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

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The Chellington Centre is a 12th Century church transformed, after a major renovation and extension project in 2005, into an award winning, eco-friendly residential and day retreat. Run by a charity who focus is on enabling youth groups to have a stay at the centre, a discounted rate is offered to youth groups and schools. Family bookings and business groups who can use the versatile space are welcomed as well. The centre has 7 bedrooms with a 8th being available for 6 extra guests by converting the Winnie Hall room into a bedroom. 6 extra guests maybe added at a charge of £10 per person per night. Bed linen can be booked in advance at £6 per person and consists of a pillow, pillow slip, duvet, duvet cover, and a fitted sheet. Alternatively groups are welcome to bring their own bed linen or sleeping bag. The main hall can seat 80 theatre style, and is a versatile space that can be a games area, dinning area or workshop area. There are 13 large tables available and up to 80 chairs. The outside area includes a playing field, BBQ and campfire. A table tennis and table football is included in the price of the stay.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Central England and Shropshire and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    30: 2 x 5, 5 x 4
  • Open:

    All year
  • Price per night:

    Youth groups: week night £385, weekend (Fri&Sat exit by 2pm Sunday) £840, Other Groups: week night £440, weekend £1050.
  • Booking:

    Preliminary bookings can be made on the website. The reservation will be verified and then a £200 deposit 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 cross road and walk to the left (walking towards Harrold bridge) for 125m, go 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

This accommodation is available only to groups, is a Green Business Award Winner and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Wedding Venue page, the Hostels with Camping map and the Holidays in Isolation page.

It has availability at August Bank Holiday.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rDisabled Access
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
7Green Tourism Award: Silver
wGroups Only


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News & Offers from Chellington Centre

Easter in a church? The Chellington Centre provides just that

November 26th 2019

Iconic and atmospheric, The Chellington Centre is a renovated 12th century church oozing with character.

The Chellington Centre is a unique hostel to say the least. Overlooking the Great River Ouse in Bedfordshire  the church has a tranquil atmosphere. This year we have 7th-9th April 2020 available. 2 nights 3 days £880 sleeping 30, self-catering, exclusive use. Enjoy a beautiful spring at The Chellington Centre, campfire, BBQ and playing field included in the stay, the centre gardens are perfect for a Easter Egg hunt!

Church Sunset

Country walks from the Chellington Centre

July 5th 2019

There are some fantastic walks from the centre. These can be navigated yourself or you can book a guided tour with us for a 1 30min walk or a 2 30 min walk.

There are some lovely walks you can take straight from the The Chellington Centre,one of the most popular walks is a circular walk to Harrold Odell Country park and back again. The trip goes across open meadows, past lakes, through woodland and along the banks of Great River Ouse. At the country park there is an opportunity to learn about the history of the park and how dramatically different the landscape is from it’s industrial past. There are two play parks and a cafe. The country park is a hot spot for wild bird life and flora and fauna. Excellent maps can take you on various routes round the lakes before heading back to the Centre for a cup of tea in the glass room where the view of the park can be enjoyed having a bit more knowledge of the area.


Marshmallows & Campfires summer solstice at Chellington

June 24th 2019

June is the perfect month for a campfire with the long light evenings, groups can enjoy the new improved natural seating round our fire circle at Chellington

Add the campfire package for logs , kindle and Kelly kettles to your stay.

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