The BEST episodes of Escape to the Château

Every episode of Escape to the Château ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Escape to the Château!

Angel and Dick Strawbridge swap their two-bed flat in Essex for an abandoned French château. Can they bring its 45 rooms and acres of land back to life?

Last Updated: 8/27/2023Network: Channel 4Status: Ended
Food Festival, Floating Dome and Stucco
25 votes

#1 - Food Festival, Floating Dome and Stucco

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/1/2018

As Dick and Angel prepare for winter, they attend a food festival in Rouen, where they hope to find inspiration over what to do with their fresh fruit and vegetables. Angel adds the finishing touches to the floating geodesic dome in time for a family sleepover, while Dick gets to work fixing the crumbling stucco.

Escape to the Château at Christmas
13 votes

#2 - Escape to the Château at Christmas

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/18/2022

The Strawbridges prepare their festive celebrations, and want to thank everyone who has helped them along the way with the château's biggest party yet. All hands are on deck collecting and decorating the Christmas tree, preparing a festive feast, and carrying out time honoured family traditions. Dick, Papi Steve, Arthur and Dick's eldest son James head to the beaches of Brittany to collect oysters.

Pig Roaster, Versailles Loo and First Day at School
50 votes

#3 - Pig Roaster, Versailles Loo and First Day at School

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/27/2016

It's the first ever paid event at the chateau and Dick tries to make a pig-roaster out of an oil-tank. Angel creates a Versailles-inspired downstairs loo. And it's their son's first day at school.

Weddings, Stables & Staircases
49 votes

#4 - Weddings, Stables & Staircases

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/18/2018

Dick and Angel continue their adventures in a dilapidated French chateau, facing a busy summer of weddings and foodie events, while finally fixing the garden and stables.

Gardening & the Coach House
20 votes

#5 - Gardening & the Coach House

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/24/2021

Dick, Angel, Arthur and Dorothy share more enchanting tales from the Chateau, as they continue the renovation of their 19th-century fairytale home and grounds. With weddings and events on hold for the second year, Dick and Angel bite the bullet and make the big decision to tackle the exterior of the Chateau. The roof and outside walls are their biggest project to date and the Chateau quickly becomes a building site.

The Wedding Season
22 votes

#6 - The Wedding Season

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/8/2017

As the wedding season comes to the chateau, Dick and Angel's lives are about to get a whole lot busier. Then there's the barn, the van and the lime trees, as tensions start to rise.

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Harvest and Birthday
47 votes

#7 - Harvest and Birthday

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/25/2018

It's harvest time and Dick wants to make jam and turn pears into booze. Angel has big plans for a floating geodesic dome over the moat. Plus - a special birthday treat for Dick.

Peak Summer
44 votes

#8 - Peak Summer

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/2/2018

The temperatures soar as Dick and Angel face the busiest period of the year, as the school holidays coincide with peak wedding season. Dick comes up with an ingenious solution to stop wedding cakes from melting in the heat, but it involves piercing the chateau's walls. The moat is transformed into a boating lake, giving visitors a chance to cool down, and the family takes to the water in a home-made punt.

Christmas at the Chateau
63 votes

#9 - Christmas at the Chateau

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/11/2016

As winter descends on the chateau and Christmas looms, Dick and Angel Strawbridge rush to complete a huge to-do list before the arrival of the family from England.

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45 votes

#10 - Glamping

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/11/2018

Dick and Angel expand the project by setting up a luxury campsite on the chateau grounds, but they only have six weeks to complete it before the first guests arrive - and the weather is not on their side, with constant rain turning the planned site into a muddy field. They also have to contend with a visit from Dick's family at Easter.

Orangery, Daybeds & Unexpected History
25 votes

#11 - Orangery, Daybeds & Unexpected History

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/6/2020

Dick and Angel Strawbridge attempt to renovate the orangery with the help of a roofing expert and some pre-loved slate, all the way from Wales, They also discover some unexpected history beneath their feet, and Angel finds two old daybeds in need of upcycling.

Winter Garden Room
13 votes

#12 - Winter Garden Room

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/11/2022

Dick and Angel create a conservatory-style winter garden room. Meanwhile, the chateau is busy hosting its biggest wedding ever, so there is also lots of organisation to do. Dick and Angel organise a huge Christmas party for all their family and friends, and it's time to sort out the invites - which involve fudge, sparkles and a tin can.

Finding the Chateau
90 votes

#13 - Finding the Chateau

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/5/2016

Dick and Angel find their fairytale French castle. Dick launches into fitting a monumental heating system while Angel discovers the chateau's vintage secrets.

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Supersized Workshop
36 votes

#14 - Supersized Workshop

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/15/2020

Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree's to-do list is as long as ever, and with no guests, weddings or events at the chateau this year, they use their engineering and design skills to tackle some major projects. First on the list is transforming one of the old outbuildings into a supersized workshop for chateau-sized jobs.

Parkour & Turret
37 votes

#15 - Parkour & Turret

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/25/2018

Angel redesigns the rooms in one of the chateau's turrets with a fruits and flowers motif - but an unexpected surprise lurks behind her creations. Outside, Dick is putting together a parkour fitness trail in the 12 acres of grounds, but hits upon an unexpected obstacle buried deep underground.

The Party of a Lifetime
40 votes

#16 - The Party of a Lifetime

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/24/2019

Dick and Angel are warming up for one of the year's biggest events - Angel's parents' 50th wedding anniversary, which involves inviting more than 100 people to a huge party. There's a bespoke menu to plan and prepare, so Dick has called in the cavalry, with his son James arriving from Cornwall. Together with some help from Arthur, the Strawbridge boys have their work cut out as they create dishes they hope will strike a chord with everyone.

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Café Grandma
43 votes

#17 - Café Grandma

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/9/2018

Before winter sets in, Dick ploughs the wild flower meadow and joins with Angel in bringing the dilapidated coach house back to life, in a bid to create "Café Grandma".

Autumn Renovation
39 votes

#18 - Autumn Renovation

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/8/2019

As the beginning of autumn arrives, Dick Strawbridge passes on his conker skills to the family, before the serious business resumes and the next phase of the renovation begins. Dick and his wife Angel Adoree get to work converting the old tack room into a grand entrance way. Angel knocks down walls and upcycles an old glass door, while Dick lays a new concrete floor.

Wash House, Trench & Vintage Bike
29 votes

#19 - Wash House, Trench & Vintage Bike

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/29/2020

Dick and Angel start work on turning the old wash house into a bathroom for their boat on the moat. Angel's imagination runs wild when they discover a huge trench. And a vintage bike gets a refurb.

Only 20 Rooms to Go
66 votes

#20 - Only 20 Rooms to Go

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/24/2017

The couple get cracking on the 20 rooms that still need fixing. Angel buys a clapped-out van. And what have the tree surgeons done to the lime trees?

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In the Attic
44 votes

#21 - In the Attic

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/18/2018

Angel transforms the attic into a studio and storage space for her vintage treasures and takes Dorothy on a trip to Paris, while Dick has his own plans for repurposing some ancient tools he finds in the outbuildings. The couple throws a surprise birthday celebration for Angel's mother, where Dick's purpose-built open-fire popcorn maker is put to the test.

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Winter Returns
53 votes

#22 - Winter Returns

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/3/2019

Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree enter their fifth year of living in France. With more weddings and events booked in than ever, the couple prepare for their busiest year yet. In order to feed a total of 1,500 guests, Dick and Angel begin renovating the back of the basement, creating a brand new, state-of-the-art events kitchen with a half-ton oven. Engineer Dick faces a complicated plumbing issue. Angel has a kitchen design challenge. And there's a magical birthday party for young Dorothy.

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A Boat in the Moat
48 votes

#23 - A Boat in the Moat

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/10/2019

It's springtime at the chateau, and with the wedding season just a few weeks away, completing phase two of the basement project is becoming an urgent priority for Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree. To cater for all their summer guests, a much-needed utility and laundry room is about to be plumbed in. Angel comes up with a unique way of preserving the 150-year-old wallpaper, while Dick wrestles with a rake while working on the meadow.

Escape to the Château at Christmas
19 votes

#24 - Escape to the Château at Christmas

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/19/2021

Dick, Angel, Arthur and Dorothy enjoy a magical festive adventure in this Christmas episode, with a family celebration inspired by a very special part of France - Colmar in the Alsace region, close to the German border. They discover an enchanting medieval town that makes Christmas feel more magical than ever. It's not long before they are taking part in a festive treasure hunt, sampling local baked delicacies, trying their hand at fondue, and discovering the ice and crémant wines that the region is synonymous with. Back at the chateau, the Strawbridge traditions are not forgotten. Angel, her mum Jenni and Dorothy head out into the chateau grounds to collect the fir and foliage to make the annual Christmas wreath.

Harvest Time
45 votes

#25 - Harvest Time

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/16/2018

It's harvest time at the chateau. But there's still time for family wheelbarrow races, to give the basement a swish makeover, and to convert the old piggery into a chicken coop.

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