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Bloomsbury Inn

Camden, SC 29020 USA (Show map)
466 Reviews
$169 - $215
per night

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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
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Dining4.9

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Superb visit

5 on August 26, 2014

Absolutely delighted with the accommodations, innkeepers Katherine and Bruce, the beautiful breakfast, great rooms, and just pulling up to the house is a treat. You just know you're in for something special and we weren't disappointed in any way. Hope to get back again, for longer, and take some time to explore the rest of this beautiful town.

A B&B with it´s own history

5 on August 18, 2014

We stayed at the Bloomsbury Inn in Camden, South Caroline, on August 15th 2014. Unfortunately just for one night due to our schedule, but it was enough to know that it was the correct choice. The house is absolutely amazing, and Bruce and Katherine, the perfect southern innkeepers. Our room - "Mary Chesnut" - was perfect, with all details, and the breakfast was amazing! Just an advice: take your time to listen to Bruce histories about the house and the history of Camden. Thank you very much Bruce and Katherine. María & Rodrigo

Stands out among other B&Bs

4.8 on August 17, 2014

The price paid does not really reflect the excellent accommodations. Really worth more than charged compared to other stays at B&Bs. We would rate this at the top of our previous stays at more expensive inns we have stayed. They go beyond what most do and it shows how much they enjoy meeting new people and not just running a business. Can't wait to return.... still much to explore. Thanks for a memorable time!!!! Jeannie and Jim

Absolutely the best choice choice, hands down.

5 on August 10, 2014

Beautifully restored and tastefully decorated B and B. Bruce, the husband, is a charismatic and history detailed host. Katherine, the wife, is a terrific cook and decorator. Together they have shared Air Force careers, and have collected furnishings from all over the world where they lived. If you choose another B and B in Camden you have really missed an unique opportunity.

Refreshing Reprieve

4.8 on August 10, 2014

Beautiful gardens, beautiful historical setting and charming hosts. We had a lovely combined birthday and anniversary celebration. The breakfast was a gourmet treat. RUTH & RALLIE SEIGLER

Very Highly Recommended

5 on August 04, 2014

My husband took me here for my birthday. He asked Katherine to arrange to have a dozen roses in our room when we arrived...they were absolutely gorgeous! The house and grounds are absolutely beautiful. The evening social was so much fun and breakfast the next morning was fantastic. We had such a great time getting to know Bruce, Katherine and Miss Kitty. Would totally recommend Bloomsbury to all my fact I already have!!!!

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!

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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.



Hot Deal

Southern Summers

Regular Rate: $198 now $155 (22% Savings:)

Please join us for a summer getaway -- treat yourself to a refreshing afternoon social, a relaxing tour of Historic Camden, and a gourmet breakfast. You will be pampered to the point of forgetting the humid heat of South Carolina.

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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.

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Details Diamond Collection

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

Property highlights

Free $100 gift card with a $350+ purchase