MAK­ING A GREAT ES­CAPE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - THE WEEK’S TOP SHOWS -

FOR any­one who has caught an episode of Es­cape to the Chateau, you’ll know the great strength of this series is not the lust-have lo­ca­tion, or even the pervy prop­erty-porn value of it all, but the cou­ple who dared to live their dream out loud and ren­o­vate a stun­ning manse in north-west France. Dick Straw­bridge, a cud­dly, bearded ex-Army colonel, and his daz­zling de­signer wife, An­gel Adoree (both pic­tured) are up there with Chip and Joanna Gaines, of Fixer Up­per fame, as my favourite DIY cou­ple. Their first series saw them find their cas­tle called The Vin­tage Patis­series and ap­peared on Dragon’s Den (the UK equiv­a­lent of Shark Tank). They share the screen with their two chil­dren, Arthur and Dorothy, and their in-laws, who have their own newly re­vamped quar­ters in an ad­join­ing sta­ble. There’s a lit­tle bit of Sarah Beeny, Kirstie All­cott and Laurence Llewellyn Bowen in An­gel’s interior de­sign, while Dick is the host with the most. This spin-off series fol­lows other Brits who have been in­spired by Dick and An­gel to do the same. I prom­ise you, you will be too.

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