Escape to the Chateau: Angel discusses plans for 'huge project’
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Escape to the Chateau’s Angel Strawbridge, 43, her husband Dick, 62, and their two young children Arthur, eight, and seven-year-old Dorothy, first moved to France to in 2015 to start renovating their 45-bedroom Chateau de la Motte Husson in Pays de la Loire. While they settled into their new French life, the craftswoman admitted she felt “really uncomfortable” when the couple began getting invited to swanky dinner parties.
I felt really uncomfortable because it wasn’t really my thing!
Chatting to Annie and Wendy on Netmums’ Sweat, Snot & Tears podcast, Angel opened up about “not fitting in” with what she and Dick called the “Chateau Set”.
“When we first moved here we started getting invited to lots of dinner parties,” she said.
“I felt really uncomfortable because it wasn’t really my thing!”
While both Annie and Wendy were intrigued about the fact she seemed to have moved “into the aristocracy”, Angel admitted that despite it sounding lavish and glamorous, she and Dick weren’t fussed about all that.
“I said to Dick one night, ‘Are you having a nice time?’
“And he’s like, ‘No!'”
The trio burst out laughing as Angel carried on: “‘Then why are we doing this? We don’t have to say yes to everyone!’
“We had to sort out baby sitters and by the time I had done my hair and everything, I’m was absolutely shattered!”
The Strawbridge family have become something of national treasures to fans of Escape to the Chateau, living their lives on-screen as if they would off it.
Family is everything to them, and Angel revealed she and Dick try to get the kids involved in everything they do in and around their enormous home.
“We do enjoy doing things as a family,” she smiled.
“We try and involve the kids in everything we do because weirdly, it makes out lives a lot easier.”
The flame-haired mother-of-two is also a step-mum to Dick’s other two children James, 37 and Charlotte, 35, from his first marriage to ex-wife Bridget.
Angel admitted it was “weird” having two step-children around the same age as herself, before revealing how close she is to them now.
Despite being married to Dick for the past six years, no one has so far used the title of “step-mother” on her.
“No one has ever officially called me that!” she laughed.
“It’s weird, this is sort of odd isn’t it, but obviously they are in my age range.
“Me and James we get on really, really well.
“He’s a real foodie, completely fabulous, he’s really handsome,” she gushed.
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