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 focused on enabling youth groups to have a stay at the centre (with a discounted rate offered to youth groups and schools). Ideal for extended 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.Use of 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 Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the Wedding Venue page and the Hostels with Camping map.

It has availability at Autumn Half Term.


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

Reduced price October Weekends now available!

August 25th 2020

Weekends available for just £540 accommodating up to 12 people consisting of one family or maximum two households, exclusive use of the whole Centre and grounds, including playing field and campfire.

The Chellington Centre is a unique 12th Century converted church with 7 bedrooms, two breakout rooms, mainhall, kitchen, showers, and washrooms. Table tennis, table football, many walks straight from the Centre’s doors. Please contact us to find out more

Special Offer

Rural Bedford gets thumbs up..

July 17th 2020

We are open [!] and welcome enquiries for late July and August stays. Here’s what they thought last weekend.

“A group of us used The Chellington centre in July 2020 as restrictions ( Covid-19) were eased. I can honestly say the Chellington Centre was the perfect place to use, post lockdown. Spacious, airy and very clean, even an automatic hand sanitiser pump as you went in! A lot of open, outdoor space to use, with the most gorgeous views of the Bedfordshire countryside. Highly recommended, we will be back. Thank you for the safe and satisfying use of your centre”

Late Availability

The Chellington Centre is back

July 10th 2020

A truly enchanting hostel, the former place of worship is now fully prepared for you to enjoy a safe stay in it’s unique space.

Ideal for for family bubble holidays, The Chellington Centre – your exclusive and affordable retreat – is now open again. We welcome you to this stunning church conversion in rural landscape with safe and considered Covid-19 measures in place. Your stay has been carefully provisioned, each bubble will have at least two showers and three toilettes along with full disabled access. Our 7 flexible bunk and bedrooms can change to be singles, twins, 3s 4s or even 5s to meet your own needs. The main hall and kitchen are large and can operate social distancing. We have enhanced our cleaning schedule adding more regular steaming and sanitising stations. The table tennis and table football, games field and fire circle are all yours. Chellington is a genuine unforgettable sanctuary – and fun too.

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