Brackenfell, Kingwood

Guide price - £3,750,000

Area (approx)
7,743 Sq Ft / 719.3 Sq M

Colmore Lane, Kingwood
Henley-On-Thames, RG9 5LX

A beautifully presented country house with stunning views, set in 8.26 acres and with swimming pool and tennis court


5 Bedrooms
4 Bathrooms
4 Reception Rooms
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
8.26 Acreage
3 Garaging
1 Gym


Mains water and electricity
Private drainage
Oil fired central heating with underfloor
heating to parts of the property

The AreaKingwood

Brackenfell is tucked away in a wonderfully private position at Kingwood Common, in the ancient parish of Rotherfield Peppard, which was recorded in the Domesday book of 1086. Located in the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the surrounding common lands are protected by an Act of Parliament – the Nettlebed and District Commons (Preservation) Act (of 1906). The nearby village of Sonning Common provides a variety of local facilities, including a GP and dental practices, and Stoke Row, just 2 miles away also has a local shop. There are a number of fantastic country pubs and restaurants in surrounding villages. Nestled on the banks of the river, Henley-on-Thames is highly sought after and beautiful, with a superb array of bars, cafés, restaurants and shops, as well as a cinema and theatre. The larger centre of Reading is close by and offers extensive shopping and recreational facilities. The area is well served for both state and private schools including the local Peppard Primary School, Gillots School, Rupert House, the Oratory and Moulsford. There is a regular, fast train service from Reading to London Paddington (from 23 minutes) with Crossrail linking directly to the City. The M4 and M40 motorways provide good motorway links and easy access to Heathrow Airport. Situated in the stunning Chilterns AONB, there is a wide variety of country pursuits and excellent walking. TOWNS AND STATIONS Henley-on-Thames 5.4 miles Reading 6.1 miles Central London 45 miles Reading Station 6 miles London Paddington from 23 minutes

Brackenfell, KingwoodAbout this home

Positioned in a private and rural position on the edge of Kingwood Common, Brackenfell sits proudly, with stunning views over the Chilterns AONB. Built on land originally owned by the family of the famous author Ian Fleming, the land was sold to Somerville Hastings, Member of Parliament for Reading (1923-24 and 1929-31), who built Brackenfell in 1929. It was one of his colleagues, Edith Summerskill, who maintained that the “idea of a National Health Service germinated in the hospitable atmosphere” of Brackenfell.

Brackenfell is an attractive and substantial period property, which has been extended and modernised by the current owners and includes a swimming pool, tennis court, beautiful grounds of approximately three acres of garden and a five acre paddock.


Situated in a private position with breath taking views and surrounded by Common Land. Over 7,000 sq ft of beautifully appointed accommodation. The house is awash with attractive period features, including large windows which flood the house with natural light. The current owners extended the house by adding the drawing room and master bedroom suite in 2001. At this time, outbuildings were incorporated into the house to provide space for a gym and changing room. The large master bedroom suite is magnificent and includes a dressing room, bathroom and a covered veranda, which takes in the far reaching views. The drawing room is also substantial and features a wonderful open fire. The newly fitted kitchen is very much the heart of the house and complete with an AGA. In 2000, the three bay garage, with office building above was constructed. The gardens are mostly laid to lawn, with some magnificent mature trees. The swimming pool and tennis court make Brakenfell the ideal place for relaxing and entertaining in the summer months.

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7,743 Sq Ft / 719.3 Sq M


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Learn more about the home & area with our local expert

Andrew Russell

Andrew is based in Oxfordshire, having previously worked in Mayfair, where he handled the sale of properties across the home counties for Strutt & Parker. In 2017, he moved to Oxfordshire with his young family and oversees the sale of some of the most beautiful homes in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. In 2020, Andrew co-founded The Country House Department with Ben Bentley.