The château enjoys an enviable reputation amongst professional journalists and publications across the media and we love to share their output with our guests and friends.  We’ve appeared on radio, in print and in digital media including television, blogs, vlogs, facebook and instagram with a world-wide audience.  Press packs are available by writing to [email protected]

Local Interest

Local media has an insatiable thirst for new and interesting stories and they carry regular articles on the château and our many events which are open to the public.  We have featured in editorial which describes the investment and refurbishment programme and its effect on the local economy as well as high-profile articles on visiting chefs, musicians and theatre companies.

Property Investment

With our numerous individual investors and heritage-saving renovation programme, the award winning Fractional Ownership Scheme at Château de Jalesnes is often chosen as a featured topic by the property press.  Voted the Most Innovative Property Investment Vehicle in Europe at the Property Investor Europe Awards, the château


Château de Jalesnes is at the heart of the Loire Valley community which it serves and the lives of its owners make for interesting reading.  What makes a person leave their country of origin to embark on a new life and rescue a neglected 500 year château into the bargain?  The finished article is often the backdrop to many exciting lifestyle stories – our transformation to Château de Stylist for the Women’s fashion title was one such adventure.

Escape to the Chateau: DIY - Trailer

Chateau de Jalesnes Escape to the Chateau – Do It Yourself

In 2017 a TV crew from Channel 4 spent six weeks filming the trials and tribulations of Chateau de Jalesnes.  Hosted by Dick and Angel Strawbridge and staring our investors Jonathan Cooke, Michael Halpin as well as our current managing investor Jenny Savage.

Through out the episodes you will see some of the work that has been carried out here at the Chateau.

Episode 1 : Jonathan and Michael, who are struggling to turn their magnificent French castle into a money-making venture, explore some of their chateau’s caves in the hope of finding a buried fortune.

Episode 2: In this episode, Angel advises Brits Jonathan and Michael on how to make their chateau wedding business work. Then it’s crunch time for the pair as they try to persuade an American couple to book a big money wedding with them.

Episode 3: Jonathan and Michael test the services they provide at their chateau by inviting Michael’s old college mates for the weekend, but will they be able to lay off the partying?

Episode 4: Dick helps search for a stash of wine, said to be hidden by the Germans during World War II, in one of Jonathan and Michael’s caves.

Episode 5: It’s crunch time for Jonathan and Michael who are facing their investors. Their newest idea – to keep goats – does not go down well.

Episode 6: Desperate to increase income at his chateau, Michael invites Angel to help out with an experiment to do afternoon tea for the locals. Can they get it ready in time?

Episode 7: As Jonathan and Michael prepare their chateau for the big wedding, they have a sewage problem that threatens to take the whole first floor out of action; with 40 guests due, the timing couldn’t be worse.

Episode 8: For Jonathan and Michael, with the big wedding day upon them and 45 guests to deal with, can they deliver the perfect occasion?

Watch the full episodes here: Watch now on 4oD


Read more Press from Escape to the Chateau here:

Meet the Brits starring in Escape to the Chateau

MailOnline – Would you buy and renovate a property online?

Home & Property – The Londoners who swapped the Capital for their own castle

‘WHAT A SWAP Couple sell London flat for £750k to buy 17th century French chateau which they can now rent for £25k per week on Escape to the Chateau: DIY

How to Rescue a Château – A Guide for Investors

How a small group of ordinary people came together to rescue a French château from ruin. This short film explains how you could join them on this amazing journey and own shares in the dream! Winner of ‘Property Investment Europe’ magazine’s Award for Innovation. The investors acknowledge the enormous contribution made to the Jalesnes Project by the volunteer film production crew; Felix and Léa.