Escape to the Chateau’s Angel Adoree speaks on new project ‘I’m on the edge’
Escape to the Chateau: Dick and Angel go to a Vide-Grenier
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Angel Adoree and her husband Dick Strawbridge bought their dream home in France almost five years ago. Since then, viewers have been able to watch the couple transform Château de la Motte-Husson on the Channel 4 series, Escape to the Chateau. Despite stumbling across a few hurdles along the way Dick and Angel have slowly built their family the home they always wanted. However, despite the difficulties they have faced, Angel recently admitted she was “on the edge” after attempting to tackle another project.
It took and Dick and Angel four years and several trips to France before they finally fell in love with Chateau de la Motte Husson – which they decided to buy within an hour of viewing it.
The couple managed to buy their dream home for £250,000, which was the equivalent of €340,000 at the time.
During the first series of the Channel 4 programme, the couple soon realised it was going to be much harder than they thought.
One of the first major challenges the couple faced was having to spend £18,000 out of their £20,000 budget just to get the plumbing and heating working properly.
In a recent clip from Escape the Chateau, Angel and Dick tried their hand at thrifting, the French equivalent of a car boot sale.
Although, as Angel was sorting through her collectables and trinkets at home, she admitted to facing another challenge.
As she was sorting through some of her things, Angel confessed: “I’ve always had a lot of stuff.
“Everything is everywhere around the house. I am on the edge of kind of going crazy. Genuinely.”
“These are my treasures,” she added. “I’ve been collecting for 35 years.”
Despite her mountain of collectables, Angel had no intention of stopping as she, Dick and their two children made their way to a car boot sale.
As she set Arthur and Dorothy a challenge, Angel said: “Right, if anyone finds a copper pan, they get one Euro in pocket money.”
Angel may not have found a copper pan, but her son Arthur managed to bag two toy figures for one Euro.
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The mum-of-two also found a Scrabble board game for two Euros.
She then spotted a stack of old French magazines, and despite confessing she had lots of them already – Angel bought even more.
Meanwhile, Dick was on the hunt for practical items for the Chateau.
During his search, he managed to find a sink for the kitchen.
“It’s a substantial thing,” he said to his wife as he asked: “What do you think?”
“Yeah,” Angel nodded in agreement as Dick pointed out: “It’s 40 Euros, so it is quite pricey.”
Dick proceeded to put his haggling hat on as he attempted to reduce the price.
In the end, the seller agreed to let Dick have the sink for 30 Euros.
“It’s big,” he said afterwards. “And 30 Euros is about £25 at the minute so it’s not a bad deal.”
“I think we’ve done okay,” Angel commented as they left the car boot sale. “I think it’s been lovely.”
Escape to the Chateau airs on Sunday at 6.35pm on Channel 4.
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