This wonderful series followed the adventures of Dick and Angel Strawbridge and their children as they renovate a derelict French chateau and its extensive grounds and outbuildings. With an extensive 9 series; the programme follows the trials, tribulations and successes of this inspiring couple as they renovate their home and run a successful family business. Below, we have listed all the Westminster Stone products used at the chateau over the years so you can recreate the look...

National Trust Hidcote Flagstones

Dick and Angel's journey with Westminster Stone began when they were looking for flagstones to complement the outside of their 150-year-old stone chateau. Angel chose Westminster Stone's National Trust Hidcote Flagstones for part of their renovations after searching for heritage stone online. We supplied 25 tonnes of paving which is seen arriving at the Chateau in season 5, Episode 3. Laid to the front of the property to form a stunning new terrace, perfect for wedding receptions. The soft cream and buff colouring and gentle aged appearance form the perfect backdrop to period properties.

The paving looks like it's always been there, it fits and that's because of where you have taken your inspiration from to produce your products.

Angel Strawbridge

Yorkstone Paving at Escape to the Chateau

Dick and Angel decided to restore the walled garden next and transform it into a productive and beautiful space. They chose our Yorkstone Paving to create a pathway through the garden and for the seating and entertaining area outside of the folly. Yorkstone paving can transform an outdoor space with its character and appeal. Imagine the possibilities — a patio reminiscent of a charming English walled garden or a grand walkway worthy of a stately home.

When choosing the stone, you have to really think this is forever. It will always look good because the more wear that is on it, the more you get the feeling that the walled garden owns it."

Dick Strawbridge

The Folly Flooring

The folly was a dilapidated building that had been neglected for many years. Initially looking for a black and white Victorian tile, Angel was thrilled she could recreate this unique look using our Old Provence Petit Lozenge & Charcoal Tiles. The tiles helped to give the folly floor the character and warmth she wanted. These unique tiles can also be found outside in the historic walled garden alongside our sought-after Yorkstone Paving. The patterned square gives the illusion of a permanent rug which helps to section off the seating area.

With your paving, it's got the same lasting capability but it looks like a room that has an interior/exterior feel to it. I can see our grandchildren when we are gone using it.

Dick Strawbridge

Paving Exports

Many of our best-selling garden paving and stone flooring products are hand-made in our Shropshire Head Office, based on original flagstone masters from across the UK. Find out more about our Stonecast products here.

If you're interested in exporting Westminster Stone paving or flooring to France or any other country please get in touch, telling us briefly about your project and requirements.

About the Author

Sian McHugh

'Sian has been working with us at Westminster Stone for over 5 years and has developed expertise in garden design and landscaping. Her passion for nature extends to tending her own garden, teaching yoga and hiking during her free time.'