Escape to the Chateau DIY

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Escape to the Chateau DIY
GenreReality TV
Narrated byDick Strawbridge
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes95
Production locationFrance
Running time60 minutes
Production companyKindling Media
Original networkChannel 4 (UK)
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release4 September 2018-Present
Preceded byEscape to the Chateau
External links

Escape to the Chateau DIY is a Channel 4 reality television series which follows the stories of various British families who are renovating château in France, or looking at ones to purchase. It is narrated by Dick Strawbridge who, along with his wife Angel Adoree, provides help and advice to some of these owners. It was spawned from the associated series Escape to the Chateau.

Episode list[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Episode list - Series 1[1]
Number Description Initial Air Date
1 Dick and Angel give Jonny their tips and tricks on how to find the perfect Chateau, without falling into a money pit. 9 April 2018
2 Jonathan and Michael try to start making money through booking a wedding of an American couple. Also, Dick and Angel help Jonnie and Ashley search for their own chateau. 10 April 2018
3 Philip and Angelina get a visit from Dick, and with his engineering expertise; helps them build a bridge for the chateau. Meanwhile, Jonny and Ashley are still hunting for their dream Chateau. 11 April 2018
4 Jonathan and Michael hunt for treasure in their caves of the Chateau; treasure in the form of a stash of wine from World War II. On the other hand, Fiona starts renovations in the dining room. 12 April 2018
5 Jonathan and Michael have help from investors to keep their dreams of renovating the chateau afloat, however their meeting with the investors about keeping their goats did not go well. Philip and Angelina must fix the toilet at their own anniversary party. 13 Apr 2018
6 Mandy and Steve have decided to build a swimming pool at their chateau in the Dordogne. Michael requests the aid of Angel’s touch to do afternoon tea for the locals. 16 April 2018
7 Jonathan and Michael’s first wedding booking is approaching. With that comes preparation, and several problems; notably a sewage issue that threatens the whole first floor. Steve and Mandy are stilling having pool problems. 17 April 2018
8 The first wedding guests of the series are here. With that, Angel shows Michael and Jonathan tips to keep wedding costs low but enhance the experience. For Mandy and Steve, the pool continues to be an issue. 18 April 2018
9 New couple, Tim and Kys join the show in the Dordogne. Colette and Paul try to launch a new menu. Donna believes a horde of ancient armour was hidden in her chateau's lake. 19 April 2018
10 Dick and Donna's search for the armour in the lake continues. Tim and Krys struggle getting the attic converted in time. 20 April 2018
11 Dick's building a compost toilet for use at outside weddings, Billy and Gwendoline want to open their chateau as a wedding location, and Clive and Tanith need to win over the locals. 23 April 2018
12 Billy needs to repoint the chimney, however, the task is a lot more difficult than it sounds due to the fact that he is afraid of heights. Meanwhile, time is running out for Marian and Tanya, plus Clive and Tanith get stuck into some hard labour. 24 April 2018
13 Billy, Gwendoline and Michael want to finally move into their chateau, however, the kitchen is still not finished. Paul and Karen from Chateau La Perriere devise a plan to get more bookings. Clive and Tanith try to bring a couple together. 25 April 2018
14 Billy and Gwendoline have a boar that's making a mess off the property, which needs hunting. Clive and Tanith utilise their garden by making a dish out of its content. Paul from Chateau La Perriere attempts to convert the water tower into an office. 26 April 2018
15 Billy and his dad do some DIY with levelling the patio. Paul and Karen from Chateau La Perriere finish their office conversion. Meanwhile, Clive inspects a strange nest in his orangery. 27 April 2018
16 Tim and Margreeth plan to sell 'gite timeshares', which is a form of holiday renting to increase income and returning customers. Nicole and Stephan choose to convert their hall into a tearoom. Alison and Paul are adding to the chateau features by creating a 'wedding terrace'. 30 April 2018
17 Nicole asks Angel for some styling advice about wallpaper. Easter is coming and Tim and Margreeth are getting prepared. Meanwhile, Paul and Alison show off their new wedding terrace with a party. 1 May 2018
18 Tim and Margreeth concentration is on refurbishing a caravan in their park. Paul and Alison haven’t given up on the possibilities that secret tunnels exist on the property. 2 May 2018
19 Dick and Angel give some advice and plans for Tim and Margreeth’s business in hospitality. Stephanie gets ready for her single’s weekend event. Sophie and James need to get some funds fast if they are to keep their chateau afloat. 3 May 2018
20 Tim and Margreeth get started on their new business venture with research. Stephanie's singles weekend event is here. Sophie and James hold a walking event near their chateau. 4 May 2018

Series 2[edit]

Episode list - Series 2[2]
Number Description Initial Air Date
1 Dick Strawbridge joins Elaine and David as they search for the dream chateau, and Tim and Krys are revisited as they prepare to re-launch their business 18 February 2019
2 Couple Tim and Krys race to get their chateau ready for their guests; Elaine and David visit a 17th-century ex-priory in Normandy; and Steve and Angela refurbish a master bedroom. 19 February 2019
3 Belinda travels to Dick and Angel's chateau to learn the art of decoupage, and wannabe chateau owners Elaine and David visit a 19th-century chateau with 18 rooms and two gites. 20 February 2019
4 Dick shows Tim how to put on a gourmet weekend, and Angel has a heart-to-heart chat about chateau-living with Krys. For Belinda and Lee, it's arrival day for their first guests. 21 February 2019
5 Tim and Krys have their first gastronomic weekend; Belinda and Lee host their biggest event so far with dancing and a slap-up meal; and Dick visits Angela and Steve to lend a hand. 22 February 2019
6 Dick helps Tim and Rebecca find their feet in a dilapidated chateau with no plumbing. Edward and Anna expect 185 guests in their fairy-tale chateau, but things don't go to plan. 25 February 2019
7 Tim and Rebecca call in their mates to help with restoration work. Dick and Angel host a very special wedding for close friends. Motorcycle-mad couple Martin and Kim search for the perfect chateau. 26 February 2019
8 Tim and Rebecca battle to get their chateau looking tip top for a tour operator. Martin and Kim continue their search, and Karen, Paul from Chateau La Perriere and their children are back. 27 February 2019
9 Tim and Rebecca receive a booking and prepare for their first paying guests. Martin and Kim take their chateau search up a gear. Paul and Karen from Chateau La Perriere set out to create a cinema room. 28 February 2019
10 Anna and Edward host another big wedding, but Edward's out of action. Dick visits Tim and Rebecca as they run into problems. Karen from Chateau La Perriere does all she can to bag her and Paul's first wedding. 1 March 2019
11 Chateau maintenance tasks include looking after an elevated pool and a maze, and preparing for the fast approaching wedding season. 4 March 2019
12 Dick helps Paul cut some Vitrolite vintage tiles for an art deco bathroom, Abbie gets on with painting bedroom furniture, and Julia and her sisters visit two more chateaux. 5 March 2019
13 Couple Mariam and Johnno arrive at their new chateau with teenage son Monty, to discover that they have no running water and builders are busy in every room. 6 March 2019
14 Emma and Paul urgently need to fill their lake ready for the artists' retreat they're hosting. Abbie and Karen get tips from Angel on how to save money for their wedding business. 7 March 2019
15 Emma and Paul invite locals - including the mayor - to view the work they've done on the front of their chateau. But first Paul has to design, build and fit two heavy balconies. 8 March 2019
16 More adventurous chateau owners live their castle dreams. Dick steps in to help new chateau owners couple Erin and JB. Tim and Margareeth embark on their next money-making venture. 11 March 2019
17 Dick fixes up his temperamental van at his chateau. Erin and JB start work on their honeymoon suite and solarium/sun room. Alison and Paul make an exciting discovery. 12 March 2019
18 Erin and JB host a 90th birthday party. May and her family start work turning a rundown outbuilding into a yoga retreat. For Tim and Margareeth, It's the day of the wedding party. 13 March 2019
19 Dick steps in to help Erin and JB find a solution to their rusted hinges. Wedding season is over for Tim and Margareeth. May and her son Jack get the Yoga Room ready. 14 March 2019
20 Erin and JB are launching their chateau business by opening it up for a tea party. We meet Charles, owner of Chateau Saint Loup, inspiration for the story of Puss in Boots. 15 March 2019
21 British artist Johnny and his girlfriend Ashley plan to host artist workshops. Musicians Ben and Billie want to put on foodie events. Nicole and Stefan return with a new venture. 18 March 2019
22 Nicole and Stefan start work on the ancient gatehouse. Billie visits Angel to pick up some ideas for natural designs. Johnny and Ashley talk to Dick about work on their library. 19 March 2019
23 Dick helps restore Ben's traditional wine press. Johnny and Ashley finish the library ceiling with a nude painting of Ashley. Stefan has a last-minute dash to finish an apartment. 20 March 2019
24 It's National Monuments Day at Nicole and Stefan's castle and the gatehouse refurbishment is put on hold. Wendy and Marcus launch their wedding business with a raucous hen party. 21 March 2019
25 Nicole and Stefan continue their renovation of their historic chateau in Lucheux. Ben and Billie host their foodie evening with a pop-up restaurant in their orangery. 22 March 2019
26 Stephanie creates an apartment for her mother in her fairy-tale 16th century chateau. Jayne and Steve need to get four en suite themed bedrooms ready for their new B&B business. 25 March 2019
27 Dick visits Stephanie to get the bread oven working. Annabelle and Justin return from holiday to find their chateau infested with bees. Jayne and Steve finish the Nature Room. 26 March 2019
28 Angel shows Stephanie the best way to frame her father's original artwork. Justin and Annabelle put up their shutters. Jayne and Steve complete the Little French room. 27 March 2019
29 Dick visits Stephanie to check out the new boiler for her mum's apartment - but it's bad news and mum Isobel is not happy. Jayne and Steve battle with a giant four poster bed. 28 March 2019
30 Stephanie finishes her mum's apartment. Jayne and Steve finish the Oriental Room and are ready for guests. We meet Tim, Sasha and Lily who run their chateau as a wedding venue. 29 March 2019

Series 3[edit]

Episode list - Series 3[3]
Number Description Initial Air Date
1 The first winter guests arrive at Tim and Rebecca's chateau. Amy and Marc are turning their chateau into a base for yoga retreats and as a B&B. Ben and Billie start renovating their final room, currently a junk room but was a small library. 28 October 2019
2 Amy and Marc need a sewage system and want to make an eco-friendly version. Tim and Rebecca are creating a first family suite. Ben and Billie show off their fossil rich landscape and visit Angel for advice regarding a display table. 29 October 2019
3 Dick shares ideas with Ben and Billie. Tim and Rebecca re-gravel their nearly kilometre-long driveway. Amy and Marc find a medieval fireplace behind a modern fire and wall. 30 October 2019
4 Amy and Marc work on a bathroom stuck in need of modernising or restoring. Angel provides Rebecca with advice and ideas for kitchen renovation. Ben and Billie need to be ready for Billie's brother's wedding. 31 October 2019
5 Ben and Billie welcome some sixty guests to their chateau. Tim and Rebecca are rationalising their two kitchens, but it takes a lot of work. Dorothy and Arthur, Dick and Angel's children house their geese. 1 November 2019
6 Lee and Belinda plan an event for Christmas. Stephanie and assistants plan to use the bread oven and an old range to prepare two birds for Christmas dinner. Jayne and Steve have much to prepare for a family and friend's soiree. 4 November 2019
7 After a storm affects Lee and Belinda's chateau, a hole in the roof means Lee must face his fears in order to save money. A testing wallpaper mural mounting project tests both Jayne and Steve. Stephanie enlists advice from Angel with reviving the new B&B en-suite. 5 November 2019
8 Stephanie's B&B requires assistance to get it finished. A first wedding booking looms for Lee and Belinda. Jayne and Steve send for their friends. 6 November 2019
9 Lee and Belinda work some more on their outdoor venue. Stephanie and friends get to restore their greenhouse. Jayne and Steve find a use for the disused orangery at one end of their chateau. 7 November 2019
10 Stephanie's renovations start in a stable to create an art studio. Lee installs a solar panel system from scraps to heat the outdoor swimming pool. Jayne creates a mural up a grand spiral staircase in advance of their first guests' arrival. 8 November 2019
11 Dick and Angel relive their laying electrical cable outside their chateau. Edward and Anna need to prepare for the new events season. Novice chateau owners Donna and Paul move into their new dilapidated home. 11 November 2019
12 Adam's quest to buy a chateau takes him to the Pyrenees. Donna and Paul find thousands of dead bees in a chimney. Dick shares his recipe for enjoying chateau life. 12 November 2019
13 Alex and Ithaca have inherited a 300-year-old chateau – but need to maintain it against all challenges. Dick's children Arthur and Dorothy rescue baby toads at their chateau. Edward and Anna have to negotiate with their guests regarding a downturn in the weather. 13 November 2019
14 Donna and Paul take on their most challenging project so far. Alex and Ithaca raise cash with garden events, particularly targeting the repair bill for their chateau's roof. 14 November 2019
15 The Strawbridges travel to the beaches at Saint-Malo. Donna and Paul have a grand opening for the new tea room at their chateau, and the mayor is invited. 15 November 2019

Series 4[edit]

Series 4 commenced on 23 March 2020 and was scheduled to run to 30 episodes. Covid-19 interrupted filming and editing, so only 20 episodes were broadcast up to 17 April 2020.

Episode list - Series 4[4]
Number Description Initial Air Date
1 Fiona battles with sub-zero temperatures. Tim and Sasha try to increase low-season income. 23 March 2020
2 Erin and JB set out to transform a ruined orangery into a top-class venue. 24 March 2020
3 Tim and Sasha set out to utilise their chateau's empty original bathing pool. 25 March 2020
4 Tim and Rebecca plan their aviary transformation. Fiona starts renovating a luxury suite. 26 March 2020
5 Dick and Angel give their magnificent five-metre-high staircase a makeover. 27 March 2020
6 Stephanie plans her mum's wedding and Debbie and Nigel embark on their new life in France. 30 March 2020
7 Sarah and George at Château de Brives get builders in to unearth a secret room they think may contain vintage cognac. 31 March 2020
8 It's the big day at Château de la Lande as Stephanie hosts her mum Isabelle's wedding. 1 April 2020
9 Debbie and Nigel's renovations are halted by an unexpected last-minute booking. 2 April 2020
10 Sarah and George run into trouble and Stephanie suffers scheduling woes. 3 April 2020
11 Mariam and John no create a French parterre garden. Emma and Paul start their renovations. 6 April 2020
12 Phillip and Janet rush to finish the bridal suite for daughter Penny's wedding. 7 April 2020
13 Emma and Paul prepare for a big booking. Mariam and John no transform their grand salon. 8 April 2020
14 Emma and Paul take on a garden project. Karen and Paul's roof costs spiral out of control. 9 April 2020
15 Mariam and Johnno restore an original bread oven. Angel finds a unique radiator cover. 10 April 2020
16 Debbie and Simon move into their chateau and Wendy and Marcus's willpower is tested. 13 April 2020
17 Wendy and Marcus renovate their barn, wet weather threatens Belinda and Lee's fashion show. 14 April 2020
18 Wendy and Marcus prepare for a VIP visit, Amy and Marc have plans for their retreat centre. 15 April 2020
19 Ben and Billie start building their bijou glamping site. 16 April 2020
20 Amy and Marc get their barn and café ready for their first yoga class. 17 April 2020

Series 5[edit]

Series 5 commenced on 30 November 2020.[5]

Episode list - Series 5[6]
Number Description Initial Air Date
1 Clive, Karen, Ross and Abbie give their pool house a much-needed makeover. Tim and Krys begin work giving their barn a facelift. Tim and Margreeth transform their tired library into a sleek new venue. 30 November 2020
2 Clive, Karen, Ross and Abbie prepare for their first wedding of the season. Tim and Krys remove the unsightly render from their barn. Tim and Margreeth create a potager garden. 1 December 2020
3 Julia enlists some sister power to take on the home of her dreams. On his mission for home-grown self-sufficiency, Tim completes the greenhouse for Margreeth's birthday surprise. 2 December 2020
4 Julia gets to work renovating her dining room in the hope of being able to host her family at Christmas. Manchester couple Joshua and Lee hunt for the perfect château to call home. 3 December 2020
5 Tim and Margreeth host their first fine dining and floristry weekend. Dick and Angel renovate their coach house patio. Julia discovers that her château is above an ancient cave system. 4 December 2020
6 Anna and Philipp get the keys to their château. Johnny and Ashley have big plans for their orangery. Nine-months-pregnant Anna goes into labour. Dick takes on some dinosaur DIY. 7 December 2020
7 The language barrier almost gets Johnny and Ashley into trouble. Anna and Philipp see if their ancient well can be of use. Anna and Edward's landscaping project becomes a reality. 8 December 2020
8 After six long years of searching, Iain and Kate hope to find the perfect château to call home. Johnny and Ashley leave it down to the wire before launching their new art gallery. 9 December 2020
9 With winter approaching, Anna and Philipp get to work on their girls' bedrooms. Three generations of new château owners attempt to win over the locals in their revamped courtyard. 10 December 2020
10 Mark, Becky and George see if they can utilise a newly discovered well for a gîte in the making. And is Iain and Kate's six-year search for the perfect château finally over? 11 December 2020

Series 6[edit]

Series 6 is due to air in late 2021.[7] The new series will be called Château DIY following the decision by the Strawbridges to withdraw from the DIY offshoot. The Strawbridges will retain the name "Escape to the Château".

Châteaux featured[edit]

List of châteaux
Château Location Series Owner(s)
Abbaye de la Bussière La Bussière-Sur-Ouche, Burgundy 2 Clive and Tanith Cummings
Château Caillac Fongrave, Lot-et-Garonne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine 2, 3 Steve and Angela Hall
Château de Bois Giraud St Philbert en Mauges, Pays de la Loire 1 Tanya, Marian and Katharine
Château de Bourneau Bourneau, Vendée 2 Erin Choa and Jean-Baptiste Gois
Château de Brametourte Lautrec, Tarn, Occitanie 1, 2 Paul and Alison
Château de Brives Brives-sur-Charente 4 George and Sarah Haslett
Château de Dohem Dohem, Nord-Pas-de-Calais 2 Marcus and Wendy
Château de Jalesnes Vernantes, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire 1 Michael & Jonathan (n.b. now different owners)
Château de la Basmaignée Montenay in Mayenne, Pays de la Loire 1 Billy and Gwendoline Petherick
Château de la Ruche Pays de la Loire 2, 3 Tim and Rebecca Jones
Château de la Vigne Concourson-sur-Layon, Pays de la Loire 2 May Simpkin
Château de Lalande[8] Crozon-sur-Vauvre, Indre, Centre-Val de Loire 1, 2, 3, 4 Stephanie Jarvis
Château de Lomenie Montpouillan, Lot-et-Garonne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine 1, 2, 5 Ashley Adams and Johnny Peck
Château de Lucheux Lucheux, Picardie, Somme 2 Nicole and Stephan
Château de Montvason Sauxemesnil, Manche 2,3 Paul Golledge and Emma Newton-Gunn
Château de Rosières en Vivarais Saint-Félicien, Ardèche 3, 4 Amy and Marc de Dinechin
Château de Saugé Saivres, Poitou-Charentes 3 Paul and Donna Newman
Château de St-Ferriol Languedoc-Roussillon 1 James and Sophie McDonald
Château de Thuriés near Revel, Midi-Pyrénées 2, 3 Jayne and Steve Simmons
Château des Lys Sailly-Flibeaucourt, Picardie 1,2, 4, 5 Tim and Margreeth Alexander
Château d'Humeroeuille Humeroeuille 3 Alex and Ithaca Morel de Boncourt
Château d'Humières Humières, Nord-Pas-de-Calais 1, 2 Nicole Albert and Stephan Botte
Château du Bailleul Pays de la Loire 1 Philip and Angelina Baillie-Smith
Château du Doux Altillac, Limousin 2 Clive, Karen and Abbie Young
Château du Masgelier Le Grand-Bourg, Limousin 1, 2, 4 Fiona Jones
Château Gonneville sur Honfleur "Le Fleur" Gonneville-sur-Honfleur, Normandy 5 Anna and Philipp Mayrhofer
Château la Grande Maison Poitou-Charentes 2, 3 Ben Mitchell and Billie Godfrey
Château Lagorce[9] Haux, Aquitaine 2, 3, 5 Edward and Anna Holmes
Château la Perriere Chinon, Central 2 Paul and Karen Horne
Château Madame de Miremont Mauzens-et-Miremont 3
Château Mareuil Poitou-Charentes 2, 3, 4 Belinda and Lee Prince
Château Mas de Pradié Aveyron, Occitanie 4, 5 Julia Fulford-Kirby
Château Monteil Calviac en Perigord, Dordogne 1, 2, 5, Tim, Krys and Owen Birch
Domaine de la Salle Poitou-Charentes 2 Mariam Al-Accad and Johnno
Le Vieux Château Le Renouard, Basse-Normandie 1 (n.b. now sold)


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  2. ^ "Escape to the Chateau: DIY - On Demand - All 4". Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  3. ^ "Escape to the Chateau: DIY - On Demand - All 4". Retrieved 2019-11-01.
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  7. ^ Spark Media
  8. ^ Château de Lalande
  9. ^ Château Lagorce

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