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Young Miss Strawbridge Makes Elderflower Champagne
Young Miss Strawbridge Makes Elderflower Champagne

In the continuing series by the Strawbridge family - and in the absence of the Escape to the Chateau DIY series continuation - Dick and Angel have been making home movies of their life during lockdown. In this episode the Strawbridge family picks elderflowers from the...

The Covid Effect on Chateau Sales
The Covid Effect on Chateau Sales

A recent Daily Mail article has revealed the devastating effect that Covid 19 has had on the chateaux for sale market, positive for buyers not so for the sellers.  The lockdown in France has forced many aristocrats who potentially have had the property in the family...

La Chatelaine of LaLande by Claire Warbeck
La Chatelaine of LaLande by Claire Warbeck

The talented artist Claire Warback has been busy and I believe she has found her new career.  You recall her recent portraits of Angel and Dick, well here’s her latest - The Chatelaine of Chateau de Lalande, the glamorous Stephanie. Claire has the unique ability to...

“The Temple of Love” at Chateau Saint Georges
“The Temple of Love” at Chateau Saint Georges

Ah “The Temple of Love” what thoughts does this name conjure up in your mind?  The Greek Goddess Aphrodite gazing adoringly at Zeus on Mount Olympus, or lilting sitar music in Khujaraho India's Temple of Love?  Well you don’t have to go that far, this Temple of Love...

The Unsung Chateau DIYers
The Unsung Chateau DIYers

Escape to the Chateau and ETTC DIY has given hopeful chateaux buyers the courage to take “le plonge” so we thought it a good time to focus on these “unsung” chateaux owners and renovators. In our efforts to keep readers coming back with the new fodder we’ve created a...

Tuna and Avocado Flan Courtesy of Chateau de Vaudezert
Tuna and Avocado Flan Courtesy of Chateau de Vaudezert

Today Karen the chatelaine of Château de Vaudezert brings us a delicious light and easy to prepare lunch recipe which will be perfect for the upcoming week when temperatures are set to soar. To quote Karen “This is ideal as a buffet starter or as a fish course which...

“Wonderful Wednesday” Offers from Dick & Angel Strawbridge
“Wonderful Wednesday” Offers from Dick & Angel Strawbridge

We’re all familiar with Dick and Angel’s Chateau de la Motte Husson Facebook page (with over 160,000 followers) but I only recently discovered that they have another FB presence The Chateau - News & genuine products by Dick & Angel Strawbridge which, with just...

Dick Strawbridge Portrait by Artist Claire Warbeck
Dick Strawbridge Portrait by Artist Claire Warbeck

The very talented Claire Warbeck has just completed this fabulous portrait of Dick Strawbridge - as if you needed to be told who it is, the likeness is incredible!  You will recall Claire’s amazing portrait of Angel Strawbridge, she told us that she had [justifiably]...

The Covid 19 Impact from the Perspective of a Chateau in France
The Covid 19 Impact from the Perspective of a Chateau in France

As you all know France has just today opened its borders to visitors, hallelujah!  One of our featured Chateau the 800 year old medieval fortified stronghold Castelnau Des Fieumarcon located in the Midi-Pyrenees shared personal insight into just how devastating recent...

Gâteau Rose Cake Brought to you by Château de la Basmaignée
Gâteau Rose Cake Brought to you by Château de la Basmaignée

This weekend we have a Youtube video from Château de la Basmaignée and their inspiration for what was coined by a reader “Château Gâteau Rose Cake”. “Today I took a walk in the Château Gardens and got the great idea to make a cake from real roses.  What to see how it...

Escape to the Chateau Makes the TV Choice Awards Shortlist!
Escape to the Chateau Makes the TV Choice Awards Shortlist!

Voting for the 24th Annual TV Choice Awards 2020 is Open!   It will come as no surprise to all Escape to the Chateau devotees (Best Factual) & Escape to the Chateau DIY (Best Daytime) that both are up for awards!  In fact they’ve made the shortlist for this years...

A Château in France for Your Special Occasion
A Château in France for Your Special Occasion

We’ve written in the past about choosing a chateau as the perfect venue for a wedding.  Châteaux in France come in all shapes and sizes, Wikipedia states “The French word château denotes buildings as diverse as a medieval fortress, a Renaissance palace and a...

Normandy Parma Parcels Courtesy of Chateau de Vaudezert
Normandy Parma Parcels Courtesy of Chateau de Vaudezert

The Saturday recipe is brought to you by the Chateau de Vaudezert in Normandy and is aptly named "Normandy Parma Parcels". Karen is the Chatelaine at Vaudezert and she is already in Normandy preparing for and looking forward to greeting guests as soon as travel is...

Novice Artist Paints Angel Strawbridge
Novice Artist Paints Angel Strawbridge

I spotted this painting of Angel Strawbridge on Facebook and I, like so many others, wondered who the talented artist was.  After a bit of research I found the very modest Claire Warbeck who was gracious enough to share her story with me.  I’m sure you will all be as...

The Strawbridge Family Picnic
The Strawbridge Family Picnic

Over the past few years we've watched the Strawbridges take on the mammoth task of buying a rather derelict French chateau and renovating it into what has now become a fairytale home for them and their children.  We have seen Arthur and Dorothy blossom into fun-loving...

Dick and James Strawbridge on Sustainable Living
Dick and James Strawbridge on Sustainable Living

Prolific writer Dick Strawbridge was recently interviewed alongside co-author (and son) James Strawbridge on Sky TV’s Breakfast Show with Chris Evans to discuss the updated edition of Practical Self Sufficiency : The Complete Guide to Sustainable Living - where they...

Escape to Château de Vaudezert When Lockdown Ends
Escape to Château de Vaudezert When Lockdown Ends

When will lockdown end so we can cross the Channel and start enjoying all that France has to offer?  Well this is an as yet unanswered question, let’s see what Boris has to say at Thursday’s briefing.  He has intimated that things would be opening up, and Italy and...

Debs from Chateau Gioux Shares her Recipe for Salmon Mousse
Debs from Chateau Gioux Shares her Recipe for Salmon Mousse

Just this morning I shared what Chateau Gioux owners Debs and Nigel ate for their “naughty” breakfast yesterday, and if it didn’t leave your mouth watering then your taste buds need a wake up call!  In case you missed it here it is: Chateau Gioux Shares their Naughty...

Is the French Countryside too Noisy?!
Is the French Countryside too Noisy?!

A few months ago I read an article in thelocal.fr which made me chuckle and reinforced just why I love our French hosts.  Undoubtedly it will put a smile on the faces of all the other escapees who have taken up residency in the beautiful countryside of rural France.  ...

A Man’s Home is his Castle “Château”
A Man’s Home is his Castle “Château”

According to Wikipedia a Château is “a manor house or residence of the lord of the manor or a country house of nobility or genty, with or without fortifications, originally - and still most frequently - in French-speaking regions!".  For the rest of us, a Château is...

Chef Guillaume’s Organic Trout
Chef Guillaume’s Organic Trout

This is the second secret recipe which Michelin Star Chef Guillaume is sharing with us.  Chef Guillaume is the Executive Chef at the Le 1131 restaurant which is located within the amazing 4 Star former 12th Century Abbaye de la Bussière in Burgundy. Guillaume Royer’s...

May 16th Feast Day of St Honore
May 16th Feast Day of St Honore

May 16th Feast Day of St Honore Patron Saint of Bakers! Wikipedia:  Saint Honoratus of Amiens (Honoré, sometimes Honorius) (d. 16 January ca. 400) was the seventh bishop of Amiens. According to a legend, when it was known in his hometown that he had been proclaimed...

Make Do and Mend
Make Do and Mend

Filming has started for Dick and Angel’s new series “Make, Do and Mend” - and by the way they are still seeking applications to be featured (email makedoandmend@dickandangel.co.uk for an application if you want Dick and Angel’s sage advice on solving your DIY...


Jul 10, 2020 A Mouthwatering Sharing Board Starter at Chateau de Vaudezert.  Read More

Jul 9, 2020  Young Miss Strawbridge Makes Elderflower ChampagneRead More

Jul 8, 2020  Christmas at Chateau de Lalande?  Read More

Jul 7, 2020  Coming Soon to Chateau de Sauge.  Read More

Jul 6, 2020  The Covid Effect on Chateau Prices.  Read More

Jul 5, 2020  Chateau de Bourneau Floral Decorating Event.  Read More

Jul 4, 2020  Renovating a decaying neoclassical French Chateau is the ultimate dream, right?  Read More

Jul 3, 2020   Abbaye de la Bussiere is Open for Sunday Brunch.  Read More

Jul 2, 2020    Chateaux are opening again for business!  Read More

Jul 1, 2020    November 13-15 Luxury Wedding Exhibition Event in Provence.  Read More

Jun 30, 2020 A Game of Croquet at Chateau de Lalande or a Picnic at Chateau de la Motte Husson?  Read More

Jun 29, 2020 Artist Claire Warbeck paints Stephanie Jarvis.  Read More

Jun 28, 2020 Escape to Chateau de Villette in Burgundy Post Lockdown.  Read More

Jun 27, 2020 A Message to Dick and Angel from Australia.  Read More

Jun 26, 2020 The Angel Inspired Caravan!  Read More

Jun 25, 2020 The Temple of Love at Chateau Saint Georges.  Read More

Jun 24, 2020 Chateau de la Puisaye is Open for Visitors.  Read More

Jun 23, 2020 Fantasy Bedrooms!  Read More

Jun 22, 2020 Marie Wiik shares a floral technique from Chateau de Lalande.   Read More

Jun 21, 2020 The Weekend Recipe Courtesy of Chateau de Vaudezert.  Read More

Jun 20, 2020 New Series: Follow the Renovations.  Read More

Jun 19, 2020 Wonderful Wednesday Offers from Dick and Angel.  Read More

Jun 18, 2020 A Tale of Two Chateaux!!  Read More

Jun 17, 2020  A Portrait of Dick Strawbridge by Claire Warbeck.  Read More

Jun 16, 2020  “Coronavirus restrictions are being lifted” Emmanual Macron.  Read More

Jun 15, 2010  France Opens its Borders Today.   Read More

Jun 13, 2020  The Marriage of Figaro is coming to Chateau de Lalande.   Read More

Jun 12, 2020  France opens to Visitors from Europe from Monday!  Read More

Jun 11, 2020  Escape to the Chateau Makes the TV Choice Awards Shortlist!  Read More

Jun 10, 2020 19 Hours – A Day in the Life of a Wedding Planner/Chef.  Read More

Jun 9, 2020  A Chateau Filled with Tango and Peonies.  Read More

Jun 8, 2020  A Partial Tour of Château du Doux.  Read More

Jun 7, 2020  Dick and Angel’s “A Year at the Chateau” coming October 2020. Read More

Jun 6, 2020  Practicum Dancing at Chateau de Lalande.  Read More

Jun 5, 2020   Fab Portrait of Angel Strawbridge.  Read More

Jun 4, 2020    Live from a Mystery Chateau!!!  Read More

Jun 3, 2020   A Drone’s Eye View of Chateau de la Basmaignee.  Read More

Jun 2, 2020   The Strawbridge Family Picnic Home Video.  Read More

Jun 1, 2020   Follow the Renovations of Chateau de Montmagner.  Read More

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