Press and Reviews
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Travelers' reviews of Bloomsbury Inn on BedandBreakfast.com
March 2013, HGTV Magazine (April issue)
If the experts fill you shopping cart...Cascade Complete...no spots, no film...award-winning Bloomsbury Inn, Camden SC.
March 2013, Carolina Living Magazine
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.
January 2013, Best American Retreats
Bloomsbury Inn is the only bed and breakfast in the State of South Carolina to be selected as one of the best American retreats.
January 2013, TOWN 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...
December 2012, The Real Yellow Pages, AT&T
Bloomsbury Inn was selected as the cover photo of the Area Code 803, 2012-2013 phone book.
August-September 2012, Mary Janes Farm 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!
June 2012, Victorian Homes Magazine
At Bloomsbury Inn, you don't just get a room. The proudly old-fashioned Southern manor calls them "bed chambers", just as they should be.
June 2012, Camden Chronicle-Independent
Travelers' reveiws earn Bloomsbury Inn Certificate of Excellence. Bloomsbury has been awarded the Trip Advisor certificate with a rating of 5 out of 5.
May 2012, Top Three Great Bed and Breakfasts Outside of Arkansas!
Bloomsbury Inn. "You don't have to salute your hosts in this Revolutionary War era town, but you'll need to mind your Ps and Qs in this inn run by retired US Air Force colonels. Katherine Brown spent her career in protocol, and she attends to the tiniest details at this inn she shares with her husband, an instructor pilot. Don't miss Katherine's fabulous Praline Peppered Bacon breakfast.".
May 2012, Camden Historic Landmarks Commission
In recognition of restoration of the old kitchen house of Bloomsbury, the Browns were awarded the Historic Preservation Award.
May 2012, Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce
Bloomsbury received the Community Pride award for continual restoration and showcasing of Bloomsbury.
March 2012, Southern Living
"Azaleas fill the Bloomsbury Inn's front yard. End the day surrounded by history and hospitality at Bloomsbury Inn. The spacious Bloomsbury Inn invites its guests to gather in the evening over a glass of wine and some friendly conversation -- just the way Camden has been welcoming visitors for more than 200 years."
Business Biz! "Built between 1849-1854, the Bloomsbury Inn was used primarily as a family residence until 2004, when Bruce and katheirne Brown bought Bloomsbury and transformed it into a bed and breakfast."
Escapes 2011, Inns Magazine
Bruce and Katherine Brown, owners of Bloomsbury Inn, are featured in the "Inn Life" special on entrepreneurs sharing their stories about leaving their old lives and embarking on an innkeeping career. Like many innkeerpers, "Katherine and Bruce find the most rewarding part of innkeeping to be their guests."
October 2011, South Carolina Living
Now is a great time to celebrate autumn. The Bloomsbury Inn Southern Pecan Cheesecake is a featured recipe in this autumn celebration. The recipe is on the Bloomsbury Inn Recipe page of this site.
May 2011, Garden Club of South Carolina
The Bloomsbury Gardens were one of only three selected to be featured in the statewide Follow The Blooms annual garden tour. "The gardens were glorious," Judy Dill.
April 2011, University of Georgia
The Bloomsbury Cold Fruit Soup recipe was one of only three fruit dishes and the only SC Bed and Breakfast recipe selected to be featured in the University of Georgia Sunset Competition.
March 2011, Balentyne Magazine
Unbridled Pleasure in historic Camden, South Carolina. Want to Visit Camden? You can step back in time by staying at one of the most beautifully restored B&Bs: Bloomsbury Inn.
October 2010, Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce
Bloomsbury Inn once again brings national recognition to the Historic District with their selection as one of the top ten bed and breakfasts in the Nation, Best of BedandBreakfast.com Awards, 2010-2011.
October 2010, Chronicle-Independent
Bloomsbury Inn has been selected as one of the Top 10 bed and breakfasts in the nation as part of the Best of BedandBreakfast.com awards, 2010-2011.
May 2010, Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce
It was a beautiful garden party evening in late May when Bruce and Katherine Brown were named Kershaw County Business Persons of the Year. They were recognized for both their very success bed and breakfast, Bloomsbury Inn, but also for their continued support of the community.
February 2010, SearchWrap
Like many top inns, the chefs at Bloomsbury Inn use only fresh, local farm products. I never expected a South Carolina Inn to be full of such scientifically talented people. But they’ve experimented with hundreds of dishes, and the creativity of their top picks boggles the imagination: hot apple soup, poached pears and baked peaches with toasted peanut butter rolls, creamed eggs in a puff pastry, baked cinnamon-raisin French toast, toasted bacon-pecan bread, homemade biscuits with chocolate gravy, peppered praline bacon and their own version of Eggs Benedict: a delicate crème sauce over croissant, wilted spinach, peppered ham, avocado and poached egg. Exquisite.
May 2009, Traveler Planners Radio Show
It was great to speak with Katherine Brown of Bloomsbury Inn, and we are very fortunate that she has agreed to share her signature recipe, Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy, with our listeners. Southern Living Magazine believes that Bloomsbury is an inn to remember and so do we.
Fall 2008, The Connection
“Local B&B chosen as innkeepers of the year. Out of 7000 US and Canadian competitors, Bruce and Katherine Brown, who own Bloomsbury Inn of Camden, were selected as one of the top innkeepers of the year in the annual Bed and Breakfast.com Awards, 2008-2009.”
17 September 2008, Chronicle-Independent
“Not just another plate. The first piece of Paneled Grape Westmoreland that Brown owned belonged to her grandmother, Sally Rose Stites Chisam. It is her favorite functional china, and is used for daily breakfast service at Bloomsbury Inn.”
Summer 2008 Voices
Viewers of Ken Burns’ Civil War series may recall the vivid journals of Mary Chesnut. The Bloomsbury property was build in 1849 by James Chesnut, Sr., and through the combination of loving care and military precision, Bloomsbury has, well, bloomed.
May 2008 Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
It is with great satisfaction that your Chamber of Commerce presents this 2008 Community Pride Award to Bloomsbury Inn for exhibiting the best in civic responsibility and leadership through its interest and personal contributions in maintaining and improving Kershaw County’s beauty and uniqueness.
8 April 2008, “Manicured grounds….a new definition is Bloomsbury.”
Member of the Charleston Garden Club
October 2007, The Honorable Mark Sanford, Governor of South Carolina
Congratulations! You are a great asset to our state not only through your successful business practices, but also by promoting our state’s history. I’m sure many of your guests leave the inn having learned more about James and Mary Chesnut and the Civil War era in which they lived. Jenny joins me in wishing you continued success. Take care. Sincerely, Mark Sanford
September 2007, Bed and Breakfast.com
The Bloomsbury Inn was selected as one of the top B&Bs in the United States in the annual Best of BedandBreakfast.com Awards, 2007-2008. With 6,500 eligible bed and breakfasts, The Best of BedandBreakfast.com Awards were presented based upon a qualitative and quantitative review of the nearly 10,000 independent reviews submitted to BedandBreakfast.com, the leading online B&B directory and reservation network worldwide.
“We know how important independent reviews are. We’re delighted that inngoers concurred that Bloomsbury Inn is a favorite among those seeking B&B getaways,” explained Sandy Soule, Editor of BedandBreakfast.com and one of the most highly recognized authors in the B&B industry. “Clearly Bloomsbury Inn earned high marks from reviewers for their fine accommodations, top amenities, and wonderful hospitality and service,” commented Soule.
7 July 2007, The State Home and Garden
It is a wonderful place and a wonderful home. The Browns accommodate visitors from all over who want to soak up the area’s rich history, and they greet all of them the same way…Welcome to Bloomsbury. Welcome to our home.
3 May 2007, The State, Columbia, South Carolina
Nestled in nature, there’s room at the Inn. Guests at Bloomsbury Inn find birds, butterflies, history and great conversation. The Bloomsbury Inn joins more than 65,000 habitats certified since the program was launched by the National Wildlife Federation in 1973.
2 May 2007, The State, Columbia, South Carolina
That really is a special, special treat: Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy. Katherine Brown, owner of Bloomsbury Inn on Lyttleton Street in Camden, believes in presentation, too.
May 2007, Southern Living
Situated in a neighborhood of stately homes, the 19th-century home also boasts two acres of manicured grounds…AN INN TO REMEMBER.
20 February 2007, The State, Columbia, South Carolina
Head to Camden on 3 March for a top-of-the-line kitchens tour in historic homes. You’ll see kitchens with state-of-the-art appliances and historic touches. The tour also includes cooking demonstrations by Camden chefs; demonstrations will be held in the original kitchen house of Bloomsbury.
January 2007, National Geographic Society
“The Officers and Board of Trustees have enrolled Bloomsbury as a member of the National Geographic Society, in recognition of support of this scientific and educational organization chartered in 1888 for diffusing geographic knowledge and promoting research and exploration.”
December 2006, South Carolina Home and Gardens
“The Browns, perfect innkeepers…will welcome you to relax, step away from the stresses of daily life, and enjoy the comfort of being pampered. You will want to come back to Bloomsbury again and again.”
November 2006, She! Magazine
“All of my life, I wanted a very historic homme on a quiet, quaint street…That is how Bloomsbury Inn came to be.”
2006 “The South Carolina Encyclopedia”, edited by Walter Edgar
Page 771: “Rain porch. A sheltered exterior residential living area…notable examples…Bloomsbury (ca 1850) in Camden…”
24 September 2006 – The State, Columbia, South Carolina
“Bloomsbury (the Colonel James Chesnut House), a circa-1849 home in Camden, features a good example of a rain porch. Rain porches feature elongated roof supports that produce an optical illusion of additional height and grandeur. They were common on houses built from about 1820 until 1860 in the 14 counties generally known as the Pee Dee.” It is also commonly referred to as the Carolina verandah.
30 August 2006 – Camden Chronicle-Independent, Camden, South Carolina
“Then and now: Camden’s in-town estates. In 1916, the estate was downsized to “13 acres, made up of two parsels;” today Bloomsbury sits on two acres which features many native SC flora.
“Katherine Lemay Brown, owner of Bloomsbury Inn in Camden, has been elected as the second vice president of the South Carolina Bed and Breakfast Association…responsible for insuring that the inspection policies of the association are followed and to recommend to the board any changes necessary.”
23 May 2006 - Camden Historic Landmarks Commission
During the National Historic Preservation Month, Bloomsbury was named as an award winning historic property. The certificate was presented at the Camden City Hall by The Honorable Mary Y. Clark, Mayor of Camden, and Clarence B. Mahoney, Jr., Chairman Historic Landmarks Commission. Bloomsbury was specifically recognized for "renovation and re-use of c1830 Col James Chesnut home."
22 May 2206 - Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
During the annual meeting, Bloomsbury was awarded a certificate of distinction: "It is with great satisfaction that your Chamber of Commerce presents this Certificate of Distinction as part of the Community Pride program to Bloomsbury Inn for exhibiting the best in civic responsibility and leadership through your interest and personal contributions in maintaining and improving Kershaw County’s beauty and uniqueness. You are to be commended for the restoration of the historic Bloomsbury home and converting it into an upscale Inn. We, on behalf of the people of Kershaw County, salute you."
20 April 2006 - The State, Columbia, South Carolina
"Spring at Bloomsbury Inn in Camden…the beauty at this time of year draws many visitors to the two acres of gardens."
April 2006 - Southern Living
Bloomsbury was honored to host Annette Thompson, feature writer, and Meg McKinney, photographer, in anticipation of being featured in the travel section of an upcoming edition of Southern Living.
2005 Candlelight Tour of Homes, Camden Junior Welfare League
“Bloomsbury, one of the most significantly historic homes in Camden, South Carolina…is located on two acres of city property which features native flora of South Carolina. 100+ year old Live Oaks, Magnolias, fruit trees and many varieties of Azaleas and Camellias…The home features twenty-plus over-sized rooms with thirteen foot ceilings…Inside the loving restored home, with uncompromising attention to detail, the Browns have created a warm and welcoming environment for all who traverse the doorways.”
December 2005 – Charleston Magazine
“Take a step back in time and experience the holidays in true Colonial-era fashion…Only a short drive from the Kershaw-Cornwallis House is historic downtown, where more than a dozen buildings – including the circa 1850 Bloomsbury House – will open their doors as part of the Camden Junior Welfare League Candlelight Tour of Homes.”
7 December 2005 - Camden Chronicle-Independent, Camden, South Carolina
“The greenery is being garlanded; the Christmas trees are being decorated; and the candles are almost ready to be set aglow…The Browns, who have lived in 13 states, Europe and the Pacific, bought the house in November 2004 and have opened it as a bed and breakfast. They have filled their home with antiques and such furnishings as a hand-carved table and chairs and hutch in the Gentlemen’s Parlor and World War I artwork.”
November 2005 – Golden Life, Pee Dee Area
“Bloomsbury Inn, as the property is called, is not just another large antebellum house…The Browns offer more than a place to sleep and the morning meal. They are hosts at the personal level, becoming acquainted with their guests and engaging them in conversation. Dr Brown said guests respond well to that opportunity, pointing out it is one of the reasons people stay at bed and breakfast inns. The Browns also offer a tour of the historic house…”
19 October 2005 - Camden Chronicle-Independent, Camden, South Carolina
“A stay at the Bloomsbury Inn is complimented by true Southern hospitality, gourmet breakfasts, complimentary socials and well-appointed bed chambers…uncompromising attention to detail with luxurious amenities.”
18 October 2005 – The State, Columbia, South Carolina
“The couple last month opened The Bloomsbury Inn, an upscale bed and breakfast in a historical downtown Camden home. They searched nearly every small town in South Carolina before settling on Camden. It really just has wonderful attractions and good Southern charm.”
2 September 2005 – Camden Chronicle-Independent, Camden, South Carolina
“Stewards of history…They [Bruce and Katherine Brown] are completing renovations and landscaping work in anticipation of opening Bloomsbury to the public as a bed and breakfast…It is a house they plan to call home the rest of their lives.”