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Inspirations for Home Design


The Villa Inn

Italian Romance

©Becky Linhardt 2010

“While on their honeymoon in Italy, the original owners fell in love with a Florentine villa there and had an architect recreate it here as their home when they returned,” said owner Jeneane Life.  The late 19th villa/home has been restored to exacting standards to preserve its unique features.

What’s Special

The Italian villa architecture

The spacious entry hall would be the public space for a villa in Italy and here it functions similarly, as the lobby.  A huge, and very regal, staircase leads to what would have been the owners private living quarters.

The restaurant

Today the Great Room with its soaring ceilings, grand fireplace and French doors is a fine dining restaurant; the library a lounge. The menu includes some thoughtful vegetarian and healthy choices in keeping with the spa wellness programs, and just enough decadence for the indulgent.  At street level a terrace is open to the public for dining in a garden like setting at lunch and dinner as weather permits.

The rooms

The inn’s uniquely decorated guest rooms with spacious private baths fit the Italian architectural styling are yet another level up the magnificent staircase.

Private rooftop terrace

On the guest room level there is a private rooftop terrace for overnight guests only where they can enjoy a glass of wine or a snack on a soft summer night.

The spa

The lower level would have been the busy service area for the Villa but now is a restful space containing the spa.  New at the inn is a couples massage room.

In-room spa treatments

However, you don’t have to leave your room for some of the spa services. You can arrange to have an in-room massage or a “sweet soak” in your 2 person whirlpool tub.


The staff’s attention to service helped earn The Villa Inn the Indianapolis’ only 4 diamond award for an inn.

866-626-8500 or www.thevillainn.com


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