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

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!

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!


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!!

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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