Chellington Centre, St Nicholas Church, Felmersham Road, Carlton, Bedford MK43 7NA

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A unique place to stay in rural Bedfordshire

The Chellington Centre is a 12th Century church which has been transformed into an award-winning, eco-friendly residential and day retreat Centre. It is run by a charity focused on enabling youth and school groups by offering a sole-use stay in an inspiring rural landscape.

Discounted rates are offered to youth & school groups and bursaries may be available for groups who may need support and qualify.

Chellington Centre is ideal for extended family gatherings and business groups who can make the most of the versatile spaces. The Centre sleeps 30 across 7 bedrooms. An extra 6 guests can be accommodated in the Winnie Lounge. Bed linen can be booked in advance at £8 per person and consists of a pillow, pillow slip, duvet, duvet cover, and a fitted sheet. Towels at £5. Alternatively, groups are welcome to bring their own bed linen or sleeping bag.

The main hall is a large versatile space that can provide seating for 80 theatre-style or dining for 66. It also works perfectly as a play, yoga or workshop area. 14 large tables are available and, as a default, 36 chairs.

Outside there's the new camping zone (opened in 2022) with an ultra-modern shower/toilet block, this can accommodate an extra 30 guests in tents (extra charges apply). Outdoor facilities also include a flat playing field, a BBQ, campfire and gardens. Table tennis and table football is included. Please note the indoor accommodation and the camping are both self-contained but only available for one group to book exclusively.

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  • Beds & Rooms:

    36: 2x5, 5x4, 1x6 + 30 camping
  • Open:

    All year. Arrive 5pm, dep noon.
  • Price per night:

    From 13.75pp (full occupancy). Youth groups: week night £495-£595, weekend £550-650 (Fri & Sat min). Other Groups: week night £630-750, weekend (2 night min) £750-990
  • Booking:

    Preliminary bookings can be made on the website. The reservation will be verified and then a £200 deposit (or 20% if booking value is more than £1,500) is required within 5 working days to Confirm the booking.
  • Directions:

    From South, avoid Bedford, by taking A428 to Turvey and then turning to Carlton. At crossroads in the centre of Carlton go straight on towards Felmersham- the 'Felmersham Road' out of the village and at the top of the hill the entrance road to the Centre is on the left (less than ½ mile outside Carlton). There is a long tarmac driveway (10 MPH) and free car park at end of driveway for up to 30 cars. If using Sat Nav use post code MK43 7NA but best to try to avoid Bedford and come via A421 and A426 via Turvey and Carlton. Sat Nav will stop about 100 metres from entrance at “Chellington Village” sign.
  • Public Transport :

    Trains At Bedford. Buses to Carlton from Bedford bus station. On foot from Carlton village: If you come out of the post office, turn left and cross the road, walk for 150m around bend and either take the wooden gate through a small field with old village pond, or walk a further 10m on and then turn right to a path that leads up the hill. The Centre is the church to the left after the hill approx 100m.
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available Easter 2024 Available October Half Term 2024


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rAccessibility features
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
7Green Tourism Award: Silver
wGroups Only
9Best Price Guarantee

r Accessibility Info

When the 12th Century church was converted into an award-winning, eco-friendly residential and day retreat centre, great emphasis was placed on making it as accessible as possible. ..Click for photos and more


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This is why youth groups are obessed with this 12th century church

January 19th 2023

Chellington Centre is a converted 12th century church located in the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside with amazing views of the Great River Ouse.

What’s not to love about this unique venue, the picturesque setting and the closeness to many large towns, cities and motorways.

Situated in rural Bedfrodshire and in a converted 12th century church, there is residential accommodation for 30 plus another 30 can be accommodated in tents in the Centre’s campsite.

Ensure the next time your Youth Group goes away they do it in style with a visit to the Chellington Centre

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Accessibility statement

April 7th 2022

When the 12th Century church was converted into an award-winning, eco-friendly residential and day retreat centre, great emphasis was placed on making it as accessible as possible.

Access: There is level access inside the Chellington Centre, all areas are on the ground floor

Accessibility Centre Building Disabled Priority Parking


Bedrooms: All have wide entrance doors and flexible suites to allow single occupancy for a wheelchair user and space for manoeuvring to the bed edge.

Bunkrooms built in the arches of a converted church


Toilet: There is an accessible toilet/wet room, there are grab bars throughout, a shower seat and an alarm pull cord.

Accessibility Herald Building Disabled Shower Room


Please contact the Centre if you want to read their full accessibility report.


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Latest Blog about Chellington Centre

Mudfest, a caching adventure

February 3rd 2021

Read about Kevin’s journey around his local area. Treasure hunters staying at the Chellington Centre could go and see if they’re up to the challenge. 19km of walks through the North Buckinghamshire countryside. A wonderful way to spend the day outside.

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