The Chilterns View

South East England Oxfordshire Dorchester on Thames

  • 5 Luxury Lodges Sleeping 2

Adult only glamping lodges complete with a hot tubs, barbecues BBQs – and exquisite views of the Chilterns

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The picture-perfect countryside of the Thames Valley and the Chiltern Hills is the perfect backdrop to these five luxurious glamping lodges with exceptional views of the surrounding countryside. It's a dreamy setting, for sure, a secluded garden-cum-meadow with a quiet pond behind that's a terrific place not too far from London to to shake off the urban blues blues and enjoy some proper holiday time in the country. It’s a ten-minute walk into the nearby village of Ewelme, where there is a cosy village pub and an old church that featured in the film version of Les Miserables, while routes like the Chilterns cycleway and Thames path provide an easy way to explore the rest of the area.

The lodges, too, are a special place to escape to, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that are just perfect for letting the outside in during summer and watching the sunset during the winter months. They're quite compact, and very cosy, but to be honest ‘glamping' is a bit of a stretch: with a fully-functioning kitchenette with double hob and fridge-freezer, wood-burning stoves, speedy broadband and a spacious wet-room style bathroom with rain shower, toilet, luxury king size beds with Egyptian cotton linen, these are seriously well-equipped cabins. They provide a perfect hideaway for a couple, yet also provide the kind of access to nature that glamping is all about. There is no TV to distract you, and your host Rachel is welcoming, friendly and full of local knowledge – basically fulfilling her long-held dream to share the beauty of the Ewelme Down Farm estate with the rest of us!

Each lodge has a south-facing verandah, and a bubbling terrace hot tub from which you can toast you partner and gaze up at the stars – all very indulgent and you may not be able to tear yourself away. But just in case you do, it's worth knowing that the location of these luscious lodges is pretty good too, with the Chilterns AONB in one direction, Oxford in another and indeed the historic and attractive small town of Wallingford right on your doorstep, home to all sorts of amenities, sights and attractions.

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Facilities

Lodges are fully equipped for self catering and feature a fully-fitted kitchenette, cosy living space, ensuite shower room and a bedroom with a king sized bed with linen, towels, bathrobes, slippers, shampoo, conditioner and soap. There is also a supply of tea, coffee, milk and a few biscuits. Charcoal and wood for the BBQ and wood burner are also supplied free of charge. Each lodge has free fibre optic wireless and a docking station. A pond area has an open pit outdoor fire and large bespoke BBQ capable of cooking a hog roast. The outdoor fire is lit every evening in the winter for guests to enjoy. During December (and weather permitting) Rachel may surprise her guests with a glass of mulled wine and sausages near the roaring outdoor fire. The rural location makes sightings of deer, muntjak, hares and red kites a common feature of staying here.

Suitable For

Couples and comfort seekers – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, children and pets – no.

Nearby

The Thames Valley and the Chilterns boast plenty to keep campers occupied. Chiltern Views The local area is great for walking and cycling, in particular The Ridgeway, Thames Path and The Chilterns Cycleway offer easily navigable routes. By car Oxford is the most popular day trip with plenty to keep you occupied, whilst in the opposite direction Henley-on-Thames is also well worth the journey. While the immediate area is famous for Midsummer Murders, the village of Ewelme is recognised for its historic church and graveyard along with unique watercress beds (01494 771250), open to the public. For more picturesque village scenes, Stoke Row is a hamlet at the top of most people's list, while Goring and Streatley has pure Wind in the Willows scenery and sits along some of the best parts of the aforementioned Ridgeway.

Food & Drink

Within ten minutes drive you'll find The Lord Nelson (01491 612497), a traditional old pub serving excellent food; The Shepherd's Hut (01491 836636), the Ewelme local with a wonderfully friendly atmosphere; Home Sweet Home (01491 838249), another old joint with a cosy feel; and King William IV (01491 838249), the busier of the lot but with a lovely setting and fantastic menu (particularly the steak and ale pie). The Red Lion (01491 613140) is also renowned for its food, with some more quirky selections on its menu, while The Five Horse Shoes (01491 641282) is one of the best for dining with fantastic views if you can bag a table on the terrace during summer.

Open

Open 1st March – 1st November.

Pricing

One night stays Monday to Friday £315

Two night stay Monday to Friday £490

Friday to Monday Weekend Stays £675

When booking 5 nights or more we offer 10% off

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The Owner Says

Probably the most romantic retreat in England!!

The Chilterns View is located in the heart of Oxfordshire, between Henley and Oxford, and Heathrow is just a 45 minutes’ drive from the lodges.

Our local pub The Shepherds Hut is very friendly and serves great food and the Sunday lunch is really popular. It is a 5 minute drive or 25 minute walk from the lodges to the pub.

There are 5 Glamping Lodges and one Safari Lodge, and each lodge sleeps one couple in a king size bed.

Each lodge has it’s own private hot tub, BBQ and Hammock on the veranda, and south facing views across hills and fields.

In the 5 glamping lodges you can sit in your tub in complete privacy with a glass of fizz overlooking the countryside or sit by the log burner with a glass of port in winter watching the changing weather. In the morning relaxing with a cup of tea in bed starring across the fields is the perfect way to start your day.

The lodges all have a kitchenette and are all en-suite.

The Safari Lodge is very private and quirky with amazing views, hot tub, Hammock, BBQ and log burner, but can get quite cold in the winter and we often shut it down January, February and March.

The owner Rachel is very welcoming and is happy to answer any questions before your stay.

Location

Contact Website  01491 836 353 /07890586038  The Chilterns View, Ewelme Down Farm, Ewelme, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 6PQ

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Features

  • Hot Tubs
  • Wifi

Looking For...

  • Adults Only
  • Cycling
  • Exclusive Hire
  • Rural Retreat
  • Sensational Views
  • Short Walk to the Pub
  • Walking
  • Waterside

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