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Ecolodge With Stunning Views In Chilterns

Bedrooms Studio
Space 495 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


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

Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

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.


Benson Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 495 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Kitchen ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • There is a corner shower unit with low volume aerated shower head for maximum energy efficiency.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Ecolodge With Stunning Views In Chilterns
average rating of 4.928571 based on 28 reviews

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!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: 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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lovely cosy lodge

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended, thankyou

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: 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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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!!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: 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

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: 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!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
The Old Post Office, Wallingford
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Springs Golf Club
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
King William, Ipsden
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0
Refundable damage deposit $142.07

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 if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.