hope to visit again with my daughters in the spring.


A wonderful experience in Columbus, Indiana

5 on September 29, 2015

This site has the best of both centuries. The charm and glamour of the 20th century is there yet one has all the amenities you would want of the 21st century!! Absolutely gorgeous gardens!!


Unexpected delight in Columbus, IN

4.4 on June 03, 2015

Our "regular" room was huge and well appointed. The service and food was outstanding. We didn't want to leave the garden area, there are so many treasures to view. The location is great as well, many fantastic restaurants within walking distance.


Great stay!!!

5 on May 29, 2015

We had a wonderful stay at the Inn at Irwin Gardens. The resident inn keeper, Sarah, is a fount of knowledge on the history of the building, the gardens and Columbus. She was charming and warm. Made us feel right at home. Our room was fantastic! We stayed up on the third floor with great views of the extensive gardens and a wrap-around shower from 1910 that was worth the stay on its own. We'll be back! The Inn at Irwin Gardens is not to be missed! Fantastic stay!!!


Wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary

5 on May 08, 2015

A beautiful setting to celebrate our anniversary. The Inn is in a beautiful 1910 Edwardian mansion. The staff was competent and friendly. The food was outstanding. One breakfast included bananas foster french toast with vanilla ice cream on the side, fresh fruit, and sausage. The gardens are beautiful, with numerous places to sit and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. We did not want to leave.


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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

Location Type

An hour from Indy, Louisville and Cincinnati, Small town

Airport

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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Policies

  • 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.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Sarah Johnston and Brittany Snowden

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

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

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian