Escape to the Chateau: DIY

Time Schedule

Mon 12:00 | Tue 16:00 | Thu 20:00 | Fri 08:00 | Sat 12:30 & 19:30 | Sun 16:30 & 23:30


‘Escape to the Chateau: DIY’ is the spin-off show to the ratings-busting ‘Escape to the Chateau’, the series starring Dick Strawbridge, his wife Angel Adoree and their two children. But where ‘Escape to the Chateau’ is about the trials and tribulations faced by Dick and Angel as they moved to France and started a new life renovating and running their 18th century chateau as a business, ‘Escape to the Chateau: DIY’, is a series about other Brits, trying to do the same thing!

In this series we see how sixteen British owners of amazing chateaus – aged from the 10th to the 18th Centuries and dotted throughout every nook and cranny of France – are desperately trying to renovate and convert their (usually run-down) French castles into amazing, fairy-tale homes and money-making businesses. We follow these Brits – couples and families – as they laugh, cry, triumph, despair, conquer and fail in their seemingly never-ending challenge to renovate and maintain their huge French castles. This is an observational documentary series that gets warts-and-all access to their everyday lives and struggles, and the pursuit of their dreams.

Dick and Angel are in this series too! In every episode, we see them adapting, building, maintaining, and creating new things at their chateau. In addition, they’ll be lending a hand and offering advice to these Brits doing the same thing.

15 – 21 July: Episode 9

Donna McDougal believes a horde of ancient armour and weapons was hidden and buried in her chateau’s lake during the Second World War and asks Dick to come and help her locate and extract it. Dick turns up with his trusty boat and metal detector. Will the legend be true, will they be able to locate the mythical horde?

New parents Tim and Krys struggle to convert the attic of their chateau into a family suite as they attempt to bring in more revenue, but due to the birth of their first child the timetable has taken a hit. They ask Tim’s brother Ben to come and help build a new patio. But is he helping, or is he more trouble than he’s worth?

And a chateau famous for its evening dinners tries to branch out with a whole new menu, but it takes 8 hours to create, and there are countless problems. Will chef Collette be able to cope? Will husband Patrick keep it together front-of-house? And what will the guests think of the final result?

Episode 10

In this episode, Dick & Donna’s search for the armour in the lake continues. They bring in a digger to help but first it has to get through the trees blocking access to the lake. When it does finally get though and starts digging, will they find what they’re looking for before the digger has to be returned?

Tim and Krys, with the help of Tim’s brother Ben, continue to struggle getting the attic converted in time for the first guests of the season. There’s still furniture to buy and plumbing to sort out before the guests arrive – not to mention the garden full of dead vegetables to deal with… Can they possibly get it done in time?

And Dick and his mother-in-law Jenny struggle with preparing and freezing 500lbs of pork, before attempting to turn the final 4lbs into salamis. How will they do?

Episode 11

In this episode Dick takes on the task of building a compost toilet, for guests to use during outside weddings at his chateau – its a job that takes a lot of hard work AND takes him down memory lane…

A young twenty-something couple, Billy and Gwendoline, and Billy’s brother Michael want to open their chateau as a B&B and location for weddings. As they begin their renovations, they need to get the ancient woodburner back online. However, when they eventually do manage to get it going, it looks like the chimney might catch fire…

Clive and Tanith run a very upmarket hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant. All well and good, but for a couple of Brits embedded in a small French community, they don’t get on that well with the locals. So an open day to win them over is put on. Will it work? Will it all go to plan? And where on earth is that multi million pound sculpture that was supposed to arrive?

And sisters Tanya and Marian get ready for their bi-annual trip to their chateau. They have to get it open for the start of the season. They call it their ‘poisoned chalice’ after inheriting it from their father. When Marian arrives, we can see why – there is a huge amount of work to be done including getting rid of a build-up of flies. However, when the exterminator arrives, things don’t quite go to plan…

Episode 12

Today, Billy, Gwendoline and Michael continue trying to fix their chimney, but some French builders mess things up, the cherry picker won’t work, and Billy faces the small task of trying to repoint the chimney 20 metres up – despite being scared of heights.

Meanwhile Dick and Angel reminisce about the heating problems at their chateau. Clive and Tanith get their hands dirty trying to work out what’s stopped the fountain working in their pond at their hotel & Michelin-starred restaurant. Can Clive fix it himself? And sisters Marian and Tanya have problems with flies, toilet seats, swimming pools and Marian’s husband Jon, who thinks he knows best. Maybe, just maybe, he does.

Episode 13

In this episode, Billy, Gwendoline and Michael prepare to move out of the guesthouse and into the chateau proper, just in time for a hen party coming to stay. But the kitchen isn’t finished, Michael disappears at a busy moment, and they haven’t moved any of their stuff out. Will they make it on time, or give their first guests a bad welcome?

Clive and Tanith play cupid as they set up the chapel on their hotel’s grounds for a wealthy guest to propose to his girlfriend. There’s lots of secret preparation and arranging to do, all out of sight of the unknowing lady. Will it go to plan and will it be a proposal to remember?

Paul and Karen own a boutique chateau that they rent out as a beautiful holiday gite. They want to attract more guests, so plan to convert an old building housing a water tank into an office for guests wishing to catch up on work. But that water tank is big and heavy. While Paul and handyman Neil struggle to cut it up and remove it, Karen has her own problems printing her designs onto some new curtains.

And Dick and Angel try to keep their expenditure down when they go shopping for baths for their chateau. First they need to find a good second-hand one and then they need to upcycle it and get it into position. No easy task.
Episode 14

In today’s episode, Billy and Gwendoline rope in Dick to help them put up a chandelier; Michael attempts to repair the chapel’s damaged stained glass window; and after local farmers suspect the young chateau owners’ grounds may be home to a family of wild boar, the trio rig up a secret camera to gather proof, then bring in the skills of a local tracker.

Clive and Tanith, with the help of their Michelin-starred chef, attempt to make a fully self-sufficient dish for their hotel’s restaurant then test it out on a couple. Will it be a success?

And at Paul and Karen’s chateau, Karen tries out her bartering skills to purchase some wallpaper at a brocante and later attempts to print a design on it – but it doesn’t go to plan. Meanwhile Paul continue the task of converting their water tower into an office, and struggles to do some pointing in 33 degree heat.

Episode 15

Today, at Billy and Gwendoline’s chateau, brother Billy gets help from Angel touching up a mural in what will be a tea room, and later, Billy and his dad attempt to level a patio so it passes health and safety regulations. All easier said than done.

As Paul and Karen struggle to get the office conversion finished in time, a huge damaged pine tree needs to be cut down. Its 36 metres high, weighs four tonnes and could easily take out their chateau if it falls the wrong way. Could this be the end of their chateau?

And while Clive’s dad Martin attempts to fix a wall surrounding the lake, Clive investigates a huge, creepy nest in the roof of the orangery, the building he hopes one day will be a house for his dad.

Episode 16

In this episode we meet Tim and Margreeth, who run their chateau as a B&B. They want to bring in more cash so plan to sell timeshares of their gites and build an upmarket caravan park. But there are bees in the chimney of one of the gites and Tim needs to remove them. He designs his own bee-keeping suit and takes them on. They also need to move the first caravan into position for their new park – the only snag is that they try to do it using a tiny, broken tractor. What could possibly go wrong?

Nicole and Stephan want to bring in money to help renovate and transform their chateau into a B&B so they are converting their main hall into a tea room. There is good news when Nicole finds some interesting wallpaper and Stephan unearths an ancient mechanical digger, but bad news about the floor they hope to renovate, and disagreements over what to do with one of the chateau’s towers.

Alison and Paul own a thousand-year-old chateau in the South of France. They’ve been renovating it for 9 years and want to increase the income it makes so they can give up their day jobs as an IT and HR consultant. They are creating an outside kitchen and renovating the patio around the pool to be their new ‘wedding terrace’ in an attempt to attract more bookings. But the pool is leaking so they must tear everything up to find out where the problem is. And while Alison goes away to work, Paul gets distracted from the big job by an old motorcycle that he wants to revamp…

And Angel gets excited upcycling a door, just one of the many in her chateau…

Episode 17

Today, Nicole visits Angel to ask her about some wallpaper she found while renovating the hall in her chateau. While there, they talk business, and Angel gives Nicole a surprise and some important information to think about.

Once back at her own chateau, Nicole continues her mission with partner Stephan to get the main hall renovated. There’s also a window in the attic to sort out. Then Nicole tells Stephan about her conversation with Angel, which gives them both food for thought.

Tim and Margreeth prepare for the Easter weekend at their chateau when they will have 30 guests staying. But as the day approaches there are kitchen problems for Tim when the dishwasher breaks down and then he has to make breakfast for everyone.

And as Paul & Alison prepare for a party to celebrate the finishing of their wedding terrace at their chateau, the weather takes a turn for the worse. They also start a search in their underground ‘oubliette’ for a legendary tunnel that connects to a nearby chateau. What will they find?

Episode 18

Today, Tim and Margreeth concentrate on renovating the only caravan in their new park and the firepit that will be its centrepiece.

Nicole And Stephan make a drastic decision, and prepare for a party to celebrate the renovation of the main hall.

Paul and Alison continue their search for the secret tunnel in their oubliette, and
make the final preparations for a wedding that will christen their wedding terrace, but bad weather throws both tasks into disarray.

And we meet Stephanie who runs music events at her chateau but needs to increase revenue. She’s come up with a plan to host singles parties, so has a trial run with friends and family. Unfortunately, her cooks have taken on another job, leaving her to deal with all the cooking alone. Can she cope?

Episode 19

Today, Tim and Margreeth visit Dick and Angel for a tour of their chateau and to discuss their business plans. Will existing ideas to sell timeshares of their gites, and build an up-market caravan park survive? Or will it be all change at their chateau?

Stephanie, prepares for her first singles weekend. She wants to plant a romantic rose garden for it first though. When the digger arrives, can she get the work done? Or will her mother drive her to distraction?

We meet Sophie and James whose ancient chateau roof is in urgent need or repair. They need to raise funds quickly, so come up with an idea to put on a day of historic talks, a tour, and dinner at the chateau. But will anyone turn up? Can Sophie get the dinner prepared? And will James send everyone to sleep?

And Dick and Angel struggle to rescue the children’s trampoline that’s been blown into their moat. How will they get it out? Well, Dick is an engineer, so he’s sure to think of something…

Episode 20

Today, Tim and Margreeth start to research their new business idea and seek out and test suppliers that can help them. Then, It’s time to celebrate Tim’s birthday.

Stephanie’s big event – singles night – arrives. Will it all go to plan, and more importantly, will there be romance in the air?

And Sophie and James put on a walking tour near their chateau, but with ominous rain clouds brewing, will it go ahead? And if not, how will they fund the urgent repairs for their roof?