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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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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.  ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Escape to the OTHER Château de Chambiers

Escape to the OTHER Château de Chambiers

We all love to see the Châteaux which have been featured on Escape to the Château DIY but we believe that there are many Châteaux in France which deserve recognition and we have created a page on our website dedicated to Escape to the OTHER Chateau DIY. One of these...

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Entente Cordiale for Summer Travel Restrictions

Entente Cordiale for Summer Travel Restrictions

Great news, that trip to France this Summer might be possible after all!  We all heard the recent news that all passengers flying into the UK would go into quarantine for 14 days.  However this announcement came yesterday from the Express: “Yesterday, French President...

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A Spring Recipe from Gascony

A Spring Recipe from Gascony

We recently posted a recipe from Michelin Star Chef Guillaume of Restaurant 1131 located at Abbaye de la Bussiere.  It proved hugely popular so we decided to start a regular offering of “secret” recipes from innovative chefs. Today we would like to introduce you to...

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Become a Published Author Competition!

Become a Published Author Competition!

Dick and Angel believe that anyone and everyone has the necessary skillset to publish a book - it’s true we all have that creativity within us but often that fertile spirit which lurks within is quashed by the speed of life and the world around us.  The hectic day to...

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How to Tell if a Chandelier is Authentic?

How to Tell if a Chandelier is Authentic?

We've all fallen in love with chandeliers as a direct result of Dick and Angel and Escape to the Chateau DIY.  I adore chandeliers, I am naturally fascinated by the play of light when I see them in a brocante, or when you see the chateau owners sourcing them on the...

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Escape to the OTHER Chateaux on YouTube

Escape to the OTHER Chateaux on YouTube

Some Facebook group fans of Escape to the Chateau DIY have expressed that they're really missing the Chateaux experience during lockdown, especially when sadly the latest Series 4 was curtailed due to the current situation.  We decided to source some visual fantasy...

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Win a Stay at Chateau de la Motte Husson!

Win a Stay at Chateau de la Motte Husson!

Escape to the Chateau will become a reality for one lucky couple!  Enter to win an overnight stay plus dinner at the fairytale Chateau de la Motte Husson.  The lucky winning couple will stay overnight in the Chateau’s Honeymoon Suite and hosts Dick and Angel will...

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Chateau Owner Wannabe Syndrome – It’s Curable!

Chateau Owner Wannabe Syndrome – It’s Curable!

Don’t know about you but I’m already having what I refer to as “Chateau withdrawals”, what a shame that Series 4 of Escape to the Chateau DIY had to be curtailed during this time of crisis.  I’ve followed chats on various fan websites and the common woe has been that...

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“Chateau Rescue” Coming Soon to YouTube

“Chateau Rescue” Coming Soon to YouTube

Earlier this month (April 6th) an exciting announcement was made which, in case you missed it, we’d like to share with you! “We've had confirmation we can announce a super new series produced to air on YouTube. This has been worked on behind the scenes for sometime...

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Sheila Roper’s Chateau de la Motte Husson

Sheila Roper’s Chateau de la Motte Husson

Today we have a biography blog written by talented artist Sheila Roper, enjoy! I’m a self- taught artist living in Suffolk and first discovered naïve/folk art on a family holiday to Stowe in Vermont back in 1997. A book store in the village had a wonderful selection...

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Chateau Holidays on Airbnb?

Chateau Holidays on Airbnb?

After this “C” thing is all done and dusted we’ll all be looking for ways to “escape” and what better way than to “Escape to the Château” - if you think it’s beyond your budget, well think again.  There are many opportunities for bed and breakfast, or even whole...

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Julie’s Frog

Julie’s Frog

This is a story of first love and second youth. Julie Steele is the PR and Marketing lady for Abbaye de la Bussiere in the Burgundy Region. When she was a student, a Citroën 2CV (deux chevaux as they are called in France) was her very first car - and her first love!...

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Dick Strawbridge the “Superman” of DIY

Dick Strawbridge the “Superman” of DIY

Wouldn't we all LOVE to have a Handy Man like Dick Strawbridge around the House?  The "Superman" of DIY When you watch Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau it seems that there is no task which is daunting to Dick Strawbridge.  He is so mild mannered and never appears to...

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ETTC DIY Week 4 Recap

ETTC DIY Week 4 Recap

Here we are already at the end of week 4 of our favourite programme Escape to the Chateau DIY, yikes!!!!  But don't despair, In case you missed it, we are waiting for the date for the 4 Part Series Dick and Angel Strawbridge : Make Do and Mend TV show.  A 4 part...

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Dick and Angel “Make Do and Mend” on Channel 4

Dick and Angel “Make Do and Mend” on Channel 4

We all heard it first when Dick and Angel were interviewed recently on a video call with Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on This Morning.  News was out about their latest venture “Make Do and Mend” which will be a 4-part Channel 4 homecraft themed series which...

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Château les Bernards New Faces on ETTC DIY Series 4

Château les Bernards New Faces on ETTC DIY Series 4

It’s always exciting when we are introduced to new faces and venues on Château on series 4 of Escape to the Château DIY and Château les Bernards is no exception.  Simon and Debbie, along with daughter Georgie, are the charming family who purchased the Château.  The...

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May 25, 2020 Antiques Emporium now open at Chateau de Lomenie.  Read More

May 23, 2020 Chateau de la Basmaignee – Doing it Ourselves.  Read More

May 22, 2020 Chateau Gioux Shares their Naughty Breakfast!  Read More

May 21, 2020 A French Village in Pennsylvania?  Read More

May 20, 2020 A Scene from Titanic in a Mansion.  Read More

May 19, 2020 Something Totally NOT Chateau but Newsworthy.  Read More

May 18, 2020 How to make a “Chateau Gateau”.  Read More

May 17, 2020 Stunning 17th Century Bastide For Sale near Grasse.  Read More

May 16, 2020 Virtual tour of Chateau Le Rocher Portal TODAYRead More

May 15, 2020 Dick and Angel’s Make Do and Mend Still Taking Applications. Read More

May 14, 2020 Beatrix Potter And My Dream Gardeners Cottage.  Read More

May 12, 2020 Visit Chateau de Lalande Walled Potager.  Read More

May 11, 2020 Chateau Gioux Optimism for Light at the End of the Tunnel.  Read More

May 10, 2020 King’s Day at Lalande.  Read More

May 9, 2020  Happy One Year Anniversary Chateau Sisters!  Read More

May 8, 2020  A Fan Shares Her Personal Photos from Chateau de la Motte Husson.  Read More

May 7, 2020  Sunday Morning with Dick and Dorothy.  Read More

May 6, 2020  Celebrate King’s Day at Chateau de Lalande.  Read More

May 5, 2020  Insights into the Strawbridge Family and Chateau de la Motte Husson (video).  Read More

May 4, 2020  Enter to Win an Overnight Stay plus Dinner at Chateau de la Motte Husson.  Read More

May 3, 2020  Let Kids be Kids when they Holiday at this Chateau.  Read More

May 2, 2020  Pick a Region, Escape to a Chateau.  Read More

May 1, 2020  We Found Gold at the Chateau!  Read More

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