Escape to the Château returns this week with a second series from its spin-off Make Do and Mend on Channel 4 – but how much does it cost to stay there?
Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel return to our screens to remotely help others with their DIY projects.
The first series helped some television viewers get through the initial lockdown.
Here is everything you need to know!
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Escape to the castle: how much does it cost to stay there?
It’s certainly not cheap, but what did you expect?
A stay at the château can cost anywhere from £ 5,000 to £ 6,000.
However, prices and availability change frequently as the venue is often used for weddings.
Dick and Angel have also built geodesic domes on the grounds of the castle.
These are available for £ 350 per night and can be booked Here.
They also offer £ 230 “Days of Decadence” – where guests have the chance to meet Dick and Angel, as well as have lunch and afternoon tea at the château.
The couple also charge guests £ 75 for a “day of work in the garden,” with the website saying, “Yes, to be honest, we will charge you to come and work!
“And in return you have to help make the place beautiful! ‘”
Unfortunately, the couple had to make the difficult decision of keeping the castle closed for weddings and events for all of 2020 and through 2021.
Dick and Angel say, “This has resulted in some delays and ‘date juggling’ for 2020, 2021 and beyond (to quote Buzz Lightyear).
“But we are currently in the final stages to work it all out.”
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Escape to the castle costs: How much do the weddings cost?
Weddings can cost anywhere from £ 19,000 to £ 38,000 depending on which package you choose – but we’re sure it’s worth every penny.
The château has the potential to host 25 weddings a year – which would equate to £ 1 million in revenue from the weddings alone!
The château was fully booked until 2022, although all bookings are now delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Art Deco Orangery offers space for 80 people for a wedding breakfast.
The Salle à manger meanwhile offers space for 12 people for a tasting menu while sitting.
Where is the castle?
The Château de la Motte Husson is a 19th-century property in the Pays de la Loire region of France.
The drive from Paris takes three hours.
The property has 45 rooms, 78 windows, 12 acres and a moat.
Can you believe Dick and Angel only paid £ 280,000 when they bought it in 2015 ?!
At that time the property had no electricity, heating or water.
It is now said to be worth around £ 2 million.
The Channel 4 show follows Dick and Angel Strawbridge as they buy, renovate, and restore the 19th-century Château de la Motte Husson.
They say: “Six years ago we came across Château de la Motte Husson, a dilapidated fairytale castle from the 19th new life in France.
“We have spent an incredible five years making Château de la Motte Husson our home and business.
“We love to entertain, but the château is also our home, so it is closed to the public other than formal event days.”
Who are Dick and Angel Strawbridge?
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Francis Strawbridge MBE is an engineer and former Army officer who went on to become a television personality.
He is often referred to as Colonel Dick.
He first appeared on television as a technology and environmental expert on various shows, including Scrapheap Challenge.
He is also a regular guest host on BBC Two’s Coast.
Dick, and now his wife Angel Adoree – real name Angela Newman – first appeared on the fly-on-the-wall property show Escape to the Château in 2015.
The program followed Dick and Angel through the purchase of their abandoned castle and subsequent renovations.
Her French homeland, Château de la Motte-Husson, is in Martigné-sur-Mayenne, France.
As a result, there were numerous sequels and spin-offs.
There’s an 18 year age difference between the two – Dick is 61 and Angel is 43.
Angel, the founder of The Vintage Patisserie, married Dick in November 2015.
Dick and Angel have two children, Arthur Donald (born 2013) and Dorothy Francis (born 2014).
He was previously married to Brigit A. Weiner in 1982, with whom he has two children, James George (* 1984) and Charlotte Elizabeth (* 1986).
Dick and Brigit separated in 2010.
Escape to the Château: Make Do and Mend returns on Thursday June 24th 2021 on C4 at 9:00 p.m.
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