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Ecolodge With Stunning Views In Chilterns

People4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 495 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Zero Carbon Emissions Ecolodge built with hemp, powered by solar

A 45m2 open plan chalet style bungalow built in hemp on recycled car tyres with triple glazed windows and doors, equipped with LED lighting and the latest far infrared heating. Green Tourism UK recently assessed the lodge and rated it with a Gold Standard Award with a score of 87%. The lodge also has both green walls and green roofs to enhance the biodiversity of the site. The lodge looks over open fields and has its own private terrace. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a small utility room with washing machine, TV with Sky and free wifi. The lodge has a double bed plus a double sofa bed that can be used to accommodate additional guests.

The lodge is situated just off the Ridgeway national trail and Chilterns Cycleway that together with a dense network of bridle ways and footpaths, offer unlimited on and off-road cycling and hiking. We have a couple of vintage bikes that can be hired for a small fee to enable you to explore the area if you can't bring your own.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2017

About The Owner

I trained as a soil scientist and worked/lived in Africa for 13 years. After returning back to England, I worked on various Eco developments including Bicester Ecotown and clothing Ecofactories in Bangladesh. I've also developed Eco holiday resorts in England, Kenya & Lesotho.

The Owner purchased this chalet in 1948

Why The Owner chose South Oxfordshire

This area has some of the best mountain biking/hiking trails in the country. In spite of being only 40 miles from London, you can ride nearly all day along the huge bridleway network and not even see anyone else. There also plenty of historic sites within a few miles including Grims Ditch, Wallingford Castle and numerous Hill Forts.

This property is in the countryside but only 2 miles from the historic market town of Wallingford

What makes this chalet unique

The lodge has great views over farmland. It is highly insulated (hemcrete wallls with triple glazed windows and doors) and heated during the winter months by far infrared panels. It is powered by a 4kW array of solar pv panels with grid backup supplied by 100% renewable energy by Good Energy.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Benson in South Oxfordshire District

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 495 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:30
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • There is a corner shower unit with low volume aerated shower head for maximum energy efficiency.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

Ecolodge With Stunning Views In Chilterns
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
5

Peaceful, an great place to charge your batteries.

  • 5 of 5

The lodge is amazing, warm and cosy even when the weather outside isn't. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need if you want to stay home and cook. Views to the front across fields and amazing to watch the red kite that frequents the front field as it patrols it's area. There are some beautiful places to see and lots of beautiful walks a short car ride away. We will definitely be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for making the effort to write a review for us. We hope to see you again in the future. We are starting to win the war against the foxes with the assistance of an electric fence so next time we should be able to supply you with a few more free range eggs!
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5

Country Ecolodge

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful country ecolodge located close proximity to main highway but without compromising its nature theme. It is serviced with all the essential amenities. Sarah went above and beyond to make sure her guests were comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Cozy lodge made for a comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

This lodge had everything we needed for a short stay. We are a family of 4, with 2 teenage boys and the WiFi kept up with them which was great.

Tim was very welcoming and explained everything we needed to know (including how to find the place as we did get a bit stuck). Extras were provided like eggs and homemade jam which was a nice touch and we enjoyed watching the Red Kites across the fields while sat outside on the patio area.

All in all, would recommend and would stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Very clean and well appointed. The outlook from the lodge was exceptional.

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful relaxing weekend. The lodge was well appointed and exceptionally clean.

Tim and Sarah were incredibly welcoming. Supplying us with home made jam!

The setting close to Oxford was good.

The location of the lodge was wonderful. Waking up to the cockerel and red kites flying overhead was something else.

All in all a lovely relaxing weekend.

Thank you Tim and Sarah

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for spending the time to write a review! We are so pleased that you really enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again sometime in the future! Kind regards Tim & Sarah
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The property was clean and well equipped. However, the shower needs attention.

  • 4 of 5

A lovely spot to sit out in the evening with a glass or two of something.

The lodge was warm and cosy and very peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Deborah, thanks for spending the time to write a review, we really appreciate it. Regarding the shower, we are trying to go "deep green" within the whole building rather than just ticking a few boxes. The shower we have installed only uses 5 litres per minute as opposed to 20 litres per minute for conventional showers. I'll still check the showerhead just in case it has firred up a liitle but I hope the feeliing of having a very small environmental "footprint" makes up for a bit of a dissapointment with the performance of the shower? Kind regards Tim
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5

Great getaway location

  • 5 of 5

Great getaway from it all. With a couple of lovely towns just a short taxi drive away. Great outdoor seating and eating area. Coupled with amazing weather couldn't have asked for more. Tim very responsive.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Heathrow
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
The Old Post Office, Wallingford
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Springs Golf Club
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
cholsey
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
M40
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
King William, Ipsden
Car: recommended

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Benson, Oxfordshire

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Late Summer
10 Jul 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
From
£75
From
£80
Fri,Sat
£480
£1,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
May 2018 onwards
1 May 2018 - 28 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
£240
for 3 nights
From
£80
From
£90
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£150
for 2 nights
From
£75
From
£80
Fri,Sat
£450
£1,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Please note that our cancellation fees are 50% of the total booking price for cancellations made 30 days or more in advance of your booking and 100% for cancellations made 60 days or more in advance. (Cancellations made by 12 midday).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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