If you like the idea of country living combined with a lively community and a dose of fascinating history, then the charming village of Benson could be the perfect place for you.

Located in South Oxfordshire and offering buyers at our Merlin Gardens development the perfect blend of history, nature and culture, Benson has something for everyone. Whether you’re a first-time buyer, a family looking for a change, or even if you’re sizing up or down, this charming village and its houses for sale tick all the boxes.

Read on for all the reasons why Benson is a wonderful place to call home, keep reading!

The great outdoors

Nestled in the quintessential British countryside, Benson is the perfect location for nature lovers looking to explore the beautiful Chiltern Hills. The riverside walks in Benson are picturesque and based where the river Thames joins the Ewelme Brook, allowing visitors to enjoy a relaxing walk down the Thames path and take in the breathtaking views.


The river flows through the village leading up to the Benson Lock, where the Thames path crosses over. Did you know the distance between the Benson and Cleeve Lock is 6.5 miles – making it the greatest distance between locks on the Thames. Here, homeowners in the area can peacefully watch the boats pass through the village or re-energise after their walk at the delicious eating facilities at Benson Waterfront Café at the boating marina. 

Family location

Benson is a fantastic spot for families considering a move to the area, thanks to its wide range of amenities catering to all ages. Top schools in Benson include Benson Primary C of E School, Benson Community School and Harris Primary Academy.

However, that’s not all – kids can also dive into a world of fun as there are a variety of kids’ clubs in Benson. Whether your little one dreams of being a football superstar or flipping like a gymnastics pro, there is something for everyone, from the Benson United football team to Abingdon Gymnastics. Although a number of venues around the village hosts these activities, Benson Youth Hall is packed full of kid-friendly groups, clubs and classes to keep the youngsters entertained.

Shopping in Benson

As well as a range of supermarkets to pick from, Benson’s buzzing high street champions independent retailers with around a dozen shops and pubs. Some of Benson’s most popular pubs include the cosy Crown Inn and The Three Horseshoes.

There are many things to do in Benson thanks to its buzzing high street, which includes a library, a kid’s playground, a stylish barber and much more for members of the community to explore. For those looking for the best cafes in Benson, the No25 in the village centre is family-run and labelled as the heart of the local community, with the best coffee and cake Benson has to offer.

Easy connections

Wallingford is a historical market town and is only a 10-minute drive from Benson, hosting local museums, entertainment venues and so much more.

As a whole, there are many things to do in Oxfordshire and the village of Benson is well-connected to the city life with bus and train access to both Reading and Oxford as well as an easy commute from Benson to London.

Rich history

Besides the stunning countryside views, Benson holds a fascinating history with several historical landmarks. Those living in Benson can enjoy refreshments at 18th century pubs, including The Coachmaker’s Arms, as well peruse the notable Norman church, which is conveniently situated along the Thames path.

The village itself has ancient roots that trace back to the Palaeolithic period. In the heart of Benson stands the Church of St Helens, parts of which date back to the 12th century. Benson also hosts The Court House, which dates back to the Civil War when King Charles I held court there.

Only a 10-minute drive away, Wallingford is a nearby historical market town with a range of notable landmarks for visitors to enjoy. The medieval Wallingford Bridge over the River Thames connects Wallingford to Crowmarsh Gifford and is believed to contain 13th century elements. In Wallingford’s town centre stands the Town Hall, which was constructed in 1670, and the Corn Exchange, an entertainment venue providing drama, art, music and the latest cinema releases, and dates back to 1856. As well as this, in the heart of Wallingford stands its notable museum with amazing models, roman burials, and a Victorian street scene.

Houses for Sale in Benson

Have you fallen in love with this charming village? You’ll be delighted to learn that there are still properties for sale at our picturesque development, Merlin Gardens, located only a 10-minute walk away from the high street.

With a mixture of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom new build homes for sale in Benson, there is a property choice for everyone. However, with only a limited number of houses left, don’t miss out on this wonderful new life at Merlin Gardens and make sure to book a viewing or register your interest as soon as possible.

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