Madison, Indiana
Madison, Indiana
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(812) 273-8959
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708 East Main Street, Madison, Indiana

About the Iron Gate Inn

Built in 1840 in Madison, Indiana

The house, originally a single family home built in circa 1840 by Mr. Pitcher, has a grand parlor with 13 feet tall ceilings and 11 feet tall Jefferson windows. There are four original ceiling lamps converted from gas to electric, three of which tell the tale of the aging of man. The original summer kitchen is now the Secret Garden Suite and the Carriage house in the back still stands today as the garage.

The Inn boasts four comfortable guest rooms with adjoining bathrooms each having a uniqueness of its own. The grand parlor offers a large 10' tall china cabinet, various reading material, and vintage furniture for a relaxing chat or read. The vintage character of the house and its furnishings are complemented by high-speed WiFi throughout, modern security features of electronic outside door locks for easy entrance, outside perimeter cameras, and monitored smoke alarms for the safety of guests.

A full gourmet candlelight breakfast is enjoyed by our long weekend guests served on vintage fine china with a fruit bowl, pastry, an entree, coffee, tea, and juice.  Our weekday guests enjoy a simpler American style breakfast with coffee, tea, and juice.

The house had several owners until it was purchased and renovated into a Bed and Breakfast in 2005. It was operated by the previous owners for 15 years until purchased by Chad and Amy Nichols (from Cincinnati) at the end of 2020. The couple had previously enjoyed the town but fell in love with the house after staying there. They are continuing the operation as a bed and breakfast including some of the breakfast traditions, but have enhanced the reservation experience and updated the decor.

The Inn is operated by on-site Inn Keepers, Maria and Gordie Hickey, to welcome and serve guests for a wonderful stay in Madison.  They strive to deliver a more personalized and comfortable lodging alternative in a relaxed atmosphere as if you were visiting a friend's home.  They invite guests to gather and enjoy one another's company in our grand parlor rich in beautiful detail original to the home.

We hope you will consider a stay at our Iron Gate Inn Bed & Breakfast to experience inviting spaces, enchanted ambiance, and timeless hospitality.  We look forward to your stay with us and all that Madison has to offer!

Amy and Chad Nichols

About The Owners

Chad and Amy together bring a love of history, adventure, managerial talents, and attention to detail with a natural focus on hospitality.


Chad has a blend of large corporate and small business experience in a variety of technology fields providing personalized service to home owners and business owners.  Chad currently operates SimpTech Solutions, a smart home technology business, in Cincinnati Ohio.  Chad loves outdoor activities, especially off road mountain biking, along with electronic technologies, wine, beer, and adventure driven travel.  You will often find Chad enjoying conversations and company with others.

Amy has spent her professional career in tax and corporate finance roles at a large Fortune 100 consumer brands company.  Amy is currently a corporate executive responsible globally for acquisitions and divestitures in the financial reporting space.  She is also the Chief Financial Officer at SimpTech Solutions in Cincinnati Ohio.  Amy loves global and domestic travel, photography, wine tasting, history, interior design, and spending time with family. 

About The Inn Keepers

Gordie and Maria are retired and have lived in Michigan and Ohio for much of their life.  Gordie spent many years as an automotive mechanical engineer for a Fortune 500 corporation and Maria made her career as a licensed practical nurse.

They enjoy the adventure of living in Madison and serving the guests of the Iron Gate Inn.  You will find Gordie and Maria to be very warm and inviting.  Gordie loves playing golf, technology, and exploring new areas while Maria is a wonderful baker and cook who enjoys history and wandering around new places. 

Chad & Amy Nichols                                                                          Gordie & Maria Hickey


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