The Flying Frog Bed and Breakfast

396 North Main Street , Franklin, IN 46131 USA (Show map)


Be pampered in our large European themed guest rooms w/private baths in our large historic Italianate home built in 1876. A gourmet breakfast awaits you each morning in our sunny yellow dining room or on our large covered front porch. Our guests love the New Orleans style balcony running the full length of the house where they can relax with a glass of wine or cup of coffee and a good book. Each room has a queen or king comfortable bed, flat-screened tv and luxurious linens and free Wi-Fi. A 24 hour beverage center is located near guest rooms. The Flying Frog is decorated with eclectic and antique furnishings and each room is painted a vibrant color. We want to make your stay a memorable one!!! Our B&B is only three blocks from our charming downtown area filled with restaurants, bars, a historic movie theater, unique shops including antique, vintage items, chocolate, candles, clothing, gift stores, etc. Walk neighborhoods lining old brick streets with beautiful old historic homes There is a great greenway trail for biking, walking and running. Within 15 minutes you can visit an outlet mall, a large antique mall, wineries and breweries. Just 25 minutes south is downtown Indianapolis home to Lucas Oil Stadium, the Convention Center, Pacers Arena, Indy 500 track, musuems, hundred of restaurants, nightlife, stores, a zoo and you can even take a gondola ride down the canal ! The Flying Frog is a perfect place for your stay.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Great relaxing getaway

4.4 on May 07, 2016

Decor and room was really nice. Super comfortable bed and awesome bathroom. Great food and helpful innkeepers.

Perfect Weekend Getaway

5 on April 20, 2016

My husband and I stayed at The Flying Frog for our one year anniversary this past weekend. We chose it in large part because of the photos on their website. We can safely say reality did not disappoint. The entire B&B is beautifully decorated, clean, and cozy. The upper and lower front porch was also a great feature. The B&B is located within walking distance to downtown Franklin as well as the college campus, which makes for a perfect afternoon or evening stroll. The owners were incredibly kind and professional, not to mention they made a delicious dessert and in the morning a three course breakfast. We would happily recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a weekend getaway. Hopefully we'll be returning ourselves as well.

Our favorite bed and breakfast yet!!!

5 on March 07, 2016

We loved staying at The Flying Frog. Everything was perfectly clean and extremely elegant, it was an easy drive to Indy, and our room was so comfortable. Butch and Sharon were the perfect hosts... they had an amazing breakfast that was carefully thought out, and gave us tips on where tip to go in Indy. My wife and i highly recommend them!

Can I move in?

4.4 on October 31, 2015

Loved the decor and the food. There was plenty of relaxing time with a short walk to a downtown pub for dinner and a relaxing evening on the upstairs porch illuminated by the soft glow from the street lights. Amenities in the 2nd floor foyer are well-thought out with a small fridge, wine cooler, and Keurig. Deciding between the Paris room and the Giovanni room was tough but ultimately had to go with Italy. Loved the tub! Scrumptious breakfast! Equally enjoyable were my hosts! I was traveling solo and appreciated getting to know them and learning about the many places they have visited. Don't forget to hug them on the way out, it will complete you!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking time to write a review and for choosing our B&B for your stay. We're glad to hear you enjoyed our property.

One of the Best Bed and Breakfast

5 on June 01, 2015

To Sharon and Butch, We want to Thank You for being such gracious host. Our visit with you from the fist minute was nothing but Great. Not only did you have a snack waiting for us when we returned from our concert, but drinks as well (non-alcoholic that is). The breakfast that you served which was a 3 course meal was Excellent. It could not have been any nicer. Thank you so much from the Yost family.

Innkeeper Response
So glad you enjoyed your stay. One of the best things about running a B&B is the nice people we meet who stay with us. Thanks for choosing The Flying Frog!

Wonderful "Girls'-Night-Out" stay!

5 on April 06, 2015

After watching Sharon and Butch restore the Flying Frog B&B, my sons knew that I wanted to try it out, and they gave me a gift certificate for Christmas! So although I live locally, I told my friend we were having a "girls" weekend and pretending we were new in town! We stayed in the 1940's Paris Room. It was decorated beautifully! The bed was so comfortable, and the bathroom was nice with a huge shower. We were shown several of the other rooms- I would have been happy staying in any of them! All of the common areas in the house are so pretty- they have so many interesting things to look at, and Sharon was nice to tell us about a lot of them. The food! Oh my, where to begin?!?! Sharon served us a Godiva Chocolate Pudding Cake dessert the night we arrived- sinfully delicious! Breakfast was delicious- we started with a roasted pear with a creamy caramel sauce, which was stuffed with a little goat cheese/nut filling (my favorite). Then we had poached eggs in a hash brown nest, bacon, and chocolate chip scones. It wasn't over yet- our final course was a blueberry and lemon cream cheese stuffed crepe. Everything was absolutely wonderful. We spent some of our time there exploring the neat places in town. We ate supper at the Willard Restaurant, went to a movie at the Historic Artcraft Theatre, and shopped the wonderful antique stores in downtown Franklin. Lots of neat things to do when you visit. Thank you, Sharon and Butch, for being such friendly hosts, and making us feel so welcome in your home! I know what I'll be giving my sons as a repeat idea for a fabulous Christmas present!

Quaint and Comfortable

5 on February 11, 2015

This was our first experience with a bed and breakfast. What a treat! I only wish I could give it more than five stars. Owners Sharon and Butch are so welcoming and friendly and helpful. Plus unbelievable cooks. I've never had a three course breakfast. Just delicious. Sharon was helpful in helping me find what I needed in the town of Franklin. I would highly recommend this place for travelers through Franklin!

Innkeeper Response
What a nice review ! I'm glad your first stay at a B&B was a good one. We wouldn't enjoy doing what we do if it weren't for the nice people that say with us.

a great weekend getaway...

4.6 on February 10, 2015

We had a great weekend getawat at the Flying Frog. Our hosts were very welcoming and their home is beautiful. We enjoyed walking around the quaint community and relaxing in our comfortable, well appointed room. Breakfast was delicious and dessert in the evening was a special treat!

Innkeeper Response
So glad you enjoyed your stay. We appreciate you taking a few minutes to write a review. Thanks!

A gem!

5 on November 25, 2014

This beautiful home in Franklin In has been turned into the perfect Bed and Breakfast. From the lovely rooms, comfy beds, wonderful food, and the expansive front porches- it was just a real treat to stay here. We will definitely be back to the Flying Frog. And Sharon, the owner, was so wonderful to us. I now feel that I have a new friend. Don't miss this place if you are in the Indianapolis area.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to write this. We do love owning a B&B and meeting such nice people. It is because of reviews like yours that our business keeps growing. We have many guests tell us they booked with us based on reviews they read online. Thanks again !!

Beautiful Night Stay

5 on October 28, 2014

We stayed in the Paris room and it was beautiful. The room and bathroom were very clean. The town itself had a great small town feel right outside the big city. Sharon our host at The Flying Frog was friendly and the breakfast with avocado omelets, bacon, and pumpkin scones was delicious. I would rate everything 5/5 but for some reason my computer wont let me click above 4/5. Go there you wont be disappointed!!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for such a nice review. We really appreciate it when people take a few minutes out of their busy lives to do this for us. Meeting people as nice as you makes us enjoy owning a B&B even more !!!

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Rooms & Rates

The Giovanni

This room is decorated in an old world Tuscan style featuring an iron four poster king size bed draped in sheer beaded fabric. The walls are colorwashed resembling venetian plaster. The high ceilings have the original crown moldings and we added an antique style ceiling fan with an amber light. Classic black and white art is featured throughout the room. Two comfortable chairs create a peaceful sitting area. Antiques are scattered through the room. The large ensuite bathroom features a classic Roman pedestal bathtub with a European handheld shower. The granite top vanity is topped with a vessel sink.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $145 - $145

The Paris Room

This room is decorated in a 1940's Parisian style with vivid red walls and a soft gray wainscoting . A king size iron bed sits under a white crystal chandelier. Vintage black and white art of Paris and celebrities of the 40's are featured throughout the room. The room is large enough for a sitting area and as in all our rooms has a flat screened tv. There is a walk-in closet and two large floor to ceiling windows covered in lovely brocade drapes. The large ensuite bathroom has a big walk-in black and white tiled shower. The vanity was fashioned from a kidney shape desk, painted silver and topped with a unique orange and blue glass vessel sink. This is the most private room in our B&B. Each room has free wi-fi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $145 - $145

Pernilla's Room

Pernilla's Room is our Scandinavian themed room. The room is painted a soothing yellow featuring a queen size bed with a unique iron headboard. A quiet sitting area in the room features antique chairs from a Swedish monastery adding to the Scandinavian flair. A stack of suitcases provide a unique nightstand. The ensuite bathroom features a white subway tile floor and a midcentury modern cabinet was recycled into the perfect vanity for the bathroom topped with a white porcelain vessel sink. Each of our guest rooms feature hardwood floors and topped with colorful area rugs. As in all rooms there is a flat screen tv and free Wi-Fi. This room also has a walk-in closet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

The Provence Room

Like French Country ? You will love our Provence Room with it's pale blue walls, hardwood floors, vibrant area rug, chippy white headboard crafted from shutters and adorned with flowers. The nightstand is made from a stack of vintage wooden boxes. A vintage white wicker love seat provides a sitting area. Pale pink petaled light fixtures add to the ambience. The ensuite bathroom includes a tub/shower combination with a blue toile shower curtain. This room also has a walk-in closet, a flat screen tv and free Wi-Fi. You will feel like you are sleeping in the French countryside !!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

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Location Type

Downtown, Small town


Indianapolis, IN (IND) 23 miles

Directions to property:

I-65 to Franklin/Shelbyville exit. West into Franklin. Stay straight to Main Street. Turn right/north on Main Street. Three blocks to home on left on corner of Main and Banta. U.S. 31 to Franklin, turn east on Banta to "T" and home is on corner of Banta and Main.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Only 20 miles S of downtown Indpls, Historic Theater Showing Classics, 30 miles to Indy 500 Track, 20 miles to Lucas Oil Stadium, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Sports venue, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Parking , hair dryer, iron/ironing board, wine refrigerator for guest use, small refrigerator w/complimentary beverages, Keurig Coffee Maker for guest use on 2nd floor, luxury linens on beds

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Fitness Center in Town, Fitness Center in Town, Fitness Center in Town, Fitness Center in Town, Fitness Center in Town, Fitness Center in Town, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only may smoke on sidewalks or in yards - not inside or on porche
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Supervised children over 12 are welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% is required on a one night booking, one night is required on more than night booked
  • Cancellations: ◦Refunds of deposits minus a $5.00 service charge per room per night will be made if a cancellation notice is received 15 days prior to the reservation date. If a last-minute cancellation is necessary, we will refund the deposit less the service charge(s) ONLY if we can re-rent the room. In the event of early departure, your entire reservation must be honored. ◦If you book the entire house, a 30-day cancellation notice is necessary for a refund



Butch and Sharon Isselhardt

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About the innkeepers

We fell in love with B&Bs when we stayed in New Orleans in our first B&B and always thought we would enjoy having our own. We opened the Flying Frog in 9/12 and love it! We both enjoy cooking and meeting people and we still love to travel. We do have two cats but they are confined to our personal space.

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  • Time Served: 8:00 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Warm weather on large covered front porch, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Just let us know

Signature Dish

Stuffed French Toast
My husband makes this dish on weekends and he will use goat cheese and either fresh berries or orange marmalade or black raspberry jam or blue ribbon winning apple butter. The sweet of the berries or fruit with the tang of the goat cheese makes this a memorable end to our three course breakfast.