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Bloomsbury Inn

1707 Lyttleton Street
Camden, SC 29020

Phone 803-432-5858

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Bloomsbury in Camden, South Carolina is known for its Southern hospitality, gourmet breakfasts and complimentary socials which include a walk through history with the innkeepers. Located in the heart of South Carolina, three miles off I-20, this award winning Camden bed and breakfast, built in 1849 by James Chesnut, Sr. and Mary Cox Chesnut, awaits your arrival.

  • A significant notoriety of the property is derived from the writings of the famous diarist, Mary Boykin Chesnut who penned many of her entries at Bloomsbury.
  • Two quiet acres of manicured grounds, several garden sitting areas and the wrap around veranda offer peace and tranquility from the everyday stresses of life.
  • Two parlors on the main floor of the home. The ladies’ parlor, featuring Zuber wallpaper, offers a quiet retreat for reading or for pleasant conversation. The gentlemen's parlor often times attracts those interested in the latest world or sports news.
  • Bloomsbury features four well-appointed bed chambers 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.
  • 1849 detached kitchen house is also available for viewing. The walk-in fireplace and brick oven draw the attentions of many guests. Although Katherine is not prone to cook there often, the fireplace and oven stand ready.

Bloomsbury is situated in the Camden historic district on a street which Mary Chesnut described in her diaries, 12 June 1865, “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.” The original brick lined walkways and drives have been unearthed to lead you directly to “The Boulevard”.

As this beautiful property moves forward into her 160th year and 10th anniversary as a bed and breakafast, you wil be treated to a wonderful experience. Inside the lovingly restored antebellum home, with uncompromising attention to detail, the Browns have created a warm and welcoming environment for all who traverse the leaded glass doorway. With luxurious amenities and thoughtful touches, Bloomsbury will surpass your expectations, and ensure that your visit to historic Camden, South Carolina is unmatched. We can't wait to see you soon.

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$100-199, $200-299

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Over 12


Small Town/Village

Onsite, 24 hr

  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Gardens on Property
  • National Historic Registry
  • Tesla/Electric Vehicle Charging Station


Smoke-Free, Outside Only


Outside Only

Wireless, Complimentary


You deserve the very best -- you deserve a wonderful night's sleep.  Bloomsbury hosts exceptionally large bed chambers.  There are two 20' by 20' and two 20' by 14' rooms.  Each bed chamber features a comfortable sitting/reading area, a decorative, all-season fireplace with the original 1854 mantel, and a private 1930's antique Italian tile bathroom. Each bed chamber has been personally designed for your comfort to include individually thermostat-controlled central heat/air, fine furnshings and desirable linens. Sit relax, take a quick nap or watch your favorite sports channel when you arrive, or check-in and race to any of the actrations in our area.   The convertible day/twin bed located in the Mary Chesnut bed chamber is offered for a third person, over the age of 12 years, at the additional rate of $75. per night.  Between the center hallway and the guests rooms, you will find over 20 current magazines, well-stocked bookshelves, paperbacks "to go", a shopping/gift area (don't forget that the sitter deserves a treat from you wonderful visiit to Bloomsbury, and a  coffee/tea service.  The quoted bed chamber prices are all inclusive: afternoon wine and cheese social at 5:30 pm, the perfect room, full gourmet breakfast, and all taxes.  Many places quote a price and then have several add-ons; but at Bloomsbury we beleive in quoting the price you will pay.

  • Non-Smoking Rooms

Queen, King



Front Desk

  • Air Conditioning
  • Antique Furnishings
  • Bathrobes
  • Fireplaces
  • Hairdryers
  • Luxury Linens
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Ironing Boards
  • Turndown Service

  • Cable TV
  • Music Library

More about our rooms

Bloomsbury Inn is known for beautifully served and delicious gourmet breakfasts.  To every extent possible, Katherine uses local fresh eggs, homemade breads, real butter and aged cheeses, only jams canned right at Bloomsbury.  Breakfast is served in the formal dining room or on the wrap around verandah (weather permitting).   A typical warm weather breakfast menu:

  • Fresh Fruit Soup
  • Fresh Biscuits baked in Grandmother's iron skillet
  • Creamed Eggs in a Puff Pastry
  • Praline-peppered Bacon
  • Garden-fresh Tomato
  • Bloomsbury Blend Coffee, Hot Tea, Fresh Juice, Spa Water

Every meal is prepared fresh and all diet restrictions are considered.   If desired, Bruce will offer the oral history of Bloomsbury during breakfast.



Individual Tables, Communal, Set Times, Flexible Times



  • Special Diets Accommodated
  • Vegetarian Options

  • Complimentary Beverages
  • Afternoon Tea/Refreshments
  • Complimentary Snacks
  • Early Coffee/Tea
  • Evening Hors d'oeuvres


More about dining at our inn

  • Antique Shopping
  • Art Galleries
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Culinary Classes
  • Fishing
  • Garden Tours
  • Golf
  • Hiking/Nature Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Rivers/Lakes
  • Shopping
  • Sports Events
  • State/National Parks
  • Tennis

More on what to do at our inn

More info on our packages

Bloomsbury Historical Tour

c1849, Bloomsbury abounds with history, from the tin room to cooking in the old kitchen house!

Just for You

A special package designed for you by one of the leading protocol and etiquette experts in the Nation.

Make Your Bed Chamber Special

You deserve to have your bed chamber made special...have your "favorites" awaiting your arrival.

When booking all available rooms at Bloomsbury, there are a variety of meeting options:

  • main dining room seats 12 at the main table
  • olde' kitchen house seats up to 50, and can be configured to accommodate most any meeting; walk-in fireplace is operational
  • hunt room has a comfortable table for a smaller group or for breakout groups
  • both parlors have seating for groups not requiring tables
  • downstairs foyer, military hall, can easily seat 8 - 10
  • wrap around verandah offers both table and rocker seating

One of the great features of a 9500 sq ft home, is more than enough options to accommodate all meeting requirements.

  • Business
  • Social


Many engagement, bridal and senior portraits have been made on the manicured grounds of Bloomsbury and inside this lovingly restored home.  The rose window in the west stairway is a favorite of all brides.  Although not zoned for wedding events, many grooms select Bloomsbury to celebrate the first evening of marriage.   The Mary Chesnut Chamber, decored in very elegant tones with a tall rice bed, is the first might be the antique Belgium dressing screen that intrigues so many. 

Check out the recipes on our website

Bloomsbury Lamb Meatloaf

Stuffed lamb meatloaf is a wonderful dish that can be classified as a comfort food or used on an elegant dinner plate.

Potato and Green Onion Ebelskiver

This Denmark treasure makes for a fun breakfast! Using the ingredients right in your kitchen, you can serve these puffy, sphere-shaped pancakes with a wide range of toppings or fillings.