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.

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  • 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:

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


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A perfect family retreat in a converted 12th century church!

March 4th 2021

Chellington is available to hire as a sole use site, 7 bedrooms, camp fire, BBQ, playing field, fully equipped kitchen, two lounges, walks from the door. Opposite the country park.

There’s plenty to explore at Chellington, the grounds alone are steeped in history with the old church yard forming the gardens, the surrounding fields once the site of a medieval settlement. Beyond that the river Ouse flows with the Harrold Odell Country Park within walking distance, plenty of bird life flies over the Centre heading to the country park. It’s a wonderful spot for bird watching especially from the warmth of the glass Ibbett room over looking the lakes!


Mini Breaks for the Summer at Chellington with Country Walks, Bird Watching & Cycling

January 29th 2021

Situated opposite the Harrold Odell Country Park – offering 144 acres of beauty and tranquility. The lakes of the country park attract a huge amount of bird life perfect for bird watching.

With two bird hides and family friendly walking routes Harrold Odell Country Park is a lovely day out even enjoy a stop at the Dragon Fly cafe – you can walk from the Centre straight to the park.


Fun while Caching at The Chellington Centre

January 27th 2021

While it may be tempting to just enjoy the incredible atmosphere of the Chellington Centre, there’s also something to be said for getting out and going to find some hidden gems of a different kind… Some things you could see while caching here

The Chellington centre is an ideal venue for big groups. Perhaps that means outdoor education or a large family holiday (when we’re allowed). And what better way to get everyone outside in the countryside than finding some treasure hunting. Fun for the whole group. All in the wonderful backdrop of Chellington and the surrounding areas. What will you find…

Chellington from a distance

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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