The Ruddick-Nugent house is set on a two-acre, wooded lot just north of downtown Columbus. Dennis the innkeeper rescued it from decline about 15 years ago and has made all the improvements himself to convert it to a B&B. He’s added fountains and plantings and the grounds are well maintained, but some details are neglected; benches are dirty, bird feeders aren’t filled, etc. We stayed two nights in Martha’s Room, which has a headboard made from the original double doors to the house. The mattress is Tempur-pedic and very comfortable. The area and room are quiet and we slept well. The buffet breakfast was ample and varied slightly from day to day. Dennis estimated half of his business is related to Columbus’ architecture attractions and he is a volunteer tour guide. The only other guest while we were there was from Finland, and we enjoyed breakfast conversations about travel stretching to an hour. Dennis is a fount of knowledge about the Ruddick-Nugent house and family and about Columbus generally. He’d provided our room with a memoir of one of the family members. These are all touches you won’t get in typical motel accommodations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our 1884 home, fully restored, occupies a full city block with gardens and water features. We have Wi-Fi throughout, and each room is furnished with antiques, and has a private bath. We serve candlelight breakfast in the formal dining room, with crystal, china, and silver. While in Columbus, noted world-wide for its concentration of modern architecture, take the city architectural tour or the Miller House tour. ... more less