THE owners of a country house in Wem have paid tribute to TV presenter Jonnie Irwin after he passed away from cancer last week.

Jonnie, 50, died after living with terminal lung cancer following a diagnosis in 2020 and was famous for presenting Chanel Four’s A Place in the Sun and Escape to the Country on BBC1.

His death was announced on his personal Instagram page on Friday, February 2.


Bosses at Soulton Hall, a 16th-century county house in Wem, used social media to pay their tribute after the hall featured on Escape to the Country in 2018, among other occasions.

They said: “We are sorry to learn of the passing of Jonnie Irwin, and send our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

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“We have very fond memories of him filming here more than once.”

Jonnie visited the Hall’s land in 2018, talking a trip through the As You Like It Wood – paying homage to the Hall’s Shakespearean roots – when it was blooming full of bluebells.

Jonnie is survived by his wife Jessica Holmes and their three children.