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Would you buy and renovate a property in France? Escape to the Chateau couple launch new TV show helping others follow in their footsteps

  • Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel found TV fame with Escape to the Chateau
  • They are launching a new programme on Channel 4, starting this afternoon
  • Escape to the Chateau DIY follows others renovating their chateaux in France 

They are the congenial and colourful couple who found television fame renovating a dilapidated 45-room French Chateau bought for just €390,000.

And now Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel, from Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau, are helping others to follow in their footsteps and turn their chateaux into a successful business.

They are helping 16 individuals who have also made the decision to move to France and renovate a chateau – including a couple in their 20s.

The happy couple! Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel found TV fame with Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau

The happy couple! Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel found TV fame with Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau

The couple renovated a dilapidated 45-room French Chateau that they bought for €390,000

The couple renovated a dilapidated 45-room French Chateau that they bought for €390,000

The new series called Escape to the Chateau DIY runs for four weeks every weekday at 4pm on Channel 4 – starting this afternoon.

It follows the individuals as they struggle to renovate their derelict French properties, ranging in price from €60,000 to €1,000,050. 

Dick and Angel are on hand to help them avoid the pitfalls of running a business and turning their new homes into profitable ventures. 

Dick and Angel spoke exclusively to MailOnline Property about the new TV show and what viewers can expect.

They explained how some of the renovations were filmed over the best part of a year, with a range of individuals following their French Chateaux dreams.

This includes a couple in their 20s, a British man with a French wife and love of French antiques, and a British singer who found fame in Holland.

Angel said: 'A chateau costs a lot of money to maintain. There needs to be a roof fund and a window fund. But the couples we worked with are now making money.

'There is some number crunching that needs to be done and it is a lot of hard work. But there needs to be a balance and you need to remember why you are doing it. You need to make time for your family and spend time with the children.'

Escape to the Chateau DIY: Jonathan and Michael Halpin are given a helping hand by Angel

Escape to the Chateau DIY: Jonathan and Michael Halpin are given a helping hand by Angel

Jonathan and Michael Halpin bought this chateau in a small village called Vernantes, 20km from Saumur in the Loire Valley

Jonathan and Michael Halpin bought this chateau in a small village called Vernantes, 20km from Saumur in the Loire Valley

Dick added: 'You also need to remember that there is a different beat to everything in France and once you accept that then life is a little easier.'

And he stressed the importance of cashflow in running a business, saying: 'You need to think about revenue stream and the order of things.'

Escape to the Chateau: DIY sees Britons roll up their selves and renovate their chateaux

Escape to the Chateau: DIY sees Britons roll up their selves and renovate their chateaux

An old picture shows how the property used to look
Work begins on the derelict property

This derelict property is transformed in Escape to the Chateau: DIY

 Pictured: Johnny Darko and Ashely Adams took part in Escape to the Chateau: DIY

 Pictured: Johnny Darko and Ashely Adams took part in Escape to the Chateau: DIY

But the show isn't all about the serious side of making money, with Dick and Angel bringing some of the colour and entertainment that we know and love from Escape to the Chateau to their new show.

Dick enthused: 'I was on the roof of one chateau drinking a bottle of wine that was found in the walls of a dry moat. You don't get to do that every day.'

The new show comes on the back of the popularity of Escape to the Chateau, which saw Dick and Angel renovate the rooms and grounds of their property, including a walled garden. 

This property also features in the new TV programme: It is located in Picardie, about an hour's drive from Calais

This property also features in the new TV programme: It is located in Picardie, about an hour's drive from Calais

Tim and Margreeth Alexander are some of the people helped by Dick and Angel

Tim and Margreeth Alexander are some of the people helped by Dick and Angel

 

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