Escape To The Chateau De La Ruche DIY Series 2019 – When Tim and Rebecca Jones first met, they never thought that they will end up in such a fascinating love triangle with the magnificent 18th-century Château de la Ruche. Which they both fell in love with and decided to begin the exhausting yet enjoyable process of renovating it into a fantastic bed and breakfast lodge
Escape To The Chateau De La Ruche DIY Series 2019
Escape To The Chateau De La Ruche DIY Series 2019 is now airing its second season of the serious previously starring with Dick and Angel Strawbridge, from Château de la Motte Husson, who are helping the new couple and guiding them with all of they have gained of experience and advice.
The series stars Tim and Rebecca Jones and their two kids, Rufus and Laurie, who have acquired charming French villa Château de la Ruche in Pays de la Loire back in 2017.
Rebecca explains what encouraged them to get a disrepair château in the middle of the French farmland and what they’ve discovered on their journey.
How Did You Take The Decision To Move To France?
France has never been on our plan, living here was really like puzzle pieces falling to the right place, it was like it’s meant to be. We have spent many holidays in France before, toured the Loire, Paris and other French regions. We absolutely enjoyed it and remarked how delightful it would be if we just could move here someday, still we never actually give it real thought until we saw a re-run of the opening season of Escape to the Château.
I began exploring online websites and suddenly I recognized that we could trade our 4-bed apartment in Stamford, Lincolnshire with a dream castle of a 14-bedroom château including 15 acres of meadow and groves.
What intrigued you to the Pays de la Loire province?
We admired the Château de la Ruche from the very first photo we noticed of it and it simply seemed to be in the Pays de la Loire.
We’re actually really nearby Le Mans, a region we’re very familiar with as Tim’s mother had resided there for several years. So that has helped us took our decision more easily to move. We too recognized we needed to be within a short drive to Britain so we can always keep a healthy relationship with our relatives and mates, additionally, the summertime is a bit colder here than in the south which is even perfect for our preferences.
What jobs did you both occupy before moving to the Chateau De La Ruche?
Tim used to work as a full-time engineer and I used to work as a part-time reporter. And for a long time, we have been seeking new quests, constantly urging each other if we were content about our current life and our jobs. The Château granted us both with the perfect escape from dullness while still working and providing for our family.
What was your first reaction when you saw The Chateau De La Ruche?
The struggle began once I saw the tree-lined avenue. The Château itself seemed very worn out and in such a very poor condition than the property agency’s photos yet it had a very sturdy and enduring base structure, elegant windowpanes, authentic curtains and paneling, tiled decks and a backyard with many beautiful bushes. There was plenty of potentials that we saw and intended to persevere.
What was the condition of The Chateau De La Ruche when you purchased it?
As you know, we had to move to the chateau with our kids and we had to make sure that the place is liveable in spite of how some parts of it were actually run down. As for the electricity and the plumbing issues, they could be managed, still, the first wintertime we spent here was very challenging. There was no heat and we all had to put on tons of clothes and even wore thermals under our pJ’s, and put ice caps on our heads while sleeping.