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Bloomsbury Inn

1707 Lyttleton Street , Camden, SC 29020 USA (Show map)
460 Reviews
$169 - $215
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2014 Travelers' Choice Award Winner! TripAdvisor announces Bloomsbury Inn in the top 25 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 arival. We can't wait to see you and show you arround. 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. Three miles from I-20


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 amenitiew, complimentary robes/slippers, ceiling fan/in room controlled central heat/air, and private bath. Complimented for private/quiet atmosphere.

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

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: queen-sized rice bed, large sitting area, Lyttleton Street views, private dressing area, wireless internet, TV w/cable, Mary Chesnut Civ War Stamp, luxury linens, top amenities, complimentary robes/slippers, ceiling fan/in room controlled central heat/air, secretary desk,and private bath.

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

Sweet Williams' Chamber

James and Mary Chenut referred to Mary's sister's children as the Sweet Williams&amp. The Sweet Williams were the favored nieces and nephews. This room hosts: iron/board, queen-sized 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.

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

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 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.

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

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Services4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Dining4.9

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460 Reviews

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Highly Recommended

5 on July 10, 2014

A beautiful house with a rich history, an immaculate and well appointed room, a scrumptious breakfast and welcoming and knowledgeable hosts, Katherine and Bruce. I can not of anything that could have been better during our visit. If you want a true Southern Experience with stellar service, make Bloomsbury Inn your next B&B destination.

Great Bed & Breakfast

5 on June 23, 2014

My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed our recent visit to the Bloomsbury Inn in historic Camden, SC. Bruce and Katherine were very gracious hosts and provided a delightful social hour with an excellent explanation of the local history and restaurants. The rooms were large, very clean and well decorated with period antiques. The breakfast was delishous and plentiful. We wll return to this great B&B soon.

Southern charm at its best!

5 on June 19, 2014

Bloomsbury Inn is an amazing hidden gem in Camden,SC. It truly felt like a home away from home. Bruce and Katherine are the most hospitable hosts. I was spoiled every morning by the delicious breakfasts that Katherine prepared. A glass of wine and great conversation on the porch in the early evening was a great way to wind down after a long day and get ready for dinner at some great restaurants close by. I highly recommend staying at this beautiful home - not only is it very comfortable, but Katherine and Bruce have decorated it with some amazing art that compliments the grandeur of the house itself.


5 on June 16, 2014

Could not have been better! This is the best Bed & Breakfast experiance ever. My wife and I have traveled all over the USA and this Inn can't be beat!


5 on June 08, 2014

We stayed at the Bloomsbury Inn last week as we headed north for the summer. It was everything that all the reviewers said and more. Bruce greeted us as we arrived early and throughout our stay graciously answered all our questions as if they were the first time he had ever been asked them. The man is a fount of information about local lore, Civil War history and the best places Camden has to offer. The inn itself has been so lovingly restored. Antique lovers will think that they have died and gone to heaven. Katharine's breakfasts are amazing and will be fondly remembered as we diet off the extra pounds. This was one of the best inns we have ever stayed in. I foresee that Camden will be on our route where ever we travel in future!

Weekend Experience

5 on May 31, 2014

My sister and I visit each other twice a year and decided to spend a weekend at the Bloomsbury Inn, our first time at a bed and breakfast. We arrived on a Friday afternoon and departed two days later on Sunday afternoon. The Monday after, I still was enjoying the wonderful glow of feeling relaxed and happy from our true vacation. My life is the typical work full-time and a part-time job, wife, mother, cook, gardener and taking care of my husband going through cancer operations and is now in radiation therapy. I forgot all about my responsibilities, enjoyed the time with my sister and we both could not believe the total feeling of relaxation created by staying at Bloomsbury's. Bruce and Katherine Brown, the owners, deserve the best ratings for what they have accomplished by restoring the 1849 mansion into a bed and breakfast inn. The hot gourmet breakfast, the 5:30PM social hour and learning some Civil War history fill out the package. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

Beyond our expectations

5 on May 31, 2014

My wife and I recently spent two nights at Bloomsbury Inn. Our expectations were high based on what we saw on the website. We must say that our visit indeed exceeded those expectations. No complaints whatsoever. Bruce and Katherine are exceptional hosts. The food, the room, the atmosphere of the Inn, the hospitality all were outstanding. If you want a quality stay, come to Bloomsbury! Jonathan Doss

Extraordinary Experience

5 on May 14, 2014

Congenial and knowledgeable host and hostess, comfortable and attractive accommodations and scrumptious breakfast make for an extraordinary experience! Location convenient to many attractions of historic Camden. Regret obligations of my book tour prevented us from staying more than one night. We'll be back. Mary Ann Claud

Definitely Returning

4.8 on May 05, 2014

I had a wonderful experience at the Bloomsbury. Katherine and Bruce are wonderful hosts. The whole house is gorgeous and filled with amazing history. Bruce and Katherine have a great understanding of Camden and the surrounding areas. The breakfast was out of this world. I will be returning very soon!

Outstanding, across the board

5 on May 03, 2014

We've been reading Mary Chesnut's diary, and were excited when we learned that one of her and James's homes had become a B&B. Never having been to Camden, we were not entirely sure what to expect. Our 2-night stay at Bloomsbury was absolutely delightful in every respect. The house has been thoroughly renovated, with respect for its history, and decorated with antiques Katherine has collected over many years of military postings around the world. Bruce and Katherine are charming hosts. They were always available and informed, but never intrusive. Breakfast both mornings was a gourmet affair. We were even allowed to bring a guest one morning. The pre-dinner social on the veranda is another very nice touch. Bruce knew that we were interested in the history of the place, so he set aside 90min for a well informed lecture and Q&A session the first morning. Later he gave us a tour of the house and grounds. Overall, they've done everything right. Highly recommended.

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Location Type

Historic Area, County Seat, Downtown, Small town


Columbia, SC (CAE-Metropolitan) 35 miles

Directions to property:

I-26 to I-20 East 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, Steeplechase - Springdale Course and Museum, Fine Arts Center of Kershaw, Kershaw-Cornwallis House - Revolutionary War Park, Historic Boykin, Kershaw Motorsports Park, SC Equine Center, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Library, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , Large Guest Rooms with Sitting Areas, Central heat/air zoned per guest room, Parlor, LIbrary, 2-acres of manicured gounds, 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, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Antique Shopping, Quiet Veranda Relaxation, Historical Driving Tour, 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: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Children over 12 are welcome.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: During peak periods, minimum stays may be implemented.
  • 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


Resident Pets

1 Porch Cat, Miss kitty Stray Others

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

Lavish Luxury

Special Package tailored by a Protocol School of Washington graduate: Katherine has 20+ years of experience in the field of hospitality. She is a graduate of the Protocol School of Washington®, the first business to provide professional training and certification in etiquette and protocol. Discuss with Katherine the type of package you are seeking, she will design a full agenda to meet your desires, including all reservations, maps, reference materials. Just leave all the planning and itinerary in her hands – her fingerprints equal success.

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

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Details Diamond Collection

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

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