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The Inn at Irwin Gardens
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

A work in progress is what the owner said when we checked in to this huge, 150 year old mansion. The owners have been restoring this elegant home for several years now and I was taken by their labor of love, not to mention the capital they must be investing in the Inn. They have maintained most of the original furnishings and decorations. The plumbing was interesting, i.e., turn-of-the-century accessories for soap and toothbrushes, antique faucets, plunger toilette and a deep, slanted bottom tub. We could not control the heat so we moved a portable heater into the bathroom for morning showers.

The breakfasts were fine and Sara, the Inn keeper, was most gracious. We did make use of the spa center on the grounds having a massage and foot soak. It was a typical experience, nothing out of the ordinary. The gardens are beautiful and well cared for in terms of the plantings. Much of the cement work though is in need of repair and I am sure it will happen as money is available. To make ends meet, the gardens are rented out for daytime parties including a birthday party and bridal shower while we were there. As guests, we were not bothered by either event.

The location was central to all that Columbus has to offer.

Room Tip: Only suites have TVs
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Robsy5111
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

We visited Columbus, IN recently to visit the Miller House and stayed at the Inn which was the former home of a wealthy banker. If I used the word Inn it is only because it is in the title of the B&B as it does not begin to describe the very Italian Gardens and Haute European stylings of the mansion. We had a great time strolling through the gardens and by night we enjoyed the delightful living room with its lovely collection of books and antique furniture. The property is a pleasant trip to the past like travelling back to the heydays of the rich banker and his family living in luxury and comfort. The service was excellent and our hostess Emily was gracious enough to give us a guided tour that was worth the trip. Our daughters ages 6 and 15 enjoyed frolicking in the gardens. It is definitely great value to stay here as one gets to experience and feel the rich past of its owners and its location makes it ideal for a tour of the historic buildings around town. Service and breakfast were excellent! Thanks :)

Room Tip: The Clementine Room with garden views was our favorite!
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank ShankarBexley_Ohio
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We decided to stay at the Inn for its convenience, we were attending the Yelp.com Event. We are so happy we choose to stay at the Inn, We were warmly greeting by Sarah who made us feel at home from the very beginning. Our room was clean and charming. The grounds made a perfect venue for the event. We slept comfortable and the next morning had a wonderful breakfast, The staff was warm , friendly and helpful, There was a small elevator that helped those that may have trouble with stairs. The staff was so helpful and friendly. We look forward to staying at the Inn again in the future.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Gegi C
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

We hit the back-roads of Indiana on a 3-day weekend with plans for nothing more than going where the wind took us. After passing through some charming little towns and a fantastic home-cooked lunch at Vicki's Restaurant in Winnemac, Indiana (yummy fresh catfish and home-made berry pie!), we drove into Columbus, Indiana with the intention of catching a glimpse of some of the fantastic architecture the town has to offer before the light of day was gone. Around 6pm, we drove past an amazing brick house and gardens and discovered a sandwich board propped up on the sidewalk out front inviting us in for a Happy Hour glass of wine or craft beer. Well, not being ones to pass up a chance to see the inside of a mansion (or a glass of wine), we parked and let ourselves in, thinking we'd stay for a half hour or so and then head on out to find a motel at the edge of town.

Needless to say, after sipping a wonderful wine from Sicily from the cozy little bar set up in the dining room and nibbling on the complimentary crackers and cheese by the enormous roaring fire in the sumptuous library, we decided to move in...or rather take the suite in the tower and spend the night. (Upon announcing our intentions to stay, might I add that our wine also became complimentary!) What an amazing experience! Most of the furniture in this enormous place is original to the house, and the owners and innkeepers have taken pain-staking care to re-create the opulence and grace of the early 1900's for their guests. We enjoyed exploring the rest of the house, and then walked down only a few blocks to Washington Street and dined on wonderful Italian food at Tre Bicchieri Restaurant. However, had we decided to stay in for the evening, our hosts had thoughtfully provided their guests with a basket of snacks (chips, pretzels, crackers, granola bars) and a mini-fridge stocked with an assortment of soft drinks.

The next morning, the elegance continued with a sumptuous breakfast served in the dining room on beautiful, pink depression-era glass dinnerware. Taking into account the varying tastes of their guests, they served us out of the oven, home-made scones, ham, and the most amazing zucchini pancakes accompanied by slices of tomatoes and avocados and a generous dollop of sour cream. Unbelievably good. I don't cook much, but I HAD to ask for this recipe...even if I have to give it to someone else so THEY can make it for me sometime!

Make your way to Columbus for the architecture, but be sure and plan for an overnight stay at the sumptuous Inn at Irwin Gardens for an amazing, pampered experience from another century.

Room Tip: The Tower Room is like staying in a treehouse and has amazing views of the garden and street, along with the biggest bathroom.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Swazzette
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Our visit to the Irwin House was a wonderful experience. The two young women who manage the inn were delightful. They shared the history of the house with us and were clearly in love with their jobs and the inn they manage. The house and its contents were fascinating, the rooms luxurious, and the food delicious. The inn was the perfect place to stay while visiting the wonderful architecture of Columbus. We will definitely visit again.

Room Tip: I don't think you could go wrong with your room choice.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Betsy W
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