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Afternoon Update


May 18, 2013

Bed and breakfast with a gangster past


FORTVILLE, Ind. — Visitors from foreign lands

While antiques may adorn the house, the feeling of ill repute was washed away many years ago. When the Noltes first moved into the space, they added a bathroom to accommodate life with three children. When the youngest child left for college, the couple became serious about their dream of a bed and breakfast.

“We had thought about it for a long time,” said Linda. “It was the perfect place, the perfect location and the perfect house.”

“It was a good way to avoid empty nesting,” added Jim.

Guests hail from Canada, England, France and Italy — along with those from all over the United States. Reasons for their stay range from interest in car races, Conner Prairie, wedding parties, girlfriend getaways, and family reunions.

“Bed and breakfast people are their own group — they don’t like hotels or big cities,” said Linda. “We meet some very interesting people. One lady brought her dog for the dog show, and she was friends with the empress of Japan. We are close enough to Indianapolis, Fishers, and Noblesville to attract a lot of different people.”

With an eye on style and sophistication, the couple has perfectly appointed the house for its purpose. Jim has even collected and restored many interesting antique doors, the oldest of which is 142 years old.

“When we saw this house we fell in love with it and knew we had to have it,” said Linda. “We knew it was just for us.”

Each week, Emma Bowen Meyer features a Madison County home. If you know of a home that should be showcased, send an e-mail to


Ivy House Bed and Breakfast

304 N. Merrill Street

Fortville, In 46040

(317) 485-4800

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