Bloomsbury Inn

1707 Lyttleton Street, Camden, South Carolina 29020
Innkeeper(s): Bruce and Katherine Brown

The General's Chamber

$185.00 / $250.00 night

The most masculine king bed chamber of Bloomsbury, washed in deep colors, is named for James Chesnut, the youngest of 13 children in a wealthy South Carolina family who owned five square miles of plantation land. His parents, James Chesnut, Sr, and Mary Cox Chesnut, built Bloomsbury in 1849. An 1837 graduate of law, 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 sitting area, writing desk, lighted world globe, all season fireplace and private bath.


The Mary Chestnut Chamber

$185.00 / $250.00 night

This elegant king bed chamber, named for Mary Boykin Chesnut, wife of James Chesnut, was 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 features a king-sized iron bed, a large sitting area, an art deco secretariat desk, a private dressing area, all season fireplace 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 additinal rate of $75.00 per night. 


The Sweet Williams' Chamber

$175.00 / $230.00 night

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. They were frequent visitors. Mary wrote that the Sweet Williams were much like their Mother, Kate-most agreeable and of good character. This 20' by 14' room hosts an four-post rice, queen-sized bed, a writing table, comfortable reading chair, all season fireplace and private bath.


The Sally Chesnut Chamber

$175.00 / $250.00 night

The garden bed chamber! Miss 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 dairy 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 up 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 a queen-sized bed, a comfortable sitting space, a lawyer's bookcase desk, all season fireplace and private bath.

  • Rates and Policies

    Bed Chambers at the Bloomsbury Inn: Inspected and Recommended by the South Carolina B&B Association.

    Bloomsbury hosts exceptionally large bed chambers, 20' by 20' and 20' by 14', elegantly appointed with fine furnishings, many antiques and top amenities. Each bed chamber features a comfortable sitting/reading area, a decorative fireplace with the original 1830 mantel, and a private 1930's antique Italian marble bathroom. Each bed chamber has been personally designed for your comfort to include individually thermostat-controlled central heat/air.

    Included in Rates (Rates are Subject to Change)

    • Full breakfast served in the dining room or on the wrap around porch
    • Triple sheet with high thread-count linens during the winter season
    • Egyptian cotton linens
    • Evening turn down service
    • Port/sherry decanter
    • Drinks (coffee, tea, soda) upon request
    • Private baths
    • On-site parking
    • Sweets upon arrival

    Guest Information

    Check-In: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Please inquire at booking if you require a late check-in. Early arrivals may leave luggage and return after 3:30 pm if desired.

    Check-Out: 8:30 am - 11:00 am.

    We do not accept children under the age of 12.

    We are a non-smoking Inn. Our lower level porch and a specific garden area are available for our guests to smoke.

    Although we are pet friendly, we do not accept pets.


    All reservations require a deposit of one night or one-third of the booking whichever is greater.

    Reservations are based upon one or two persons per room.


    A full refund will be made if notice of cancellation is given 14 days prior to the first night of reservation.

    For cancellations made within 14 days, a $45 service charge will be made per room and a $45 credit will be granted for a rebooking within 120 days.

    For cancellations of full house reservations, the service charge will be equal to the deposit.

    Rates and Payment

    Rates are subject to change.

    The rates for Bloomsbury Bed Chambers vary per room, per season: $175 to $199.

    Payment Methods: Visa, MasterCard, cash are accepted.

    Reservations are not confirmed until the deposit is verified.

    During peak periods, minimum stays may be implemented.