If you’re sick of boring and soulless chain hotels, and want an overnight stay that is completely unique and special, the Churches Conservation Trust have got you covered.
St Mary the Virgin Church in Stansted Mountfitchet are embracing the latest camping trend known as “champing” (church camping) and are allowing people to stay overnight in the ancient building.
If you’ve always wondered what a church would be like after dark, now is your chance to find out.
By taking part in this one of a kind experience, you will also be helping to raise funds for preserving these stunning, historical monuments and will be offered a free year-long membership to the Churches Conservation Trust, which is worth £42.
St Mary the Virgin, a stunning medieval church next to Stansted Hall, is perfect for a peaceful and relaxing night’s sleep but will also allow you to embrace the rich history of the church, which has parts dating from 1100 and also contains fascinating 17th century tomb figures.
There is also a variety of interesting and educational attractions nearby, including Stansted Mountfitchet Castle, an original Motte and Bailey castle which is now an open air Museum, and the Wimpole Estate, an impressive mansion with Georgian interiors and beautiful grounds.
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How does it work?
Due to the ongoing effects of Covid-19, guests are required to bring their own bedding.
However, further down the line, the opportunity to purchase bedding for £25 at the venue will become available. The next day, guests will be offered breakfast, which is also available to book online.
Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome and you can book the entire church for a maximum group of five people. Children are also welcome and over 16’s will count as adults for ticketing purposes.
Bookings are open from April until the end of October. For further information visit Champing – The simple concept of camping in ancient churches or call 0207 841 0436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
From Monday-Thursday Tickets will cost £49 per night for adults and £25 for children.
From Friday-Sunday Tickets will cost £59 per night for adults and £30 for children.
Gift vouchers for this experience can also be purchased through the champing website.
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