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The Inn at Irwin Gardens

608 5th Street , Columbus, IN 47201 USA (Show map)
142 Reviews
$175 - $290
per night

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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.

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

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142 Reviews

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Beautiful weekend retreat!

5 on October 20, 2014

We celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary with an overnight stay at The Inn at Irwin Gardens and could not have asked for a more beautiful, peaceful place. The accommodations were comfortable, the gardens were magnificent, and the breakfast was superb. We will definitely come back!

An exceptional place to stay

4.8 on October 19, 2014

Fascinating place to stay. One gets to see where this remarkable family lived and try to imagine what their lives were like. Great location, friendly staff. Could ask for nothing more than better coffee to accompany the otherwise excellent breakfast.

Access to fabulous gardens a bonus.

3.4 on September 16, 2014

This is the best place to stay in Columbus, Indiana. It had the whole package:, beautiful house, clean, cozy rooms, fabulous gardens, delightful innkeepers, and good breakfasts. Wine was waiting for us in the library after a full day of touring the architectural wonders of Columbus.

Glorious Irwin

4.0 on September 03, 2014

What an absolute awesome place. Home and gardens were SPECTACULAR. Gardens are beyond belief. This is truly a GEM and Columbus is an great city to visit.

What a lovely place to stay.

5 on August 23, 2014

We had a wonderful stay. The Inn is in the downtown area, it was easy to walk to restaurants and shopping. The service was great, the breakfast was delicious and the Innkeeper, Sarah was the best!

Awesome stay in Columbus IN

5 on July 28, 2014

Our overnight was magical. Awesome home, grounds, and hospitality.

review Inn at Irwin Gardens

5 on July 08, 2014

It was perfect- quiet, private and beautiful accommodations- attentive staff!

Great Stay

4.6 on July 01, 2014

Had a great stay. Would like to come back soon.

Irwin Gardens Getaway

4.4 on June 30, 2014

The Inn at Irwin Gardens is truly a step back time and an opportunity to experience life in decades past. Full access to the home and gardens makes the experience unique. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful.

Inn at Irwin Gardens

5 on June 26, 2014

The house was beautiful, our suite was clean and nice, the gardens were gorgeous. The resident innkeeper was attentive, friendly, and her breakfasts were delicious. We enjoyed our stay very much.

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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

Spa, Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast

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, In-room internet, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

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
  • [Resource Id: alcohol_provided, Set: propertyview] No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • [Resource Id: disabledaccess, Set: propertyview] Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • 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

Languages spoken


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

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

Details Diamond Collection

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

Property highlights

Free $75 gift card with a $250+ gift card purchase