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Ashley-Drake Historic Inn and Gardens

668 E Jefferson St, Franklin, IN 46131-2519
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#2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Franklin
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1897 Victorian Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast. Four large bedrooms each with their own en-suite bathroom. Full made-to-order breakfast menu for that one of a kind breakfast is served with each night stay. 19th/early 20th century antiques throughout. Gardens, fountains and ponds. Plenty of sitting areas inside/out for your privacy. Enjoy the Front Porch Swing overlooking Franklin College. Two Multi-Media Rooms, located at the back of the house include Large Flat Screen TV, DVD/VHS Player, 1000's of Video's, Puzzles, Games, books/magazines. City Park with tennis & basketball court and Walking Path outside the back gate. Greenway Trail System wanders for three + miles through four parks. We are located in historic downtown and just steps away from Antique/Specialty Shop, Eateries, Museums, Historic Movie Theatre Visit our sister business Hoosier Cupboard Candy, Snacks & Ice Cream in the Historic Railroad Depot located at 370 E. Jefferson St. for that Train sized Ice Cream Cone.
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Enviro G wrote a review Oct 2019
28 contributions22 helpful votes
While traveling on business, I found myself in Franklin and needed lodging. The Ashley-Drake Inn was one of Googles suggestions. It was in fact the best suggestion. The Ashely-Drake Inn has a comfortable charm that is rare. I could not have enjoyed my time there more. The Inn is situated in the absolute best location for enjoying the town - everything is in easy walking distance, there are walking paths at the college across the street and a park behind the Inn. The owner, is as charming as the Inn - Kim Smith is a delightful soul with a kind face, an infectious laugh and a generous nature. As a geologist, I am used to spartan digs and solitude. So being greeted by a relentless smile and indulged with friendly conversation was a wonderful shock. Although I was the only guest that night, she insisted on baking me cookies. I was touched. One of the things that really added to my enjoyment of the Inn was that Kim tracked down the photos of all the previous owners along with their photographs and their stories. Their photos hang on the wall along the stairs. Knowing the names and stories of those who have called the house their home since 1897, added a special dimension to the experience. The only regret that I had about my stay, is that I did not bring my wife. She would have loved it. I not only recommend the Ashely-Drake Inn, but also its owner and operator - Kim Smith. She is an absolutely delightful soul with a warm heart.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Cruzan-Gypsy wrote a review Jun 2019
St. Croix, VI55 contributions74 helpful votes
The other reviews are correct - delicious breakfast, comfortable bed, helpful hostess, walking distance to everything. But we were greatly disappointed by the overgrown, neglected gardens and outdoor areas. So much potential, sad to see for avid gardeners like ourselves. Owner Kim says it is a family business, but she was an obviously overworked one-person owner who handles reservations and bookkeeping, cooks breakfast, cleans rooms, does laundry...and helps out in their nearby candy store. A great innkeeper, but she needs help in maintaining the property.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
Jessica G wrote a review May 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana6 contributions2 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I stayed in the Garden room. The house has so much character!! Beautiful room with nice touches throughout. Even a rag on sink for makeup removal...nice bc I usually hate to stain up white wash clothes! The tub is gorgeous but being in theme with age of house, it is small so if you are tall and want a soak,.you may be scrunched up! The breakfast was amazing and kept us full till dinner. The owners are very welcoming and helpful! Wouldn't hesitate to stay again if I need a night away!!
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thom P wrote a review May 2017
42 contributions15 helpful votes
Everything here seemed like it was from the late Victorian period. Even the salt and pepper shakers. It made for a very authentic feeling. Perhaps the only downside is that in the hostess's eagerness to display all the cool things she had, she left very little drawer top space in the bedroom for items. The hostess was very friendly and helpful in terms of directions and places to visit. The breakfast was most filling and satisfying. Snacks left out for between meals were also fun. We were visiting Bloomington for a graduation, so it was nice to have a place where our family could comfortably gather away from the maddening crowd. We enjoyed a day trip to Columbus, IN for the fascinating architecture. Access to Indianapolis was less than an hour away. In the early spring in the midst of a rainy, flooding period, the gardens were a bit out of shape, but I could tell they had promise.
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Date of stay: May 2017
Trip type: Traveled with family
CCSJ6476 wrote a review May 2017
Madison, Indiana2 contributions
We had a wonderful relaxing stay. Kim and family were kind and gracious hosts. Our rooms were charming and comfortable. We were surprised by the variety of selections for the full service breakfast. It was homemade and delicious! The location was great. We could not have been happier with our stay. Be sure to check out the candy and ice cream shop at the historic train depot down the street.
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Date of stay: May 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ashley-Drake Historic Inn and Gardens
Which popular attractions are close to Ashley-Drake Historic Inn and Gardens?
Nearby attractions include Historic Artcraft Theatre (0.4 miles), Johnson County Museum of History (0.4 miles), and Hoosier Cupboard Candy, Snacks and Ice Cream (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ashley-Drake Historic Inn and Gardens?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Ashley-Drake Historic Inn and Gardens?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ashley-Drake Historic Inn and Gardens?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ashley-Drake Historic Inn and Gardens?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ann's Restaurant, Court Street Cafe, and Richard's Brick Oven Pizza.
Is Ashley-Drake Historic Inn and Gardens located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Franklin.
Are there any historical sites close to Ashley-Drake Historic Inn and Gardens?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Johnson County Superior Court Building (0.4 miles) and Indiana Masonic Home (0.6 miles).