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

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Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree decided to sell their London flat and purchase a derelict chateau in Pays de la Loire, France six years ago. The Escape to the Chateau project turned out to be a lot bigger than they anticipated and they are still transforming the stunning property today. However, in the lead up to their wedding in 2015, Angel revealed she “nearly killed” her husband over his vision for The Chateau.

On the day of the wedding, Dick and Angel had been renovating The Chateau for eight months. 

Although there was still lots to be done, Angel reflected on her husband’s achievements while getting ready for their big day. 

“What Dick’s achieved this year has been phenomenal,” Angel said. “The infrastructure, the plumbing, the electrics, the sewage.

“That is a 20 man job for nine months, he has just been so incredible.”

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“We have nearly killed ourselves, I’ve nearly killed Dick,” Angel quipped. He’s wanted everything to be just right and perfect and so have I.

“We’re really knackered everyone’s knackered around us as well.”

For the couple’s wedding day, 200 people descended onto The Chateau five years after they met. 

However, there was no rest for Angel and Dick on the day as they both took charge to make sure everything ran smoothly. 

Angel was in charge of organising the French waiters and vintage waitresses who had flown over from the UK. 

“Very important that we get everyone drunk today,” she joked. 

Meanwhile, in true Escape to the Chateau fashion, Dick was busy fixing the building’s sewage system in the days leading up to the wedding. 

Dick explained: “Angel and I do 18, 20 hour days. We get to bed maybe two, three in the morning, kids get up at six, seven and that’s our standard day because we know we’ve got so much to do.”

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The Escape to the Chateau received a vital report on how the building should depose of its waste. 

He explained under French law you need to find a way to get rid of waste in a green and clean way within 18 months of purchasing a property. 

“A big family business down the road are putting in our septic tank,” Dick said. 

“This week we should have our sewage so when we flush the loo it doesn’t go into the moat,” he continued.

“That is going to be phenomenal. It may have taken six months for that to happen in France but when it does happen we’ll be really happy.”

Explaining how the septic tank works, he explained: “This is basically a settling tank, all of the waste is going to fill up our big septic tank.

“It will then come through our pump, our plan says, from this pump we’re going to go across the moat to this field where we’re going to have a sand filter.

“As it works its way down the pumps, the bacteria break it down and what comes out of our overflow is clean water. That clean water can make its way back to the moat because it’s clean.”

Escape to the Chateau is available to watch on All4. 

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