Oliver Inn Bed & Breakfast

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

BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection

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BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection


Northern Indiana's only Diamond Collection Inn. 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 archetectural 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
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Just Perfect - everything a B&B should be!

5 on September 28, 2016

Beautiful historic home. Well maintained, nicely decorated and very clean. Beautiful grounds too. Plenty of space to sit and relax, both inside and outside. Alice and Tom are friendly and helpful, yet not intrusive. The breakfasts were gourmet and delicious, and flexible to accommodate our desire for meat-free and low carb meals. They also promptly returned an item we left behind, which we greatly appreciated. Short walk to the museum, Oliver Mansion and restaurants. We didn't move our car for 3 days! I highly recommend going on a tour of the Oliver Mansion to appreciate staying in the Oliver Inn! We loved the Oliver Inn and thoroughly enjoyed our stay, which we extended because we loved it there so much. Thank you Alice and Tom!

Beautiful and Comfortable

5 on September 25, 2016

We were very happy to have chosen The Oliver Inn as we travelled from New York to North Dakota. We arrived a little early and enjoyed sitting on the tree swing with our dog at our feet. Alice the innkeeper soon came out to welcome us and give us information about the Inn and the surrounding area. We were given a tour of the house and shown to our room which exceeded our expectations. We spent the remainder of the afternoon relaxing on our private porch enjoying freshly baked cookies. Alice made reservations at Tippicanoe Place next door to the inn. It was so nice that we did not have to get back in the car to go to dinner. We also appreciated the discount offered by the inn. After a comfortable night and a wonderful breakfast in elegant surroundings we followed Alice's directions to avoid construction to visit The Basilica at Notre Dame. On our next drive west we will definitely stay here again.

Outstanding experience! Every time!

5 on August 14, 2016

Tom and Alice make the Oliver Inn Bed & Breakfast an amazing experience, every time. Our team has come for retreat TWICE now, and the hospitality and ambiance is unparalleled. I highly recommend them! God bless you, Tom & Alice! Diane Bennett INSPIRED, RE/MAX 100

Great hospitality and location

4.2 on July 09, 2016

Very nice property and super friendly, welcoming hosts. We had a great experience for a couple of days especially after touring the very close South Bend museums. Would definitely return.

Loved it!!!!!

5 on June 16, 2016

This was a wonderful B&B with lots of charm and a great breakfast!! We toured the sites around town and they helped us with gift certificates to a couple restaurants which gave us a discount on the food. Very clean and they are wonderful hosts.

Wonderful Time at the Oliver Inn Bed and Breakfast

4.8 on May 05, 2016

My girlfriend and I enjoyed a marvelous "girls' weekend away from it all" for two nights at the Oliver Inn Bed and Breakfast during the last weekend of April, 2016. I had already enjoyed my first stay there with my husband the previous August, and wanted to introduce my longtime girlfriend to the pleasure and luxury of staying a a first class bed and breakfast, as we try to get together once or twice per year to do something fun. My friend was not disappointed! Alice, one of the innkeepers, even prepared a special, tasty breakfast for her since she has dietary restrictions and cannot eat beef, pork or milk products. Alice is such an extraordinary cook that she prepares many of the desserts served at the swanky Tippicanoe Place restaurant, which is right next door. This was my girlfriend's first experience staying at a bed and breakfast. I'm afraid that I've spoiled her, because now she will expect the same level of cleanliness, service, and food at other B & Bs, along with the beautiful decor inside, and the lovely, restful gardens outside!


5 on May 02, 2016

They were so accomadating helping with dinner reservations and sightseeing.


5 on March 24, 2016

Great getaway for my husband and I for our anniversary. Quiet and peaceful, very relaxing. My husband and I loved the entire experience. Excellent hospitality! We will definitely recommend Oliver Inn to anyone!

Great Experience

4.4 on March 23, 2016

We have never tried a b&b before and were very pleased with the experience . The rooms were perfect for relaxing and good sleep! Sound machine, fireplace , comfy bed and the 2 person tub was perfect ! The breakfast was delish , I would have liked options for breakfast (as I love eggs and we had lots of sweets) but it was made really good! Only downfall is there is not much to do in Soutb bend , so if you're looking for shops and entertainment you have to go to Mishawaka .

More than we expected

5 on January 08, 2015

My husband and I went there for my 60th birthday Jan. 2, 2015. Alice treated us like family. The James Oliver room was awesome. The entire home was awesome and so tastefully decorated for Christmas. Her breakfast was delicious. Will definitely stay there again. We highly recommend the Oliver Inn!!!!! Debra & Vaughn Mandigo Sturgis, MI

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Rooms & Rates


This room has a queen size "pencil post" bed with "Doctors Choice" Euro-top mattress, 32" LCD TV, and features a private dressing room, an electric fireplace, and a large private bathroom with double airpool tub, and heated towel bar,

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

Carriage House Suite

This second floor suite (once the residence of The Olivers' chauffer) has been professionally renovated to provide all the luxuries our most discerning guests seek, including Cable with a 50" LED TV, a jetted marble shower, double whirlpool tub, living room, and a full kitchen. Painstaking measures were taken to retain the vintage charm in this two bedroom, two-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

Clem Studebaker

A beautiful large suite with king sized bed with "Doctors Choice" Mattress, gas fireplace, 39" Flat 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 marble enclosed shower features a rainfall shower head, two body sprays, and a handheld shower.

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

James Oliver

Large suite with king sized bed with "Doctor's Choice" Euro-Top Mattress, original curved glass windows, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, CD clock radio with ipod/iphone dock, 40" flat TV, and large private bathroom with double airpool tub, heated towel bar, heated floor, new "H20 Kinetic" rainfall shower head.

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

Knute Rockne

King sized four poster bed with new "Doctors Choice" Mattress. Bathroom has large clawfoot tub and separate marble and glass shower with rainfall shower head and two body sprays, Heated Towel Rack, Heated Floor. 39" Flat Panel Television, Electric Fireplace, CD clock radio with ipod/iphone dock. Private second floor balcony.

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

Gertrude's 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 two person whirlpool tub, heated towel bar, heated bathroom floor, 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 new "Doctors Choice" Euro-top mattress, and an LED TV.

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

Schuyler Colfax

This bright and sunny room has two large corner windows with window seats offering a panoramic view of this historic one acre site. Queen sized bed. Cable TV w/32" flat TV, Private bath.

  • 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 one acre estate. This room still contains the original pewter Queen Victoria sconces. This room features a queen sized bed 32" flat TV and private bathroom.

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

Meeting/Party Room

Special Events

City View Room

Smaller Bedroom of Josephine Ford Suite. Queen Bed. Cable TV. Shared bathroom in hall has a vintage marble sink and clawfoot bathtub with rainfall showerhead. Shares with Garden View Room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Garden View Room

Larger bedroom of the two bedroom Josephine Ford Suite features a Queen Sized Bed, a 32" flat TV, and an electric fireplace for added ambiance. Shared bathroom in hall has a vintage marble sink and clawfoot bathtub with rainfall showerhead. Shares with City View Room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, 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, Internet Service, 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. No cancellation for special events such as Graduation, Notre Dame Football, Junior Parent Weekend, Packages, etc. A $25 admin. fee will be charged for any cancellation.



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.