Zero Carbon Emissions Ecolodge built with hemp, powered by solar
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.
Owner purchased this Chalet in 1948
Why 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.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We had a great week in lovely countryside. The lodge was a perfect base - thank you Tim & Sarah.
Like the Eco ideas. Centrally located. Welcoming owners. Spacious.
Love the whole Eco idea. Knew it was next to a recycling tip so that was not a problem. More space than we imagined and Tim was very welcoming and friendly. Outside space was perfect for us and our dog. Nice to sit on the deck with a glass of wine. I guess the own down points would be silly things, like the mirror inthe bathroom was so high I could barely see in it and I am 5ft 6ins. There was no larger mirror to be able to see clothes before you go out, important for me. The interior of the bathroom was a bit shabby, with missing skirting and painting was really needed, it kind of let the whole place down. The oven...... well I put dinner in the oven for half an hour at the temp of 8, which should have cooked it perfectly. It was so lukewarm that I could pick the dish out with my bare hands, the oven just did not get hot at all. Luckily we transferred everything into the microwave. We went to use the wok, and someone had put it away in the cupboard absolutely filthy, still with dirty oil and food particles sitting in it... perhaps whoever cleans for a changeover may like to check this in future. Not a pleasant surprise. So overall a great stay, just looked a bit in need of TLC here and there.
What's not to like.
Lovely property. Very comfortable. Local town great and well placed for exploring region. Lovely jam and milk provided with tea and coffee. Would happily stay again in warmer weather to enjoy sitting out on the deck.
Wonderful Little retreat .
Really nice retreat. Great position with lovely walks and not far from the thames. Super hospitable hosts. Went out of their way to make us feel at home with our family. Would highly recommend.
Great accommodation, friendly hosts and superb area to visit in sunny English spring weather
lovely cosy lodge
Highly recommended, thankyou