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Summary

Like many Brits, Dick and Angel had long dreamed of living in France, but where others might settle for a modest bolthole in the French countryside, the Strawbridges fell in love with a 19th-century fairy-tale chateau, complete with 45 rooms, seven outbuildings, 12 acres of land and its own moat.

Throwing caution to the wind, Dick and Angel swapped their two-bedroom flat in East London for an abandoned and derelict castle in the heart of the Loire valley and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime with their two young children, Arthur and Dorothy.

Sharing their full journey for the first time, A Year at the Chateau follows Dick and Angel from when they first moved to France in the depths of winter and found bedrooms infested with flies, turrets inhabited by bats, the wind rattling through cracked windows and just one working toilet, which flushed into the moat, through to the monumental efforts that went into readying the chateau for their unforgettable wedding and their incredibly special first Christmas.

Along the way you'll listen to glorious descriptions of rural life in France, with charming characters, delicious food and wonderful seasonal produce, together with the extraordinary list of renovations and restorations Dick and Angel completed, many of which were not shown on TV.

As warm and entertaining as their much-loved show, A Year at the Chateau is a truly irresistible story of adventure and heart, epic ambitions and a huge amount of hard graft.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Dick Strawbridge and Angel Strawbridge (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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One of worst narrations ever.

Why did the Strawbridges use their own voices to narrate their story? Obviously it makes it relatable but Angela’s high pitched, amateur delivery is really hard to take. Her accent doesn’t help but the most irritating thing is that she is obviously reading it from a their script. Good stories need competent narrators and she just isn’t. Dick is better but his up and down delivery where he is trying to inject light and shade into his voice makes it jerky. They take turns reading a bit then there is a pause and Dick picks up from Angela which is a slight relief. Shame as the story is interesting. They should stick to their strengths. Telling anyone a bedtime story is definitely not one of them.

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You’ll love it if you love them and the TV show!

I came to ‘The Chateau’ late in the day; over lockdown in January 2021 and it has been my ‘happy place’ ever since! The Strawbridge family are an inspiration on how not to let stresses and strain get the better of you or each other. I decided to buy the book as I wanted further insight into their ‘origins’ story and it didn’t disappoint! Yes there is lots from the show, but I didn’t mind reliving that and there is still a few behind the scenes bits too. I also loved that they read it. They appear to be just themselves throughout the tv show and it’s the same on the audio book, warts and all which I love. Thank you for sharing and best of luck Mr and Mrs Strawbridge for your continuing adventures, I hope we get to share some more of them over the years.

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Love this couple

If you’re a fan of the hit TV show you won’t be disappointed. The couple is every bit as entertaining on audible as they are on channel 4.

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A book of love, joy and hard graft. Epic.

A year at the Chateau. Inspiring and heart warming. Can't wait for more of Chateau story telling.

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A bit dissapointing

I love the tv program but this audiobook dragged on and on, a five minute description of a meal early on set the tone.

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Beautiful book

It was interesting and so funny I was very sad come to end
Can’t Waite for next book

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Excellent Book

I love the show, however the audible book was a great addition to it. Giving the wittiest inside at times.
Get it, you won't be disappointed.

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Very Good!

I enjoyed listening to this book. Having watched the series I knew what to expect and the book didn't disappoint. Dick has a very soothing, melodious voice therefore, in my opinion, he is better at narration but Angel is so lovely that I enjoyed her parts just as much. I was sad when I finished it!

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excellent

Wonderful story, excellent narration. A completely amusing, informative and wonderful book, too good to end so soon, I wanted more (yes I'm gready but who wouldn't be?)
can't wait for the next book, there is going to be one right?

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Brilliant!

If you like Escape to the Chateau you'll love this. It recounts the first year in France with a bit more detail.

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  • 09-11-20

Wonderful and cozy

I love watching the series, Escape to the Chateau so to hear Dick and Angel's story read by them was lovely.

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  • carly
  • 21-10-21

what a year at the Chateau

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. Great stories and Can't wait till the next book. Now I want to visit the Chateau.. Thank you for sharing your first year in the Chateau.. P. S. love your recipes ..

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  • Rocky girl
  • 18-06-21

A Year at the Chateau

I love this book. Dick and Angela are living their dream and I’m living it vicariously through them

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  • lindasopp
  • 02-06-21

Great Story

I enjoyed hearing from Dick and Angel more of the story behind the TV Show.

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  • 21-05-21

Must Read!

I loved listening to this book and hope there will be another in the future!

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  • Theresa Wardon
  • 27-04-21

Most enchanting

I thoroughly enjoyed the book being read by Dick and Angela. They sound like a wonderful couple, with wonderful children, and a wonderful life. It was refreshing to hear someone enjoying life even though there’s challenge

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  • Kelly McCullough
  • 25-04-21

Enchanting

I loved every second of this book. I am completely addicted to the show. The Chateau has been a wonderful escape from reality. I loved the behind the scenes info. I am inspired by the positive energy and creativity. Thank you Dick and Angel for inviting us into your world.

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  • Kelly Thomas
  • 17-04-21

Amazing Story

I just love watching Dick and Angel on t.v. But this book is awesome and really gives the feeling of being at the Chateau. The narration is also delightful hearing them tell their own story. I hope to visit them someday :)

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  • Deby G.
  • 23-03-21

Absolutely entertaining!

Loved the story and having it narrated by Dick & Angel just sealed the deal. I recommend to anyone who loves France and romance and a dream of renovating.

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  • Lisa Ward-White
  • 03-02-21

Such a fun listen! Great companion to the TV Show

It was joy listening to Dick and Angel tell their story. This obviously covers much more than the TV series here in the US and therefore makes it a great companion piece. Listening to them talk about each other with so much respect and love is a welcome thing. Its clear they love each other, their family and the Chateau. I hope that they will catch on in the US as I want to see and hear more!!!