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Season 2 / Episode 3 and airs on 11 December 2016 20:00
Escape to the Chateau follows the story of Dick and Angel as they buy an abandoned French chateau and with ingenuity, imagination and sheer hard graft, bring its 45 rooms and 12 acres of land back to life in order to restore it to its former 19th century glory.
Engineer Dick Strawbridge and his partner, designer Angel Adoree, have moved to France to do up a 45-room fairytale chateau. With £20,000 left in the coffers, they have to do most of the renovation work themselves. They decide to spend £100 on some chickens and try to live as self-sufficiently as they can. The family has eggs every morning, but it's a different story with the heating and water. The chateau's 59 windows are crumbling, and the list of problems is endless. But while Dick is pushed to the limit, Angel is on a roll, seeing the chateau as a blank canvas to work on. The project has fallen massively behind schedule, especially as they plan to celebrate their wedding at the chateau in November, just a few months away. This is craft and construction on the grandest of scales.
The race is on. Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree are due to marry in just a few weeks' time - when 200 guests are set to descend on the 45 room chateau in the Pays de la Loire. Yet the chateau is nowhere near ready. Almost a year on from buying the chateau and the to do list is still endless - room after room after room still needs to be restored, decorated and furnished. But finding workers they can rely on, who turn up on time and don't cost a fortune is near impossible. So, while Dick oversees the damning of the huge moat and the installation of an eco-friendly sewage system, Angel starts decorating the rooms with pineapple chandeliers, unicorn heads and butterflies. Will they get to celebrate their wedding in the end?
Dick and Angel Strawbridge continue their French adventure in a second series. It's 18 months since they left their Southend flat for a new life in a fairytale castle in France, but restoring the dilapidated 45 room chateau which cost them only ú280k has not proved easy. With just nine rooms renovated so far and areas in the vast 12-acre estate still to explore, they've only just scratched the surface of the renovation. But the chateau must start paying for itself. The couple have grand plans for staging weddings and also to feed themselves through crops and livestock. The adventure has only just begun. In the first episode, Dick and Angel host their first ever paid event at the chateau. Dick tries to turn an old oil-tank into a pig-roaster. Angel creates a Versailles-inspired downstairs loo. And Dick seeks to harness the energy of the searing summer sun.
After successfully hosting a three day wedding at their French chateau, Dick and Angel are now keen to expand their business ideas. Could the two-acre moat provide a lucrative fishing spot? Could their private woodland prove a forager's fantasy? Renovation work at the chateau continues with Angel's vision for a luxurious second guest suite taking shape. Angel also wants an elevator installed, pushing Dick's engineering skills to the very limit. Will the chateau survive such a monumental conversion?
As winter descends on the chateau and Christmas looms, Dick and Angel Strawbridge rush to complete their huge to-do list before the arrival of the family from England for a grand French Yuletide. The lift installation is testing Dick's ingenuity and enthusiasm to the max, while Angel continues to uncover treasures in the attic, including an historic collection of old vinyl records. Dick and Angel rush to get all their ducks in a row as eventually the fires are lit and the Christmas lights sparkle, and the heart of the once deserted 19th century chateau begins to beat again.
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