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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.
Dick Strawbridge and his partner Angel Adoree dream of swapping their two bed flat in Southend for an idyllic life in France. They imagine their £280,000 budget will stretch to a small country cottage, a Parisian flat, or a tiny place near the sea. But when they find out how cheap French property prices are, they discover they can dream bigger - much bigger - and like 10,000 Brits who move to France every year, they head off over the Channel. But this is no ordinary move.
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?
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