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


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.

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.

Fabulous experience...made our Kentucky Derby

4.0 on May 06, 2015

My mother's bucket list included a trip to the Kentucky Derby, so for her birthday I decided to take her. Because I didn't book until February, the rooms in Louisville were mostly sold out, which was actually a blessing, as I forced me outside Louisville and into finding the Inn at Irwin Gardens. Our stay the the Inn totally made our Derby experience, beautiful place and fantastic staff! Thanks so much!

Spring Fling

4.4 on May 05, 2015

Our Granddaughter who attends the school across the street invited us to attend the Spring Fling function. The Inn provided a perfect space to entertain her(Grade one) with a tour prior to the event, have a formal tea with her will we talked about her school and her activities(just the tree of us so it was special) and then to walk downtown for a very enjoyable dinner after the event. The room was very good in all aspects and the service and breakfast top line.

Short Stay

4.8 on April 26, 2015

Very much enjoyed our short stay. Quiet, relaxing and Breakfast was awesome!

wonderful experience

3.8 on April 11, 2015

Beautiful Inn and Gardens. Staffing was thin--only saw one person our entire stay. The Gardens are outstanding, but are in need of major work.Architectural details of house, interior and exterior are amazing. A few little things need fixing (stairway post tops). Furnishings very appropriate, bathroom well done. No tv cable service in most rooms. ?? Staff extremely helpful, and she cooked three memorable breakfasts for us!

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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