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 Château is located in the Auvergne Region of France (photograph above), in the Department of Allier. This is how Wikipedia describes the region: Auvergne is a historical region in central France, and is now part of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The mostly rural, mountainous area is popular for hiking and skiing, with vast forests and dormant volcanoes such as Puy de Dôme. An abundance of natural hot springs has spawned spa towns such as Vichy, known for its mineral water.
As seen on Channel 4’s Escape to the Château DIY Series 4
Episode 16 aired April 14, 2020
With Simon still working in the UK it was left to Debbie and daughter Georgie to renovate the master bedroom. In spite of being novices to stripping wallpaper while balancing on a rickety scaffolding the girls did a fab job and Simon was suitably impressed with the end result.
Episode 17 aired April 15, 2020
The hope is that the Château will bring in an income so the plan is to renovate the gite into guest accommodation. Simon is a hobby Chinese food chef and has brought his beloved cooker all the way from Surrey. With invited family they all go to the local market to source produce, though finding bean sprouts in rural France proves to be a challenge! Ingredients in hand Simon produces a delicious meal and plans for offering Chinese cooking weekends becomes a reality.
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