Dick Strawbridge and Angel speak out on ‘silly’ Escape to the Chateau decision they made

Escape to the Chateau: Dick and Angel explore old property plans

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From the moment Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree set their eyes on Chateau de la Motte Hudson they had big plans. The former Scrapheap Challenge host and Dragons Den star knew they would have to turn The Chateau into a business in order to provide a future for themselves and their family. After selling up in England and moving across to France, it wasn’t long before the popular couple realised the spaces’ potential for a wedding venue and set about restoring the 45-roomed castle into functional rooms for paying guests as well as a home for themselves. As a result, Escape to the Chateau was born and Channel 4 viewers have been with them every step of the way, from hosting their very first wedding – which was their own – to watching them carefully restore every element of The Chateau. But, has all the work been done? Express.co.uk spoke to Dick and Angel about the outstanding projects they had, as well as their latest venture – The Salon. 

Over the years, Dick and Angel have brought The Chateau back to life; originally owned by the Baglioni family, with Angel’s eye for exquisite detail and love of vintage, as well as Dick’s engineering skills, their ideas have come to fruition. 

One of the very first areas Angel wanted to restore was a couple of bedrooms and turn them into a bridal suite for weddings. 

Alongside that, they were keen for the reception rooms to be transformed, as well as the all-important Orangery where wedding receptions would be hosted. 

Their own private quarters were also re-created, fit for a young family, as well as one of the outbuildings for Angel’s parents

When asked what the most challenging part of The Chateau was to renovate, the couple said: “There have been many, but not really many that were unexpected. 

“A project like this is a marathon, not a sprint and we were all in…There will always be something to do! 

“Probably one of the most challenging jobs, apart from the silly time frame we gave ourselves to host the wedding, was carrying on reservations whilst growing the events business,” they explained. 

“There were often moments that we would down tools on a Thursday, clean the house from top to bottom to receive guests for the Friday, and then be hosting all weekend…we try not to do any renovations in the Chateau during the wedding season.”

Covid aside, weddings at The Chateau usually take place for six weeks during the summer months of the year. 

At the moment, The Chateau is on a two-year wedding catch up and it seems there will be none taking place this year either as France is still in lockdown. 

However, there is an opportunity for anyone wanting their wedding at The Chateau – despite the two-year waiting list. 

Speaking about their new venture – The Salon – Dick and Angel said: “Over the years we have received thousands of emails from people wanting to know more about The Chateau or asking for advice on their latest project. 

“The Salon is our way of answering this and opening our home to anyone who wants to see behind the scenes or even visit us by entering our monthly competitions.

“We truly wish we could host every event request we receive, but there are only so many days in the year! 

“This inspired winning a celebration at The Chateau,” they continued. 

“It’s not just limited to weddings, you can renew your vows or host a birthday bash, and if recent events have shown us anything, it’s how incredibly important family and friends are – and that in itself is reason to celebrate.”

As for what The Salon is all about, after signing up, members will receive a beautifully designed Welcome Letter and voucher to spend in The Chateau shop. 

There is also a beautiful mounted watercolour Chateau print which is signed by Dick and Angel. 

A seasonable menu card also gets new members ready for a virtual cook-along with the couple, plus details of ‘what’s what’.

As for the gifts, every quarter, The Salon members will receive a special gift. 

In true Dick and Angel style, the couple wants it to feel personal, so all gifts are exclusive to the member of The Salon. 

There is also an opportunity for members of The Salon to ask ‘Ask the Strawbridges’. 

For anyone with a crafty conundrum or DIY dilemma, or who simply wants to find out more about the couple, members can ‘Ask the Strawbridges’ – with every email answered!

All episodes of Escape to the Chateau are available to watch on 4oD now and Dick and Angel’s new venture, Membership of The Salon is £10.00 per month or £108.00 per year. And for more information or to sign up to The Salon visit the website here

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