History Of The Home

This Victorian style Bed & Breakfast in the heart of historic Savannah, Georgia was built for a gentleman named John Puder and his family in 1888. A lovely example of Queen Anne architecture, the home became a Bed & Breakfast Inn in 2005 when it was purchased and lovingly restored by Bryan and Janet Roussell. This stately home, located in Savannah's Victorian District, boasts intricate scroll brackets under the eaves, a side porch open to the gardens and decorative shingles. Guests are welcomed to Roussell's Garden by an intricate iron fence, which once graced a Savannah Catholic cemetery.

It is easy to imagine yourself living in the Victorian era, with it's more graceful way of living as you enter the foyer of Roussell's Garden B&B and your eyes gaze upward at the elegant staircase with it's gracefully curved wooden banister. Victorians lived by the words "Home, Sweet Home' and designed their homes for beauty, warmth and security. From the living room with it's bank of tall bay windows of handmade glass, a stately chandelier once lit by gas that highlights the 12-foot ceilings to the hardwood floors stained glass, the visitor is appreciative of the Victorians' respect for craftsmanship. Many features of this Victorian treasure were built as much for function as for beauty, such as the generous wooden moldings that line the walls at the floor. These were both decorative as well as practical - covering the places where the walls met the floor and keeping out drafts!

Records show that previous residents of Roussell's Garden B&B ranged from Railroad & Real Estate Magnate (J.C. Puder, 1st owner) to blacksmith( the Canty's, 1917/1981); to dentist, Phyllis Mack,(1982/1996); to realtor, Sherrill Smiley, (1995/2005). We hope you too will want to be part of the Victorian experience of home as comfort, home as security and home as pleasure.

  • - Our stay at Roussell's Garden B&B was very pleasant. Your home is beautiful and your garden is magnificent! Thank you for making us fell at home. Your southern hospitality was greatly appreciated. We wish you many years of success and happiness.
    - Rich & Trish
  • - Thank you for extraordinary hospitality - the kind that exceeds any hospitality & charm we've received anywhere! You are both wonderful people who go above and beyond in every way, shape and form! Thank you.
    - Cara & James
  • - What a wonderful stay! Everything was perfect. Thank you so much for your hospitality; I felt like visiting friends.
    - Celine
  • - This was the best mother/daughter trip ever. We loved the Mandevilla room, breakfast was great and Jan and Bryan are the sweetest hosts. Thanks to you both and many blessings to you.
    - Mikayla & Tammy
  • - Everything was wonderful. Thank you so much for it all. See you next time!
    - Kristi & Freddy
  • - Thank you for your hospitality and great accommodations. It was a very enjoyable stay.
    - Rick & Becky
  • - Thanks Roussell Family. We had an awesome time and will be back. The accommodations and food were fantastic as was your company. Thanks again.
    - Linda & Kristen
  • - Very kind and hospitable owners, breakfast was delicious, very peaceful garden and comfortable room
    - Anonymous
  • - It was amazingly fantastic. When I went into the room at first, I was totally amazed. Bryan was also so nice and welcoming. Their service was incredible. Definitely go there again when I visit Savannah.
    - Terry
  • - Can't leave enough about our 4th of July stay. You will not have a better breakfast and the banana nut bread snack was SOOOO GOOD. Beautifull house and garden, not to mention the fish pond. We will CERTAINLY be back and soon.
    - Anonymous
  • - Very charming and characterful property with gracious hosts. Modern amenities in a historic building, beautiful garden, antique decorations and curiosities throughout the premises, inside and out. Bryan and Jan made us feel very welcome. Felt like visiting the grandparents for summer!
    - Kimberly
  • - Great location and hospitality! Bryan and Jan were great hosts and were so welcoming. We will definitely return.
    - Anonymous
  • - Great people, whom go out of their way to make your stay a great experience. The mansion dates in the late 1880 and so with it is wonderful well kept garden it is a very enjoyable experience
    - Elizabeth
  • - It was exactly what we were looking for. Mr. and Mrs. Roussell made us feel right at home and really opened their home to us. They were always there if we needed anything but gave us ample space. I would rate them an 11 out of 10!!!
    - Anonymous
  • - We visited Savannah for our 16th anniversary, and this was our first time staying in a B&B! Bryan and Jan were very friendly and accommodating. The casseroles Jan made were delicious! The bed was very comfortable. We would definitely visit again!!
    - Anonymous
  • - The Roussells go out of their way to make sure their guests feel at home. The accommodations were not only comfortable, but charming. The breakfasts were delicious, and again, the hosts went out of their way to make sure we were happy with the choices. Would definitely stay here again!
    - jgrowl9