Escape to the Chateau: Who are Dick and Angel Strawbridge?

Everything you ever wanted to know about Dick and Angel Strawbridge from Escape to the Chateau!

Who is Dick Strawbridge?

Dick is the charming mustachio-ed co-host of Escape to the Chateau, alongside his lovely wife, Angel.

He is 61 years old, and his full name is Richard Francis Strawbridge. Dick was born in Burma, September 3, 1959, then relocated to Northern Ireland.

In his earlier life, he was a lieutenant-colonel in the British Army and was awarded an MBE for his distinguished service. Dick retired from the military in 2001.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dick is also an engineering and environmental expert. He has featured on British TV shows Scrapheap Challenge, It's Not Easy Being Green, Bargain Hunt and Coast.

He married Angel Strawbridge in 2015. Their wedding featured on their show show Escape to the Chateau, which follows their journey purchasing, renovating and operating their 19th-century Château de la Motte-Husson in Martigné-sur-Mayenne, France.

Who is Angel Strawbridge?

Angel Strawbridge is the stylish, red-head co-host of Escape to the Chateau alongside her husband, Dick Strawbridge. She is 43 years old, 18 years younger than Dick.

She was born Angela Newman to parents, Stephan Newman and Jennifer Newman, in East London, South Africa. Soon after her birth, the family relocated to Essex, UK.

She rebranded herself as Angel Adoree and sparked her career in 2010 on BBC’s Dragon’s Den. She pitched her concept for The Vintage Patisserie, a events company with a vintage flaire, which she still owns and operates today.

In 2015, Angel and Dick purchased their run-down French chateau, Château de la Motte-Husson, and began the Escape to the Chateau journey. Angel also runs a successful online homewares business via the chateau's website.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Read more: Escape To The Chateau’s Dick and Angel reveal how they make their marriage work

Where do Dick and Angel Strawbridge live?

Dick and Angel live in Martigné-sur-Mayenne, France with their two children, Arthur and Dorothy, at Château-de-la-Motte Husson, the 19th-century castle the pair restored. Angel's parents also live on the property. 

Who are Angel Strawbridge’s parents?

Angel’s parents, Stephen and Jennifer Newman owned a jewellery shop in Essex. It was there that Angel discovered her love of fashion.

Now, her parents live right next to Dick and Angel in the old renovated barn on the gorunds of the chateau.

How did Dick and Angel Strawbridge meet?

Angel and Dick met through their mutual television agent in 2010. They immediately hit it off and married in November 2015. 

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What was Angel Strawbridge’s wedding dress like?

Dick and Angel married at their French chateau in November 2015. Angel Strawbridge wore a simple, vintage-style wedding dress. It was white and knee-length, featuring ruching down the front. She then paired it with a beautiful, sheer, white lace jacket.

Do Dick and Angel Strawbridge have any children?

Dick Strawbridge has two children from his first wife, Brigit A. Weiner. Their names are James George, 35, and Charlotte Elizabeth, 34. He and Brigit separated in 2010 after 28 years of marriage.

Dick and Angel Strawbridge also have two children together, Arthur Donald, 7, and Dorothy Francis, 6. The Strawbridges also have a dog. Her name is Petale, and she is a Kerry Blue Terrier.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Read more: Escape To The Chateau: Angel opens up about family life in isolation

Who is Dick Strawbridge’s first wife?

Brigit Strawbridge is a naturalist, wildlife gardener and bee advocate. She is the author of the book Dancing With Bees. After their divorce, she married Rob Howard. The two live in Dorset, UK.

Are Dick and Angel on Instagram?

You can find updates from Château de la Motte-Husson on their joint the_chateau_tv Instagram account. Dick and Angel keep followers up to date on their new business ventures, as well as the happenings around the chateau, captured by the couple themselves.

Escape to the Chateau also has an official Instagram account, where you can keep up with news about the show.

Are there any Escape to the Chateau books?

Individually, Angel and Dick are accomplished authors. Angel Strawbridge has released three books: The Vintage Sweets Book, The Vintage Tea Party Year and The Vintage Tea Party Book.

Dick Strawbridge has co-written many books with his son, James Strawbridge, on homesteading and DIY, including Curing and Smoking and Preserves.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Together, Angel and Dick wrote their self-published book Chateau: The Beginning, available on their online store. Also, recently, the couple announced their to-be-released book A Year at the Chateau.

How much are Angel and Dick Strawbridge worth?

Although we can't know the exact numbers, Dick and Angel Strawbridge are doing pretty well for themselves.

Since his retirement from the military in 2001, Dick has had a successful TV career, and Angel owns and runs The Vintage Patisserie, which she pitched on Dragons Den in 2010. The couple also run an online business selling bespoke stationery and vintage-style homewares.

The pair purchased the famous Château de la Motte-Husson in 2015 for £280,000 ($508,701 AUD). After completing the beautiful renovations, shown on their hugely successful show, Escape to the Chateau, the estate is now estimated to be worth over $3,500,000 AUD.

Through the luxurious estate, Dick and Angel also manage a thriving wedding business. Reservations are now being accepted for 2022.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Read More: Escape To The Chateau: Angel and Dick hint at making another DIY show!

How many seasons of Escape To The Chateau are there?

There are six seasons of Escape to the Chateau

How can I watch Escape To The Chateau?

You can watch Escape to the Chateau on LifeStyle, Thursdays at 9:25pm and seasons 1-4 on-demand. Season 5 will be broadcast on LifeStyle this November.

You can also watch Escape to the Chateau: DIY every day on LifeStyle, 5:30pm. Season 1-2 are available on-demand, and season 3 will be on LifeStyle in 2021.

What is Escape to the Chateau: DIY?

Dick and Angel Strawbridge use their expertise, after renovating Château de la Motte-Husson, to help other Brits looking to do the same thing. They provide advice and assistance to people buying and renovating their very own French chateaux.
 

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