The Inn at Irwin Gardens

608 5th Street , Columbus, IN 47201 USA (Show map)
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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
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Will be back again to stay at The Inn at Irwin Gardens

4.2 on January 15, 2018

The innkeeper Britt made the stay very enjoyable. She answered alot of questions, made suggestions and was there to help with the luggage and parking when we arrived. Breakfast was a good B and B level. The suite we stayed in was well kept and lovely. Too bad the weather was -2 and we couldnt enjoy the Sun Porch or Gardens.

The Inn at Irein Gardens

5 on December 27, 2017

Excellent authentic step into history!

A great B & B

4.6 on December 24, 2017

One of the best B & B's I have ever stayed in. Decorated beautifully for Christmas. Big and well kept rooms. The hostess was wonderful. helpful and attentive but not intrusive. We will be back in the spring or summer to see the gardens.

Wonderful B&B stay

4.0 on December 21, 2017

Staying at the Inn at Irwin Gardens was a delight. The historic nature of the home is what makes this experience unique, with many of the 1910 furnishings and décor in place. The library was interesting to explore given that most of the books are as they were when family members still lived in the home. We stayed in the Irwin Suite on the third floor. The stairs are a bit narrow, but if you don’t mind a climb, well worth the distance. The bathroom is what makes this suite special with a large soaking tub (and bath salts provided) and the 1910 surround shower that still works. Brittany was lovely as a hostess, providing lots of information about the homeand its former residents, and answering our many questions. Breakfast was gourmet and delicious. Definitely would recommend this as a place to stay for any traveler and would love to go back when the gardens are in bloom.

Perfect Getaway Meets Urban Environment

4.8 on December 14, 2017

Great walking proximity to cool local shopping and dinning options but good luck bringing yourself to leave the urban oasis that is the Inn at Irwin Gardens. Take every opportunity to sip on tea, coffee, and wine as you relax from any one of the dozens of inviting communal spaces that bask in the Inn's surreal built and natural architecture.

Outstanding experience

5 on December 03, 2017

Britney is a remarkable inn keeper. Friendly, prepared, full of info, and a great cook!!

Must stay here to experience Columbus!

3.6 on October 08, 2017

Lovely bed and breakfast in a beautiful home. Brittany, the innkeeper, is very nice and knowledgeable about the Irwin home. Breakfast was delicious with garden veggies and herbs added. The Irwin Gardens are lovely and an important part of the overall inn. The location is perfect! Close to everything. We would definitely stay again.


5 on September 19, 2017

The room was wonderful; the house is magnificent; the service was outstanding and the breakfast was delicious! Every single detail was perfect.

On 6 week vacation

5 on September 13, 2017

Absolutely loved the Inn at Irwin Gardens. Awesome room, great breakfast, and Britt was a wonderful hostess. Would definitely return. In addition, Columbus was a lovely city.

An Architect's Delight

5 on August 17, 2017

We had a wonderful, but too short, second stay at the Inn. My husband is an architect and he sat in the library for an hour looking at every aspect of just that one room. Obviously we'll have to come back. Meanwhile, I roamed the garden and found a little peace in this hectic world.

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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
  • Beds 1 Queen

Check Dates


Location Type

An hour from Indy, Louisville and Cincinnati, Downtown, 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, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, Outlet Stores, Religious Services, Tours, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, Fireplace, Fridge, Library, Piano, Spa, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Spa facilities

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Contact Innkeeper if under 10.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other
  • Deposit Amount Required: We only require deposits for our events.



Sarah Johnston and Brittany Snowden

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About the innkeepers

We love running the Bed and Breakfast for the owners, it is a opportunity of a lifetime. My favorite part is meeting people from all over the world and learning about their travels.

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  • Time Served: 8:00-9:30
  • Serving Location: Veranda/gardens, Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten-free