Escape to the Chateau’s Dick Strawbridge addresses finding wife in tears ‘I lose her’

Escape to the Chateau: Angel was unimpressed with the basement

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Crafty lovebirds, Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree, have graced Channel 4 screens with Escape to the Chateau since 2016. The DIY enthusiasts traded their two-bed apartment in Essex for a grand 19th-century French chateau. Restoring the 45-bedroom castle back to its former glory, the couple have proven no challenge is too big. Reflecting on their journey so far, Dick revealed how old memories triggered his wife, who broke down in tears.

The couple regularly keep their fans updated on the goings on at the chateau via their website and chateau TV stream. 

In a recent video, Dick explained he sometimes finds Angel emotional as she looks back at photos of their children as babies.

Recalling one image of Dorothy in the garden as they struggled to restore the grand chateau, Dick explained: “Some of the little pictures of Dorothy, in her little tartan overcoat and things, and then being [out] in the garden,

“Angela, when we were actually doing the task of sort of planning what we’re doing, I’d lose Angela for ages.

“Then I’d find her looking at her photo file, little tear on, going, ‘Do you remember?’”

Turning to Angel, he continued: “But it was exactly that, wasn’t it?” 

Meanwhile, Angel recalled a funny memory of her husband Dick and daughter Dorothy while at a supermarket abroad.

The East London redhead giggled: “I remember Dorothy being so ickle and she was, sort of, in the trolley and we filled the trolley up, and then you were like, ‘I want a couple more,’ and you took Dorothy, you took her out of the trolley and put her on the floor.”

Dick quipped: “Yeah, because for six euros, which at the time was one and a half to the pound, we put our first line of fruit trees in the walled garden.”

Although the couple both have their strengths when it comes to redecorating and DIY, the renovation wasn’t easy. 

Dick told fans: “We didn’t have a lot of money to spend on things, we didn’t have enough [money] for the garden and the kids.”

The former army officer previously spoke about how he had to spend large amounts of time away from the family to get extra cash to transform their home.

Writing on their website, Dick shared: “I’ve dreamt for years about living a simple life with good food and wine, fresh air and two-hour lunches every day.

“So, when my partner Angela and I decided to start our French adventure, I could almost smell the roses.
“Our search took some years, four to be precise – and once we realised what we could get for our money, the size of what we were after grew and grew and grew.”

“So, I ended up taking a job with National Geographic to provide a much-needed cash injection.
“The flip side was that I was away for most of March until July.

“It was very hard on Angela, but necessary, and as the old saying goes, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.'”

Escape to the Chateau is available to stream on All4 now.

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