Escape to the Chateau’s Dick and Angel converted their old utility and store rooms into a new ‘events’ kitchen so they could separate work and family time as the series returned last night.
Now on its sixth series, the programme has followed the ambitious couple as they set about renovating the 45-bedroom Château-de-la-Motte Husson in France, which they bought in 2014 for £280,000.
The last series saw Dick, 59, and Angel, 48, complete the majority of the work on their French castle, which is located in the scenic Loire Valley, turning it into a wedding location.
The first episode in the new series, which fans were excited to see return to Channel 4 last night, saw how the couple decided to install the new ‘events’ kitchen and all the problems which came with it.
The old utility room stored the washing machine and some cookers – bit was old and dusty
The store cupboard had become cluttered and was just made up of wedding accessories for the couples business
Now on its sixth series, the programme has followed the ambitious couple as they set about renovating the 45-bedroom Château-de-la-Motte Husson (pictured) in France, which they bought in 2014 for £280,000
The opening of the episode saw the couple talk about how they felt that the business side of the chateau meant that it was taking over not just the house, but also family time.
The back of the chateau had a dusty old utility room and also a room where all their wedding accessories were being held. Instead they wanted to knock down the wall and use the space for a ‘events’ kitchen so that they could use the main kitchen to spend time together as a family.
However as they assessed the room with the wedding accessories it was clear that it would take some time to clear it out.
Angel said last night on the show: ‘Like anything it was just a room at the back that we put stuff in – I’ve just got to clear it out and sort out a solution.
Dick loves the look of the new kitchen after they renovated the old utility room and store cupboard
The new Kitchen has stainless steel and white finishing, as well as tiled walls for a clean look
Looking at it together Dick admitted: ‘It makes me feel a bit giddy’.
While Angel enlists two people,who work with her, to rearrange the accessories, telling them: ‘We have got to clear out our wedding room – get to work on,’ and then went on to joke: ‘I totally blame you for the mess of this room – it just has a life of its own.
‘We have got a stupidly busy year – we have 27 events this year – that’s a lot and the only way to get through it is to get organised,’ Angel went on to admit.
While Dick takes a look at the original architects plan in order to see how they will do it: ‘The reason this is a good thing to look at is that we are actually changing lots of things at the back – like the utility room and store cupboard.
Fans of the show gulped up the new episode and praised Channel four for bringing it back for a fifth series
‘The main thing is that we will have our kitchen back – keeping family and work life separate.’
Fans of the show gulped up the new episode and praised Channel four for bringing it back for a fifth series.
One fan said: ‘My Sunday evenings are now complete. Escape to the Chateau is back on — watching Escape To The Chateau’.
While another said: ‘Such a geek…. but I’m soooo glad escape to the chateau is back on our TVs. My Sunday night is complete’.
Dick takes a look at the original architects plan in order to see how they will renovate the back of the castle
The new cooker arrives but Dick isn’t quite sure how he’s going to get it into the new kitchen
Dick and his builder friend tear apart the two rooms (pictured) and knock down the adjoining wall
Once everything was cleared out Angel is given the task of looking for a new kitchen, while Dick and his builder friend tear apart the two rooms and knock down the adjoining wall.
After looking through different kitchens online she finds one which she thinks is perfect.
Angel said: ‘Dick said just find a kitchen that you like– but I know he doesn’t mean that, he wants one that can just be hosed down.’
She finds a white tiled and stainless steel kitchen, but comes across a problem when she realises that they needed it for their first wedding in a few weeks:‘Most people don’t actually deliver to France’.
Angel has to reorganize the store cupboard which had become cluttered with wedding accessories
The utility store before was used as a washing up room, but it all gets scrapped and they start again
However after some wrangling she has the delivery set up, leaving the heavy lifting to Dick and his builder friends.
While they start to install the new events kitchen Angel decided that she wanted to refresh the family kitchen too – giving it a fresh paint job and buying new copper pans for the kitchen.
Once the work kitchen has been completed the two rooms have become one bright kitchen, with stainless steel worktops and white tiles and finishing.
Dick is happy with the finished look: ‘I love this, I love our family kitchen but this is great, its clean, industrial – for me I have a cooker I really want.
While Angel loves that they can now have family time in their main kitchen and use the other one for work: ‘Having this divide between work kitchen and the family kitchen will be great as it will give us that balance’.
Angel loves that they can now have family time in their main kitchen (pictured) and use the other one for work
The couple said that they didn’t have enough space before in the family kitchen as it was being used for work events. Pictured: Dick cooking for the children in the dining room