11 bedroom detached house for saleBrands House, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Under Offer £5,500,000
- 4 reception rooms, 11 Bedrooms
- 6 bathrooms
- 1 bed annexe
- Swimming pool, Tennis Court
- About 171 acres
Situated in an elevated position with views across the Hughenden Valley towards Hughenden Manor, once the home of Benjamin Disraeli, Brands House enjoys a rural setting whilst being well placed for local facilities. High Wycombe is approximately three miles distant and provides a good range of shops and services, with the charming towns of Amersham, Beaconsfield and Marlow nearby. The mainline railway station at High Wycombe provides a regular commuter service to London Marylebone (29 minutes) while the M40 (Junctions 2-4), M4 (Junction 8/9) and M25 (Junction 16) can all be easily reached providing fast access to London, Heathrow Airport and the national motorway network.
South Buckinghamshire has excellent schooling for all ages. Preparatory schools in the area include Godstow at High Wycombe, the Beacon at Chesham Bois, Davenies and High March at Beaconsfield. Public and Grammar schools are close by. Sporting facilities in the area include golf, a large number of well respected clubs locally including Beaconsfield, Stoke Park and Hazlemere, lawn tennis, cricket, squash, racing at Ascot, Sandown, Kempton and Windsor, Polo at Smiths Lawn, boating on the Thames, whilst the Chiltern Hills provide opportunities for walking and riding.
Brands House and the name Brand has an interesting history. The earliest reference to it is 'Robert son of Brand' in 1196, who was the son of Turkill and Sayve. Sayve, Brand's mother had brothers called Sarich and Svertrich, who owned land in the areas later named Skirmitt and Fingest (Hambledon Valley).
Brands House is situated on one of the highest points in the area at 600 ft above sea level and the Anglo Saxon word Brand means burn, which may imply that this was a beacon site. From the early 19th Century, Brands House was the seat of John Newman, the local magistrate who sat on the benches of both Desborough and Hughenden along with Benjamin Disraeli, before he was Prime Minister. The Newman family owned Rockhalls Farm, 300 yards to the East of Brands House.
Rockhalls or Rockholds, which means fortified place, was a castellated house, owned by Simon de Montfort during the 13th Century. The Montfort family owned the property until the late 15th Century. The old Manor House was pulled or burnt down in 1770. It was John Newman who, in the 1830's, built the fine William IV extension to an original 1720's farmhouse, which now provides the principal accommodation and faĆ§ade of Brands House.
Brands House is a particularly fine country house standing in gardens and parkland of over 26 acres.
With a Queen Anne period wing and Victorian additions, Brands House blends formal elegance with practical modern living, having been the subject of considerable renovation in recent years. The house is well presented and regularly maintained to a high standard.
Brands House is a particularly attractive and handsome house listed as being of architectural and historical importance Grade II and sits at the heart of the Four Ashes conservation area.
The principal part of the property is constructed in a classic Georgian style, with Regency influences, being colour washed stuccoed elevations under a hipped slate tiled room with sash and fan light windows. There are some classic period features including pedimenting and pillared entrance portico. The Queen Anne faĆ§ade also displays some attractive architectural features, having a pitched tile roof with wooden dentil eaves, cornice, sash and casement windows and attractive entrance porch with a moulded cornice hood on slender Tuscan columns.
Internally the house has been sympathetically renovated and decorated. Of particular note are the decorative plaster friezes in the entrance hall, with further details incoming marble and carved
wood fireplaces, cornicing, wall panelling, window shutters, dado rails, panelled doors, cast iron radiators and brass light/switch fittings. The principal reception rooms are extremely well
proportioned and there is a large well equipped kitchen/breakfast room connecting to a large family room combining to provide excellent accommodation for modern family living.
Services at the property include an oil fired central heating system, recessed light fittings, extensive wall and picture light points, a telephone system configured for two incoming lines, comprehensive intruder and fire alarm system, emergency lighting and electronically operated entrance gates.
The accommodation is depicted on the floor plans included within these particulars, the principal features of which are summarised as follows:-
Brands House is approached via electronically operated wrought iron gates into a long gravel drive which sweeps through the grounds to a turning circle by the entrance portico and thence to the rear of the house.
The house is entered via an Entrance Portico flanked with Ionic pillars into the Reception Hall, with ornate plaster friezes, herringbone cherry wood floor and marble fireplace, which in turn opens into a Staircase Hall with an impressive turning staircase and galleried landing above, Corinthian columns, cloaks cupboard and door to Dining Room having an ornate marble fireplace and enjoying southerly views across the gardens and parkland beyond. From the reception hall there is also a door to the Drawing Room having a herringbone wooden floor, ornate panelled walls, attractive marble fireplace, wonderful views across the gardens and parkland beyond and ornate "leaf and serpent" cornice.
The Kitchen/Breakfast Room is approached from the staircase hall. The kitchen has been fitted with a bespoke range of Oak wall and floor units with granite worktops, incorporating a double stainless steel sink unit with granite drainers and mixer tap, dishwasher, a fridge/freezer and "Lacanche" range with twin electric ovens, grill, warming drawers and five gas rings. Island unit with deep fat fryer and barbeque grill. There is a large Breakfast Room with Oak floor and French windows opening onto a large terrace and further door to the Family Room having a deep fireplace recess, built in cupboard and door to terrace. From the breakfast room is a door to a Service Hall with wash stand and door to Cloakroom with separate high flush WC. From the kitchen is a door to the Utility Room having ranges of cupboards, airing cupboard housing two hot water cylinders, washing machine and automatic dryer, deep Belfast sink and door to rear courtyard.
From the ground floor a most attractive central staircase with turned balusters and moulded handrail rises to the upper floors of the house.
The principal landing has attractive columns, barley twist balustrade and carved wood banister. Doors to Master Bedroom Suite comprising Bedroom with marble fireplace (not in use) and door to contemporary En Suite Bathroom. Suite comprises bath, toilet, shower, twin wash basins and heated towel rail.
From the bedroom, a further door leads to the Dressing Room with a range of fitted wardrobes and cupboards. Adjacent is another Bedroom with a range of fitted cupboards and a marble fireplace with cast iron grate, arch to Shower Room with suite of wash hand basin set in marble topped vanity unit, fully tiled shower cubicle with power shower and heated towel rail. On the lower mezzanine, the family bedrooms are arranged off a secondary landing comprising Bedroom 2 with wardrobes and fireplace, Bedroom 3 with a range of fitted wardrobes and dressing table, Bedroom 4 with cast iron fireplace and connecting door to Bedroom 5 with a pair of fitted wardrobes. Family Bathroom having a corner bath, part tiled walls, twin wash hand basins set in marble topped vanity unit, fully tiled shower cubicle with power shower, WC and fireplace. Bedroom 6 with built in wardrobe, cherry wood floor and fireplace. From the landing is a store room that may be converted into a further shower room.
Bedroom 7 with two storage cupboards and arch to Bathroom with wash hand basin and mixer taps set in a marble topped vanity unit, panelled bath with mixer tap and hand shower attachment and WC.
With panelled walls, cornicing, pair of glazed cupboards to either side of ornate antique carved oak fireplace with herringbone brick back.
Queen Anne Wing
Separate Entrance Hall, panelled to dado height, door to Wine Cellar, door to Service Corridor, connecting to the principal house with larder cupboard, cloakroom and WC. Sitting Room with double aspect sash windows, fireplace and picture rail. Kitchen/Dining Room having double aspect
sash windows, fireplace, range of fitted base and eye level units housing inset 1 Ā½ bowl single
drainer sink unit, plumbing for dishwasher and washing machine, electric cooker and tiled splash
Bedroom 1 double aspect sash windows, fireplace panelled walls and En Suite Shower Room with fully tiled cubicle, low level WC and wash hand basin. Bedroom 2 with double aspect sash window and adjacent Bathroom suite comprising panelled bath, low level WC and pedestal wash hand basin.
Bedroom 3 with mansard ceiling and casement window. Bedroom 4 with mansard ceiling and casement window.
NOTE: The Queen Anne wing has formerly been incorporated into the main house and is now self contained.
Approached via French windows from the breakfast room is a paved terrace, adjacent to which is the Summer Kitchen having a range of base and eye level units with stainless steel sink unit and space for an electric cooker. Nearby is a Gardeners WC a Boiler Room, a Tank Room, a Sauna, a Changing Room which includes a shower, WC and hand basin. Situated to the north of the house two aluminium framed Green Houses. Beyond is an oak beamed and clad slate roofed Car Barn. Nearby stands a bungalow style Detached Annexe built just two years ago to a high specification. It has under floor heating throughout, double glazing and oak window frames. The inside comprises a vaulted Sitting Room with carved stone fireplace, a Kitchen/Dining Room with a Mark Wilkinson granite topped fitted kitchen, is vaulted with a cathedral style window. The Study is fitted with a desk and book shelves. The Bedroom is fitted with Strachan wardrobes. The Bathroom is marble lined with a free standing bath and sink unit. The Toilet has a Villeroy and Bosch low level unit.
Garden and grounds
The gardens and ground of Brands House provide a wonderful setting for this unique property. The house enjoys views over its own parkland, interspersed with a variety of mature Lime, Oak and Fir.
The driveway is flanked and screened by mature trees and shrubs that provide an atmosphere of
privacy and seclusion. Adjacent to the house stands a pillared Loggia, with attractive black and
red - check board - quarry tiled floor, which enjoys a charming outlook over the gardens and
parkland. There is a wide sweeping lawn to the south of the driveway and a Walled Garden to
the north, approached either via a gate in the garden wall or from the terrace. The garden wall
is also Grade II listed and dates from the late 18th Century. Along the garden walls stand espaliered
fruit trees, mature Fuchsia and Hydrangeas. Set within the walled garden is the Heated Swimming Pool set within a paved surround. In addition is the hard Tennis Court set away
from the house and screened by mature Rhododendrons.
To the rear of the house is an area of Woodland with a variety of trees and shrubs including Yew,
Horse Chestnut and Holly. In front of the Queen Anne wing is a lawn with central pool. Nearby
are some ancient Yew trees with a Paddock beyond. To the South is an area of Park Land
interspersed with a variety of mature trees and extending to about 19 acres with mains water
All interested parties should note that the agricultural land is split into two parcels, subject to two
different tenancies. A Farm Business Tenancy (part of Hitchen Farm) applies to 69 acres to the East of Valley Road, whilst a secure Agricultural Holdings Tenancy applies to an area of 76 acres to the west of Four Ashes Road.
From the M40, exit at Junction 2 and proceed into Old Beaconsfield, taking the third exit at the second roundabout, sign posted Station. Proceed through Beaconsfield on the B474 through Penn to Hazlemere. At the roundabouts, turn right into Holmer Green Road (2nd exit) and left into Western Dene by the shops. Follow this road, which becomes Brimmers Hill, North Road and Kingshill Road. Brands House will be found on the right hand side 200 yards beyond the turning into Four Ashes Road.
From the M4, exit at Junction 8/9 (Maidenhead) and proceed to High Wycombe on the A404. Cross
over the M40 at Junction 4 and, staying on the A404, proceed through High Wycombe town centre and up Amersham Hill. Upon reaching the roundabout, turn left into Kingshill Road and about half a mile along the entrance to Brands House will be found.
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