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Ivy House Bed and Breakfast

304 N. Merrill Street , Fortville, IN 46040 USA (Show map)

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This premier Bed & Breakfast is one of the Top 10 Inns in the State and is just a short drive from the North East side of Indianapolis. This 1920 Dutch Colonial boasts a classic elegance with English Country decor. Turn down service, fabulous candlelit breakfasts, and custom made robes are among the many thoughtful details that are only a small part of the upscale amenities found at the Ivy House. Located between I-69 and I-70, just east of Fishers. Th Ivy House is a perfect choice if you are coming to the Indy, Fishers or Noblesville area. We are also very close to Anderson IN. The Ivy House is proud to be featured on HGTV. If you would like to book or check availably please click on the blue oval at the left of this page that says visit website and go directly to our site to book. Thank you. Close proximity to: Indianapolis Convention Center Lucas Oil Stadium Home of the Indianapolis Colts Conceco Field House Home of the Indiana Pacers Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400. Moto GP) Conner Prairie Living History Museum Hamilton Town Center Mall Historic Pendleton Charming town of Noblesville Indianapolis Air Show Colts Training Center Anderson Indianapolis Wine Fest



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

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We Knew Right Away

5 on October 26, 2014

When we walked up the front sidewalk to the door, we already knew. There's a kind of ambiance that one senses immediately. We arrived late and exhausted by a grueling trip through blinding rain and wind in AR and MO. How pleasant and beautiful did we find Ivy House and its proprietors Linda and Jim. They made us feel welcome in this lovely old former home of a local physician, built around 1920. The next morning, we were treated to some of the best breakfast cuisine we've ever had. Since we were staying for a number of days, this would be the first of a series of memorable breakfasts that rank among the very finest of all the B&B's we have visited over many years. The rooms were immaculate in every respect. Wife is seriously allergic to dust, and we experienced none of that. Every aspect of the decor, the furnishings, the attention to detail (notably, even "minor" details) was exceptional. The queen bed was very comfortable. The proprietors were very helpful to us in explaining things about the area around the Ivy House as well as Hamilton County, which we are considering for a retirement destination. We could go on for a number of pages about the beautiful accoutrements which delight the eye: crown moulding, antique clocks, hues of green, rugs with rose-colored motifs and shades of berries, rich wood tones of the furniture and floors laid entirely by hand without benefit of power tools, and on and on! Our first-day impression upon walking up to the door proved to be prescient! No doubt we would joyfully return upon a future visit to the area. Tom and Laurie

Pampered and liking it!

5 on March 14, 2014

From the moment you meet the innkeepers you feel so welcome in their home. The beds and bedding are so comfy, not to mention how warm and inviting the rooms are. The breakfasts are outstanding, so why would you even want to go home after being pampered like that! It's one of our favorite places to come and spend a few days relaxing and's the perfect place.

Consistently Excellent!

5 on October 23, 2013

Kay and I have visited this wonderful B&B every year for the last five years, and we're still excited every time we go! Linda and Jim have provided an excellent stay each time, and we've had numerous, engaging conversations with the other guests we've met there. The house, garden, and grounds are so lovely that we even rented the space for our wedding. We always look forward to breakfast, knowing that Linda will make something delicious. This time it was a souffle and a literal miniature cornucopia of fruit for each of us. --Jay & Kay

Classic Comfort

5 on January 02, 2013

This trip was my fourth time visiting Indiana, and while the first three times were to see the Indy 500, this time was for pure relaxation and rejuvenation. I love the Ivy House so much that I simply do not even look at other places to stay! Why chance it, when you know how perfect Ivy House is? I stayed for two weeks this time; it is just that comfortable, and Linda makes the most decadent breakfasts served on fine china. Your plate will not see eggs and serves fresh ingredient soufflés, stuffed French toast dishes, fresh baked goods (like lemon poppyseed muffins drizzles in lemony goodness)...getting out of bed is such a treat! I will try to post a picture or two. I always love the cozy comfy rooms, and the large common areas are very inviting, including an outdoor terrace. Travellers, save yourself time and energy and look no further for the perfect place to stay.

Our First B & B

5 on August 09, 2012

This was our first stay at a B&B and Jim and Linda set the bar high for future B&B’s. They were warm and wonderful hosts. The Inn was immaculately clean and comfortable. Spacious rooms and private bath. Delicious breakfast. She assured us right away that we would not be spending the evening with them, but with each other. They have a separate entrance and stayed in separate quarters, so unless we needed anything we did not see them until morning. She has a special eye for detail and adds a warm touch to everything. Jim has done an amazing job with the doors of the home that are refurnished from the most unique places. I love old doors and the history of items so this was a treasure to me. Their personalities compliment each other and we left feeling like we had just visited friends of the family. We will return to enjoy their home and company again.

You've got to try it!!

5 on July 30, 2012

My wife and I had tickets to the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race and were looking for a comfortable place to stay for the weekend. We chose The Ivy House Bed & Breakfast based on the reviews of Trip Advisor, and are so very happy we did! The Inn was so very well taken care of that you could tell it was a place that was loved. And boy did we love it too! Everything was so immaculate! The rooms were very large and comfortable, and the huge bed we slept in made it very hard to get up in the morning. The food was excellent, and the property was beautiful! At the end of the day, it was very restful to sit and relax on the side porch with a cup of fresh brewed coffee. The house was beautifully decorated with antiques, teddy bears, tea pots, and so much more. I highly recommend The Ivy House Bed & Breakfast to anybody who may be staying in or near Indianapolis. We will definitely be staying there on our next visit!!


5 on July 16, 2012

My husband surprised me with a return visit to Ivy House on our first anniversary. We had stayed here once while dating, and had the most wonderfully relaxing time of connection. That's really when we decided that we would marry. So coming back to this completely pleasant and peaceful place was perfect for reflection. Linda made everything perfect for us, and was very considerate of my dietary needs as well. We had everything we needed and felt quite at home. I'm hoping to make a long-standing tradition of this visit. A+ to everything. Thank you, Noltes.

Back Home Again in Indiana

5 on July 03, 2012

It has been one month since our visit to The Ivy House and we are still talking about what a terrific place. On our way to a nephew's graduation we decided to celebrate our 47th anniversary here. We were greeted at the front door by our innkeeper Linda. It was as if we were family coming home for a visit. The Inn is immaculate in every aspect, the food fabulous, the gardens beautiful, the snacks readily available Oh did I mention the food fabulous, the souffle one day, the french toast another, the fruit very fresh and the table decorated as if we were someone famous or royal. We slept better than if we were in our own bed. The furnishings are outstanding--antiques everywhere..The side porch was so peaceful after a day of sightseeing. Wanting to celebrate our anniversary dinner somewhere special, Linda knew exactly where to go. She is so knowledgeable of the surrounding area explaining all of the local venues. We will definitely stay at the Ivy House on our next visit to Indiana.

Home away from home

5 on June 17, 2012

It was seriously as if we were right at home, only a great breakfast was made and served to us. The scenery inside and out was peaceful and very relaxing. The beds were very comfortable, and every was exceptionally clean. The breakfast was fresh and there was a great variety. Also included was soda, water, or cookies at any time. It has a great small town charm and feel but is literally only 5-10 min from a great mall, restaurants, and a movie theatre. Can't imagine a better bed and breakfast experience!

Ivy House B&B getaway

5 on June 16, 2012

My husband surprised me with a romantic getaway to the Ivy House, a place I've wanted to try for years. It was like a step back in time. We slept so great on the amazing mattress! The table setting and breakfast made us feel like royalty. We even had own own souffle" that was absolutely delicious. The Ivy House was just a wonderful experience!

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Rooms & Rates

English Ivy Room

This beautiful room boast of a 4 poster queen bed and a hand carved wardrobe. The bath has a 5 foot clawfoot bath tub for soaking and a large shower. You will have a custom made robe to wear while at the Ivy House. Guests love this room. It is so romantic.

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

Nightly Rate: $155 - $155

Baltic Ivy Room

The Baltic Room has a queen size sleigh bed. Beautiful wall paper, quilts and a antiuqe wardrobe set the tone for this wonderful room. The bath has a very unusual 41/2 foot clawfoot bath tub with the old fashion shower in the tub. All the Ivy House guests have a custom made robe to wear while they are here. A perfect room to relax in.

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

Nightly Rate: $145 - $145

Boston Ivy Room

The Boston Ivy Room has a beautiful white iron queen size bed. The quilts and wall paper flow perfect with the antique sleeping gowns hanging around the room. The bath is across the hall but, not to worry we provide everyone at the Ivy House with a custom made robe for your short journey to the bath.

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

Nightly Rate: $135 - $135

Ivy Cottage

This historic house was built in 1900 and still has the charm with modern conveniences. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, honeymoon place, somewhere to stay while attending events in Indy, or just a place to put your out of town company; this is the perfect place. Sit on either of two porches; screened porch for your morning coffee and to watch the birds or swing on the front porch in the evening of this peaceful get away. Located in a quiet town just NE of Indianapolis, close to Indy, Fishers, Noblesville and Anderson. Conveniently close to Interstates I-69 and I-70 and only 15 minutes from I-465.

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

Nightly Rate: $155 - $155

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Location Type

Small town


Indianapolis, IN (IND) 18 miles

Directions to property:

Interstate 69 North to exit 10. Travel on SR 238 SE to Fortville (8 miles). The Ivy House is only 10 minutes North of Interstate 70.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Indianapolis Convention Center, Lucas Stadium home of the Indianapolis Colts, Home of the IHSAA Championships, Easy drive to the Indianapolis Speedway., We are a 15 minute drive to Conner Prairie, Conseco Field House, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Piano, Wedding Facilities , Safe Quite Neighborhood, Innkeepers Knowledge of Area, Off Street Parking, Pillowtop Mattresses, Beautiful Gardens, Private Baths

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycles, Fishing, Golfing, Scrap booking weekends., Hot air ballooning launch site with stay., Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4:00-6:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum for the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and MOTO GP races.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: For your protection and ours we require the first nights deposit (50% for extended stays and full house bookings) by check or credit card.
  • Cancellations: Your deposit will be refunded if we confirm cancellation 10 days prior to your stay. If cancellation is recieved less than 10 days a refund will be provided (minus a $25 processing fee) if we can rebook your room. You must have a cancellation number. No-shows are charged in full.



Jim and Linda Nolte

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About the innkeepers

Before following their passion to be innkeepers Jim retired from his job of 25 years. Linda worked with special needs children for 12 years. Their hobbies are collecting architectual salvage and putting it to use in the bed and breakfast. If you wish they will be glad to share stoies about their finds over tea. They also love gardening. Another hobby is looking for antiques.

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  • Time Served: 9:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options


Signature Dish

Ham & Cheese Souffle'
Served by candlelight with juice, coffee, muffins and fresh fruit of the season, our ham and cheese souffle's are a favorite of our guests at the Ivy House.


304 N. Merrill Street , Fortville, IN 46040 USA (Show map)

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