Ruddick-Nugent House

1210 16th St. , Columbus, IN 47201 USA (Show map)


Our historic home is in the heart of Columbus, Indiana, an All-America city noted internationally for its significant modern architecture. Our property occupies an entire city block, dominated by the house itself, a columned Colonial Revival remake of an original Victorian. The porch is filled with wicker chairs and the grounds offer a park-like setting we are developing into extensive gardens. Furnishings and decor reflect the various periods in the house's history since 1884. Full candlelight breakfasts are served in the formal dining room.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Lovely place to stay

5 on October 14, 2016

My husband and stayed here last year after Thanksgiving. The house is a beautiful historic home and our room had a little sitting room and a bathroom with a claw foot bathtub. The hosts were wonderful and sat down and ate breakfast with us- they are an older couple with a wealth of experiences and interesting stories to tell. I would highly recommend this bed and breakfast. Sadly when we were there they had the house up for sale so I hope that someone with as much love and passion for history and hospitality buys the home and will keep it as lovely as it is.

Wonderful Stay

4.8 on January 15, 2016

The Ruddick-Nugent House was a wonderful get-a-way from home. We traveled a couple of hours just to have a weekend away, without getting too far from home. Dennis and Joyce were wonderful people that were great company when we wanted company. When we wanted a chance just to spend time together we were able to get peace and quiet, as if we were the only ones there, in a full house. The house had a great story behind it and was very comfortable. We appreciated the Orwins making our first night away from our daughter an enjoyable and comfortable one.

Excellent weekend getawaty

4.8 on November 09, 2015

My wife and I spent the weekend in Columbus as a weekend vacation and we were fortunate enough to stay at the Riddick-Nugent B&B...Dennis and Joyce are amazing hosts who truly know what the service industry is all about. A beautiful house, with amazing accommodations, and the breakfast every morning was outstanding. Would strongly recommend anyone looking for a B&B this is where we would recommend.

Wonderful Fall Get-away!

5 on October 22, 2015

My husband and I had a wonderful fall get-away at the Ruddick-Nugent House last weekend! We loved the decor of William's room and the rest of the home - especially the living room with the piano, books, photos, and chess sets. The breakfast was delicious and filling - a great combo! Dennis was a welcoming host, and we could not have been more pleased with our stay!

Weekend getaway

4.6 on May 19, 2015

Lots to do in Columbus, Nashville and Edinburgh. Dennis and Joyce are lots of fun and great hosts. We hope to return.

Innkeeper Response
We hope you do! Returning guests are always a pleasure--and a compliment.

- Dennis Orwin (innkeeper)

Unique and Charming Experience

5 on March 23, 2015

We were very comfortable and well fed for our overnight at the Ruddick-Nugent House. Its role in Columbus's history is unique and Dennis and Joyce Orwin are doing a wonderful service in preserving it and introducing visitors to it. The furnishings and the grounds are a delight, and our stay couldn't have been more relaxing. Thanks to the Orwins, we felt 100% at home. - The Ryans

Innkeeper Response
Talking with guests about our house's history or about the architecture in Columbus, or just about life is the essence of successful innkeeping.

- Dennis Orwin (innkeeper)

Charming and great value

5 on February 04, 2015

Host accommodated our last minute change of arrival date. Comfortable room. Wonderfully prepared and tasty breakfast. During breakfast, host involved the guests in lively conversation. Very knowledgeable about Colombus and sites to visit. Would definitely recommend staying at Ruddick-Nugent House. ~the Murrays

Innkeeper Response
I'm a tour guide for both the Columbus Architectural Tour and for Miller House, so we encourage guests to take these tours and discuss them afterwards.

- Dennis Orwin (innkeeper)

Our stay was too short!

4.8 on January 08, 2015

My husband and I had such an enjoyable stay. The accommodations were charming, and we were very comfortable. We had delicious breakfasts with interesting conversation, and our hosts were knowledgeable and helpful with directions and suggestions for tours and restaurants. I highly recommend the Ruddick-Nugent House.

Innkeeper Response
We always appreciate guests who in themselves interesting and open and good-natured. That's why innkeeping is still exciting and so much more than a job.

- Dennis Orwin (innkeeper)

Great Relaxing Weekend

5 on October 17, 2014

My husband and I's 3 night stay was very enjoyable. The house is beautiful and our room was very large and comfy - including a claw foot bath tub and oils for soaking! We couldn't have asked for more, helped ourselves to the DVD and magazine collection and the WiFi worked great. Breakfast had a wide variety of options each morning and everything was very good. FYI - breakfast is very formal sit down buffet with the inn keepers and other guests each morning with candlelight and china. Good time for meeting new people! Enjoyed tours of the Miller House, ice cream sodas at Zaharakos, and walked the 0.7 miles for pizza and beer at Zwanzig Z Brewery - all in Columbus.

Innkeeper Response
Reviews like this make our day. We are pleased that we've made our guest's stay a pleasant one, but we want it to be pleasant in the larger context of the community as well. Thanks to the reviewer for noting that Columbus has a great deal to offer.

- Dennis Orwin (innkeeper)

Worth every penny

4.8 on October 07, 2014

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Ruddick-Nugent house. The room was very clean, all the necessities were available, and the hosts were warm and welcoming. Breakfast the next morning was a delight -- tasty with engaging conversation. All in all a great experience that we would gladly repeat.

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Location Type

City, Small town


Indianapolis, IN (IND) 40 miles

Directions to property:

Drive south on I-65 from Indianapolis to Exit 76, take southbound US 31 about 7 miles. Avoid "downtown" turnoff. At 2nd light (Home Avenue), turn right until ends at 16th St. Property is entire block to immeidate left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Architectural Tour of Columbus, Nashville, Indiana arts and crafts, Brown County State Park, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Library, Piano, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Canoeing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Architectural tours, Nashville, Indiana, Brown County State Park, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental

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  • Check In:: 3:00p.m
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking outdoors only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes We enjoy children of any age
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Deposit Amount Required: credit card number or one night's lodging in cash or check
  • Cancellations: $10 fee if cancelling 7 days to 2 days prior to arrival. Full cost of booking due if cancelling 48 hours or less prior to arrival.
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Dennis and Joyce Orwin

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About the innkeepers

Dennis-English teacher, landscaper, racquetball, reading, canoeing, historic preservation, archaeology. Joyce-cooking, tennis, traveling

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  • Time Served: 8:30 or 9:00 or by consensus
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Bananas Exceptional
Slice bananas into individual bowls, splash with cinnamon sauce, top with sour cream which has been thinned to cream consistency with half and half, sprinkle with brown sugar/cinnamon blend, garnish with fruit in season, such as strawberries.

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