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 room4.7
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.4

A step back to an elegant era.

5 on May 22, 2018

I could spend a month in the Clementine Room....just reading all the wonderful books!

A truly lovely spot

4.4 on May 14, 2018

Breakfasts are the only meal offered, and they are fantastic!

Beautiful historical Home

4.4 on April 18, 2018

My sister and I decided to do our annual sister weekend get away over this past weekend (April 13th-15th). We stayed in the JL & Xenia Miller Suite. Since we were the first people to arrive on that date, we were able to look at the other rooms. They were all beautiful! The rooms throughout the house were fabulous! We loved the fact they had pictures of what the original house looked like and how some of the fixtures, furniture, clocked are all in their original positions from times gone by. When one stays at the Bed and Breakfast, you have full access to most areas on the first floor including library, dining room. Wine is offered starting g at five. There are Keurig coffee machines in all rooms. There are also snacks, pop, bottled water and ice located on second floor available at all times. The breakfast is excellent. On the first day we had baked eggs that were to die for and the secret nd day we had quiche. Fresh fruit was also served with wonderful yogurt. I would like to have had one day of a naughty breakfast of something sweet, but the healthier option was excellent. I did have difficulty sleeping in my room. There was a very loud vibrating humming noise outside the window or on the floor above me that kep me awake most of the two nights we were there. By the second night, I tried to put ear p,ups in my ears and this did help some. I would; however stay again n and request a different. Room on the opposite side of the house as when we looked at the other rooms, they seemed to be quieter. We loved the location. Within walking distance of restaurants, visitors center and a great bookstore. Will definitely return, but will try a different room Staff was great and very friendly!!!!

Live like a Billionaire

4.8 on April 06, 2018

This is the mansion of founder of Cummins Diesel engines, built in the 1800's and totally reconfigured in 1910. Lots of magnificent woodwork and gardens here and w very knowledgeable host who is also the cook for the wonderful breakfast. It is located nest to the Columbus Visitors Center and two sites of architectural interest: The public library and the Christian Church. Tours leave from the Visitors Center and the home is in easy walking distance to the renovated and "alive" town, which also has an historic and still functioning ice cream parlor. Add this town and place to stay to your "bucket list." They are not to be missed.

Wonderful stay!

5 on March 31, 2018

My boy friend and I had a great time at the Inn. The room was exactly as shown in the movie, especially interesting was the bird cage shower. Britney was super nice and helpful - the Miller House tour that she recommended is a must to do in Columbus. It was like a dream living in such a historical building and the lovely neighbourhood. Only pity was the garden was under construction an didn’t get to see much flowers due to the season, but that gives us another reason to come back!

Would Return!

5 on March 15, 2018

Amazing place to stay. Wonderful hostess. Great breakfast. Beautiful home.

Great B & B in Columbus, Indiana

3.8 on March 14, 2018

Brittany was an exceptional hostess at a very lovely B & B in an extraordinary town. We had a lovely stay.

Best Stay Ever

5 on February 14, 2018

We celebrated an early valentines day here and our stay was wonderful. Brittany made sure we had the most memorable valentines day

Gorgeous place!

5 on February 12, 2018

Awesome place for a romantic, weekend gataway!

A Gem Near Indy!

4.8 on January 23, 2018

Lovely staff, lovely room, cozy feel. Walking distance to the best Columbus has to offer. Overall thumbs up!

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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.



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.

Check Dates




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

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten-free