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Ecolodge With Stunning Views In Chilterns

Bedrooms Studio
Space 495 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 - 28 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
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
November 13, 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.


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


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


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Ecolodge With Stunning Views In Chilterns
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: March 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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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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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.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Mizpah Lodge is in a very quiet location that allows for a peaceful relaxing break from the norm. It is situated close to Wallingford that offers a range of eating places including several take away options. There was a good view across the fields of the helicopters going in and out of RAF Benson. The Lodge was well equipped with everything we needed. It was warm and comfortable. (However, if you have allergies be warned the pillows etc are filled with feathers) We enjoyed walking along the Thames with our little dog and stood for a while watching Benson Lock. This was a last minute booking for a two day escape. Tim was very helpful and quick to respond to emails. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend the Lodge to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0
Refundable damage deposit $132.17

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.

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