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Eco-friendly rural retreat for young people
Add camping (for up to 36) with new showers/toilet block to your stay
Outdoor activities in the Centre's garden
Chellington campfire and barbeque in north gardens
Walking down Chellington Hill over river to adjacent country park
Young campers using Chellington tents (optional)
Enjoy a BBQ in the private garden
Table Football included
Field quiz and walk to river
Chellington Forest Skills on site by campfire
Chellington study group in inspirational panoramic room
Chellington Main Hall ready for a school group
Chellington playing field adjacent to Centre gardens
Add camping (for up to 36) with new showers/toilet block to your stay
Outdoor activities in the Centre's garden
Chellington campfire and barbeque in north gardens
Walking down Chellington Hill over river to adjacent country park

Chellington Centre, Bedford, Bedfordshire

2 - 30 7 Bed

Residential centre sleeping 30 in dorms and leader rooms, for youth and school groups and conferences

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Chellington Centre, Bedford, Bedfordshire, sleeps 2 - 30 in 7 bedrooms.

Our modern eco-friendly centre with newly acquired air source heat pump gives youth and school groups the opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and peaceful setting.
Groups have exclusive use of the Centre which features:
– 6 hostel style rooms (26 bunk beds)
– A separate Youth leaders/Teachers room 4 bunk beds or twin or single if preferred.
– Additional leader room with 6 sofa beds for use with larger groups
– Camping option available for up to 30 additional people and new camping building
Duke of Edinburgh groups (plot a route from one of the many pathways locally including walking along the river Ouse)
– Large hall allows flexible-use for fun, food or community time
– Ibbett and Winnie Hall learning/lounge rooms
– Fully equipped commercial kitchen for self-catering (supermarkets can deliver) or catered by arrangement
– Modern bathrooms
– Garden with barbecue, campfire and play area
– Rounders/football pitch
– Linen and cleaning packages available
Activities available by arrangement including canoeing, archery, paddle sports, wall climbing, high ropes – please note additional charges will apply.
We also have free educational quiz packs available for KS 3-6, also including mapped walking routes, and plant, animal and bird identification sheets to visit the award winning Harold Odell Country Park (involves walking over a bridge/river – activities available include bird and animal id quizzes, pond dipping, hedge laying, and willow crafts. Low cost ranger-led arranged by request.
Forest skills and other partner activities, indoors and outdoor can be added on request to your stay (see our website for more information).
Our aim at Chellington is to create a safe dynamic setting in which children and young people can have the freedom to learn, grow and develop within an inspiring landscape. We hope to support school and youth group leaders the best we can with low-cost and on-site tailored educational activities.



Free wireless internet and WiFi, multiple USB charge points. Payphone. Good mobile signals. More media on request (see above).

Disabled Facilities

2 accessible toilet/shower rooms (no hoist) ground floor (near to bedroom 7). and camping building (both wide no-step doors). Parking.


Sorry we do not accommodate any pets (guide dogs for blind excepted).


Modern, with 6 hob/ double oven cooker, microwave, large fridges, freezer, hot cupboard, fast wash sanitiser, toaster, pots, pans, crockery + cutlery.

Dining Room

Hirers can use part of the main activity hall to dine, as standard, 36 chairs,16 tables for dining. Separate breakout rooms can also be used flexibly.

Sitting Room

A semi-circular lounge room has lounge seating for 12 to 20+. Panoramic views over the Ouse Valley and lakes. 55in fibre flatscreen ('Media' to hire).

TV and Music Facilities

Audio/visual (to hire) includes: new pa system, 55" internet-linked flatscreen, karaoke, cinema, keyboard etc. Free WiFi.

Games Room

Main hall and 2 separate smaller activity rooms for flexible space for indoor activities. Free table football/tennis (also large games pack to hire).

Heating and Open Fires

Modern underfloor heating over a new limestone floor delivers comfort to all areas year-round. Outdoor firepit, bring own kindle and logs.


Set between original pillars in main hall, dorm rooms with bunk beds. Each sleeps 4 or 5. Separate Leaders room. 30 in total. Sofa beds for 6.


Full linen package hire available by advance request (£8 per person per visit), or bring your own sleeping bag/duvet etc. Towels to hire (£5).


Main building, male/female 7 toilets, 6 shower cubicles , new camping building (Youth groups only) has 4 shower cubicles + toilets.

Children's Facilities

Designed for children/youth groups. Whole site ideal. Free table tennis + table football. Rounders/football pitch. Please note no cots/baby change.


Open gardens with views over Ouse Valley lakes and river. Barbecue and camp fire circle for up to 30 seating. Wild walks from front door. Games field.

Swimming Pool

Wild swimming in Great Ouse adjacent to Centre or from nearby Felmersham jetty.


Plenty of free parking for up to 30 cars, mini buses and large triple axel coach to enter and turn.


Strictly no smoking on site except at evacuation assembly point (nice views but away from the main building).

Booking Information

Exclusive use affordable rental for 30. Typically arriving at 5pm and departing at midday. Winter specials. Day retreats from £300. Weekend wedding packages. Call us for details and availability or click the link and go to our website.

Show Availability

Please contact the owner for availability dates


10 miles from Bedford; 13 miles from Northampton and 15 from Milton Keynes.

  • #25 (down the hill in nearby Carlton village) bus serves Bedford station and Wellingborough, run by Grant Palmer.
  • Bedford (on London line to St Pancras International) or Milton Keynes (Euston/Birmingham).
  • Village of Carlton, Bedfordshire 500m. Nearest town Bedford, 9m; nearest city: Milton Keynes, 17m; Northampton, 16m. Nearest A roads: A428/A6/A421.
  • Local shop/post office in Carlton, organic bread, fresh veg/fruit etc (will take group food orders), newspapers. 500m footpath or 800m by road.
  • Good local pub in Carlton: Royal Oak (500m); The Fox 800m, restaurant and takeaway Spices of Paradise, Harrold village (1 mile). Cafe in adjacent country park overlooks lake, outside table service.
  • Luton, 24 miles.

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This venue is available for Youth & School Trips

Eco-friendly rural retreat for young people
Add camping (for up to 36) with new showers/toilet block to your stay

Youth & School Trips

The Chellington Centre is a rural sole-use delightful bunk-barn/ hostel, retreat (for 36) with bespoke camping (further 36). Schools and youth groups can enable PSHE via an inspiring rural experience


Please contact the owner for availability dates

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