Policies at McDowell-Nearing House Bed & Breakfast (the fine print)


Normal check-in time is between 3 pm and 6 pm
If your travel plans require you to arrive after 6:00 pm please let us know in advance, and call if you're running later than planned. 

Checkout is at 11 am

If you have food allergies or other dietary requirements please inform us at the time of your reservation.  There is a space for needed comments on our online booking program or you can call with food allergy concerns.

Children age 12 and above are allowed.  No infants or toddlers allowed
A parent or other legally responsible person must accompany guests under age 18 during the entire length of stay

No unregistered guests are permitted in guest rooms.
We do not allow pets. There are no animals on the premises
This is a non-smoking inn.  Smoking is allowed outside the building only.
No candles or other open flames are allowed in guest rooms.
Guests can be asked to leave for any reason that is disruptive to the operation of the inn.




We encourage you to use our secure online booking. 

You can check to see if a certain room is available by using the availability calendar on our booking pages without making a reservation.

We accept cash, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, and business checks. 
A credit card is used to hold your reservation but your card will not be charged in advance unless you are a no-show or fail to cancel before our 72 hour notice.
If your stay is for a special occasion, please let us know if we can help with any special arrangements.
If your plans change, please cancel your reservations
Under most circumstances we require a 3-day notice for reservation cancellation. 

We require both Friday and Saturday night reservations for Ball State Family weekend.  A two night minimum stay may be required for other special events.
Whole-house bookings and groups travelling together have special cancellation and deposit requirements.  Please call for these reservations.


GIFT CERTIFICATES are available for purchase in any amount. We will assist you in crafting a special package for a friend, family member or co-worker. Please call the inn for more information.




We reserve the right to charge one night's room rate if you cancel less than 72 hours prior to arrival. 

Notification of cancellation must be made by telephone.