Escape to the Chateau’s Dick Strawbridge snaps at Angel ‘You’re taking the mickey!’December 6, 2020
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Escape to the Chateau was back and during this episode, Angel and Dick Strawbridge were showing viewers the changes they were making to the Orangerie. The building was an important part of their luxury wedding and events business, and with no guests this year, the couple were keen to bring the historic entertaining space up to scratch and that meant removing the old roof and installing a new one, as well as digging up the surrounding land and creating a terrace. But for Angel, she was worried the materials were going to look too new.
“The first moment Dick and Angel saw it [the orangerie] six years ago, it captured their hearts,” the narrator told those watching at home.
“It was originally an aristocratic status symbol which was not only a place to grow exotic plants but a place to entertain guests.
“It was host to Dick and Angels own nuptials and since then, thousands of guests have been entertained under its roof.
“But its original roof and building is showing its age.”
Dick had called in specialist help – roofer mate Steve.
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Together they discussed their plan for the roof replacement, and Steve explained they needed to take all the old ones off and then put new ones on.
But Angel was worried about the finished look.
“I’m worried it’s going to be all new and clean and I think there’s room for compromise here,” she told Steve.
The three then discussed using reclaimed slate, and how much more it would cost to do so.
“There are some advantages to old welsh slate – they’re very durable,” Angel remarked.
“They’ll see me out and you out that’s for sure!” Dick joked. “And Arthur and Dorothy don’t want to have to think about this [in decades to come].”
“It’s a good investment,” Angel continued.
The team got to work and it wasn’t long before Angel was eager to take a closer look at the building.
Using a cherry picker, she was elevated until she was eye-level with the roof’s structure.
“I’m so in love with this building; the shape and joists look beautiful,” she remarked.
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As progress continued on the roof, Angel turned her attention to the immediate surrounding area.
“We’ve had a roof fund ever since day one, but I don’t think we would have been spending it so soon!” Angel commented.
“And when we have weddings again – we want the brides walking into the orangery and not have mud on their wedding dress.”
She got Dick and his builder friends to get to work on digging the land in front of the door.
“We can’t restore the terrace, but we can recreate it and this provides a good base,” Dick said referring to the grave underneath the soil.
Angel then tackled the overgrown wisteria which had engulfed the majority of the orangery brickwork, before turning her attention to the plants in the borders.
She decided to have plant roses and bamboo grasses as a homage to the love which is featured in the building.
To finish off the whole restoration, Dick used the old roof slate and chopped it up to make chip mulch for the plant beds.
“I think it’s lovely, gorgeous!” Angel exclaimed.
Rounding off the whole look, Angel added her restored day bed.
“What do you want me to do with the chairs?” Dick asked and she replied: “Go on Mr Strawbridge, you’re creative!”
“You’re so taking the mickey!” Her husband hit back and she laughed.
“That means put them on so you can move then,” Dick continued and Angel did just that.
Escape to the Chateau airs Sundays at 9pm on Channel 4.
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