Bloomsbury Inn

1707 Lyttleton Street , Camden, SC 29020 USA (Show map)


2015 Travelers' Choice Award Winner! TripAdvisor announces Bloomsbury Inn as #12 in the United States of an estimated 17,000 bed and breakfasts. A trip is in the plans. We've got everything covered on our side and are set for your arrival. We can't wait to see you and show you around. Bloomsbury, originally built in 1849 by James Chesnut, Sr. and Mary Cox Chesnut, was often times host to Mary Boykin Chesnut who wrote "A Diary from Dixie". Inside the lovingly restored home, with uncompromising attention to detail, a warm and welcoming retreat awaits you. As a Select Registry property, we passed rigorous quality assurance testing to earn and maintain Select Registry membership. Three miles from I-20




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Idyllic, Romantic Night Away

5 on October 19, 2015

For a busy couple that wanted to step out of the world we know, this was a beautiful nest to run to! Katherine and Bruce welcome you to a gorgeous home, with all of the nostalgic, old South glamour kept neat and tidy to any high B&B standards. Breakfast in the "Breakfast room" is elegant and healthy, cooked by Katherine herself. We wish we could have stayed longer than a night to take advantage of the porch-sitting and slow appreciation of the area. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay! We will be back!

Grand B&B!

5 on October 12, 2015

What a wonderful experience! My wife and I finished our 40th anniversary trip by staying at the Bloomsbury Inn. We have stayed in many different B&B's and this is by far the grandest place yet. Bruce and Katherine are very welcoming and hospitable in taking care of their guests. The place is beautiful and the food is exceptional. We will definitely be going back and spending more time there.

Outstanding service and ambience

5 on August 26, 2015

Elegant. Outstanding food and service. Excellent hospitality. Attentiveness to detail. Accommodated diet - gluten free, dairy free, sugar free. I needed 2 nights of rest and relaxation around for a business stay. Enjoyed myself thoroughly. Rooms cannot be blacked out at night, but it was quiet. Beautiful classical music played the whole time!

Perfect overnight

4.8 on May 11, 2015

Amazing breakfast. They inquired in advance and we are gluten and dairy free. No compromises in truly elegant and delicious meal. Location grounds and facility are perfection. Innkeepers are totally hospitable and the history talk and tour was fabulous. Really made the history come alive. All rooms are equally lovely and every amenity. Only complaint was we had only one night there. Totally worth the cost and time.


5 on April 16, 2015

It was one of the most comfortable beds I ever slept in. Just Beautiful! You will be delighted!


4.8 on April 04, 2015

We spent the last evening of our vacation at Bloomsbury and it was by far the best accommodation of our trip. Bruce and Katherine are gracious and welcoming hosts who make every effort to ensure your stay is an enjoyable one. Their spectacular property is clean and well maintained. They provide many small but thoughtful additions that make your stay all the more enjoyable. Sipping a complimentary glass of wine late afternoon with Bruce and Katherine and their other guests on the expansive front porch of their beautiful heritage home is a truly pleasant experience. We highly recommend this property that makes a trip to the lovely town of Camden all the more worthwhile. David and Vivian, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


5 on February 24, 2015

We had a wonderful time. The owner's were friendly and personable. We found them easy to talk to and so very helpful. They recommended a great restaurant for dinner. The social just before dinner was quaint and a wonderful idea to get acquainted along with yummy snacks. The home was beautiful. Every room had so much to enjoy and look at. The bedroom we choose was perfect. The temperature was perfect, too. We didn't have to adjust it at all. Every aspect was a delight and appreciated to make us feel at home and welcomed. Breakfast the next morning was exquisitely delicious. We have never stayed at a bed and breakfast quite as wonderful as this one. We plan on returning.

Our Friday night at Bloomsbury

5 on February 20, 2015

Our Friday afternoon and evening were auspicious. Bruce was a consummate host with hors' deurves and wine in the afternoon and an interesting history lesson. The accomodations were immaculate. The information on the town was delightfully helpful.


5 on November 18, 2014

We were so happy and impressed with our stay. The room was terrific, the food spectacular and the hosts were extremely accommodating. I was in town for a seminar, and my husband spent his days enjoying the propery and the wealth of knowledge about history, the area and the house,provided by Bruce As I said, I had a seminar so my breakfast time was outside of the usual hours, so Kathleen made me a to-go care breakfast bag. It was very kind and made such a difference in my day. We were so pleased to ahve stayed there and hope to again. It is a gem.

Great stay

5 on November 09, 2014

What a wonderful home! Great antebellum mansion with beautiful grounds and friendly informative hosts that truly made you feel very welcome. Bruce and Katherine were superb hosts and Bruce was a wealth of information about the civil war and how the people struggled to recover after the war. Nothing was overlooked in this B&B.and would highly recommend it. Bill and Sharon Bill and Sharon

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Rooms & Rates

General's Chamber

Gen James Chesnut was the youngest of 13 children in a wealthy South Carolina family who owned five square miles of plantation land. This large 20x20 room features: king-sized bed, large sitting area, writing table, lighted world globe, Lyttleton Street views, TV w/cable, wireless internet, luxury linens and top amenities, complimentary robes/slippers, ceiling fan/in room controlled central heat/air, and private bath. Complimented for private/quiet atmosphere. 400 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $185 - $199

Mary Chesnut Chamber

Mary Boykin Chesnut was a woman of society. In her daily journal, which became A Diary of Dixie, she brought life to the daily tribulations and human dimensions of the Civil War. This room features: king-sized iron bed, large sitting area, Lyttleton Street views, private dressing area, wireless internet, TV w/cable, Mary Chesnut Civil War Stamp, luxury linens, top amenities, complimentary robes/slippers, ceiling fan/in room controlled central heat/air, secretary desk,and private bath. 400 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $185 - $199

Sweet Williams' Chamber

James and Mary Chenut referred to Mary's sister's children as the Sweet Williams&. The Sweet Williams were the favored nieces and nephews. This room hosts: queen-sized four-post rice bed, comfortable reading chairs, TV w/cable, wireless internet, luxury linens, top amenities, complimentary robes/slippers, ceiling fan/in room controlled central heat/air, slant top desk, and a private bath. 280 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $175 - $199

Sally Chesnut Chamber

Miss Chesnut, sister of James Chesnut, Jr., inherited Bloomsbury upon the passing of her parents. This room is truly a garden fair, featuring: queen iron bed, a comfortable sitting space, wireless internet, ceiling fan and in-room controlled central heat/air, luxury lines, top amenities, complimentary robes/slippers, lawyers' writing desk, and private bath. 280 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $175 - $199

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Location Type

Historic Area, County Seat, Downtown, Small town


Columbia, SC (CAE-Metropolitan) 35 miles

Directions to property:

From I-20, exit 98 (US Hwy 521) Proceed North on US Hwy 521 for 3.2 miles Turn East (right) on Chesnut for 0.2 miles Turn North (left) on Lyttleton St for 0.1 mile Bloomsbury is located on the West (left side) of Lyttleton...the white fence and historical marker #49 mark the location.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Steeplechase - Springdale Course and Museum, Fine Arts Center of Kershaw, Kershaw-Cornwallis House - Revolutionary War Park, Historic Boykin, Kershaw Motorsports Park, SC Equine Center, Moonshine Center, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Tours, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , Large Guest Rooms with Sitting Areas, Central heat/air zoned per guest room, Parlor, Library, 2-acres of manicured grounds, A walk through history with the Innkeepers, Free Cat Petting, as she desires, Southern Hospitality

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Antique Shopping, Quiet Veranda Relaxation, Historical Driving Tour, 18 Parks, Horse Racing, Historic Archives & Museum, Fine Arts Center, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:30-8:30 pm
  • Check Out:: 08:30-11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children over 12 are welcome.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: During peak periods, minimum stays may be implemented.
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: All reservations require a deposit of one night or 1/3 of the booking whichever is greater. Reservations are based upon one or two persons per room.
  • Cancellations: We certainly understand that changes of plans occur. As a small B&B, we trust that you understand our need for ample notice. A full refund will be made if notice of cancellation is given 14 days prior. For cancellations made within 14 days, a $45.00 service charge will be applied if the room is not rebooked. A gift certificate for the service charge will be granted.



Bruce and Katherine Brown

Languages spoken

Southern, English

Resident Pets

1 Porch Cat, Miss kitty Stray

About the innkeepers

Katherine Lemay Brown, Colonel, USAF retired, is a 25-year career officer with extensive experience in the protocol/hospitality service industry. Dr Bruce Brown, Colonel, USAF, retired with 26 years of service. He teaches in the University of Phoenix distance learning doctoral program. The Browns have enjoyed living around the world, and their inkeeping-style reflects the best of their experiences. From the moment they stepped foot into Bloomsbury, Katherine knew they were home.

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Gourmet 2 or 3 course

  • Time Served: 0800 - 0930
  • Serving Location: Wraparound Veranda, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Diet req' considered

Signature Dish

Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy
Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy have been a favorite in Katherine's family as long as her grandmother can recall. It is a southern delight which can be served upon request. To the person, every skeptic has enjoyed this true Southern meal.



Special Package

Southern Hospitality

The pure definition of Southern Hospitality awaits your arrival at Bloomsbury: - sip tea and wine on the Carolina Rain Porch - enjoy the history of an Antebellum Home - bath in the lap of luxury - dine on Southern breakfast specials

Lavish Luxury

Thank you for is your dedication and professionalism which allows our freedom. With pleasure we offer a 10% discount to all active duty military members.

Champagne and Hors D’oeurvers

Champagne and Hors d’oeurvers: One night stay in the room of your choice. Gourmet afternoon hors d’oeuvres and champagne on the wrap around porch or the grounds of Bloomsbury. Inscribed copy of Homes of Camden and a suggested walking tour. Full Inn privileges/services with a standard booking. Second night stay with 10% discount

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