Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree on unexpected inspiration for Escape to the Chateau

Escape to the Chateau: Angel discusses issues with money

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Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree changed their lives forever when they left their small flat in Southend for a dilapidated 19th Century French chateau in the heart of Pays de la Loire. The couple purchased the property for £280,000 with the hope of giving the building a much-needed revamp to make it not only a fully functioning events venue but as a home for themselves and their two young children. Six years on and Escape to the Chateau is still a major hit series that follows the couple as they continue to restore Chateau de la Motte Husson back to its former glory.

Dick and Angel traded in their old lives to start anew abroad and has everyone who watches Escape to the Chateau both entertained and green with envy.

They have worked hard to bring the chateau to life since 2015 and haven’t looked back since.

The couple are now able to charge around £5,000 to stay at their beautiful home and a whopping £19,000 at the very least if you want to tie the knot at the stunning building.

But if you just wanted to have a snoop around the chateau, you can have a day tour, which includes transport, lunch and afternoon tea, for £230.

The idea to leave the UK behind for this new adventure popped into Dick’s head while the couple took a trip to France.

Speaking to Psychologies, Angel explained: “Dick and I spent a rather romantic new year together in France in 2011.

“It was quite early on in our relationship and we stayed in a tiny gîte full of charm and character.

“Firstly, we were there because we love France – good food, wine, fresh air, room to breathe and time to reflect. It all started after we watched the film A Good Year.”

The 2006 romantic-comedy starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard is about an investment banker who travels to France after his uncle died and left him a chateau and vineyard in Provenance.

Crowe’s character Max, however, initially travels there so he could sell it off as he is so focused on making money and working.

Angel continued: “After we watched it, Dick said: ‘We could buy a house like this for next to nothing and live nicely off my pension and the odd job.’

“And that was the moment he planted the seed!”

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The Escape to the Chateau franchise has expanded with two more shows now on Channel 4.

Dick and Angel are also part of Escape to the Chateau DIY and Make Do and Mend.

Both help viewers learn about different ways they can give their own homes a revamp, even on a tight budget.

But DIY sees other British families who have made the big move to France restore their own chateaus.

Escape to the Chateau will be back for an eighth season on Channel 4.

It has now been confirmed the series will be returning sooner than we thought.

Season eight will kick off on Sunday, October 24 with Dick and Angel back for more home improvement tips.

Escape to the Chateau is available to watch on All4.

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