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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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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Apr 10, 2020  See Artist Keith Boldy’s portrait of Angel.  See

Mar 29, 2021  Dick’s eldest son joins the upcoming show.  Read

Mar 27, 2021  Escape to the Chateau Season 7 preview.  Watch video

Mar 25, 2021  What Dick find hard when filming ETTC.   Read

Mar 23, 2021  Doing it Ourselves live chat with Chateau de la Basmaignee.  Click to View

Mar 21, 2021  We are always looking for new Chateau restorations and we found Chateau de Laran.  View FB Page

Mar 19, 2021  Channel 4 has ordered 60 new episodes across two series of daytime show Chateau DIY from Spark Media.  Click to View

Mar 17, 2021  Dick and Angel new series back burned.  Click to View

Mar 15, 2021 Channel 4 Recommission 60 New Episodes For 2021-2022.  Click to View

Mar 13, 2021  Plan your wedding at the Chateau Mas de Pradie.  Click to View

Mar 11, 2021  The beautiful Ladies of Lalande.  Click to View

Mar 9, 2021   A fascinating piece of history is unearthed at Chateau de Joli Bois.  Click to View

Mar 7, 2021   Château De Villette The Ultimate French Vacation Experience according to HauteLiving.com.  Click to View

Mar 5, 2021   The Chateau Sisters greeting cards.  Click to View 

Mar 3, 2021   Our chatelaine Stephanie beautifully modelling the Marie Antoinette dress.  Click to View

Mar 1, 2021   An amazing wedding cake fit for a Chateau wedding.  Click to View

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