Escape to the Chateau’s Dick Strawbridge admits family home is ‘a pain’
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Presenter Graham Norton was joined by Angel Adoree and her husband Dick Strawbridge to discuss the renovation process of their 19th-century chateau. They opened up about the favourite part of their immense home which Dick confessed was ‘a pain.’
Channel four first followed the family in 2016, when they traded in their two-bedroom flat in Essex to live in the historical Château de la Motte-Husson.
The mammoth castle had 45 bedrooms, 78 windows and was on 12 acres of land.
The couple took on the incredible challenge of renovating the Chateau and bringing it back to glory.
While Dick got started with setting up the complex heating system whereas Angel was focused on restoring its vintage decor.
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The couple joined Graham on an episode of his podcast and were asked if they had a favourite part of their home.
Dick confessed: “I would’ve bought the Chateau to spend time in the walled garden. The actual Chateau itself is a bit of a pain in the bobo.”
Angel agreed and added: “That’s Dick’s happy place, the walled garden,” he interjected, “the plotting shed and the greenhouse is lovely – but I’d be very happy to spend my time in the walled garden.”
Throughout the series, the garden had a stunning transformation, the couple restored the moat, planted flowers and produce.
Angel shared: “I love the Orangery but I think when we’re in the chateau I think where we’ve got the most special memories is our suite.”
“Believe it or not we don’t live in a lot of the chateau because the suites have been reserved for guests for weddings and stuff,” she added.
Since the series has aired, the Chateau has gained popularity and become a destined location for couples to tie the knot.
Although it doesn’t come cheap, fans wanted to see the mansion in real life and the venue is now booked until 2022.
She concluded: “we’ve got our little Strawbridge suite and that’s lovely.”
Dick went on to add: “and all of the reception rooms and I’ve got my study where we are now….and we’ve got all of the downstairs with our family kitchen and everything else.”
He stated: “They’re all special places but for me, I’d rather be in the garden sitting in my office and you (Angel) hidden five floors up.”
Although the couple moved to the chateau in 2015, there remains plenty of work that needs to be completed, six years later.
During the podcast, Dick and Angel also opened up about their latest project, a book which retells their project and what led them to the decision.
They confessed they argued about aspects of the book as they both felt readers were interested in different things.
Dick said: “I got into trouble for writing about toilets in October because apparently, that’s not what people want to read about.”
Escape to the Chateau is available to stream on All4.
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