Escape to the Chateau’s Dick Strawbridge on ‘getting away with murder’ with renovations

Escape to the Chateau: Dick on 'getting away with murder'

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Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree are still renovating the 19th Century French Chateau into a business alongside their dream home. The Castle was owned by the Baglioni Family for over 400 years and is officially known as Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson. It has 45 rooms, 78 windows, 12 acres of land and several outhouses and a moat. During an old episode of the Channel 4 show, Dick and Angel were ripping and sawing down inside one of the rooms of the Chateau, changing the shape and feel of the space.

The voiceover explained that The Chateau is not listed under law, so they can make any changes they like without having to get any planning permission. 

Under French law, owners volunteer to get their building listed and in turn are rewarded with financial grants. 

However, Dick wanted to do what he liked because that means he’ll have no inspectors breathing down his neck. 

Dick questioned: “Why would I want people on my island telling me what I want to do?

“We didn’t want to be jumping through hoops in French and as long as we’re not changing the actual use of the place, we’re not going to do drastic stuff we get away with blue murder. 

“The French are anarchists at heart,” he added. 

In the episode, the couple had just over seven weeks before they were due to be married and were aiming to throw a party at the Chateau for 200 guests. 

With the walls being plastered, the honeymoon suite getting its electric put in and the plumbers in the basement, that meant Dick was left to do everything else. 

Luckily, the grandparents were on hand to look after the children, so Dick and Angel were able to get on with the work that needed to be done. 

Further into the episode, Dick and Angel’s mission was to get the Chateau renovated before their wedding turned into a problem. 

After moving onto the temporary kitchen on the ground floor, they were met with a snake pit of pipes from every era in the Chateau. 

“We are now decommissioning the kitchen that we’ve been using, basically since we moved in here. But with all these jobs it gets very messy before you go forward. 

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“All these bits of copper and lead are going to be recycled and it won’t be long before the kitchen comes together,” Dick explained. 

He continued: “It won’t be long before the kitchen comes together as something that we sort of envisage over a period of time.

“We’ve got the electricians, we’ve got the plumbers, we’ve got the capability its time to get on with it.”

Whilst Dick was working away on the house, Angel had some alone time to think which ultimately became dangerous for Dick. 

“I want Dick to build a helter-skelter,” she said, laughing at the thought. 

“I’m going to tell him and he’s going to go, ‘What!’ So I just want to show him how simple I want it.”

Angel explained to viewers that all the designing for the house had been for the two of them so far so she wanted to do something that would involve the children. 

And she did just that, creating a playroom complete with a funfair theme and the all-important helter-skelter in the middle of it. 

Escape to the Chateau is available to watch on All 4 now. 
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