Escape to the Chateau’s Dick Strawbridge discusses the future
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Dick Strawbridge, 61, has revealed he wanted to cool things off in the early days of his courtship with Angel Adoree, 42, as the former Army Lieutenant felt he was too old to have children. The Escape To The Chateau star explained he would have felt guilty if he had kept his now-wife from having children, and instead encouraged her to find a “young man” to be with.
It was time for her to find a young man
Opening up on the beginning of their romance, Dick shared: “I was over 50 when I met Angel, and I didn’t ask her age because that was a scary thing to do.
“Our agent had introduced us because we had a similar work ethic.”
While there had been online speculation that he was married to his first wife Brigit Weiner when he met Angel in 2010, the truth is that he’d been separated for a while and was ready to meet someone.
He continued: “So Angel and I had our fun, then I told her it was time for her to find a young man, have children, because I felt I shouldn’t keep her from that.
“And what she said, bl**dy woman was that she actually wanted me,” he added to You magazine in 2019.
He mused on this, deciding that “you’re a long time dead. Why wouldn’t you just jump in and live life?”
The couple relocated to a stunning French chateau in 2015. where they married that same year, and later it became the focal point of their Channel 4 programme Escape To The Chateau.
Dick had promised his beloved wife they would bring their new home back to life, as they moved into the gorgeous French chateau, after “falling in love” with the property’s “orangery” at their first viewing of the home.
It was a difficult decision at first to move to a new country with their two children Arthur, eight, and Dorothy, seven, but, Dick promised Angel they would be okay despite the upheaval.
The couple also shared there was one particular part of the property they both fell in love with when they first saw it.
They shared: “We have an orangery, with which we fell in love when we walked around the property waiting for the estate agent to arrive.”
Dick became determined the couple would restore the estate to its former glory and transform it into a booming business.
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Angel, who has a background in interior design, began to channel her passion for home decor into the property and brought her vision to life.
In the turret room, Angel had wanted to recycle the antique wallpaper she had found in the attic
Cutting it into sections of different diamond shapes, Angel said about her idea: “I like diamonds, something a little more Alice in Wonderland about it, isn’t there?”
She added to the Daily Mirror: “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.
“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, Angel struggled to make the diamonds fit together.
She continued: “It’s all about getting them lined up. What I probably should have done is stick to doing mathematical.
“But I’m far too stubborn for that I’d rather work it out the hard way.”
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