Bloomsbury Inn

1707 Lyttleton Street, Camden, South Carolina 29020
Innkeeper(s): Bruce and Katherine Brown
  • Sensational in Every Season! Bloomsbury Inn

    Sensational in Every Season! Bloomsbury Inn

  • Front View of Bloomsbury Inn

    Front View of Bloomsbury Inn

  • Fall at Bloomsbury Inn

    Fall at Bloomsbury Inn

  • Enjoy the beauty of the southern veranda at Bloomsbury Inn!

    Enjoy the beauty of the southern veranda at Bloomsbury Inn!

  • Mary Chestnut Bed Chamber

    Mary Chestnut Bed Chamber

  • General's Bed Chamber

    General's Bed Chamber

  • Ladies' Parlor

    Ladies' Parlor

  • Commons Area

    Commons Area

  • Introduction

    Bloomsbury Inn - Camden, South Carolina

    2014 Travelers' Coice Award Winner.TripAdvisor announced Bloomsbury Inn is the top 25 bed and breakfasts in the Nation,of an estimated 17,000 properties.

    We have carefully created a Bloomsbury experience that includes Southern hospitality, gourmet breakfasts made with fresh/local products complimentary socials, as well as a walk through history with us. Few Bed and Breakfasts can match the personal attention, intimate atmosphere, and concierge service which guests receive.

    Bloomsbury Inn in Camden, South Carolina where you will find true Southern hospitality, gourmet breakfasts and complimentary socials.  Southern Living recommended Bloomsbury: "An Inn To Remember. Revel in the hospitality and beauty...Breakfast sets a cheerful note for each day. Go ahead. Give Bloomsbury Inn a white glove inspection. It will pass your test and then some..." This property, built in 1849 by James Chesnut, Sr. and Mary Cox Chesnut, is located in the heart of the Camden historic district.

    Bloomsbury Inn porchOur in-town summer home features four well-appointed rooms from which to select. The oversized rooms, with 13 foot ceilings, feature queen and king beds, private baths with 1930 Italian tiles, and sitting areas.

    Located on two acres of manicured grounds, the inn offers several garden sitting areas and a wrap-around veranda which offers peace and tranquility from the everyday stresses of life.

    Bloomsbury is one of 350 bed and breakfasts/inns nationwide that has qualified as a Select Registry property.  What does that mean to you: quality, unannounced third party inspections, delicious breakfasts, total attention to detail, the best bed and breakfast stay in the United States, peaceful, relaxing comfort designed just for you.

  • Insider's info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Bruce and Katherine Brown for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We are a small luxury, award-winning property with excellent reviews. When people want the best they find us.

    What are you best known for?  

    Our property is known for history and hospitality.

    What makes your inn unique?

    After the War of Rebellion, the Civil War, the famed Civil War diarist, Mary Boykin Chesnut, lived in Bloomsbury and wrote a large section of her diary here. She is the writer who is quoted at each opening section of the John Burns Civil Wars series.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    Our antebellum home, fully restored, is c1850. We live where history was made and is made on a daily basis. We sit on manicured gardens that hosted the secessionist and we live in one of the most historic homes of the area.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Horses, history, and hospitality. We grab life one tourist at a time to ensure that each visitor has a unique and enjoyable visit.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "We have never visited a bed and breakfast that is so perfect...lodging, dining, tours...."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Our history-rich community welcomes everyone: the horseman, the revolutionary war re-enactor, the foodie, the genealogy enthusiast, the seeker of Southern living.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Visit the famed gardens of Pearl Fryer. Tour the Revolutionary War Park. See the Steeplechase and Achieve Museums. Shop at the largest Tack Room on the East coast. Dine on great local cuisine. Drive a stock car/race car at the Carolina Sports Park. Take a historical horse-drawn carriage tour. Take in a horse or dog show at the South Carolina Equine Park. Stop by 20+ antique shops. Visit the Goodall State Park. See the original city powder magazine. Walk through the Quaker Cemetery that dates back into the 1700s. Tour the State Cotton Museum. Take a historic driving tour of over 40 antebellum homes or a driving tour of horse county. Visit the Boykin Grist Mill and the Broom Shop. Sit on the front veranda and rock away their cares. Take in a performance at the KC Fine Arts Center or a movie at our local 1950s City Theatre. Fish at Lake Wateree. See grade school children walking home from school. Tour the local art community and be drummed.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Bloomsbury is one mile from the center of our historic downtown area; one block from a beautiful park with full tennis courts.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Camden features some great places to dine, our favorite two are fine dining at Boykin Millpond, aged beef and fresh seafood, served in beautifully restored pre-Civil War building that faces a 400+ acre wildlife preserve; and iSalud, locally owned casual Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar -- all of the food is made fresh and there are over 130 Tequilas on the bar back.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Our city website is great: and our local chamber But, you really can't beat the Bloomsbury site for things to do and calendar of events.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have four luxury rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We love pets, but our property is not designed for visiting pets. We do recommend alternatives to those needing assistance. And, our Inn Cat, Miss Kitty Stray, is always present to welcome guests and to off cat petting as she desires.

  • Meet the Innkeepers

    Bloomsbury Inn  front gardenKatherine Lemay Brown, Colonel, USAF retired, is a 25 year career military officer with over 17 years experience in the protocol/hospitality service industry. She has served as the director of protocol for four four-star general officers and as a protocol officer to two other four-star general officers. Katherine Brown is a graduate of the Washington School of Protocol, and is a certified protocol/civility instructor.

    Dr. Bruce Brown, Colonel, USAF retired is a 26-year career military officer. He has served on three four-star staffs as a special assistant and aide de camp. Highlights of his career include serving as a negotiator and editor of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) and as Commander of the 15th Wing at Hickam Air Force Base Hawaii.

    The Browns have enjoyed living around the world and their innkeeping-style reflects the best of their experiences. From the moment Katherine set foot in the front foyer of Bloomsbury, she knew they were home.

  • Breakfast

    Bloomsbury Inn breakfast diningBreakfast is an experience all unto itself:

    • Locally roasted, signature blend 
    • Farm fresh eggs
    • All homemade breads
    • Homemade jams/jellies

    The two to three course breakfast is served in the formal dining room with each morning alternating savory and sweet entrees.  Just imagine, Gingered Orange Juice, Fresh Hot Coffee, Seasonal Fruit Soup, Biscuits from Grandmother's iron skillet, and Bloomsbury Eggs Divine with Peppered Praline Bacon.

    Breakfast is freshly prepared for each guest. You will be asked what hour you prefer for your seating. Breakfast is normally served between 8:00-9:00 am; but times can be adjusted to meet your schedule.

  • Amenities

    Bloomsbury Inn Amenities

    • Wireless High-speed Internet
    • Large guest rooms with sitting areas and all-season fireplaces
    • Only private baths
    • Individual room temperature controls featuring TRANE CleanEffects™ for 99.98% allergen free air
    • Each bed chamber has individually-controlled central heat and air
    • Television with over 70 cable channels
    • Writing surfaces/desks in each bed chamber
    • Robes/slippers
    • Hair dryers, alarm clocks, umbrellas in each room
    • Iron and ironing board in each bed chamber with spray starch for your business shirts and static cling spray
    • Custom amenities (soaps, oils, lotions)
    • French-milled hypoallergenic oatmeal bath soap
    • Individual bath salts are perfect in the oversized bath tubs
    • Full gourmet breakfast served in the dining room or on the wrap around porch
    • Hot Tea and Coffee always available
    • Large common areas and grounds: parlor, library, dining room, 2-acres of manicured gardens, wrap around porches
    • Off-street parking
    • Four blocks from downtown historic Camden
    • Full compliance with all state/local regulations
    • Local attractions, recommendations, maps and information
    • Fine dining, recommendations, information and reservations in the immediate area
    • Bloomsbury tours and oral histories
    • Free cat petting as she desires - Miss Kitty Stray lives on the front verandah (she is not allowed in the Inn) and loves guests
    • Concierge Service
    • Southern hospitality served with fresh baked cookies
  • Reviews

    Bloomsbury Inn catTripAdvisor named Bloomsbury Inn one of the top 25 bed and breakfasts of an estimated 17,000 in the nation.  2014

    "Oh what a beautiful Breakfast.  A beautifully set breakfast/brunch table is perfect for  entertaining guests, hosting a business meeting, introducing students to the art of dining, celebrating a special occasion or just to enjoy!  At your next fête, include these scrumptious poached pears with creamed stuffing, courtesy Bloomsbury Inn, in Camden."  -- March 2013, Carolina Living Magazine

    "Past Perfect.  Camden's Bloomsbury Inn is an elegant journey to the 19th century.  In a town known for its rich history, Bloomsbury is the ideal place to stay...getaway.  Set off by two acres of live oaks, camellias, and azeleas, the house takes its name Mary's childhood home." -- January 2013, TOWN Magazine

    "We noticed that Bloomsbury Inn has been ranked as one of the top ten bed and breakfasts in the nation (more than once) -- CONGRATULATIONS!" -- August-September  2012, Mary Janes Farm Magazine

  • Gift Certificates

    Bloomsbury Inn Garden

    Bloomsbury Gift Certificates may be acquired by contacting Bloomsbury Inn. We offer Bloomsbury gift certificates in $25.00 increments, sold and utilized at face value. The gift certificates can be utilized toward any reservation.

    We offer a Bloomsbury reservation gift certificate which is for a one night reservation, all Bloomsbury amenities included, with any subsequent night reservation at a 10% discount. This certificate is for a specific room which you select. The recipient receives a personalized letter recognizing your purchase.

    We honor the South Carolina Bed and Breakfast Association gift certificates. These may be acquired by contacting the association

    We honor Bed and gift certificates. 

    We also participate in the North Carolina and South Carolina Passport to the Porches of the South. Visit three inns/bed and breakfasts which are members of the VA, NC, or SC state associations and have a chance to win gift certificates for free nights. For additional details, visit