Brawns, an archetype English country house within easy reach of London, has for many years been one of Henley?s best kept secrets. But now the beautiful Queen Anne property, complete with formal gardens and paddocks is ripe for the taking and with its enviable setting within open country, 40 miles from central London, it is unlikely to be on the market for long.

Situated two miles from the riverside town of Henley-on-Thames, Brawns is picturesque and secluded and its striking Flemish red brick elevations are concealed behind mature box and yew hedges.

?Brawns is a classic Queen Anne family house near Henley,? said William Duckworth-Chad from Savills, ?It has been in the same ownership for many years and is one of the area’s hidden gems. Being one of the few good quality houses to come fresh into the market this autumn in the Chilterns patch, we envisage a rush of interest from both London and local buyers?.

The large formal gardens provide a perfect backdrop to the house and the apple orchard, plum trees and vegetable plot constitute a quintessential kitchen garden. There are two west facing terraces one of which is paved with York stone and shaded by an old apple tree, providing a perfect place for al fresco dinners. A hard, flood lit tennis court and beautiful garden pavilion (with potential to convert the loft into a flat) ensure Brawns is set up for summer parties.

The house itself dates from the 1700s and includes original cornicing and open fire places. A charming drawing room with French windows onto the garden and a wooden floored dining room with vaulted ceiling are perfect for entertaining and the kitchen is conveniently position through an archway off the dining room.

A staircase rises to the first floor where there are three good sized bedrooms and a single bedroom and two bathrooms, the larger of which serves the master bedroom and contains fitted wardrobes and a central bath. On the second floor there are two further bedrooms.

The whole amounts to about 8.2 acres. Guide price £2.5 million. For more information please contact Savills on 0207 409 8885