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Paul Scholes puts £3.9m family home on market after wife ‘walks out’

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Paul Scholes has put up his luxurious marital home for sale just weeks after his wife moved out and stopped wearing her wedding ring.

The modern seven-bedroom detached property which Scholes shared with his wife Claire and their three children is on the market for £3.8 million.

Described as one of the ‘finest homes in Saddleworth,’ Greater Manchester it lies close to where the United legend grew up on a council estate and comprises an indoor heated swimming pool; steam and sauna facilities, gym, home cinema room, games room as well as a five-a-side football pitch, netball court and a putting green.

It also has six reception rooms and an ‘executive detached house’ located within the landscaped grounds.

The lavish home was bought by Scholes soon after the 1998 World Cup but then underwent a complete refurbish and redesign by top architects in 2015.

Two months ago, it was reported that Claire had moved out of the home and was living 20 minutes away. 

She was also photographed without her wedding ring, prompting speculation the couple’s marriage had hit the rocks.

Scholes, who is worth an estimated £27 million, and Claire are said to be ‘devastated.’

A source said: ‘You have to feel for them as they both value family above everything else. They’ve been together forever, and nobody saw this coming.’

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has put his luxurious seven-bedroom mansion on sale for £3.85million

The plush seven-bedroom pad has  six bathrooms and reception rooms across three floors and is nestled in a private location

The minimalist design is a common theme throughout the house, giving off a clean and pristine feel

The minimalist design is a common theme throughout the house, giving off a clean and pristine feel

Scholes (centre), who retired from professional football in 2012, is now enjoying punditry work for BT Sport

Scholes met Claire in his local pub when they were 18 and they married six years later. He famously cited missing her as the reason for retiring from the England team in 2004, aged just 29 while at the peak of his career. 

The 13,000 square foot property is being advertised on the Rightmove website which describes it as ‘pristine,’ and ‘standout’ boasting that it is a ‘credit to the current owners.’

It adds: ‘When viewing, it becomes evident the amount of time and consideration that has gone into this exceptional property…which can only be truly appreciated in person.’

The home is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lies behind large electric gates. It has an undercover arrivals area with parking for numerous vehicles as well as a triple garage with remote electric doors. It also comes with its own five-a-side football pitch, gym, golf putting range and a children’s play area. 

A designer open plan kitchen, which forms a dining cum family room adjoins outdoor patio areas and is described as ‘the heart of the home.’ The master bedroom comprises separate ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ dressing rooms, a designer en suite bathroom and a large balcony overlooking the surrounding countryside.

The advertisement states that large amounts of glass have been used throughout the home, enabling lots of natural light to enter.

It adds: ‘The front entrance opens to a large double height hallway with staircase turning up to the grand reception hallway with an abundance of natural light descending from the upper floor windows.

‘The property has four main entertaining areas… lounge with fitted bar and balcony, family room with bi-folding doors opening to a large games room and a formal dining room with patio access.’  

A breakfast bar sits at the edge of one of the islands, which comes fitted with a minibar and high-end kitchen appliances

A pool table sits in one of the many open-plan lounging areas as floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to flood in

The property has its own five-a-side football pitch and putting range outside, making sure those staying never go bored

The property has its own five-a-side football pitch and putting range outside, making sure those staying never go bored

The gym area also boasts a BATAK machine that is often used by the world’s top sportsmen in maintaining their lightning-quick reactions.

As you make your way up the mansion level by level, scenic views of the woodland area fill the floor-to-ceiling windows around the outer edge, making sure each room is brightly lit with natural light.

It also comes with its own L-shaped swimming pool, while a sauna, steam room and sensory room aren’t too far away.

Guests can also lounge on the roof terrace to really soak in those far-reaching views. 

The master suite also comprises separate ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ dressing rooms and en-suite bathroom, along with scenic views

The property has its own L-shaped swimming pool, while a sauna, steam room and sensory room aren’t too far away

The gym also boasts a BATAK machine that is often used by the world's top sportsmen in maintaining their reaction speed

The gym also boasts a BATAK machine that is often used by the world’s top sportsmen in maintaining their reaction speed

Scholes, who retired from professional football in 2011 before returning to Old Trafford for one season in 2012, is now enjoying punditry work for BT Sport.

The former England international made 718 appearances in a glittering career for Manchester United, where he won two Champions Leagues and 11 Premier League titles between 1994 and 2013. 

He is also co-owner of Salford City along with fellow United icons David Beckham, Phil and Gary Neville , Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs.

The property is currently listed for sale with Rightmove.

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