Chellington Centre, The Chellington Centre, St Nicholas Church, Felmersham Road, Carlton, Bedford MK43 7NA
Call Scott or Debbie on 01234 720726
A unique place to stay with views of the riverThe 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.
A group only campsite sleeping (?) will be opening on an adjoining site in in May 2022. Both the church and the campsite are self contained and available for exclusive use, they can also be booked together.
Beds & Rooms:30: 2 x 5, 5 x 4
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 chellington.org 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.
- 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.
- Long Distance Walks
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Access: There is level access inside the Chellington Centre, all areas are on the ground floor 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. Toilet: There is an accessible toilet/wet room, there are grab bars throughout, a shower seat and an alarm pull cord. ..Click for photos and more
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April 7th 2022
Access: There is level access inside the Chellington Centre, all areas are on the ground floor
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.
Toilet: There is an accessible toilet/wet room, there are grab bars throughout, a shower seat and an alarm pull cord.
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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.
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.Read More