Escape to the Chateau

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Escape to the Chateau is a Channel 4 reality television series which follows the story of couple Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree along with their family as they buy and renovate the 19th-century Château de la Motte-Husson in Martigné-sur-Mayenne, France, while simultaneously raising two young children and starting a business hosting weddings and other events. The first season follows Dick and Angel's quest to restore the derelict château from its uninhabitable state by installing running water, heating and electricity throughout the 45-room home, which had not been lived in for the previous forty years. They are working against a deadline – their own wedding, which is to be held at the property. The subsequent seasons continue the story as they grow their special events business while proceeding with more renovations and maintenance of the château and its grounds, as well as document the family events and milestones going on around them.

Escape to the Chateau
Martigné-sur-Mayenne - château de la Motte-Husson 20190608.jpg
GenreReality television
Narrated byTracy-Ann Oberman
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes34 (list of episodes)
Production locationFrance
Running time47 minutes
Production companiesSpark Media Partners
Kindling Media
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release5 June 2016 (2016-06-05)
Related showsEscape to the Chateau DIY
External links
Production website

Cast informationEdit

Dick StrawbridgeEdit

Formerly a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army, engineer Dick Strawbridge has appeared on numerous television shows, including It's Not Easy Being Green (2006), Coast (2006), Scrapheap Challenge (2009), The Hungry Sailors (2011), Saturday Farm (2011) and Dirty Rotten Survival (2015). In Escape to the Chateau, his engineering and cooking experience is highlighted, with his can-do attitude and mechanical expertise at the fore, as work on the château and its surrounding land continues through the seasons.

Angel AdoreeEdit

Angel Adoree, who runs a hospitality business called The Vintage Patisserie,[1] for which she sought investment when she appeared on Dragon's Den in 2010,[2] provides a creative factor and flair for the show, adding her style and interior-decoration skill to the château, as well as sharing in the interest in hospitality and entertaining to make lasting memories for their guests.[3][4] Adoree was born Angela Newman and grew up on Canvey Island, where her family runs a jewellers' shop.[5]

They have two children.[6]

Episode listEdit

Series 1Edit

Episode List[7]
Season Number Overall Number Title Description Initial Air Date
1 1 1 Hole in the Wall After years of searching we found our forever home, the derelict 19th century Chateau de la Motte Husson. Complete with a moat, pepper-pot turrets, and 200 pages of purchase documentation listing why not to buy The Chateau. This truly was 'The Beginning'! 5 June 2016
1 2 2 They're Our Flies It was time for us to move into The Chateau and the transformation of bringing life back into those substantial walls began. We have a wedding to plan and a Chateau to renovate all in 9 months which we quickly realized is not really that long away at all! 12 June 2016
1 3 3 Angel's Palace of Dreams Walls are being knocked through and turrets transformed into museums. Dinner is served in our new downstairs kitchen and the kids have a new helter skelter to explore. 19 June 2016
1 4 4 A Pineapple Chandelier, a Moat & a Wedding Our wedding is drawing ever closer and we are determined to renovate nearly 3 floors of The Chateau into beautiful rooms before our big day. 26 June 2016

Series 2Edit

Episode List[7]
Season Number Overall Number Title Description Initial Air Date
2 1 5 Pig Roaster and Versailles Loo The couple begins to grow their events business at the chateau. Dick prepares for their first paid event by making a DIY pig-roaster. Family life also expands with their three-year-old son Arthur’s first day at school. Angel creates a Versailles-inspired downstairs toilet. 27 November 2016
2 2 6 Fishing, Foraging and an Elevator Dick and Angel want to enhance their money-making prospects with the possibility of fishing in the moat and installing a lift in the turret. 4 December 2016
2 3 7 Christmas at the Chateau Christmas is coming. Angel prepares the Christmas festivities and Dick prepares the food, in time for the family coming from England. 11 December 2016

Series 3Edit

Episode List[7]
Season Number Overall Number Title Description Initial Air Date
3 1 8 Only 20 Rooms to Go Angel and Dick keep working on the 20 rooms that still need fixing. 24 September 2017
3 2 9 Spring Dick tries to tackle his walled garden. Angel creates a boudoir in the castle. Guests propose during a food event. 1 October 2017
3 3 10 The Wedding Season The wedding season is approaching, so Dick needs to clean out and prepare the barn for the events. 8 October 2017

Series 4Edit

Episode List[7]
Season Number Overall Number Title Description Initial Air Date
4 1 11 Weddings, Stables & Staircases A busy summer with seven weddings and 14 food-lovers' weekends to prepare, as well as fixing the stables and gardens. 18 March 2018
4 2 12 Harvest and Birthday Angel plans for a floating geodesic dome over the moat. They celebrate Dick’s birthday. 25 March 2018
4 3 13 A Floating Dome Dick tackles the chateau's crumbling stucco while Angel finishes the geodesic dome over the moat. The family use it well with a campout under the stars. 1 April 2018

Series 5Edit

Episode List[7]
Season Number Overall Number Title Description Initial Air Date
5 1 14 Glamping Dick and Angel throw open the shutters of their French chateau for a new season, as they work to create a luxury glamping experience and contend with frequent rainshowers. 11 November 2018
5 2 15 In the Attic Angel plans a stunning attic studio. She and Dorothy go on a mother-daughter trip to Paris and Dick's busy in the outbuildings. There's a surprise birthday event - with popcorn. 18 November 2018
5 3 16 Parkour & Turret Angel creates a series of rooms in the chateau's pepper-pot turret. Dick opens up a parkour fitness trail in the grounds, but he hits an unexpected snag. 25 November 2018
5 4 17 Peak Summer It's the height of summer and the heat is on for Dick and Angel, with the peak of the events season, wedding cakes melting, school holidays, a boating lake, and a leaky boat. 2 December 2018
5 5 18 Cafe Grandma Before winter sets in, Dick ploughs the wildflower meadow and joins with Angel in bringing the dilapidated coach house back to life, in a bid to create 'Cafe Grandma'. 9 December 2018
5 6 19 Harvest Time It's harvest time at the chateau. But there's still time for family wheelbarrow races, to give the basement a swish makeover, and to convert the old piggery into a coop for geese. 16 December 2018
5 7 20 ... at Christmas Dick and Angel are preparing for a magical Christmas at the chateau, with festive treats for family and friends, including Dick's walnut wine and a super-sized Christmas tree. 23 December 2018

Series 6Edit

Episode List[7]
Season Number Overall Number Title Description Initial Air Date
6 1 21 Winter Returns The 'down' season gives Dick and Angel time to construct an events kitchen from utility area and some dumping areas in the basement. One of the challenges: inserting an enormous oven. 3 November 2019
6 2 22 A Boat in the Moat Angel has bought a small canal boat that needs repair because it currently doesn't float. She also records some ancient wallpaper found under the stairs in the basement. Dick needs to finish the wild flower meadow. 10 November 2019
6 3 23 Weddings & Aviaries A circus tent arrives although it is the wedding season. Dick and Angel now have two giant aviaries and a water lily pond. 17 November 2019
6 4 24 The Party of a Lifetime In the heat of the French summer, if they didn't have enough to do, Dick and Angel are planning the party of a lifetime: 100 guests to celebrate Angel's parents' 50th wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, Dick travels to Wales to fetch a new vehicle. 24 November 2019
6 5 25 Camper Van An end of summer event is due with a host of Citroën vans. Whilst Dick and Angel are preparing their latest acquisition - an ex-wedding bus they call 'Mademoiselle Daisy'. 1 December 2019
6 6 26 Autumn Renovation Dick and Angel turn the chateau's old tack room into a grand entrance; they need to demolish walls and lay a new floor. 8 December 2019
6 7 27 Riverboat Dick and Angel embark on a new project: converting their newly-acquired riverboat into guest accommodation. 15 December 2019
6 8 28 Escape to the Chateau at Christmas Christmas comes again to the chateau with more Christmas crafts and fare; and with family, friends, and guests. 22 December 2019

Series 7Edit

Series 7 takes place during lockdown in France due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has no weddings or events at the Chateau.[8][9]

Episode List[7]
Season Number Overall Number Title Description Initial Air Date
7 1 29 Supersized Workshop It's been a long, hot, challenging summer and with no guests, weddings or events at the chateau, Dick and Angel tackle their never-ending to-do list, starting with one of the old outbuildings. 15 November 2020
7 2 30 Sloe Gin, Library & Ceiling Rose Dick is determined to make sloe gin with the last of the berries. Angel gets to work creating a library in the pepper pot tower and brings a ceiling rose back to its former glory. 22 November 2020
7 3 31 Wash House, Trench & Vintage Bike Dick and Angel start work on turning the old wash house into a bathroom for their boat on the moat. Angel's imagination runs wild when they discover a huge trench. And a vintage bike gets a refurb. 29 November 2020
7 4 32 Orangery, Daybeds & Unexpected History With no guests to entertain, Dick and Angel get to work on the orangery with the help of a roofing expert and some pre-loved Welsh slate, and discover some unexpected history beneath their feet. 6 December 2020
7 5 33 Pop-Up Restaurant, Orangery, Celebration The whole family help to build an open kitchen and create a pop-up restaurant in the orangery to celebrate Dick and Angel's fifth wedding anniversary. Plus: a special fairy-tale carriage delivery. 13 December 2020
7 6 34 Escape to the Chateau at Christmas In this festive special, the Strawbridges take inspiration from Christmases past in a 19th-century ledger that they find in the attic, and create a winter wonderland complete with an ice rink. 25 December 2020

Series 8Edit

Season 8 commenced on Channel Four on 24 October 2021.[10]

Variant seriesEdit

A second version of series 1 was shown on More 4.

  • Episode 1 is called "Hole in the Wall" (26 June 2016).
  • Episode 2 is called "They're our Flies" (3 July 2016).
  • Episode 3 is called "Angel's Palace of Dreams" (10 July 2016).

More 4 has shown these additional episodes as "an extended four-part version of series one". These are described as follows:

  • "S1 Ep1/4 - Dick Strawbridge and Angel buy a fairy tale French chateau and set about bringing the abandoned building back to life",
  • "S1 Ep2/4 - Dick, Angel and the family move into their crumbling chateau, which they find home to bats, birds and thousands of flies",
  • "S1 Ep3/4 - Wanting to create a stunning honeymoon suite, Angel asks Dick to smash a hole in the three-feet-thick castle wall", and
  • "S1 Ep3/3 [sic] - Dick and Angel are due to marry in just a few weeks, expecting 200 guests. But room after room still needs to be restored, decorated and furnished, and the moat needs damming."

Episode 4 of the More 4 series seems to be the third episode of the original three-part Channel 4 series.

Retrospective seriesEdit

An additional three episode retrospective series began showing in late 2019. These are:

  • Episode 1 is called "Escape to the Chateau : Restoring the Dream" (26 November 2019).
  • Episode 2 is called "Escape to the Chateau : Designing the Dream" (2 December 2019).
  • Episode 3 is called "Escape to the Chateau : The Great Outdoors" (9 December 2019).

These covered events during the first five years.

Background and productionEdit

Dick Strawbridge invited Channel 4 to join them documenting their journey in searching for a house. The couple had already spent four years searching for a home to bring up their two young children, Arthur and Dorothy. In contrast to many other home shows, the television coverage was never planned, but Channel 4 paid to document the journey which lifted some of the weight that such a large task would cost. This was in the form of the presenter's fee, in addition to the exposure from the show's advertising, which has allowed the business to uphold its popularity as a wedding and events venue.[11]

The appeal of the show may be due to the affordability on face value and lack of demand for such French properties, which attracts many English house buyers. That was the same story with Dick and Angel, since when they first started house hunting in France, they were looking at more modest properties such as small farmhouses, until they realised that at such low prices, they could buy a castle.[12] For £280,000, they purchased a chateau that lists forty-five rooms, a walled garden and surrounded by a moat on a twelve-acre property, ten times larger than the average British house. However, the show makes viewers aware of the large restoration and running costs of such projects, which can become costly for people trying to make a business out of these castles.[3]

American broadcastEdit

Escape to the Chateau premiered in the United States on local PBS stations.[13] On December 5, 2020 episodes started to air on HGTV. The first one hour episode of the series was titled "Meet the Chateau", which featured Dick and Angel purchasing the property (including the walled garden), moving in, and then installing electricity and a heating system.[14]

History of Château de la Motte-HussonEdit

Château de la Motte-Husson, 1910

From the twelfth to fourteenth centuries, the site of the chateau was used as a fortified stronghold in the parish of La Motte. In 1406, the Husson family, seigneurs of Montgiroux, named the castle Château de la Motte-Husson.

The Baglion de la Dufferie family[15] (a French branch of the Baglioni family of Perugia)[16] acquired the estate in 1600. After that, it was rebuilt within the square moat during the period from 1868 to 1874. The current façade is reflective of the efforts of Countess Louise-Dorothée de Baglion de la Dufferie (1826–1902), who told her husband that she wanted a grand residence. The chateau served as a summer home for the family.[17]

Related seriesEdit

Escape to the Chateau DIYEdit

Escape to the Chateau DIY follows Dick and Angel giving their tips to other immigrants to France (including British, Dutch and American expatriates) who are trying to run a business from châteaux in a similar condition to their own. The series documents various renovations and looks at possibilities for generating profit. The show has four series. The initial broadcast was on 9 April 2018, and the third series concluded on 15 November 2019.[18] The fourth series commenced broadcasting on 20 March 2020.


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