This special Christmas episode of Escape to the Chateau joins Dick, Angel, Dorothy and Arthur, as well as Angel’s parents Jenni and Steve, as they prepare to celebrate a family Christmas in France. With an old 19th-century chateau ledger found in the attic and classic cookbooks to hand, the Strawbridges take inspiration from Christmases past, discovering what food, festivities, gifts and games would have been like in bygone eras. Dick and Angel’s imagination goes into overdrive as they create a winter wonderland with an ice rink at its heart. The family forage for mistletoe and holly to create and decorate wreaths to festoon the chateau. And as the kids skate, Dick roasts chestnuts on the brazier and the adults enjoy the chateau’s mulled wine with some freshly made mince pies. As night falls, the newly hung decorations start to sparkle, the candles are lit and the kitchen is filled with the delicious aroma of Christmas cuisine inspired by the Baglionis’ 150-year-old shopping list. As the family settle down to dinner, so the sound of traditional hand bells ring out across the chateau and the family wonder if their exploration of the past will create chateau traditions for the future.
Escape To The Chateau At Christmas – Monday 7pm on Channel 4