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

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.

Amazing Place - Southern Charm and Hospitality

5 on October 17, 2016

Katherine and Bruce are welcoming, helpful and entertaining hosts. From the daily 5:30 Social hour to the Gourmet breakfasts, all your needs and wishes are handled seamlessly. We stayed in the absolutely charming Mary Chestnut bedroom; large, filled with antiques and totally charming. Actually, all 4 bedrooms are large and lovely. The place has history and you feel it and just give into it.

The Best of the Best

5 on June 27, 2016

This was our 3rd visit to the Bloomsbury Inn. The Bloomsbury Inn is truly the best of the best. Amazing house rich in history, beautifully decorated, well maintained. Host Bruce and Katherine are wonderful. They want and strive to make every quest feel welcome. They go above and beyond and you can not leave without thinking "I can't wait to come back" Ronnie and Judy Vicars

Rest for a Weary Traveler

5 on June 01, 2016

I recently walked across the state of South Carolina, 260 miles, to raise money and awareness for the children of Bwa Chandel, Haiti. I spent one night at The Bloomsbury Inn when I passed through beautiful Camden, My room and bath offered incredible comfort for my road weary self. I am very happy I treated myself to one night of comfort in a grueling two week trek, Breakfast sustained me the next day as did the memory of a lovely evening.

A great short stay

5 on May 16, 2016

We greatly enjoyed our visit and were really impressed with everything. We particularly liked the way our hosts provided us with background history and a detailed description of where all of the wonderful food came from (mostly local farms)

This is all you could want in a B&B

5 on May 10, 2016

They have thought of everything to welcome, exceed expectations, and pamper. The home is beautifully decorated and accessorized. Everything is of great quality and well maintained. So many little touches that make their home head and shoulders above the rest. I didn't realize what others places lacked until coming here. And, Camden is adorable. We love walking around the town, hearing of the house/town history, and there are fantastic dining options. Breakfast was superb, exactly what you'd expect from Kathrine and Bruce who make a point of doing everything well. We came to Camden specifically to stay at Bloomsbury and it exceeded our expectations.

Great Escape and Adventure

5 on May 05, 2016

My wife and I live in Spartanburg, SC and planned a weekend away to relax and explore our home state. The weeks preceding the trip were incredibly busy and neither of us had time to properly plan and prepare for our trip. Katherine and Bruce took over and suggested a full range of activities and scheduled our dinner reservations for us! It was all handled for us and made our experience flawless. We had dinner on the water at Boykin Mill, a historic carriage ride from the steps of Bloomsbury and so much more. The social hour was a great time to unwind and relax as well as prepare for the next day. The breakfasts were the highlight of our trip and we could tell Katherine has learned her craft from the best! You will NOT be disappointed with any length of stay here!


5 on April 12, 2016

Delightful in every way. The hosts, Bruce and Katherine, provided beautiful surroundings, exceptional lodging, and gourmet food. Can't wait to return!

Picture Perfect

4.8 on April 11, 2016

We had a most wonderful B&B experience at Bloomsbury Inn. There was not a thing that we needed to ask for, Bruce and Katherine went well above and beyond to make sure that our 2 day visit was memorable. We attended the "Carolina Cup" with their friends and had a most exciting first time experience of that event. The breakfasts were Gourmet and exquisite - thank you so much.

Select this B&B

5 on March 08, 2016

If you are looking for class, elegance and a romantic atmosphere, select this B&B. Interested in military history and historic relics, select this B&B. Amazing, delicious, chef inspired gourmet breakfast, select this B&B. Bruce and Katherine have perfected the art of hospitality and are spot on with good customer service. If I have said it once, I have said it dozen times, select this B&B.

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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 - $250

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. The convertible day/twin bed located in this room is offered for a third person, over the age of 12 years, at the additional rate of $75. per night. 400 sq ft

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $185 - $250

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 - $230

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 - $230

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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, Sports venue, Tours, University, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Electric vehicle charging, 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, 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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  • 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

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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