Escape to the Chateau: Inside Dick and Angel’s flat before move to France

Escape to the Chateau is the DIY series that has everyone wanting to rejuvenate their homes. Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree give fans advice and tips through the Channel 4 show on how to transform their living spaces on a budget. The series has gained such a loyal legion of followers that the couple were also given spin-off series DIY and Make Do and Mend.

Dick and Angel have been living at Chateau de la Motte Husson in Pays de la Loire, France, since 2015.

The 45-bedroom home was dilapidated with no electricity, water or heating when they moved into the property.

The chateau, which includes 12 acres of land, stood empty for 40 years until Dick and Angel purchased it for £280,000.

Prior to their life in France, the DIY enthusiasts had a very different lifestyle. 

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Dick and Angel were residing in a two-bedroom flat in Southend when they decided to put an offer in on the chateau.

Their former home was briefly shown in an early episode of Escape to the Chateau while the couple were still making arrangements for the move.

You can see from shots of their kitchen and living room that the pair didn’t have too much space to bring up their two children Arthur and Dorothy.

The fact they needed to get all the essentials sorted on a budget of £20,000 before being able to live there was a major stress at the time.

Dick explained: “It’s got to be warm, the kids have got to have a bath at night, we have to have so many things sorted out.

“There are so many things going on, if you try and carry them all in your head, it’ll explode.”

Angel commented on how her head was “spinning”, trying to balance looking after a family with moving abroad.

Of course, six years later, the pair are thriving and have been able to make a profit through their beautiful chateau.

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Chateau de la Motte Husson has become a tourist attraction with Dick and Angel charging £230 for a day tour and lunch.

Fans of the show are also given the opportunity to spend the night on the grounds in a glamping experience with their “geodesic domes” which will set you back £350.

But if you have your heart set on actually staying at the chateau itself, then this could cost around £6,000.

The chateau, however, is primarily used as a wedding venue, with packages ranging between £19,000 and £38,000.

Last year, Dick and Angel were given the green light by Channel 4 to return for an eighth season.

The couple started shooting the new episodes earlier this year and are expected to be back on TV before the end of 2021.

Sadly, no release date has been announced for season eight just yet.

Escape to the Chateau is available to watch on All4.

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