Dick Strawbridge and Angel’s promise to one another over Escape to the Chateau venture
Escape to the Chateau: Angel reveals 'promise' from Dick
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Dick Strawbridge and wife Angel Adoree took on the challenge of a lifetime when they purchased their stunning 19th-century chateau and embarked on a mission to transform it into their home and a viable business. However, as Angel focussed on one of the rooms in the honeymoon suite, she revealed the promise the couple made to each other before Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau.
Angel’s focus has always been on the chateau’s interiors and the ways she can bring her vintage vision to life.
In the interconnecting honeymoon suite, Angel’s attention turned to the turret room.
Conscious of their ever-shrinking budget, the mum-of-two recycled antique wallpaper she found in the attic and cuts sections of different patterns into diamond shapes.
Angel explained: “I like diamonds something a little more Alice in Wonderland about it, isn’t there?”
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“Dick and I made the promise to one another to bring this place back to life and for me, I’m taking everything that I think is eye candy and bringing it back to life,” she added.
“Stuff that’s not attractive and very practical – he’s bringing that back to life and together I can feel a bit of a pulse beating. It needed to have something with a heart.”
However, as Angel filled the walls with the wallpaper, she realised the diamonds didn’t quite fit together.
“It’s all about getting them lined up,” Angel said. “What I probably should have done is stick to doing mathematical equations to tell me.
“But I’m far too stubborn for that I’d rather work it out the hard way.”
The mum-of-two soon found a creative solution for her miscalculated wallpaper design – embroidered trimming to fill the gaps.
“All the diamonds were a millimetre or two millimetres out,” she explained. “It looked amazing but it looked a bit messy.
“I’ve got the floor to sort out and I want a window seat here. Dick doesn’t know I’m going to add it to his list of things to do.
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“But I think it’ll be quite nice to have a window seat here because it’s a room you can sit out and reflect. He’ll say yes, he always does.”
The couple headed to a Normandy flea market to find pieces for the honeymoon suite turret.
Angel fell in love with a pair of 1950s armchairs and after some unsuccessfully haggling purchased the chairs for €250.
Back at the chateau, progress in the honeymoon suite remained slow with three out of the four rooms far from finished.
However, Angel’s vision in the turret room is complete and Dick has been hard at work to install a window seat.
“It looks solid, two people could sit on it,” Dick remarked and Angel added: “I love this room, I absolutely love it.”
“The bottom line is you’re happy that they fit in here nicely,” Dick quipped.
“I think the bottom line is I’m happy,” she replied and he added: “Which basically means everyone is happy.”
Escape to the Chateau is available to watch on All 4.
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