Reduce, reuse and recycle! How Escape to the Chateau stars Dick and Angel are indulging their love of vintage items – including a recycled copper bath for guests
- EXCLUSIVE: Popular Channel 4 series promotes recycling in latest episode
- New episode of Escape to the Chateau is on Sunday at 8pm
- It sees Dick and Angel continue to indulge their love of vintage items
- The lovable couple say they like to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever they can
- They reveal a stunning recycled copper bath as part of the chateau’s renovation
It’s a mantra they’ve stuck to ever since they swapped their two-bedroom flat in Essex for a derelict chateau in the north-west of France.
And in the latest series of Escape to the Chateau, Dick and Angel continue to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ as they indulge their love of vintage items.
Dick told us ideally the couple would love to live a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle, but although that is hard they try to reuse as much as possible. And in this weekend’s episode, the lovable couple unveil the latest suite in the chateau, which includes a recycled copper bath.
In the latest episode of Escape to the Chateau, Dick and Angel focus on their love of recycling
Star of the show: The couple install a recycled copper bath at the chateau
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline Property, Dick – a retired lieutenant colonel – explained how he would like to live a ‘zero-waste’ life.
However he said: ‘It is truly difficult to live a zero-waste life. But we are aware that every time you spend money, it has an impact.
‘I cannot say we are totally green at our chateau. But we are talking about reducing, reusing and recycling – and we try to do that wherever we can.’
Dick and Angel have spent almost four years renovating their chateau, which today includes a walled garden full of vegetables
The striking copper bath looks impressive against the dark green tiles
The bathroom with the copper bath also includes a relaxed seating area and footstool
This is the fifth series of the popular Channel 4 show in which Dick and Angel strike a more comfortable work-life balance after spending almost four years renovating the chateau in Pays de Loire.
Dick said: ‘We tend to use vintage and quality items. For example, there is almost nothing in our dining room that is new.’
He added: ‘When you look at the materials you use, you need to look at the energy used to make them.
‘We could not afford to initially install all the green items we wanted to, but we have put in the basics so that we can make the changes later on. For example, the pipes are in so that we can install a biomass heating system later on.
‘The long-term goal is to make the changes… to reduce, reuse and recycle.’
The new potagerie suite includes wallpaper thoughtfully designed by Angel
The new suite is unveiled in the latest episode of Escape to the Chateau on Sunday
The major renovation works at the chateau in France are drawing to a close
Dozen of windows were refurbished at the chateau, but they will eventually need to be replaced with double-glazing to ‘stop wasting heat’, according to Dick.
He said: ‘Angel has learnt to put on a jumper. Living in the chateau is nothing like modern living. You cannot turn up the heating dial a few clicks.
‘We don’t heat the whole chateau in the winter. Four years in and Angela has hardened up to that.’
Previous episodes have seen various parts of the chateau renovated, including this room on the top floor
The couple have built a floating dome, which they rent out to guests
A love of vintage! Most of the furniture throughout the chateau is recycled
The latest episode this Sunday reveals their latest room makeover – the Potagerie suite, which includes wallpaper thoughtfully designed by Angel to reflect the edible plants in the chateau’s walled garden.
Dick said: ‘We are into seasonal eating and grow our own stuff in the garden. That is important for sustainability.
‘All of the food that we use for the weddings we hold at the chateau is local. We have 1,000 guests through the doors every year and so could not feed them only from our walled garden.
‘We look at what the chateau is giving us to put into our home,’ he concluded.
The couple have self-published a book about their journey called ‘The Chateau: The Beginning’ and the latest series of Escape to the Chateau on Channel 4 this Sunday at 8pm.
Recycling things is at the heart of how the chateau is run, explains Dick