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Ruddick-Nugent House

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

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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 room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

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86 Reviews

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Unique and Charming Experience

5 on March 23, 2015

We were very comfortable and well fed for our overnight at the Ruddick-Nugent House. Its role in Columbus's history is unique and Dennis and Joyce Orwin are doing a wonderful service in preserving it and introducing visitors to it. The furnishings and the grounds are a delight, and our stay couldn't have been more relaxing. Thanks to the Orwins, we felt 100% at home. - The Ryans

Charming and great value

5 on February 04, 2015

Host accommodated our last minute change of arrival date. Comfortable room. Wonderfully prepared and tasty breakfast. During breakfast, host involved the guests in lively conversation. Very knowledgeable about Colombus and sites to visit. Would definitely recommend staying at Ruddick-Nugent House. ~the Murrays

Our stay was too short!

4.8 on January 08, 2015

My husband and I had such an enjoyable stay. The accommodations were charming, and we were very comfortable. We had delicious breakfasts with interesting conversation, and our hosts were knowledgeable and helpful with directions and suggestions for tours and restaurants. I highly recommend the Ruddick-Nugent House.

Innkeeper Response
We always appreciate guests who in themselves interesting and open and good-natured. That's why innkeeping is still exciting and so much more than a job.

Great Relaxing Weekend

5 on October 17, 2014

My husband and I's 3 night stay was very enjoyable. The house is beautiful and our room was very large and comfy - including a claw foot bath tub and oils for soaking! We couldn't have asked for more, helped ourselves to the DVD and magazine collection and the WiFi worked great. Breakfast had a wide variety of options each morning and everything was very good. FYI - breakfast is very formal sit down buffet with the inn keepers and other guests each morning with candlelight and china. Good time for meeting new people! Enjoyed tours of the Miller House, ice cream sodas at Zaharakos, and walked the 0.7 miles for pizza and beer at Zwanzig Z Brewery - all in Columbus.

Innkeeper Response
Reviews like this make our day. We are pleased that we've made our guest's stay a pleasant one, but we want it to be pleasant in the larger context of the community as well. Thanks to the reviewer for noting that Columbus has a great deal to offer.

Worth every penny

4.8 on October 07, 2014

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Ruddick-Nugent house. The room was very clean, all the necessities were available, and the hosts were warm and welcoming. Breakfast the next morning was a delight -- tasty with engaging conversation. All in all a great experience that we would gladly repeat.

Outstanding property!

4.2 on September 08, 2014

The house is stunning, a real architectural gem, and the grounds are great. Our room was lovely, esp the small balcony. The hosts were friendly and welcoming, and full of information. We would certainly go back!

What a treat!!

5 on August 19, 2014

We made Ruddick-Nugent one of the stops on our road trip and now wish we could have stayed for longer! It far surpassed any expectation we had, from the lovely gardens to the fascinating Inn Keepers - all was above and beyond any advertisement for the B&B. And breakfast easily compared to any high-end brunch we've ever enjoyed! Many thanks to Dennis and Joyce for their hospitality and we look forward to seeing you again! Doug and Cindy


5 on August 13, 2014

My husband and I planned a quick visit to the Nashville/Columbus Indiana area and decided to try the Ruddick-Nugent House for our evening stay. If we would have known what we do now....we would have stayed longer! Such an awesome house and grounds! The innkeepers, Dennis and Joyce, were absolutely the most delightful people and so very interesting. We went into Columbus for dinner and discovered such a beautiful town. We enjoyed walking the gardens and viewing the water features and discussing with Dennis upon our return to the B&B. We settled into a very cozy bed and got an excellent night's sleep and felt so refreshed in the morning. We then experienced Dennis' wonderful breakfast and enjoyed the interaction with him and the other guests. We highly recommend and hope to return real soon!

Beautiful Home!

5 on July 30, 2014

We enjoyed our stay at Ruddick-Nugent House. Dennis and Joyce are gracious hosts and very interesting people. I enjoyed the interaction with them and the other guests at breakfast during our 3 night stay. Breakfast was very elegant with candlelight and fine china. Food was plentiful and delicious. The home has been lovingly and expertly restored. Very quiet and relaxing atmosphere. I would recommend the House to my friends.

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

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Location Type

City, Small town


Indianapolis, IN (IND) 40 miles

Directions to property:

Drive south on I-65 from Indianapolis to Exit 76, take southbound US 31 about 7 miles. Avoid "downtown" turnoff. At 2nd light (Home Avenue), turn right until ends at 16th St. Property is entire block to immeidate 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, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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: Outside only Smoking outdoors only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes We enjoy children of any age
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access 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

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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.


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

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