Escape to the chateau – but don’t forget the heating

01 May

In recent weeks, British television viewers have been gripped by the adventures of expat chateau owners Dick and Angel Strawbridge.

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Now in its fourth series, Channel 4’s Escape to the Chateau follows the progress of the Francophile couple as they lovingly renovate Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson in Martigné-sur-Mayenne. The challenges faced by the pair, as they try to turn the beautiful yet rundown property into a comfortable home and viable business, will be familiar to many people who have pursued the dream of a new life in France.

Fortunately, Dick had the good sense to make the heating system one of his first jobs, but it’s an element of home renovation that is often overlooked in the early stages. If you’re considering buying a home in France this summer, or you’re already here and haven’t yet thought ahead to the winter, it’s time to turn up the heat.

When you’re keen to preserve the historic beauty of your home, wood burning stoves offer a cosy and timeless ambience like nothing else. Wood burning stoves are a fantastic option for central heating. Not only are wood burners substantially more energy efficient than open fires, when connected to radiators they can also achieve significant savings compared to gas-fired heating.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a heating method that offers the same ease of use as a conventional boiler, you could consider using a pellet burning stove. This is a comparatively hassle-free option – you can programme and adjust the pellet burner with a room thermostat, or even control it from an app on your phone.

Both methods offer beautiful and effective heating, but it’s important to choose the solution that is exactly right for your home and lifestyle. We have a wealth of experience selling and installing a wide variety of wood burning stoves, pellet stoves, cookers, central heating and chimney products for centuries-old properties throughout France. So, we can give you expert advice on how to select the perfect heating for your home and keep your French dream burning brightly this winter.

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