Angel Adoree of Escape to the Chateau on her passion for vintage

Star of Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau tells us about her most prized possessions and decorating triumphs

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The first piece of furniture I ever bought was a brown Chesterfield sofa for £60 from a car boot sale in Essex.

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The oldest thing in my home is actually the walls. The stones are from the original 12th-century castle, which stood on the site of the chateau. Although, we did recently find a fossil in the attic that pre-dates the dinosaurs!

My most recent purchase was a lorry-load of double-glazed windows for the old coach house that we are converting into a larger home for my parents.

My favourite period of design is the art deco era, especially the architecture and interior design. I just love the symmetry, geometric elegance and beautiful, vibrant colours.

At the top of my interiors wishlist is a miniature grand piano for the salon and a taxidermy polar bear (fake, of course).

I’m currently collecting anything that is stylish, old and useful. My biggest collection is vintage china, but I also have lots of taxidermy, vintage fabrics and royal memorabilia.

My most notable decorating disaster is the colour that I painted the salon – I mixed it myself and it looked lilac. It was two days before my wedding and I was in such a rush that I just thought ‘That’ll do!’ It really didn’t work.

My ultimate decorating triumph is the wallpaper museum that I created in the honeymoon suite tower. When we first moved into the chateau, I discovered reams of old wallpaper in the attic. I couldn’t bear to throw it away, so I cut the wallpaper into diamonds and made a bespoke design around the inside of the tower.

My favourite shopping spot to visit is Spitalfields Antiques Market, but nowadays we often go to a charity shop called Emmaus here in France.

The artistic skill that I wish I had is the ability to draw – it would save me a fortune! You can see illustrations throughout the chateau and on the vintage van that we use as a mobile bar.

I continue to buy lots of old books. My husband [the television presenter and engineer, Dick Strawbridge] and I still refer to a first edition of Mrs Beeton.

My next renovation plan is finishing of our new glamping project. We’ve erected a geo-dome on a floating pontoon on our moat that visitors can sleep in. It’s been really popular already!

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Follow Angel and Dick on their adventures in France in Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau and Escape to the Chateau DIY, available on All 4.