Escape to the Chateau: Angel and Dick talk toilets
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Graham Norton hosted Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree on his podcast The Graham Norton Radio Show to speak about their new book and the progress on the chateau. The Escape to the Chateau hosts began renovating their chateau in France in 2015 and have nearly finished the work which has been documented by Channel 4. Angel admitted to Graham that they don’t live in the whole chateau and only use parts of the house – with children
Channel 4 first began following the family in 2016, where they traded in their tiny flat in Essex to live in the historical Chateau de la Motte-Husson.
With 45 bedrooms, 78 windows and 12 acres of land, the couple dreamt of the perfect home also acts as a wedding reception.
Graham began: “Now that you’ve moved in, I mean you’ve never moved out really, you’ve been in it the whole time, but now that it’s getting closer to being finished, do you have a favourite part of the house bit of the house?”
Dick answered first, saying: “I like to spend time in the walled garden, the chateau itself is a bit of a pain in the boo-boo, so I’d happily spend my time in the garden.”
“That’s Dicks happy place is the garden,” Angel added: “I love the orangery, but I think when we’re sort of in the Chateau, I think where we have the most special memories, I guess is our suite.
“Because believe it or not, we don’t live in a lot of the Chateau because all the suites have been reserved for guests and their weddings.
“So, we’ve got our little Strawbridge suite, and that’s lovely,” she explained with Dick interjecting: “And all of the reception rooms and I have my study where we are now.”
He continued: “Angel has her [office] which is upstairs where she does all of her work, we have all of the downstairs floor with our family kitchen and everything else.
“Do you know what they’re all special places, but for me, I’d rather be in the garden than sitting in my office, and you [Angel] hidden five floors up.”
Before he ended the interview, Graham asked Angel: “The vintage patisserie is that still going in east London?”
“No, do you know what I bought all the stuff with me, and we’ve kind of sort of turned the weddings into an extension of that, and it’s lovely,” she explained.
During the interview, the couple also spoke about the challenges they have faced with renovating their home during the lockdown.
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Dick explained that restrictions were still very tight in France, unlike in the UK, so big jobs such as the ceilings and windows haven’t been done yet.
Angel also added that she would like to add a swimming pool as a luxury for the pair and a treat for all their hard work.
Graham also asked: “Is it going to be weird opening up to strangers again?”
Angel replied: “I just feel like this house was meant to have people around, we sort of have our bubble, so in our way, the chateau is still bustling with energy.
“But it’s something that I’m looking forward to; our team really miss the energy and excitement of weddings, so when it happens, it’s going to feel natural.”
Dick and Angel also spoke about their latest project, their book that informs readers who haven’t seen the show why they decided to move and details of their renovations.
Despite working together on their home, the pair admitted to arguing whilst writing the book, and both felt like they were interested in writing different things.
Dick joked: “I got in trouble for writing about toilets in October because apparently, that’s not what people want to read about.”
Escape to the Chateau is available to stream on All4.
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