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The Inspiring Story of “Sir Paul”

The Inspiring Story of “Sir Paul”

This is the story of Paul or Sir Paul as he’s now known to his friends.  Paul’s friend of 30 years, Steven Cuddy, inspired him to not only survive a serious operation, but gave him the courage and inspiration to create this amazing piece of art and in so doing he has...

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The Enchanted Childhood of Arthur and Dorothy

The Enchanted Childhood of Arthur and Dorothy

As all fans of Escape to the Chateau are well aware, when the family showed up with the key to the Chateau, Arthur was a toddler and Dorothy was a baby.  It was an ideal time to relocate a family from their home country into an exciting new adventure.  So what has...

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Dick and Angel the “It” Power Couple

Dick and Angel the “It” Power Couple

Step aside Harry and Meghan, David and Victoria the Strawbridges are Channel 4’s “It” Power Couple!  Certainly from a popularity standpoint they are top ranked, not to forget Master Arthur and Miss Dorothy Strawbridge who are rapidly becoming rock stars in their own...

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Make Do and Mend Starts July 30th & Meet Petale!

Make Do and Mend Starts July 30th & Meet Petale!

Hooray, after many reruns of Escape to the Chateau DIY, the long awaited new series Make Do and Mend is launching this week!   The four-part series will share tips with viewers via video chat with the first episode airing on Thursday 30 July at 8pm on C4.  AND we get...

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Chateau de Sommesnil on the Alabaster Coast

Chateau de Sommesnil on the Alabaster Coast

The Chateau de Sommesnil is located in the area of Normandy known as the Caux, the Alabaster Coast which offers stunning beaches and imposing cliffs as well as the lovely towns of Dieppe, Honfleur and Rouen. Constructed in 1620, the Chateau stands on the site of a...

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Michael & Stephanie Masked for the Ball

Michael & Stephanie Masked for the Ball

Another masterpiece from the palette of artist Claire Warbeck "The Masked Man" aka Michael Petherick.  The inspiration behind the portrait is Claire’s recent painting of Stephanie Jarvis and both are now ready for the Masked Ball at the Chateau de la Basmaignee!  What...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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“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...

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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...

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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]...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Aug 7, 2020   The Inspiring Story of “Sir Paul”.  Read More

Aug 6, 2020   It’s Thursday – Make Do and Mend!  Read More

Aug 5, 2020   Escape to the Chateau on Pinterest.  Read More

Aug 4, 2020   The Enchanted Childhood of Arthur and Dorothy.  Read More

Aug 3, 2020   The Strawbridge family on the trampoline!  Read More

Aug 2, 2020  Dick and Angel Chat with Tim and Simon on Sunday Brunch.    Read More

Aug 1, 2020  Would Dick and Angel move out of the Chateau?  Read More

Jul 31, 2020  Dick, Arthur and Dorothy Harvest Potatoes.  Read More

Jul 30, 2020  Make Do and Mend THIS EVENING!  Read More

Jul 29, 2020  17 Years on at Chateau de Vaudezert.  Read More

Jul 28, 2020  In case you missed it Dick and Angel last night on The One Show. Read More

Jul 27, 2020  The Chateau de la Motte Husson Garden Tour.  Read More

Jul 26, 2020  Introducing Petale, the newest addition to the Strawbridge family! Read More

Jul 25, 2020  Make Do and Mend Start Date Announced! Read More

Jul 24, 2020  Mummy Gets Her Mower at Chateau de Lalalande. Read More

Jul 23, 2020  Angel Pins! Read More

Jul 22, 2020  Help Dick and Dorothy Identify these Flowers. Read More

Jul 21, 2020  Who are Dick and Angel Strawbridge?  Read More

Jul 20, 2020  The Strawbridge Love Story.  Read More

Jul 19, 2020  Beautiful Blue Skies at Chateau de Vaudezert in Normandy. Read More

Jul 18, 2020  Filming of Dick and Angel’s Make Do and Mend is Complete! Read More

Jul 17, 2020  Chateau de Sauge First Ever Vintage Garden Party RESCHEDULED. Read More

Jul 16, 2020  Chateau de Sauge First Ever Vintage Garden Party. Read More

Jul 15, 2020  “The Masked Man” aka Michael Petherick by artist Claire Warbeck.  Read More

Jul 14, 2020  Bastille Day 2020 – What will it look like? Read More

Jul 13, 2020  Chateau de Villette “The Splendour of French decor. Read More

Jul 12, 2020 “L’Atelier d’Artistes” at the Chateau de Chambiers.  Read More

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

Jul 9, 2020  Young Miss Strawbridge Makes Elderflower Champagne. Read More

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

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

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