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  • Ornate dining room with a magnificent view of the veranda and gardens.  Photo courtesy of April Gabbard.
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Inn at Irwin Gardens, The

Your host(s):
Jim and Eve Jackson
Web Site:
608 5th Street
Columbus, Indiana 47201
Guest Rooms:
$175 - $225
Check In/Out:
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Extra Person Fee:

Inn at Irwin Gardens, The

THE INN AT IRWIN GARDENS offers guests a rare opportunity to experience early 20th century luxury life while enjoying contemporary amenities.  This magnificent home exemplifies the best in human craftsmanship, while the gardens display a taste of the beauty of God's creation.  Share the grandeur of The Inn at Irwin Gardens with someone you love.  This bed and breakfast style Inn is in the heart of Columbus, Indiana, a city well known for its unique character and extensive display of modern architecture.  The property boasts such illustrious neighbors as the I.M. Pei designed Columbus Library, the First Christian Church of Eliel Saarinen, Columbus Signature Academy and St. Peters Lutheran Church, both of Gunnar Birkerts.

Imagine a romantic get-away weekend, a beautiful wedding, a family reunion, or even a business conference at this exquisite two-acre retreat.  Plan your next get-away at this wonderfully preserved mansion, one of the most elegant and historic in the Midwest.  The Irwin Home and Gardens is located at 608 5th Street.  It is a grand home built in 1864 and updated in 1910.  The luxurious gardens are modeled after those exhumed from the remains of ancient Pompeii.

Enjoy breakfast in the formal dining room with an ornately detailed ceiling.  During warmer weather, enjoy your coffee or tea on the wisteria draped veranda.  Then stroll through one of the most beautiful gardens you have seen and take in the the soothing sounds from the fountains which offer a quiet respite from another world beyond the Gardens' brick walls.

Our luxurious accommodations include five guest rooms, beautifully furnished with the Irwin family's period antiques, contrasted elegantly with high-quality contemporary bedding and linens.  The rooms consist of two spacious bedrooms which have private baths and seating areas.  Two expansive suites enjoy their own private parlors and impressive views of the gardens, one boasts a private sunroom and the other promises the ultimate privacy of the third floor with the most unique shower in existence in 1910.  One Jack and Jill suite has two nicely apportioned sleeping rooms that share a private bathroom

The Inn at Irwin Gardens is featured in the  June issues of the Indianapolis Monthly and She magazines (a supplement of Columbus' Republic newspaper), and Savor IN (syndicatged on several TV stations.)

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations greater than 14 days in advance receive a full refund.  Cancellations with less than 14 days notice are non-refundable.

Area Activities (Within 30 to 45 minutes)

  • Antiquing
  • Art Galleries
  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Golfing
  • Historical Sites
  • Museums
  • National / State Parks
  • Nature Trails / Hiking
  • Outlet Malls
  • Shopping
  • Wineries/Wine Tasting

Children Policies

  • Inquire

Food Service

  • Continental breakfast
  • Early morning coffee/tea available
  • Full traditional breakfast
  • Special Diets accommodated (with advance notice)

Geographic Setting

  • Town

Guest Room Amenities (In some or all rooms)

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathtub
  • CD Player & CD's
  • Clock/Radio
  • Desk in room
  • DVD/VCR Player
  • King bed
  • Private Bath
  • Room sleeps more than 2 people
  • Satellite TV or Cable TV
  • Shower
  • TV in room

Inn Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Complimentary beverages
  • Fireplace
  • Gardens/ Outdoor guest areas
  • Guest Refrigerator
  • High speed internet
  • Library
  • Limited copy service
  • Massage therapist available
  • Meeting room
  • Microwave
  • Off street parking
  • Spa on Site
  • Wireless internet service

Near Interstate or US Route (Within 15 miles)

  • Interstate 65

Pet Policies

  • Pet-free facility


  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • IBBA Gift Certificates Accepted

Property Type

  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Historic

Smoking Policies

  • Smoke Free Interior
  • Smoking Outside Designated Area

Well Suited For

  • Business Travel
  • Girl Friends'-Getaway
  • Group events/ reunions
  • Honeymoons
  • Romantic Escape
  • Scrap Booking Events
  • Vacation Getaway
  • Weddings