Olde Buffalo Inn Bed & Breakfast
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The Olde Buffalo Inn Bed and Breakfast is a former Amish farm house, circa 1840, renovated and converted into a 7000 square foot B & B. This 2 and ½ acre property also has a 10,000 square foot banked barn, built in 1860, an acre of perennial flowers, and expansive lawns. The entire property is surrounded by classic white picket fencing and has a terrific view of the neighboring McCormick Creek Golf Course. We offer a bit of history alongside eclectic hominess, hospitality, and modern conveniences including high speed internet. Ideal for a romantic get away, a business trip, an antiques shopping excursion, or a scrapbooking retreat, the Olde Buffalo Inn Bed and Breakfast welcomes you! The Olde Buffalo Inn’s history began over 150 years ago. Originally built in 1840 by a pioneer farmer, the house precedes the establishment of Nappanee, Indiana in 1874.
By the turn of the century it had acquired the name "buffalo farm" during a time when bison were raised by the farm owners. According to family stories and heritage, one of our own ancestors helped to build the original structure. In 1866 the red bank-barn was constructed. Along with more conventional uses, Amish families from the surrounding area held church services within it. The barn is 10,000 square feet of history, and you can still see ax marks on the beams and rafters. Other outbuildings followed the construction of the barn, including a windmill and a carriage house.
Today, the original farmhouse still exists, after having endured restorations three decades ago to preserve its historical character. At that time additional rooms were constructed to surround the original part of the house, together creating the 7000 square foot structure guests enjoy today. The property was made into a bed in breakfast in the mid-1990s The home has been decorated in an eclectic, rustic style reminiscent of our heritage. Heirloom quilts hang on walls, while granite dishes, antique lace hankies, and odd bits of history are placed around, just because. It is a cozy, inviting atmosphere that practically begs a body to sit and read or put a puzzle together.
There is always something interesting to look at, and thanks to Steve’s penchant for antiquing, things are always changing. Outside the home is a haven for anyone who enjoys peace, quiet, and an acre of perennial flowers. Lucy is an avid gardener, and her gifted green thumb is evident throughout the 2 and ½ acre property. Enjoy the perennial gardens that surround the back patio and watch as the hummingbirds zip around their feeders.
The back patio also offers an excellent view of the neighboring McCormick Creek Golf Course. In all, the Olde Buffalo Inn Bed and Breakfast offers a unique atmosphere that is homey, restful, and just a little bit different. Step off the beaten path. Welcome to our home. ~Steve and Lucy Kesler, Innkeepers
Lucy's GardenThe Olde Buffalo Inn Bed and Breakfast has three-quarters of an acre of perennial gardens, thanks to Lucy's green thumb. Enjoy strolling through the gardens or yard, or sitting on the back patio. You'll see hummingbirds flitting about their feeders, butterflies, and lazy bumblebees floating above greens, yellows, oranges, reds, pinks and purples.
Lucy's gardening style is unpretentious and casual. Rustic barn timbers, antique shovels, birdhouses, and iron sculptures are tucked among riotous color. It is breathtakin
g beauty in any season. See more Garden Pics (Courtesy of Judy Bindner) When visiting the Olde Buffalo Inn, be sure to check out the Quilt Garden Tour (seasonal).
Old Buffalo Inn is the perfect place for large groups! Because we have 7000 square feet of space, with room for up to 23 overnight guests, our home has been used for scrapbooking retreats, quilting guilds, church groups, and family reunions. We have 3 large common rooms, patio space,a basement game room, and large lawn space for games and a fire pit.
We offer a plentiful hot breakfast for guests and with advance notice we can accommodate additional daytime guests for a fee. We also can offer use of our large kitchen for other food preparation, and a full size refrigerator for guest use.
All of our group rates are based on a minimum of 12 people and at least double occupancy in each room. If your group meets the 12-person minimum, we will close the inn to other guests. For our quilting and scrapbooking groups, our rates cover all tables, chairs, and lamps set up and ready for your use. Finally, early check-in and late checkout is available.
We can accommodate special requests, so give us a call if you have questions, need information about pricing, and for reservations.