The Inn at Irwin Gardens

608 5th Street , Columbus, IN 47201 USA (Show map)


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
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Like staying at Downton Abbey

4.4 on June 15, 2017

Delightful step back in time to a world of quiet peace and refined beauty. Service was outstanding. The elegant breakfast was delicious. Enjoying complimentary wine while strolling the breathtaking gardens was an extra treat. The Inn truly gives one a sense of how the wealthy lived early in the 20th century.

A wonderful stay

5 on April 20, 2017

A wonderful stay in a beautifully restored historic mansion. Brittany was the perfect innkeeper - welcoming, informative, and an excellent cook! The location was was a bonus. The Inn is on a peaceful street but an easy walk to downtown with resaturants and shopping. We are eager to return during the summer months to enjoy the gardens.

Lovely Place

5 on March 13, 2017

Great old and charming home in a beautiful town. Thanks

Terrific property, wonderful service!

5 on February 25, 2017

More than a B&B -- an integral piece of Columbus history! Will definitely stay again.


5 on February 21, 2017

Awesome stay. The rooms are amazing but the service is the most incredible part of the stay! I HIGHLY recommend Irwin Garden

Luxury and Convenience

5 on January 04, 2017

The Clementine suite was cozy and luxurious with comfy bed, spacious sitting room, and lovely sum room with a view of the gardens. We loved the English style woodwork, books, antiques and seeing the beautiful Christmas decorations, however we look forward to staying during the warmer months to fully enjoy the gardens. This B&B is centrally located and walking distance to entertainment, restaurants, etc. It's also fun just walking around to take in the neat architecture that Columbus IN is known for. Antique Malls/shopping are just a short hop away by car. The staff was very accommodating and the bananas foster French toast/breakfast was delicious. We'll definitely stay again.

An outstanding B&B

5 on December 21, 2016

This B&B offers a magic adventure in an amazing mansion: gracious hospitality, comfortable rooms, excellent breakfast, and the opportunity experience late 19th-20th century architecture at its finest.

Christmas get away

5 on December 19, 2016

I live a short 45 minutes away in Bloomington. Our friends had toured the Inn at Irwin Gardens and thought that it would be fun to have an over night there. It was pure magic! The house was exquisitely decorated for Christmas. The five of us were the only ones that evening (it was a Thursday night) and it was amazing. We were made to feel like it was "ours" for the night. We had a fire in the fireplace of the library and chatted into the night. The rooms were comfortable, each one with its own unique charm, and spacious. The breakfast was out of this world! We plan to do it again next year.

Beautiful Property

5 on November 17, 2016

Wonderful stay and an incredible property!

When people are in the right business

4.8 on November 15, 2016

The staff especially Sara and Brittany were very welcoming and obliging without being obsequious.

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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

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Location Type

An hour from Indy, Louisville and Cincinnati, 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, Lake, Museum, The Miller House IMA extension tours have begun!, Outlet Stores, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fireplace, Library, Spa, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities , TVs are available in the suite level rooms.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, 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

Golfing, Architectural tours, Spa facilities, Local wineries, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • 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.
  • Cancellations: 48 hours notice for full refunds.
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Sarah Johnston and Brittany Snowden

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Beta Fish

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

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