Bloomsbury Inn

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

About

2017 Most Romantic Inn Top 10 in America. 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. 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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Overall
4.9

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

what a great place to stay

4.8 on October 03, 2017

We found the time at Bloomsbury Inn to be one of our greatest weekends. The house was gorgeous and Katherine and Bruce friendly and hospitable. If you are in the area it is a place we recommend to stay. Jim & Freida Collier

Innkeeper Response
The pleasure was all ours. Thank you.

- katherine (innkeeper)


Wonderful Stay, Beautiful Place

5 on September 05, 2017

My husband was home on a pass for the weekend. I decided to surprise him with a quick night away for the two of us. This was the first time away from home sans children in 18 years! I located the website for Bloomsbury by searching for South Carolina B&Bs. The stellar reviews sold me. We were so pleased with the choice! From the beautiful grounds and the historic home, to the lovely room and the delicious breakfast, we were spoiled. We stayed in the General Chesnut room. It was large, with a comfortable bed and large, bright windows. There was also the convenience of an en suite bath. We learned a lot of history about Camden and the home itself. As my husband has 27 years of military service and was a History major in college, he was thrilled with my decision to stay here. The hosts/ owners, Bruce and Katherine, were as friendly as could be. We didn't want for anything. I'm probably leaving out quite a bit, but just know you will not be disappointed if you choose to stay here.


Charming Escape

4.8 on July 18, 2017

Just enjoyed an anniversary escape to the Bloomsbury. Bruce and Katherine have the bed and breakfast venture nailed. The property is gorgeous, and the hospitality they extend makes for a true Southern experience. Thoroughly recommend the Bloomsbury Inn to all!


Pinch Me

5 on February 12, 2017

Bloomsbury Inn, in Camden, SC, is a slam dunk. Kathrine and Bruce are doing it right. Business or pleasure, one can not go wrong. Y'all need to check this place out. You never know who will show up for wine time on the porch. The jewel of Camden, SC.


Wonderful Stay

5 on January 07, 2017

This is a gem in a small town . Perfect romantic hideaway . Near everything.


Absolutely amazing and beautiful!!!

5 on January 04, 2017

This is such a beautiful place to stay. Bruce and Katherine make everything so easy. From all the emails, checking in and just the stay itself. Couldn't of asked for more. They even prepared a thoughtful breakfast to go. I could go on and on, but just stay here and you will see what a wonderful B and B and what great host they are.


Absolutely Perfect Weekend

5 on December 31, 2016

My husband and I stayed at the Bloomsbury Inn for two weekends in September just prior to him deploying and I couldn't have been more happy with our decision to stay at Bloomsbury Inn. First off the Inn is maintained immaculately and our innkeepers were amazing hosts between lavish brunch both Sundays, Bruce's wonderful history of the property, and Saturday afternoon social we felt at home and indulged at once. We stayed in both the General Chestnut and Mary Chestnut Bedrooms. The rooms were pristine, we were greeted with wine and flowers (romance package) and the setting was perfect after a month of not seeing each other while he was at training. This was our first deployment and trip after having our daughter so these weekend escapes before he left were precious time that I would gladly spend again at the Bloomsbury Inn. We look forward to our future visits!


Peacocks are a symbol of beauty, reminding us to take pleasure in life

5 on December 18, 2016

My sister and I stayed for a night and it was charming, warm, and educational. The room was so beautifully decorated and everything we could possibly need was thought of in advance of our stay. We enjoyed the history of this home and its occupants. The tea and snack in the evening was great and breakfast in the "Peacock" themed dining room was delicious. We will definitely go back with our husbands.


Our second stay, just great!

5 on December 09, 2016

We drive the east coast from Florida to Virginia at least once a year. The last two years we have stopped at the Bloomsbury Inn on the way up. It is such a lovely property and Bruce and Katherine make you feel so welcome. The afternoon social is a special treat and breakfast the next morning starts the second leg of our trip perfectly.


The Best B&B we have ever been to

5 on December 04, 2016

We go out of our way to stay at this B&B whenever we are in South Carolina. We love Camden, we love this house! The owners are AMAZING.


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Rooms & Rates

General Chesnut Bed Chamber

The most masculine king bed chamber of Bloomsbury, washed in deep jewel colors, is named for James Chesnut, the youngest of 13 children in a wealthy South Carolina family who owned twenty-five square miles of plantation land. His parents, James Chesnut, Sr, and Mary Cox Chesnut, built Bloomsbury in 1854 for their daughter Sally. An 1837 graduate of the College of New Jersey "Princeton", James served 12 years in the South Carolina legislature before becoming a US Senator. He resigned his Senate seat after the 1860 presidential election to return home to serve on the committee that drafted the South Carolina secession ordinance. After Bull Run, he served on the staff of President Jefferson Davis. In April 1864, James received a field duty assignment and was appointed a Brigadier General. Following the war, he resumed the practice of law and returned to his beloved wife, Mary Boykin Chesnut, and Camden, South Carolina. This 20' by 20' room features a king-sized bed, large

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

Mary Chesnut Bed Chamber

This elegant king bed chamber is named for Mary Boykin Chesnut, wife of James Chesnut, a woman of society in the best sense, noted for her personal warmth, great wit and acute mind. In her daily journal, 48 thin volumes, which eventually became A Diary of Dixie, she brought life to the daily tribulations and human dimensions of the Civil War. In this very house, 12 June 1865, she wrote, "And yet from my window I look out on many a gallant youth and maiden fair. The street is crowded, and it is a gay sight...They call the walk in front of Bloomsbury the boulevard". This 20' by 20' room (newly renovated) features a king-sized iron bed, a large in-room sitting area, an art deco secretariat desk, a private dressing area, all season fireplace and private en suite bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Sweet Williams' Bed Chamber

A Robin's egg blue bed chamber with matching Italian tile bath represents Mary Chesnut's sister's children: the "Sweet Williams". The Sweet Williams were the favored nieces and nephews, and they were frequent visitors at Bloomsbury. Mary wrote that the Sweet Williams were much like their Mother, Kate?most agreeable and of good character. This 20' by 14' room hosts a tall, queen-sized rice bed, a writing table, two comfortable wingback reading chairs, all season fireplace and private en suite bath.

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

Sally Chesnut Bed Chamber

The garden bed chamber! Miss Sarah "Sally" Chesnut, sister of James Chesnut, Jr., inherited Bloomsbury upon the passing of her parents. Although she lived many years in the home, she was most proud of her presence of mind and cool self-possession in the face of the enemy. Mary Chestnut recorded in her diary Sally?s experience. When one Yankee Officer came into Bloomsbury, while everyone was seated for breakfast, "Rebels have no rights," Sally said politely. "I suppose you have come to rob us. Please do so and go". The man jumped back in rage and left empty-handed. Following the war, the Chesnuts sold eggs to maintain Bloomsbury. This 20' by 14' room is truly a garden fair, featuring an iron queen-sized bed, two comfortable wing-backed reading chairs, a lawyer?s bookcase desk/writing area, all season fireplace and private en suite bath.

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

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Location

Location Type

Historic Area, County Seat, Downtown, Small town

Airport

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, Sports venue, Tours, University, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Electric vehicle charging, 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, Hiking trails, Horseshoes, Antique Shopping, Quiet Veranda Relaxation, Historical Driving Tour, 18 Parks, Horse Racing, Historic Archives & Museum, Fine Arts Center, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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Policies

  • 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.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

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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Meals

Breakfast

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.


Recipes

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