Ronnie Wood’s ex Jo leaves polluted London behind to go and live ‘off grid’


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Rolling Stone’s ex-wife goes off grid: Ronnie Wood’s former partner Jo leaves polluted London behind to go and live in a £1million Grade II-listed farmhouse in the countryside

  • Jo Wood leaves £4million Camden townhouse behind for Northamptonshire
  • Miss Wood said she dreamed of emulating couple in 70s sitcom The Good Life
  • She plans to be fully self-sufficient and hopes to have an orchard and beehives

Jo Wood has left her £4million Camden townhouse behind – to live a new 'Good Life' in rural Northamptonshire

Jo Wood has left her £4million Camden townhouse behind – to live a new ‘Good Life’ in rural Northamptonshire

She was the ultimate city girl, flying around the world in private jets and sipping cocktails in London’s most fashionable bars.

But at the age of 64, Jo Wood has left her £4million Camden townhouse behind – to live a new ‘Good Life’ in rural Northamptonshire.

The ex-wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood will live completely ‘off grid’ in a Grade II-listed farmhouse with six acres, relying on solar panels for energy, drawing all her water from a well and growing her own organic vegetables.

She plans to be fully self-sufficient and eventually hopes to have a series of beehives and an orchard, too. 

Miss Wood, who completed the purchase of the farmhouse last month, said: ‘I want a bit of the Good Life. I went up to London first at 16 and thought I would live in London forever. My friends were shocked when I declared ‘I’m moving to the country’.

‘But London is getting so polluted. I just thought it was time to do something totally different.’ 

It is a big change for the former model – but she said she has always dreamed of emulating the couple in 1970s sitcom The Good Life.

Miss Wood, who hopes to have her ten grandchildren at the £1.1million farmhouse for Christmas, added: ‘I have always wanted to be off grid, always.’

Jo Wood is pictured with ex-husband Ronnie and Mick Jagger. She will be back in London next week to visit her temporary shop on Marshall Street, central London, which is exhibiting dozens of behind-the-scenes pictures from her years on the road with the Rolling Stones

Jo Wood is pictured with ex-husband Ronnie and Mick Jagger. She will be back in London next week to visit her temporary shop on Marshall Street, central London, which is exhibiting dozens of behind-the-scenes pictures from her years on the road with the Rolling Stones

However she admits it hasn’t been all plain sailing so far – a power cut and flood in the first few days left her wondering if she had made the right decision.

But with the help of her new partner Carl Douglas, 54, a business consultant who lives nearby, she has overcome the initial hurdles. 

Miss Wood, who separated from Ronnie in 2009 after 35 years together, added: ‘I will miss London. My kids are in London.’ 

As well as daughter Leah, 41, Wood has sons Jamie, 45, and Tyrone, 36, and stepson Jesse Wood, 43.

She will be popping back to the capital occasionally, and will be back next week to visit her temporary shop on Marshall Street, central London, which is exhibiting dozens of behind-the-scenes pictures from her years on the road with the Rolling Stones.

The Polaroids are from her book, Stoned, which charts her life married to Ronnie. 

The ex-wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood will live completely 'off grid' in a Grade II-listed farmhouse with six acres, relying on solar panels for energy, drawing all her water from a well and growing her own organic vegetables

The ex-wife of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood will live completely ‘off grid’ in a Grade II-listed farmhouse with six acres, relying on solar panels for energy, drawing all her water from a well and growing her own organic vegetables

She said: ‘It’s only when you look at the pictures you realise how great that time was.’

She may not have complete peace for long, however, as word has started to get round the local village that she has moved in. 

‘Somebody came up to me the other day and said ‘you are Jo aren’t you, what are you doing here?’ I said I have just moved down the road. She was so excited, I had to do a selfie.’

Stoned by Jo Wood is published by Cassell, £20



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