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Ecolodge With Stunning Views In Chilterns

People4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 495 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 28 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:
23 November, 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 Benson

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 -
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Ecolodge With Stunning Views In Chilterns
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 27 reviews
5

A very special place!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the sustainability of the lodge which was comfy and had a peaceful serene atmosphere. We loved Tim’s enthusiasm. He was so welcoming and helpful and made staying in Mizpah an absolute pleasure. His little cat clearly likes the charms of Mizpah and gullible visitors too! And we were more than happy to welcome our feline friend.We saw gorgeous sunrises and sunsets as well as bird life from the lodge, and had great fun beginning to explore the abundant walks, pubs and places of interest, there just wasn’t enough time so we will have to return.

Real gem this place. We were sad to leave!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for spending the time to write reviews, both on here and in our guest book! I see you even managed to find the very olde worlde Black Horse pub right in the middle of the Stoke Row woods! Quite an achievement! We do hope you come back sometime in the future. Nkunzi the cat misses you both already ;-)
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5

wonderful out of the way spot

  • 5 of 5

We loved the eco lodge. Lots of home comforts in a great location. We explored the River Thames, the Chilterns and Oxford from this countryside cabin. The nearby town of Wallingford had lots of charm and local amenities and its only 10 minutes away. Thanks for letting us use the lodge Tim.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for spending the time to write a review. Really appreciated. Hope to see you again sometime in the future.
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5

Cute, qwerky and a great little getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Love how it's secluded away from everything, had an amazing warm welcome when we arrived. Lovely host. Really was a nice find!!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A well equipped lodge with a lovely view. A place to unwind and relax

  • 5 of 5

A great lodge with lots of eco friendly points, without losing any of the comforts. The spacious open plan layout was still cosy because of the thoughtful details of the owner. Our stay was just what we needed peaceful and secluded. Tim & Sarah being the best of hosts, very friendly, welcoming and accommodating; their affection for the lodge is infectious. Would love to visit again soon

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A very peaceful and homely lodge

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely stay here and so did our dog. Enjoyed early walks in the adjacent woods before breakfast and then long walks along the river with an occasional pub stop, and back to this lovely home where everything has been supplied for a very comfortable stay. Tim's passion for all things green is an inspiration and we came home fully recharged and with plans for another visit soon. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful peaceful ecolodge with lovely hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent two night stay in this charming and welcoming lodge. Tim and Sarah were extremely helpful and welcoming hosts. Everything was done to make us feel welcome, from excellent communication in advance of our stay, to some beautiful home-made produce which was provided at the accommodation. The lodge itself is in a lovely, quiet location which made for a relaxing stay for the two of us and our 10-week old son. It's very well equipped and very tastefully furnished. We would not hesitate to recommend it and hope to visit again some time.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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
 
Nov 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
£90
for 2 nights
From
£45
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Dec 2017
1 Dec 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£130
for 2 nights
From
£65
From
£70
Fri,Sat
£400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
February 2018
1 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
28 night minimum stay
£1,493
for 28 nights
£1,600
 
 
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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