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LIFESTYLE

SPRING

ESCAPE TO YOUR OWN CHATEAU

Change your life and move to the French countryside and your very own castle

It was a tale that struck a chord with homeowners everywhere, as hard-working Dick Strawbridge and wife Angel swapped a flat in Essex for

a crumbling French château with 45 rooms and a walled garden. The Channel 4 TV show

Escape to the Château

followed their story, and the

latest series catches up with the couple in their latest business and development ventures at the property.

Fancy following in their footsteps? Here’s a taste of châteaux on the market from property agents French Entrée…

And for the more adventurous... a castle for renovation in the Limousin

€267,750

Perfect for a project, this château was built in the 15th and 17th centuries and was owned

by the local priest. It's set in a quiet village and comes with 14 acres of land. Built on top of

vaulted cellars, it comprises 300 sqm of habitable area and has been well looked after by the

current owner. The entire roof has been renewed and two rooms in the oldest part of the castle

have been converted into a kitchen and a bedroom with shower and toilet. The entrance hall

has been totally renovated, opening out onto a lovely stone stairway. The property also comes

with two barns, and 50 lime trees have also been planted along the driveway. If you want to

follow in the Strawbridges' footsteps, this would be the perfect property.

WWW.FRENCHENTREE.COM/PROPERTY-FOR-SALE

Elegant château in Vendée, Loire

€880,000

This 19th-century property is surrounded

by its own beautiful park. Covering a total

of 500sq m of living space, the château

comprises small and large sitting rooms, a

dining room, study, large library, kitchen,

back kitchen, laundry, beautiful stairway

leading to six bedrooms, a boudoir, oratory

and four bathrooms. There is also an attic,

cellar, outbuilding with garage, stable and a

former caretaker's lodge.

Château in the Loire-Atlantique,

between Nantes and La Baule

€1,175,000

This charming 19th-century château is

situated 21 miles from the coast. The living

space comprises dining room, sitting room,

billiards room, kitchen, laundry, boiler room,

cellar and storerooms. On the first floor there

are five bedrooms, a bathroom and shower

rooms and laundry. The 4.4 acres of land

includes a wooded park with a pond, orchard

and walled vegetable garden.

Characterful 19th-century château in

Normandy

€1,670,000

A lovely river runs across this beautiful

property which is on the edge of a small

village, 15 miles from Rouen. This 19th-

century château offers bright rooms with

beautiful oak parquet flooring and comprises

small and large sitting rooms, small and large

dining rooms, a kitchen, 17 bedrooms, six

bathrooms and a cellar. Outside, there’s a

lodge, two garages and barns.

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Explore the capital under your own power

Yonda is London’s only self-drive sightseeing experience, and the perfect way to explore

the capital. With bespoke GPS-enabled technology, the easy-to-follow 90-minute tour is

accompanied by a smart and witty virtual guide who helps you navigate London’s iconic sights

and hidden nooks and crannies. The tour lets you escape the crowds, in either a convertible

two-seater or four-seater Smart car with panoramic roof, and visits a range of sights including

Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, Covent Garden, Piccadilly

Circus and much more. It’s perfect if you’re visiting London for a weekend break, or for

Londoners who have out-of-town friends visiting and want to do something original with their

guests. If you prefer not to drive, you can have a Yonda driver for an extra cost.

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