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Built in 1855, Attica’s Historic McDonald House is a Greek Revival showstopper enjoys a spot on the National Historic Landmark Registry and continues to provide serene beauty for the community and travelers from all over.  In 2014, the house was placed on Indiana’s 10 Most Endangered Landmarks list and remained listed until 2016. No other house in the Attica area has made the list. accommodation on the top floors and offices on the ground floor.

James D. McDonald, who built the three-story, 4800 square foot brick mansion, was an enterprising landowner, farmer and businessman in Fountain and Warren counties. Being community minded, Mr. McDonald donated the land for Attica’s McDonald Park, and built a water delivery system from hollowed logs to provide Attica’s first city water access from the estate’s natural springs for the townspeople.  In later years, Attica would name McDonald Street, just south of the estate, after Mr. McDonald.

Once part of a working farm, the house boasts a grand walnut staircase that reaches up from the first floor all the way to the roof, where for many years, the mansion’s widow’s walk offered breathtaking top-of-the-world views of Attica, the Wabash River Valley and surrounding areas.  One can just imagine the amazing stargazing from the top of the world!

Still standing on nearly an acre nestled up to the beautifully wooded Ravine Park to the north, the McDonald house has been lovingly restored by local history enthusiast and businesswoman, Katy Kays, alongside her dedicated crew of professionals.  Kays says reviving this historic gem and its two staircases, six fireplaces and Greek Revival windows, doors and casings is a true labor of love.  Kays’ feels blessed to bring this marvelous house into the 21st century so the community and those traveling through can enjoy the beauty, tranquility and rich history for another 200 years.

INTRODUCTION to our apartment

The Historic McDonald Airbnb, built in 1855 by James McDonald, has been artfully renovated/restored and is now open to the community as an Airbnb. Each of the property’s eight rooms are uniquely sized and beautifully decorated to give guests a one-of-kind experience with each stay. The common areas of the house are full of original details adding immense charm and character for all who stay to enjoy.

24 Hr. Kitchen Access

As our guests, you are welcome to store, prepare and eat in our kitchen and dining room, but we do ask that you respect other guests by enjoying the facility quietly and clean up after yourselves.

Free Parking

Free off street parking is available for all our guests located at the rear of the property. Please refer to our policies page for guidance if you are traveling with a trailer.

Business Center

Our complementary business center with a laptop computer and printer/scanner is available during your stay.

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Your wifi login and password will be issued upon check-in and can be found in your room.

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our rooms

Each of our beautiful appointed rooms has been decorated to reflect its unique character and charm.


One thing that I hadn't realized was that this 165 year home had been vacant for the past 20 years with exterior walls missing until just this last year. It was on the top 10 endangered Indiana historical places in both 2014 & 2015. So it's coming along nicely and well priced for the quality being provided. They are in phase 2 of 3 stages of renovation so don't be taken back if the exterior isn't a well manicured 150+ year old hotel. I called them directly as I wasn't sure we could get a room for our needs. they suggested a room for our family of four. Plenty of floor space and private bath. A rollaway and air mattress work well for our teens. There's some renovation dust which I am sure this will be getting better with time as the last bedroom will be becoming available in the near future. The best part was that they were willing to do a grocery run prior to our late evening arrival so that we could cook breakfast there in the morning without any hassle. I just had to run the dishwasher afterwards. WiFi and the common rooms were great as our kids did all of their virtual schooling that day here. We needed something printed and very shortly it had been delivered to our room. With covid I had seen the cleaning crew come through and do a very good job of cleaning high touch locations. Staff was diligent in wearing masks. I have been avoiding hotels that can have a high volume of people coming and going so this home of 7 rooms in a small Indiana city fit the bill. Within walking distance of downtown and a ton of metal sculptures through out the city.
September 2020
My husband and our sons went to Attica to play at the Badlands.I came across this B&B and thought we could give it a try since it was only 7Mins from the Badlands. I am SO HAPPY we did it, the rooms are beautiful and I can not say enough about the property Manager Mike. Mike went above & beyond to make sure my family was taken care of and happy. We will continue to stay there anytime we go to Attica. Thank you for knowing what customer service is all about. Your place is THE BEST!!!
Stacy M
July 2020
Open House Nestled into the entry of Attica’s Honeymoon Hill is the McDonald B&B. A stunning, restored home built by Attica pioneer, James McDonald. Now having been restored to its former grandeur, you can experience this incredible three story home on its one acre city lot set atop a majestic hill. It’s truly a one of a kind stop for the discerning traveler or a lovely delight for your anniversary or birthday!
Eleanor E
February 2020
"I liked this place and I'll definitely come back."
This was very cozy, the staff were very friendly, I would definitely stay again. I like the old school vibe, it was different in a good way.
October 2021
"We like to stay At this B&B and it's our 3rd time staying there. We like the history of the building"
There were coffee and rolls for breakfast and the location in town is perfect.
July 2020
"Historic small-town Indiana charm"
Gorgeous historic home. Ceiling fans in each room. Spacious rooms with high ceilings. (I saw rooms on 1st and 2d floors so cannot speak to 3d floor.) The Inn also provides living/sitting rooms, books, a small business area with laptop and wifi, and a kitchen with basic food prep utensils - though I was there just to sleep so did not use those. Air conditioning is central and ample. The owner was very friendly and helpful on the phone, with lots of suggestions about things to do in town.
May 2022
Michael was very helpful and a wonderful source of information about the house
October 2021
"Very good"
Clean spacious room and in-unit bathroom. House access was great with room to hang out. Full kitchen. Secure door locks with access codes to each room and house.
September 2021
"Beautiful historic house! Attention to restroom cleanliness, cobwebs and bugs would help appearance."
Love the history of the house! Beautiful!
October 2021
It is a neat experience to stay in a house that was so old. The restoration is done well.
October 2021
"A lot of fun, hope to return one day!"
I really liked the story of the building and the way it was laid out. They had a ghost hunting event the night I was there and a couple of members of my party participated and enjoyed it.
September 2021
We loved it all. It was beautiful. The room "The Banks room", was soooo comfortable. The bed was amazing with the softs sheets and comforter. I could've stayed in it all day!! We can't wait to visit again!
May 2021