Former England and Newcastle Falcon’s Hero Jonny Wilkinson is selling the Northumberland home that helped save his career
The former fly half, who recently retired from the game, has put up for sale the stately home which he turned into a much needed retreat to help him recover from injury.
Johnny, now taking up a part-time time coaching role with his French club Toulon, said been able to build his own gym and concentrate on his fitness helped save his career.
He said: “When I went through my injury period between 2004 and 2007, I just couldn’t stay fit and I was struggling.
“It was then I decided to extend the property to include space for a gym and a swimming pool.
“It kind of saved my career. My whole life was about doing rehab and gym work to try and stay fit and get back into my job. It became a bit of a a retreat almost.
“I could do what I had to do, but still have all the peace and quiet that comes with the house.”
He added: “The views go on forever. It’s that kind of thing that I’m going to miss. It’s that beautiful and that much of a privilege to live here.
“But at the same time, it’s one of the these things when suddenly your life takes shape in front of you and you have to move on. “The house is very special to me as it’s where I spent the mainstay of my rugby career.
Rowan Tree Grange, Northumberland, is for sale through Foster Madison at a guide price of £1.5m, The house dates from the late 1800s and has been updated throughout.