The couple have their first wedding booked in for this year, a local French affair, with a grand British wedding to follow next year – and of course, when they finally get the chance to tie the knot themselves, they’ll be doing it at their new home. If the price or availability doesn't suit you then worry not - Dick and Angel have built geodesic Domes that you can stay in for £350 per night on the grounds of the Chateau. This 10-bedroom chateau comes packed with original features, a lovely private garden and a view of the mountains. … usually at three in the morning when there’s a leak in the roof or we’re unblocking a toilet," says Erin. The granite staircase in the entrance hall is sure to impress guests, as is the spiral staircase. For the grand sum of £575,000, the pair’s two small London flats had bought them ownership of an historic 40-room, 16th-century castle in the heart of the French countryside. "That said, even after a really long, tiring day it’s really nice to look around and see how far we’ve come.”. The château did not have many original features inside, which gave a lot of freedom when decorating, but some of the furniture, including an impressive bedroom suite, was bought from the previous owners and dates from just after the French revolution. Tell your lockdown story to win a sumptuous dinner for two and a night in the honeymoon suite at Chateau de la Motte Husson, of Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau fame. “It can feel a bit strange being in a 20-bedroom château just the two of us and our cat Oscar, although we’ve made ourselves a little apartment in there where we spend most of our time,” says Erin. The chateau dates back to the 14th century or before, with additions and fortifications added to withstand the religious wars between Protestants and Catholics in the 16th and 17th centuries.
“The thing that clinched our decision was having a search online for properties. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Having been seduced by the château’s picture-perfect exterior, the group found that the interior of the building needed a lot of work. CHANNEL 4's Escape To The Chateau has allowed thousands of Brits to vicariously live the dream of owning a French castle set in the stunning French countryside.
Tim offers his services as a wedding photographer. register with your social accountor click here to log in. "I’m used to working long shifts as a doctor but there are definitely some ‘what have we done?’ moments…. …asbestos removed and the electrics and heating entirely replaced. Their story is featured this week on the latest series of Escape to the Château DIY, which sees series presenter Dick Strawbridge visit the couple to help fix their leaking moat, while Erin visits Dick's wife Angel at Château de la Motte Husson to get tips on hosting a tea party. As well as the 20-bedroom castle, they also got 16 hectares of land and paid a supplement for four outbuildings, which used to be the estate’s bakery and stables. "At the moment it’s perfect for its imperfections.”. The couple have their first wedding booked in for this year, a local French affair, with a grand British wedding to follow next year. The 1860s building had the "romantic, wow exterior” they were looking for but an update 30 years ago meant it was structurally sound with modern plumbing, electrics and heating. To be in with a chance of winning, contestants must tell Angel and Dick how they are looking after their wellbeing during lockdown. Built in the early 20th-century it is in good condition throughout but will benefit from a modern update. The couple created a popular local restaurant. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Her château adventure began 14 years ago, when Stephanie, then 29, wanted to upgrade her two-bedroom flat in Clerkenwell for a house where she could live with a few friends.
"Buying a château isn’t about profit, it’s not like the London property market,” says Stephanie. It’s a familiar story – thirty-something couple are house-hunting in London, realise how much more they can get for their money outside the capital and so opt to have more space, extra bedrooms and maybe a garden over the convenience of the inner city. Price: £242,460 "It can feel a bit strange being in a 20-bedroom château just the two of us and our cat Oscar, although we’ve made ourselves a little apartment in there where we spend most of our time,” says Erin. It is currently owned by Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree, who paid £280,000 when they bought it in 2015. The listed price of €595,000 includes all agency fees at 5% (with tax) to be paid by the buyer on completion (€566,667 without fees). It has been lovingly restore to offer comfortable modern living with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, but there is plenty of room to make your own stamp. The domes have glass roofs so you can stargaze as you drop off to sleep. That said, even after a really long, tiring day it’s really nice to look around and see how far we’ve come.”, Follow us on Twitter @HomesProperty, Facebook and Instagram, How to Escape to the Chateau like Dick and Angel from Essex, How a London couple raised £3.5m to restore £25k-a-week French chateau, Meet the Londoners who traded city life for an Escape to the Chateau. Found in Aulnay in the Poitou-Charentes region of France, it has high ceilings and original features throughout but thankfully comes with double-glazing and oil-fired central heating. The main chateau had only two functioning bathrooms when Amy and Marc moved in last year to oversee renovations, while most of the outbuildings and the top floor of the property were derelict. It is habitable, with electricity, sewerage, double glazing and high-speed internet, but is in need of complete renovation. Dick and Angel are also encouraging budding authors to enter a manuscript for publication as a book to be sold via their website, while keen artists have the opportunity to submit a picture which will be used for Chateau de la Motte Husson Christmas cards. "That said, even after a really long, tiring day it’s really nice to look around and see how far we’ve come.”.
"We’d always talked about doing something like this one day but we were planning our next stage in life and we thought ‘why does it have to be something we do when we’re retired?’ A daydream evolved into reality,” says Erin. Erin and JB will be able to put Dick and Angel’s hard-won advice to good use because they are doing most of the renovations themselves. The 1860s building had the “romantic, wow exterior” they were looking for but an update 30 years ago meant it was structurally sound with modern plumbing, electrics and heating – essential if the couple were to get their wedding event business up and running. Price: £652,500 All year round, Dick and Angel share their adventures in France with legions of avid viewers who watch them renovate and restore their 18th-century home on Escape to the Chateau.
That said, the Seventies décor, including peeling brown and green diamond wallpaper and lino floors, is on the way out. “I’m used to working long shifts as a doctor but there are definitely some ‘what have we done?’ moments, usually at three in the morning when there’s a leak in the roof or we’re unblocking a toilet. The couple believe that this barn might originally have been another chateau in medieval times. The property, which is featured in TV show Escape To The Chateau, has 45 rooms, 78 windows, 12 acres and one moat.