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Travelers’ reviews earn Bloomsbury Inn Certificate of Excellence

Posted: June 15, 2012 4:50 p.m.
Updated: June 18, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Bloomsbury Inn has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Bloomsbury Inn maintains a five of five rating. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Bloomsbury is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Katherine Brown, co-owner at Bloomsbury. “We strive to offer our guests a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our efforts are translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

About Bloomsbury Inn

Bloomsbury, an award winning bed and breakfast, built in 1849 by James Chesnut Sr. and Mary Cox Chesnut, is located in the heart of the Camden historic district. A significant notoriety of the property is derived from the writings of the famous diarist, Mary Boykin Chesnut, daughter-in-law to Colonel James Chesnut Sr., and wife of Confederate General James Chesnut Jr. Mary Boykin Chesnut is the author of A Diary from Dixie, and the author of the diaries used by Dr. C. Vann Woodward to write his Pulitzer prize winning book, Mary Chesnut’s Civil War. Portions of the diaries were written at Bloomsbury in the 1860s.

Bloomsbury is a member of Select Registry -- the total membership nationwide is 350. To be selected, the property must meet very precise and high standards during the no notice inspections. So, Bloomsbury can withstand the greatest of “white glove” inspections and serves an equally impressive breakfast.

This “in town” home features 30-plus over-sized rooms with thirteen foot ceilings. Starting from ground level, the above ground basement offers 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 first floor hosts two parlors, the formal dining room, kitchen, and the master suite, along with a front to back ten foot wide foyer. The crown and door moldings are exquisite. The ladies’ parlor is highlighted by Zuber wallpaper. The second floor is comprised for four bed chambers. Each room has a private bath with 1930 Italian tiles. The basic approach on the fourth 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.

Located on two acres of manicured grounds, several garden sitting areas and the wrap around veranda offer peace and tranquility. At one point, the grounds included all known South Carolina indigenous trees/flora. Today, they continue to feature live oaks, dogwoods, magnolias, figs, peach, walnut, and holly trees, highlighted by various camellias, roses, aucuba, hydrangeas, gardenias, ivies and azaleas galore. The walks and drives are lined with bricks. The original 1849 detached kitchen house remains with the property. The walk-in fireplace and brick oven, which are fully functional, draw immediate attention. In fact, katherine loves to cook out there.

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 the lovingly restored home, with uncompromising attention to detail, the Browns have created a warm and welcoming environment for all who traverse the doorways.

Visit the inn online at www.bloomsburyinn.com.

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