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

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)

Excellent romantic stay

5 on March 13, 2018

We stayed in the beautiful James Oliver room and couldn’t have had a better experience. The hospitality was awesome, as was the home-cooked breakfast the following morning. Everything we needed was provided. Our expectations were exceeded. Highly recommend staying here. What a treat!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for choosing our Bed and Breakfast to have a relaxing getaway! We are glad you enjoyed your stay, and we really enjoyed getting to meet you and hope our paths cross again! Alice

- Alice Erlandson (innkeeper)

An Exceptional B and B

5 on January 29, 2018

My husband and I had a wonderful one night stay at the Oliver Inn last week. Not only was breakfast the next morning served in the dining room by candlelight with the fireplace burning, but it was very delicious. Alice and Tom are very gracious hosts!

Wonderful New years eve

5 on January 04, 2018

This was a great place to stay during new years. I've been to this bed and breakfast three times and never disappointed. Keep up the great service!

Charming South Bend hospitality

4.8 on January 02, 2018

My wife and I stayed at the Oliver Inn the weekend of October 20-22, 2017 and enjoyed it completely. The hosts were gracious and helpful and the room charming and comfortable. It was much more enjoyable than a hotel chain and a better value. We actually regretted having to leave the Inn for other planned activities.

Made us feel like royalty

5 on December 08, 2017

On paper, the Oliver Inn seemed like the perfect anniversary getaway. In person, it was even better. Elegant bedrooms were a reflection of the rest of the house, which was beautifully decorated for Christmas. The breakfasts were delicious and the dining room was laid out nicely to allow us to visit with and get to know the other guests. Alice and Tom, the innkeepers, were friendly and helpful to a fault.

Awesome 50th Anniversary

4.8 on November 11, 2017

Our children gave us this stay for our 50th anniversary. It's a beautiful building very well taken care of very clean. The food was good. Our bedroom was very very nice. Highly recommend this place

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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

Languages spoken


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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