Ivy House Bed and Breakfast

304 N. Merrill Street , Fortville, IN 46040 USA (Show map)


This premier Bed & Breakfast is one of the Top 10 Inns in the State and is just a short drive from the North East side of Indianapolis. This 1920 Dutch Colonial boasts a classic elegance with English Country decor. Turn down service, fabulous candlelit breakfasts, and custom made robes are among the many thoughtful details that are only a small part of the upscale amenities found at the Ivy House. We are pet free for those with allergies. Located between I-69 and I-70, just east of Fishers. Minutes from Hamilton County Indiana make us a great choice for travel to Fishers and Noblesville Indiana. We are also close to Indianapolis. The Ivy House is proud to be featured on HGTV. If you would like to book or check availably please click on the orange square at the top right of this page that says visit website and go directly to our site to book. Thank you.



Write A Review
  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Happy honeymooners passing through

5 on September 10, 2016

Our stay at the Ivy House BB was beyond excellent! Linda is a charming hostess and we had the chance to chat with her and Jim prior to our departure. She made a delicious breakfast and the two shared some fun facts about the home's history. They were accommodating and giving and we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them. We stayed for one night passing through the area on our honeymoon, and it's a must for anyone passing through or visiting Indianapolis. It's also a perfect little getaway as Fortville is a quaint little town as well. We hope to stay again! Caroline and Matt

Top shelf all the way

5 on February 21, 2016

Tucked away in the quiet town of Fortville, this B&B is only a few miles from downtown Indy, making it a perfect spot for a getaway weekend or an entire week! The rooms are beautiful, the couple that operates the Ivy House are delightful, and the food... WOW! Put this on your bucket list - but don't wait too long to make your reservation! An incredible find in central Indiana.

What a bed and breakfast should be...

5 on November 30, 2015

We have stayed in Bed and Breakfasts and Inns almost exclusively for 30 years. Our experiences have ranged from high end luxury to small and intimate to rustic. The Ivy House gets it right on all levels. Innkeeper Linda is a gem and provides one of the most restful experiences in recent memory. The Inn is immaculate. The breakfasts are unparalleled. The beds and linens are divine. We are already looking forward to our next visit!

Traveling Through

5 on August 01, 2015

We were passing through Indianapolis on our way to WI. We needed a place to stay overnight and looked on Bed & Breakfast.com. This INN looked nice. T our surprise it was even better than the pictures. Jim & Linda were great hosts and even had several recommendations for dinner. Room was great and breakfast was outstanding. Will positively return when we are back in the area.

One of the best!

5 on July 29, 2015

The best part was walking out of our room in the morning and smelling the wonderful breakfasts that Linda made every morning. Next best was having her appear with the coffeepot as soon as I got down the stairs. My husband and I have stayed at many bed and breakfasts over the years and the Ivy House is definitely one of the best. The rooms are attractive and very comfortable (custom-made pillow top mattresses). There is a lovely large living room, with a doorway leading to a beautiful small porch, complete with porch swing. Since we're early risers it was great to have comfortable and attractive settings to sit (with our coffee already in hand) while we waited for breakfast. When we arrived we could smell freshly baked cookies that were available in the dining room. A small refrigerator with complimentary bottles of water and soda was also available at all times. This attention to details both large and small distinguishes the Ivy House from many other b and b's where we've stayed. The breakfasts were also some of the best we've had, beautifully served. Breakfast is by candlelight, with beautiful table settings. The first thing we were served was fresh fruit in a waffle cone set on it's side, with a garnish of whipped cream, looking like a miniature cornucopia. Individual egg souffles, pecan French toast, orange mango juice, a great breakfast each morning. Our room was sparkling clean each day and included a night-time bed turndown complete with a different kind of chocolate each night. The gardens outside were equally lovely and made the setting very relaxing. I'll return as soon as I can!

We Knew Right Away

5 on October 26, 2014

When we walked up the front sidewalk to the door, we already knew. There's a kind of ambiance that one senses immediately. We arrived late and exhausted by a grueling trip through blinding rain and wind in AR and MO. How pleasant and beautiful did we find Ivy House and its proprietors Linda and Jim. They made us feel welcome in this lovely old former home of a local physician, built around 1920. The next morning, we were treated to some of the best breakfast cuisine we've ever had. Since we were staying for a number of days, this would be the first of a series of memorable breakfasts that rank among the very finest of all the B&B's we have visited over many years. The rooms were immaculate in every respect. Wife is seriously allergic to dust, and we experienced none of that. Every aspect of the decor, the furnishings, the attention to detail (notably, even "minor" details) was exceptional. The queen bed was very comfortable. The proprietors were very helpful to us in explaining things about the area around the Ivy House as well as Hamilton County, which we are considering for a retirement destination. We could go on for a number of pages about the beautiful accoutrements which delight the eye: crown moulding, antique clocks, hues of green, rugs with rose-colored motifs and shades of berries, rich wood tones of the furniture and floors laid entirely by hand without benefit of power tools, and on and on! Our first-day impression upon walking up to the door proved to be prescient! No doubt we would joyfully return upon a future visit to the area. Tom and Laurie

Pampered and liking it!

5 on March 14, 2014

From the moment you meet the innkeepers you feel so welcome in their home. The beds and bedding are so comfy, not to mention how warm and inviting the rooms are. The breakfasts are outstanding, so why would you even want to go home after being pampered like that! It's one of our favorite places to come and spend a few days relaxing and unwinding.....it's the perfect place.

Consistently Excellent!

5 on October 23, 2013

Kay and I have visited this wonderful B&B every year for the last five years, and we're still excited every time we go! Linda and Jim have provided an excellent stay each time, and we've had numerous, engaging conversations with the other guests we've met there. The house, garden, and grounds are so lovely that we even rented the space for our wedding. We always look forward to breakfast, knowing that Linda will make something delicious. This time it was a souffle and a literal miniature cornucopia of fruit for each of us. --Jay & Kay

Classic Comfort

5 on January 02, 2013

This trip was my fourth time visiting Indiana, and while the first three times were to see the Indy 500, this time was for pure relaxation and rejuvenation. I love the Ivy House so much that I simply do not even look at other places to stay! Why chance it, when you know how perfect Ivy House is? I stayed for two weeks this time; it is just that comfortable, and Linda makes the most decadent breakfasts served on fine china. Your plate will not see eggs and toast......no....she serves fresh ingredient soufflés, stuffed French toast dishes, fresh baked goods (like lemon poppyseed muffins drizzles in lemony goodness)...getting out of bed is such a treat! I will try to post a picture or two. I always love the cozy comfy rooms, and the large common areas are very inviting, including an outdoor terrace. Travellers, save yourself time and energy and look no further for the perfect place to stay.

Our First B & B

5 on August 09, 2012

This was our first stay at a B&B and Jim and Linda set the bar high for future B&B’s. They were warm and wonderful hosts. The Inn was immaculately clean and comfortable. Spacious rooms and private bath. Delicious breakfast. She assured us right away that we would not be spending the evening with them, but with each other. They have a separate entrance and stayed in separate quarters, so unless we needed anything we did not see them until morning. She has a special eye for detail and adds a warm touch to everything. Jim has done an amazing job with the doors of the home that are refurnished from the most unique places. I love old doors and the history of items so this was a treasure to me. Their personalities compliment each other and we left feeling like we had just visited friends of the family. We will return to enjoy their home and company again.

View More Reviews

Rooms & Rates

English Ivy Room

This beautiful room boast of a 4 poster queen bed and a hand carved wardrobe. The bath has a 5 foot clawfoot bath tub for soaking and a large shower. You will have a custom made robe to wear while at the Ivy House. Guests love this room. It is so romantic. We are pet free for those with allergies.

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

Nightly Rate: $165 - $165

Baltic Ivy Room

The Baltic Room has a queen size sleigh bed. Beautiful wall paper, quilts and a antiuqe wardrobe set the tone for this wonderful room. The bath has a very unusual 41/2 foot clawfoot bath tub with the old fashion shower in the tub. All the Ivy House guests have a custom made robe to wear while they are here. A perfect room to relax in. We are pet free for those with allergies.

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

Nightly Rate: $155 - $155

Boston Ivy Room

The Boston Ivy Room has a beautiful white iron queen size bed. The quilts and wall paper flow perfect with the antique sleeping gowns hanging around the room. The bath is across the hall but, not to worry we provide everyone at the Ivy House with a custom made robe for your short journey to the bath. We are pet free for those who with allergies.

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

Nightly Rate: $145 - $145

Visit Website


Location Type

Small town


Indianapolis, IN (IND) 18 miles

Directions to property:

Interstate 69 North to exit 210. Travel on Southeastern Parkway to Fortville (8 miles). The Ivy House is only 10 minutes North of Interstate 70.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Indianapolis Convention Center, Lucas Stadium home of the Indianapolis Colts, Home of the IHSAA Championships, Easy drive to the Indianapolis Speedway., We are a 15 minute drive to Conner Prairie, Conseco Field House, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery, Zoo

Visit Website

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Parking, Piano, Wedding Facilities , Safe Quite Neighborhood, Innkeepers Knowledge of Area, Off Street Parking, Pillowtop Mattresses, Beautiful Gardens, Private Baths, Pet Free

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycles, Fishing, Golfing, Scrap booking weekends., Hot air ballooning launch site with stay., Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

Visit Website


  • Check In:: 4:00-6:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum for the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and MOTO GP races.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: For your protection and ours we require the first nights deposit (50% for extended stays and full house bookings) by check or credit card.
  • Cancellations: Your deposit will be refunded if we confirm cancellation 8 days prior to your stay. If cancellation is received less than 8 days a refund will be provided (minus a $25 processing fee) if we can rebook your room. You must have a cancellation number. No-shows are charged in full, no exceptions.
Visit Website



Jim and Linda Nolte

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Before following their passion to be innkeepers Jim retired from his job of 25 years. Linda worked with special needs children for 12 years. Their hobbies are collecting architectual salvage and putting it to use in the bed and breakfast. If you wish they will be glad to share stoies about their finds over tea. They also love gardening. Another hobby is looking for antiques.

Visit Website




  • Time Served: 9:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options


Signature Dish

Ham & Cheese Souffle'
Served by candlelight with juice, coffee, muffins and fresh fruit of the season, our ham and cheese souffle's are a favorite of our guests at the Ivy House.

Visit Website