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Ruddick-Nugent House

1210 16th St. , Columbus, IN 47201 USA (Show map)
77 Reviews
$79 - $119
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Our historic home is in the heart of Columbus, Indiana, an All-America city noted internationally for its significant modern architecture. Our property occupies an entire city block, dominated by the house itself, a columned Colonial Revival remake of an original Victorian. The porch is filled with wicker chairs and the grounds offer a park-like setting we are developing into extensive gardens. Furnishings and decor reflect the various periods in the house's history since 1884. Full candlelight breakfasts are served in the formal dining room.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Services4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.8

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Relaxing, unique experience

5 on June 24, 2014

Dennis does everything possible to make his guests feel at home. His home is beautiful surrounded by lovely gardens. I am so glad we stayed at The Ruddick Nugent House. Judith M


5 on June 13, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at the Ruddick-Nugent House. The innkeepers were so kind and the breakfast was delicious! The location is quiet and quaint. We came to see the archtecture and were delighted with the B&B!

Innkeeper Response
We especially appreciate positive comments about our breakfast. For details, see the "Menu" section of our website.

We will return!

4.8 on June 09, 2014

We have been to Columbus several times and returned for our anniversary. The architecture tours are outstanding. We especially enjoyed our stay with Dennis and Joyce. Their B&B is lovingly restored, the breakfasts outstanding and the grounds exceptional. The house is filled with interesting items and the conversations with the innkeepers and other guests were great fun!

Innkeeper Response
We always appreciate guests who are inquisitive and engaging in themselves, and willing to interact with ourselves and other guests over breakfast and at other opportunities. That is the heart of the Bed and Breakfast experience.

April Visit 2014

4.4 on May 16, 2014

My wife and I had a charming visit to the Ruddick-Nugent House. The room was as expected and we were the only ones at the house that night. The owners were great about giving us information about what to do and where to go in Columbus. We would go back, the value is hard to beat. Lots of history at this place and lots of reading information too. The owner is a former teacher.

Innkeeper Response
We appreciate the comments. I was a high school and college English teacher for 40 years, always happy to discuss education and literature. My wife works full time at the Visitor Center in charge of the City Architectural Tour and Miller House Tour, and I am a tour guide for both, so we can inform guests about the community.

Charming B&B in a residential neighborhood

4.0 on April 21, 2014

I chose Ruddick-Nugent House because of all the good reviews and was not disappointed. My husband and I went to Columbus, Indiana for a "get away" not too far from home. Joyce and Dennis were very hospitable hosts and gave us a tour of the house. They are well traveled so there were a lot of interesting things to see in the house. The rooms were comfortable and clean. Breakfasts were very good and not the usual things you would find in a restaurant. Lots to see and do in Columbus. Very enjoyable trip!

Suprising Gem

5 on March 05, 2014

My wife and I were in Columbus, IN for a night and debating between this and a hotel and I am extremely pleased we chose the Ruddick-Nugent House. The rooms were large and very comfortable. The bathtub, fireplace, and balcony were very charming. The hosts were extremely friendly, and good cooks to boot. We ended up spending the entire morning at the breakfast table covering a range of topics. We are looking forward to returning in the not-to-distant future!

Highly recommend

4.6 on October 29, 2013

We enjoyed our two nights very much. Dennis was an attentive host, the breakfasts were creative and tasty, and the house itself extremely interesting. A plus: Columbus was an unexpected and wonderful place to visit. Martha's room is nice but would probably select Williams next time as tub/shower is not separate from bedroom in Martha's.

Many thanks to Dennis and Joyce!

5 on August 24, 2013

We had a wonderful two-night stay at the Ruddick-Nugent House and enjoyed touring Columbus very much. The candle-lit breakfast "parties" were really a treat because of the delicious fare and interesting conversation with our hosts and other guests. Our accommodations in "William's Room" were very comfortable, and the beautiful bathroom with old-time fixtures was an experience not to be missed! Highly recommend this B&B and a visit to Columbus! Susan and Warren Cook

Best B&B we have experience so far!

5 on June 28, 2013

We had a wonderful two night stay at this charming, historic home. The rooms were spacious, inviting, and so restful. Dennis and Joyce made us feel like family rather than just guests. They shared their knowledge of the Columbus area so we had great information to select where to find antiques, shop, eat, explore, and more. If you have never experienced a B&B, you are missing out. Include this home on your to do list.

Loved our stay at the Ruddick-Nugent House!

5 on June 25, 2012

On a recent trip to Indiana for a friend's wedding my daughter and I decided to stay at a bed and breakfast. We absolutely loved the Ruddick-Nugent House!! A wedding was finishing on the grounds as we arrived...such a lovely locale for such an event. Dennis, the innkeeper, was very welcoming and showed us to our room, gave us details about the house, and then shared ideas for where we could have dinner in downtown Columbus. He was very helpful and quite knowledgeable about the area. Our room (the Inez room) was spacious and comfortable, beautiful views out the windows of the grounds, and although historical, it had modern amenities. After a good nights' sleep we had breakfast with six other guests in the gorgeous and elegant formal dining room. Dennis and his wife had prepared a delicious meal for us and conversations flowed. Thank you for a WONDERFUL stay at your charming inn. If we ever return to that part of the country from our homes in Texas, you'll be sure to see us again :)

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Location Type

City, Small town


Indianapolis, IN (IND) 40 miles

Directions to property:

From airport, take I-465 south to I-65. Take I-65 south toward Louisville. At Exit 76, take the ramp south on US31 to Columbus. After about 7 miles, you will see a turnoff labeled "Columbus Downtown," but do not take it. Stay on 31. Just after you cross the river bridge, go through the light at Washington St. At the next light, turn right onto Home Avenue, and follow it until it ends at 16th St. We are the property to your immediate left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Architectural Tour of Columbus, Nashville, Indiana arts and crafts, Brown County State Park, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Library, Piano, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Canoeing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Architectural tours, Nashville, Indiana, Brown County State Park, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental

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  • Check In:: 3:00p.m
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: We enjoy children of any age
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Deposit Amount Required: credit card number or one night's lodging in cash or check
  • Cancellations: $10 fee if cancelling 7 days to 2 days prior to arrival. Full cost of booking due if cancelling 48 hours or less prior to arrival.



Dennis and Joyce Orwin

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

2 Cats

About the innkeepers

Dennis-English teacher, landscaper, racquetball, reading, canoeing, historic preservation, archaeology. Joyce-cooking, tennis, traveling

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  • Time Served: 8:30 or 9:00 or by consensus
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Bananas Exceptional
Slice bananas into individual bowls, splash with cinnamon sauce, top with sour cream which has been thinned to cream consistency with half and half, sprinkle with brown sugar/cinnamon blend, garnish with fruit in season, such as strawberries.

Details Diamond Collection

1210 16th St. , Columbus, IN 47201 USA (Show map)

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