Oliver Inn Bed & Breakfast

630 W Washington Street , South Bend, IN 46601-1444 USA (Show map)

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This lovely Victorian 25 room mansion was built for entertaining. The lower level contains a dining room with original Waterford crystal sconces and a butler's pantry with complimentary refreshments. Also available is a large and cozy library with one of seven fireplaces, and a baby grand piano. Guests may choose from one of eight beautifully decorated guest rooms, some with fireplaces, private balcony, claw foot tubs, marble sinks or Jacuzzi. Lovely landscaped one acre estate with lawn swings, gardens, gazebo and fountains. The Bavarian style Carriage House is an architectural gem, totally unique to the area and has been newly renovated into a two bedroom, two bath suite. We have gift certificates available in any amount, or for one of our packages. The most popular package is "3 Mansions in 1 Trip" which includes dinner at the Studebaker Mansion (Tippecanoe Place) right next door.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Special Anniversary

4.8 on September 14, 2018

We had always wanted to go to a B&B I’m so glad we chose Olivier Inn!!! This was a true Godsend! We celebrated our 30th Anniversary, even though we were the only couple here, ( our Anniversary was on a Monday) we felt special! Tom was a very gracious host, This inn is beautiful with its Victorian charm it is cozy and comfortable! We will definitely be back! The breakfast was delicious! We look forward to meeting Alice next time! Our prayers go out to you and your family!

Lovely Stay

5 on August 22, 2018

I was passing through town on an extended road trip, and this Inn was the perfect oasis. The whole place is lovingly tended, clean, and comfortable. The hosts are gracious and warm. The staff is friendly and accommodating. The food is delicious. I especially appreciated indulging in the relaxing whirlpool tub with bathsalts, plush towels and bathrobe.

Short but sweet

5 on August 21, 2018

My wife and I stayed for a quick night and didn't get the chance to experience all of the amenities (i.e. breakfast), but the Erlandsons did a great job of making everything available to us without being intrusive. Homemade cookies, access to some tea at night, a porch to enjoy in the morning, and a personal welcome made the evening much more enjoyable than the usual hotel stay. Lastly, the room (Knute Rockne) was very spacious, the bed was comfortable, and the sheets were soft. We will likely stay again!

Great visit to South Bend

4.6 on July 30, 2018

We had a wonderful stay at the Oliver Inn. Comfy beds, complimentary drinks and yummy snacks including fresh baked cookies. Walk to downtown and the Four Winds Stadium. Highly recommend taking the Oliver Mansion tour before checking into the B&B, you will learn history about the B&B on this tour. The Oliver Inn is a fascinating piece of South Bend history and staying there is an opportunity to stay in the home of a long ago prominent South Bend Family. Wonderful candlelight breakfast in the formal dining room. Can't think about how our stay could have been better. Highly recommend the Oliver Inn.

Everything a B&B should be.

5 on June 27, 2018

The Oliver Inn is what you want a B&B to be: historic setting; clean and quaint; friendly hosts and a unique breakfast.

Exquisite Place to Stay

5 on June 02, 2018

The owners were super welcoming to us and let us know great places to go. The breakfasts are incredible. We had let them know when booking our stay, that one of us cannot eat gluten, thinking that would just save them time and food to not serve one of us the bread, pastries, etc. To them that did not mean what they cannot serve, it was what CAN they make in it’s place. Alice went above and beyond making sure everyone was included in the delicious breakfast, making special gluten friendly options in addition to the regular options. The rooms are exquisite. All you would expect when you pull up and see the gorgeous Inn. They really pay attention to detail. And we can’t leave this review without mentioning their bed linens! You feel like you are sleeping in some of the softest sheets you have ever felt. We had our own balcony off of our room. For two people who work in the Corporate world, just sitting out there looking over the beautiful grounds of the Inn was a great way to unplug and relax. We highly recommend The Oliver Inn!

Fantastic Experience

5 on April 19, 2018

First time in South Bend and stay at Oliver Inn exceeded our expectations in every regard. Friendly, service-oriented environment. Owners were fantastic hosts and their attention to detail was impressive. Historically preserved but modernized home. Location is walking distance from downtown, beautiful Studebaker Mansion, baseball stadium and river. On top of all that, when Alice heard that my birthday coincided with our stay, she went the extra mile to bake a cake! Who does that?

Innkeeper Response
Dear Seth, Thank you for your kind review. We enjoyed getting to know you and your wife and we hope you will get to return again in the future! Tom and Alice

- Alice Erlanson (innkeeper)

Very Relaxing!

4.8 on April 11, 2018

We stayed in the carriage house with another couple this past weekend and enjoyed our stay very much. The kitchen was well appointed with ice in the freezer, cold soda in the fridge, and snacks on the counter along with coffee and chilled cream. We went to the main house each morning for the delicious breakfast - outstanding food and presentation. The main house is beautiful and we look forward to coming back in the summer when the grounds are in bloom. If you stay in the carriage house be mindful of the fact that there are somewhat steep stairs to climb as the rooms are on the second floor.

Innkeeper Response
I am so glad you and your friends got to stay with us! I know we had a late spring, but we are looking forward to having you again in the summer when you can relax in the yard! Alice

- Alice Erlandson (innkeeper)

Friendly and Comfortable

4.8 on March 29, 2018

We enjoyed our short stay at the Oliver Inn. It was a 5 minute walk to the recommended restaurants and the breakfast was excellent. Tom and Alice were warm and welcoming. We hope to visit again

Innkeeper Response
We are glad you got to stay with us, even for a short visit! We look forward to having you again if you are passing through South Bend again! Alice

- Alice Erlandson (innkeeper)

Great venue for our team event!

5 on March 21, 2018

The Erlandson's provide a beautiful peaceful environment in which to conduct business & fellowship! Thanks for delicious food, comfortable surroundings and excellence in customer service! We had a delightful time, AGAIN! Diane Bennett, Inspired Homes / RE/MAX 100

Innkeeper Response
Dear Diane, We always enjoy having your team here for a time of refreshment and food. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Alice

- Alice Erlandson (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates

The Carriage House

If you would like to add an additional layer of seclusion, then our 1912 Bavarian Tudor-Style Carriage House Retreat will become your private chateau. This second floor suite is situated at the back of our property. Inside, this charming Victorian era haven has been professionally renovated to provide all the luxuries our most discerning guests seek, including a marble jetted shower, 2 person whirlpool tub, living room with 46" LED TV and a full kitchen. Painstaking measures were taken to retain the vintage charm in this 2 bedroom, 2 bath sanctuary. The large living room opens to a secluded, screened in veranda that is ideal for taking in a warm evening breeze over a glass of wine.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

The James Oliver

Large suite with King sized bed with "Doctor's Choice" mattress and ?Comphy Company? sheets, and features original curved glass windows, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, 39" LCD Television, CD clock radio with ipod/iphone dock, and large private bathroom with 2 person airpool tub, heated floor, :H20 Kinetic" rainfall shower head, and heated towel bar.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Knute Rockne

King sized four poster bed with "Doctors Choice" mattress, "Comphy Company" sheets, beautifully restored hardwood floors, electric fireplace, CD clock radio with ipod/iphone dock, 32" LCD TV, private bathroom with large clawfoot tub (with rainfall shower head), and original marble sink. Private second floor balcony available only to its occupants.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Clem Studebaker

A beautiful large suite with King sized bed with "Doctors Choice" mattress, "Comphy Company" sheets, gas fireplace, a CD clock radio with iPod/iPhone dock, 40" LCD TV, and a wonderful view of Tippecanoe Place. (Studebaker mansion) The private bathroom is equipped with original clawfoot tub and a heated towel bar. The large enclosed shower features a rainfall shower head, two body sprays, and a handheld shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Tippecanoe

This room has a Queen size "pencil post" bed with "Doctors Choice" mattress and "Comphy Company" sheets, and features a private dressing room, an electric fireplace, 32" LCD TV, and a large private bathroom with double airpool tub, and heated towel bar.

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

Gertrudes Dressing Room

Gertrude?s room is one of the most popular rooms in the Inn. The popularity of this room is driven, in most part, by the private bath featuring a large 2 person whirlpool tub, and separate shower. This room was once the ?private sewing room? for Gertrude Oliver Cunningham. Three doors covered in beveled mirrors form the area where Gertrude had her dresses fitted. This room has a Queen sized bed with "Doctor's Choice" mattress, "Comphy Company" sheets and a 26" LED TV.

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

Schuyler Colfax

This bright and sunny room has 2 large corner windows with window seats offering a panoramic view of the gardens. This room Features a Queen sized bed, 32" LCD TV, and Tub/Shower in bathroom.

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

Vincent Bendix

This lovely room is one of the brightest with its three large windows and sunny southern exposure with views of the Carriage House and gardens. This room still contains the original pewter Queen Victoria sconces. This room features a Queen sized bed, CD/Clock Radio, 32? LCD TV and Tub/Shower in bathroom.

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

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Location Type

90 miles from Chicago, 3 hours from Detroit, 30 minutes from Amish country, Downtown


South Bend, IN (SBN-Michiana Regional) 3 miles

Directions to property:

Exit 77 off Indiana Toll Road (#80/90), South on #31, right on Washington

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Notre Dame University, 400 Antigue dealers nearby, Copshaholm House Museum, Tippecanoe Restaurant, Studebaker National Museum, College Football Hall of Fame, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Private entrance, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi , On one acre estate w/carriage house, trees & garde

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoking permitted outside only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited No pool or video games
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required occassionally, must make prior arrangements
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum weekends, May-October, football weekends, etc.
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: first night's stay; full payment football weekends
  • Cancellations: 14 day cancellation policy. A refund is returnable if your cancellation is given 14 days or more prior to booking date. This policy applies to any shortening of stay or later date arrivals.
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Tom & Alice Erlandson

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About the innkeepers

Alice has owned and operated her own catering businees for 20 years. Tom left the corporate community to become an innkeeper.

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  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Notify in advance.


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