Arthur and Dorothy Strawbridge grew up on Channel 4 as their cameras follow their parents’ journey from the UK to France as they bought and renovated a beautiful 19th-century chateau
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Escape to the Chateau fans are stunned by the transformation of Dick and Angel Strawbridge’s children.
Young Arthur and Dorothy are known to viewers from the popular Channel 4 series, in which cameras followed their parents’ journey from Britain to France as they bought and renovated a beautiful 19th-century chateau.
The Strawbridges had plenty to celebrate over Easter as Angel turned 44 on Thursday and daughter Dorothy turned eight the following day.
The famous family marked the big days with a healthy trip to the beach.
They were photographed in a series of pictures the couple posted to Instagram as they enjoyed the sun, sea and sand.
Birthday girl Dorothy beamed with her brother Arthur as the two held their spades in the air.
In another snap, Dick could be seen helping his children dig a giant hole in the sand.
The photos were captioned, “Mr & Mrs Canute… Keep the tide out! A few days at the beach…it’s still birthday week…only!
“Thank you for all your lovely messages. The love fully felt”.
Among the obligatory birthday wishes, fans were stunned by the Strawbridge children and how much they’d grown up since the last series ended.
One follower commented: “Dotty is getting as tall as Arthur! Two wonderful children.”
Another wrote: “You’re growing up so fast! Slow down father time!”
A third echoed: “Wow these kids are growing up really fast!!!”
“They’re getting so big so fast!!!” a fourth posted, while another added, “Gosh Arthur and Dorothy are growing up way too fast.”
Earlier this year, Dick was forced to speak out over claims that growing up in a castle “spoiled” his young children.
The TV personality and his wife Angel insist that living in the beautiful Chateau de la Motte-Husson hasn’t stopped their children from being down to earth.
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They agreed BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Nihal Arthanayake spoke in January about the reality of growing up in a whopping 45-room French mansion.
Dick insisted the young children were not spoiled at all and that they already knew the value of working for what you have.
He said: “This is ridiculous. My eldest daughter Charlotte [from a previous marriage]said, ‘How can Arthur and Dorothy not be spoiled when they live in a castle?’
“To be fair, they haven’t known anything else, they know you work to actually achieve the life you do. These values and the things we do are very aware of that.
“Yes, they have a nice playroom full of stuff, their bedrooms, they have nice surroundings. But her friends come to play and it’s not uncommon. It’s just normal.
“When Arthur and Dorothy visit their friends in the village, they know it’s different, but they don’t see it as anything particularly different.”
Angel also stepped in to make it known that while the family lives in a big house, their two children share a “relatively small” room and that only one bathroom is used by the family.
She went on to say that if everyone had their own room in the castle, it would be like “moving to the house next door”.
The couple bought the huge castle for £280,000, which had to undergo extensive refurbishment after sitting vacant for 40 years.
Now valued at £2million, the beautiful Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson is a popular choice for an extravagant wedding venue – with the option Demand £34,000 per day .
Viewers can see the couple renovating their home channel 4 Reality show Escape to the Chateau.
The show first aired in June 2016 and now has 8 seasons.
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