Escape to the chateau: The Irish buyers with grand designs on French living

The appeal of buying a pile in the French countryside is alive and well

Chateau du Coudreceau, home to Éanna Hassett, a Kildare native who moved to France in 2018

Chateau du Coudreceau, home to Éanna Hassett, a Kildare native who moved to France in 2018

Retiring to the sunshine is a popular daydream and one which has gained a lot of traction in recent years with the airing of the hugely popular Channel 4 documentary series, Escape to the Chateau.

The addictive show follows the story of Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree who bought 19th-century Château de la Motte-Husson in Martigné-sur-Mayenne, France, and have captivated viewers with their account of restoring the property and settling into their French idyll.

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