New Channel 4 series from Escape to the Chateau sees Dick and Angel reveal the fruits of their labor
The story of the sympathetic and hard-working couple who swapped their flat with two bedrooms in Essex for a crumbling French castle, is back on our screens.
In the fifth series of the Channel 4 television show Escape to the Chateau, Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel finally see a more comfortable balance between work and private life after years spent in what was in fact a construction site when they renovated their house with 45 rooms.
Exclusively addressed to MailOnline Property and This is Money stated Dick – a retired lieutenant colonel – that after years of radical renovation work the family can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
He said: & # 39; We see the light of comfort in the castle and that is what this series is about. The castle really turns around. We have removed the construction site from the castle. & # 39;
Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel return to our screens for the new Channel 4 series Escape to the Chateau
The new series starts in the spring of this year with the new glamping business of the couple.
But as with everything the couple undertakes, there is something unusual about the company, because one of the domes is on the land while the other is floating on the moat of the castle.
The floating dome on the canal is for two people and the one on the land can accommodate four people. They have luxurious interiors designed by Angel and even have a swing.
Dick explains that he takes the five-year-old son Arthur from the couple on his first camping adventure, which is located in a smaller family tent on the other side of the canal to help mark the launch of the company.
& # 39; It was not far away, so Mommy could still watch, & # 39; Dick said.
The duo father and son enjoyed sausages and beans, also with a quail. & # 39; It was all very good, "Dick explained.
After leaving the most important works in Chateau de la Motte Husson, this means that most of the dirty work on the castle is coming to an end – although there are still some projects to be done, such as the windows.
Dick and Angel continue to experience the French fairy tale in their renovated castle with 45 rooms
Their newest venture is glamping & # 39 ;, with one dome on the land
The luxurious interior offers a beautiful swing overlooking the grounds of the castle
It means that the couple can concentrate on the companies – including an established marriage offer – and allow themselves more time with the family.
Angel explained: & # 39; We have established the company for weddings and now have a very capable team.
& # 39; It is not just that we are consecutively three days in a row for two consecutive days when there is a wedding.
It was a very productive year with about 1,000 lucky guests walking through the doors of the castle. & # 39;
The glamping experience has an outdoor seating area specially designed for guests
Luxury touches are comfortable armchairs overlooking the canal and a hot tub
There is a lot of privacy for guests who book to stay in one of the two glamping domes
The number of days the couple performs the weddings is not significant, in total about 25 days.
Although they are fully dedicated on those days & # 39; to the company, this means that they can now enjoy a life balance with their younger children.
The glamping activities run from May to September, with the domes never occupied while a wedding is held at the castle.
A magical experience: one of the domes floats on the canal around the castle
The couple's journey began with the purchase of the dilapidated castle in 2015 for just € 390,000, the equivalent of £ 340,000.
For four years they had been searching for the right home that would complete all the right boxes before they took the château with 45 rooms, Château-de-la-Motte Husson, in north-west France.
Three years later and the major renovations include a new elevator, bathroom suites and a walled garden – and their adventure is documented on Channel 4.
Dick and Angel – who met for the first time in 2010 and were first to get married at the castle – have taken over most of the work on the building from the 19th century.
The parents won two legions of fans because they did the work with a limited budget.
For those who want to avoid renovating a property, here is our choice of luxury chateaux for sale in France – but with several million price tags, buyers need deep pockets.
1. Castle with ten bedrooms in Var for £ 3,462,376
This enchanting castle originated from the 15th century as a glass factor.
It is one hour from Nice airport, with sales being handled by Home Hunts real estate agents.
This castle is just five minutes from the Terre Blanche in the south of France
The interior has been beautifully restored and offers a unique family home
The elegant rooms have been restored to show the French doors and wooden beams
2. Renaissance castle in Limousin for £ 3,756,887
The sale of this renaissance chateau in south-central France is handled by Vitruve Associes (who refused to confirm the number of bedrooms in the accommodation)
It includes an orangery from the 17th century and other buildings that can be renovated.
This impressive Renaissance chateau is located in the south-central region of France
The grand interior has decorative wood paneling and ceiling beams
There is a large dining room with seating for 10 and a large stone fireplace
3. Castle with sixteen bedrooms in Uzes for £ 3,221,324
This charming castle is located on a Provencal hilltop village in the Uzes region in the south of France.
It dates back to the 17th century and stands on more than two hectares of landscaped gardens. It is sold through real estate agents Home Hunts.
The castle dates from the 17th century, with the towers added in the 19th century
Lots of space: the castle covers more than 9,260 square meters of living space
The interior has recently been redecorated and contains a number of carved stones
4. Castle with seven bedrooms in Haute-Savoie for £ 3,067,928
This medieval castle was reconstructed in the 18th century and now has a heated swimming pool and jacuzzi.
The sale of the property is handled by real estate agents Home Hunts.
This medieval castle is 30 minutes from Chambéry airport and an hour from Meribel
Leisure: There is a heated swimming pool on the extensive grounds of the castle
Nowadays, the castle has seven complete suites overlooking the landscaped gardens
5. Castle with ten bedrooms in Gillonnay for £ 2,454,342
This 17th-century castle is an hour's drive from Lyon and has been fully restored.
The sale is handled by brokers Agence Clerc.
This 17th-century castle is an hour's drive from Lyon, between Lyon and Chambéry
The property has been fully restored with great care, according to the real estate agents
The large rooms have a large dining room with wood paneling and ceilings