Escape to the Chateau Book Review | The Chateau: The Beginning

Escape to the Chateau book

Dick and Angel Strawbridge, stars of Channel 4’s, ‘Escape to the Chateau’, invite you on their journey to discover the Why, How and What they did to create a new life in France with the launch of their first self-published book The Chateau: The Beginning.

Dick and Angel decided to share their story after receiving thousands of requests from fans desperate to take a little piece of Chateau life home with them. Now in its fifth series ‘Escape to the Chateau’ draws UK audiences of over 2 million per episode (and is broadcast in countries worldwide), all have been captivated by Angel’s beautiful design and Dick’s relentless ability to ‘make things happen’, all of which is set against the seductive, ethereal beauty of their home Chateau de la Motte Husson.

Dick and Angel set out to find a publisher to share their story, but were disheartened to hear that the book was too different and did not fit onto a specific ‘shelf’. That turned out to be a blessing, when they met a high-end printing team of energetic entrepreneurs who saw their vision and saw the opportunity. Together they formed a partnership and have decided to give the big boys a run for their money – enter ‘The Chateau Publishing’. An exciting on demand self-publishing company that makes stunning books, 100% made in Britain, and as each book is printed to order, it will never be out of stock!

“Conventional publishers couldn’t see our vision for this book. It’s worked out better for us in the end as every word, detail, picture and illustration has been lovingly cared for, and created by us. The Chateau: The Beginning is the real ‘warts and all’ story behind our French fairy tale.” – Angel

“Unusually for a book of this kind, it’s written in both our voices, side-by-side, to give readers a real flavour of our journey, and our relationship! It looks great, Angel makes sure of that and I take care of the ‘How To’s’ and the recipes that we served our friends and family at our wedding.” – Dick

‘We are aware of environment issues, but we also wanted our book to arrive safely packaged, and not damaged, so wrapping it in something of quality and, of course, re-usable, was the way forward’.

This unique, thoughtful, and beautifully illustrated, 100-page coffee table book has a hard, linen covered, embossed gold-leaf jacket. You can even go on to Dick & Angel’s interactive website and write your own personal message to a loved one, or simply mark your claim ‘This book belongs to ….’

After the elves have been busy making your personalised book, a package will arrive at your home in a rather fetching Chateau tote bag, and for a limited time only* a beautifully illustrated keepsake bookmark personally signed by Dick and Angel. The unstoppable pair think of everything.

As a fan of this TV series (I’ve watched every episode!) this book is extremely long awaited and a real treat to own! I love the attention to detail throughout the entire book and its cover. You really feel as though Angel and Dick have put the same personality that they’ve shown into this, as they have the entire series of Escape to the Chateau. A wonderful book for fans of the show or home decor enthusiasts! The perfect Christmas gift. 

The Chateau: The Beginning is priced at £40 (plus £6 delivery) and is available to order exclusively for international delivery at

*on all orders before 31st December 2018.

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