1707 Lyttleton Street
Camden, SC 29020
Innkeeper(s): Bruce and Katherine Brown
Inn Description: Sensational in any Season...Top Ten Inns in the Nation; Top Innkeepers; recommended by Southern Living. With uncompromising detail, Bloomsbury mingles elegance and history in the 1849 home where Mary Boykin Chesnut penned in her famed "Diary From Dixie". Gourmet breakfast...luxury and business accommodations...you will be pampered. Just 3 miles to I-20.
Additional Information: Welcome to one of the "Top Ten Bed and Breakfasts" in the nation, the award winning Bloomsbury Inn of Camden, South Carolina where you will find true Southern hospitality, gourmet breakfasts and complimentary socials which include a walk through history with the innkeepers. Bruce and Katherine Brown have been selected as "Top Innkeepers of the Year". Experience Bloomsbury, and you will soon understand why.
No. Rooms: 3
Our home features large well-appointed bed chambers from which to select. The oversized rooms, with 13 foot ceilings and individual central heat/air temperature controls with clean-effects technology for 99.98% allergen free air, feature queen and king beds, private baths with 1930 Italian tiles, and sitting areas. Located on two 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 are always open. 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. The quiet serenity is enhanced by a lack of traffic since Bloomsbury is strategically located one block off the busy streets transiting Camden.
The lower level offers the engineer/ architectural enthusiast a glimpse at original brick walls milled at Mulberry Plantation and of hand carved pine beams which were numerically identified during the building of the home. The student of military history will find the lower level foyer filled with mementos which outline United States Air Force history and the careers of the innkeepers. The basic approach on the forth floor sustains the original tin room for storing leather trunks when the families visited the "in town" home, unfinished heart pine floors and historic wallpaper.
The original 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 cooking there, she has several cast iron pots that are routinely used in the current kitchen.
Walk the grounds of Bloomsbury - over 150 years of fauna to take in. Situated on two acres of manicured grounds, Bloomsbury has something flowering the entire year round. In the spring, over 400 azaleas erupt into a brilliant bloom along with the Bradford Pear and Flowering Dogwood trees. During the summer the rhododendrons display their colors and in the fall the hydrangeas bloom. Winter also has its color with over a dozen camellias on the grounds displaying a brilliant collage. Magnolias add their blossoms to the rich Bloomsbury landscape. Directly in front of the house are three huge Live Oaks towering over 50 feet each to provide much needed shade from the heat of the South Carolina sun. With a rose, hydrangea, and herb garden there is something for everyone at Bloomsbury. The grounds have recently been documented for the South Carolina Landscape Initiative.
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."
Inside their lovingly restored home, with uncompromising attention to detail, the Browns have created a warm and welcoming environment for all who traverse the leaded glass doorway. The innkeepers reside in the residence and are readily available for personal concierge services. With luxurious amenities and thoughtful touches, Bloomsbury will surpass your expectations.
Historic Bloomsbury limits itself to the number of guests it hosts each evening. Few Bed and Breakfasts can match the personal attention, intimate atmosphere, and concierge service guests receive. Attention to detail and quality of culinary arts are placed first for our guests. That is why Bloomsbury was selected as one of the top ten bed and breakfasts in the nation. Arrive at Bloomsbury and experience as Mary Boykin Chesnut said "Bloomsbury - home again."
- Corporate Business Travel Welcome
- Rooms with Fireplaces
- Historic Inn
- Inn can Host Meetings
- Antiquing Nearby
- Tennis on Site or Nearby
- Inn has Nature Based Offerings
- Birding Nearby
- Horseback Riding on Site or Nearby
- Inn accepts SCBBA Gift Certificates