Escape to the Chateau: Dick works on adding natural light to rooms
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Escape to the Chateau is back with a brand new episode this evening and Dick and Angel Strawbridge are busy throwing a garden party for their children Arthur and Dorothy, and their friends. When the pandemic allows normal life to resume, the 19th-century French castle, will be alive once more with weddings, guests, glampers and general visitors. Express.co.uk has all you need to know should you want to take a trip to the impressive property in northwest France and spend a night or two there.
The couple bought the impressive property in northwest France – aka the Château de la Motte-Husson in Martigné-sur-Mayenne – back in 2015.
For 45 rooms, 12 acres of land, one moat and several outbuildings, it cost them £280,000.
However, the property had stood empty for 40 years, and with no electricity, heating or running water, Dick and Angel decided to renovate it as part of a TV show.
With no guests this year, the couple have decided to tackle the mammoth task of re-roofing the main Chateau.
But when the castle doors open in 2022, can fans stay, and if so, how much does it cost?
For a few years now, the couple have been hosting weddings and events at the castle.
“Whether it’s a small intimate family gathering or an extravagant soirée, we guarantee that your journey will be effortless and your celebration wondrous,” the website boasts.
However, due to the pandemic, there is a backlog.
The business is “currently on a two year weddings catch-up” so for any bride or groom-to-be looking to hire out the venue, the website says enquiries will re-open “soon”.
If hiring out the whole venue is a little pricey, then there are a few other ways to visit the Chateau and/or meet Dick and Angel.
Chateau Under the Stars aka ‘Elegant Camping’ is available at the Chateau.
The couple have installed geodesic Domes to “watch the stars twinkle, in total luxury”.
There are three booking options: Floating Dome, Land Dome, or both Domes.
The Floating Dome has one double bed, sleeps two people and is £350 per night.
The Land Dome is situated by the side of the moat and has one double bed and two singles – perfect for two adults and two children. It is priced at £350 per night.
To have both Domes – to sleep four adults and two children – it would cost £600 per night.
The Dome bookings come with several amenities; most impressively a French breakfast delivered to your kitchen and use of the fishing equipment, bikes and the games room inside the Chateau.
Guests are “welcome to roam the grounds, although not inside the Chateau itself” the website explains.
Bookings for the domes are currently unavailable, but anyone interested can be added to the mailing list to be the first to know when booking reopens.
The Chateau also offers Working Garden Days.
For £75, you visit the castle and work for and alongside the couple.
“There will be an abundance of food and drink and we will be on hand to answer any questions,” the website reveals. “In return you have to help make the place beautiful.”
Children and pets cannot take part.
As for what the Working Garden Days consist of, upon arrival, tea and coffee will be served.
Then there is a briefing and work begins.
Lunch is served in the Orangery, followed by more work in the afternoon.
To round off the day, tea, coffee and cakes are served in the Chateau.
Bookings for the Working Garden Days are currently unavailable, but anyone interested can be added to the mailing list to be the first to know when booking reopens.
A few days during the year, Dick and Angel also host ‘Fun and Festivities at the Chateau’.
For £230, experience a “day of decadence and an opportunity to come and visit The Chateau”.
The day includes the following:
Arrival, with tea and coffees served, then smaller groups will be formed.
A guided tour of the Chateau from the Sous Sol and then up five floors to the Grenier, with a conversation with Dick and Angel about their life since moving to France.e grounds, walled garden and moat commence.
TThe day concludes with patisseries, tea and coffee and a little something for the road.
The price includes transport to and from Laval.
Bookings for the Fun and Festivities at the Chateau are currently unavailable, but anyone interested can be added to the mailing list to be the first to know when booking reopens.
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