Dick Strawbridge’s wife Angel details real reason she fell for him ‘I like old things’

Escape to the Chateau: Angel jokes about ‘liking old things’

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During the first episode of Channel 4 show Escape to the Chateau, Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree began their search in a bid to find their forever family home. It took the couple four years before they fell in love with Chateau de la Motte Husson and decided to buy it within an hour of viewing it a few years ago. The couple managed to buy their dream home for £250,000, which was the equivalent of €340,000 at the time. 

During Dick and Angel’s property search they initially thought their budget of £300,000 would buy them a small country cottage.

Little did they know that in fact, French property prices were lower so they could afford to buy something much grander.

Dick began: “We’re just thinking ‘Hold on for the price of a one-bedroom flat in the East End of London, we can actually have a Chateaux with 10 acres’.

“We can’t believe our luck.”

Despite some of the Chateaus in France being priced for millions, some are being sold at £150,000, although they need a lot of renovation work.

During the first series, Angel and Dick embarked on their journey to find their home and they were blown away by one particular Chateau as soon as they drove up the driveway.

“That is pretty special, isn’t it?” Angel commented.

Dick added: “It looks good, doesn’t it?”

Despite being impressed by the exterior, Dick instantly noticed that the Chateau needed a lot of work doing including the plumbing and the heating.

Whereas Angel was looking for a vintage-looking property.

As she was looking around, she joked: “I like old things, that’s why I’m with Dick.”

Speaking about what kind of property they wanted, Angel continued: “We sort of have this fantasy, don’t we?

“Of this perfect kitchen and this doesn’t do it.”

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After travelling back and forth for France six times, Dick and Angel finally found their perfect home.

Before they had even stepped foot in the Chateau, Angel said: “I think we should put an offer in now.”

“This is not too shoddy,” Angel added as she walked through the front door.

Chateau de la Motte Husson has 45 rooms, set over five floors and comes with 20 acres of land.

After less than an hour of viewing the property Angel and Dick decided to put in an offer.

“I’m trying to be sensible,” Dick said. “This is a huge house. It’s got the orangery, it’s got the walled garden and all these other things going for it.

“But, we are talking a lot of money to get it back where it should be. But it’s so beautiful, it’s almost too good.”

“She’s bought the one she wants,” he added. “We’re in trouble.”

Escape to the Chateau is available to watch on All 4.

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