Such a historic home and super impressive family compound. The Irwin home carries significant local history and as a B&B offers visitors a rare view of the quiet, elegant life beyond the stately perimeter walls.
We so enjoyed the treasures which are on display inside the home, and the beautiful 1910 gardens using hardscape elements from a garden in Pompeii, Italy. The Spring to late Fall window is the prime season to enjoy the full property for sure. I am sure the special Christmas decor would be a delight as well. As the hosts noted, the property is in a multiple-year restoration and the gardens, although beautiful, have a list of ongoing improvements that will make the space more impressive and a priceless part of the experience. We loved the historic nature of the accommodations. The rooms were super comfortable and the bathrooms were historically impressive. Of course, for travelers who become dependent on modern shower comforts, ergonomic design and the most modern, grand bathrooms, this historic home is not that place. But they remain very functional, in stellar condition and must have been super impressive at the time they were constructed.
The location of this fine estate is a short, very pleasant 5 min. walk to a dozen restaurant options and at least a day's worth of sightseeing in the downtown area. We particularly enjoyed the quiet morning time to enjoy the sights before the locals are moving. The famous architecture and streetscapes we found entertaining and so accessible.
The best part of our experience was actually the staff. Warm, well educated and super respectful of your time. We were full of questions but they were the right dose of very helpful. We so appreciated their careful and wonderful breakfasts, the housekeeping always being done without interference, and the confidence they offered that our stay would continue to be a delight the entire time.
We would stay here again with no hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This majestic, historic home and gardens in downtown Columbus, Indiana is a spectacular get-away for relaxing or celebrating a special event. Come spend a weekend and enjoy being walking distance from the Columbus Visitor's Center and architectural tour, Zaharako's old-fashioned soda fountain, and world-class restaurant fare and pubs. An experience like you just stepped back from the past and lived as the elite of the early 19th century! A full-service spa is onsite and waiting to relieve your stress! Leave feeling rejuvenated! ... more less
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