As Miss Gwen zigzags her way through England in pursuit of those disappearing schoolgirls, it looks like she might wind up breaking for a night at the ancestral country estate of the Viscounts Loring (aka, the Dorringtons).
Most of the other great houses in the Pink books have a name. We know that Turnip lives hard by the village of Parva Magna, that the Dovedales preside from Dovedale in Norfolk, that the Pinchingdales are based at Sibley Court in Gloucestershire, and the Uppingtons, with the naming ingenuity for which they are known (Bunny-the-bunny, anyone?) have their principal seat at Uppington Hall in Kent.
We’ve seen Loring House, Miles’s familial town residence, but not the Dorrington country seat.
Help! What do you think would be a good name for Miles’s ancestral country house? (And just so you know, I’m ruling out Biscuit Manor. Just sayin’.)
As always, once we have a critical number of suggestions, I’ll open this to vote. I also have some “Ashford Affair” calendar magnets to give away to anyone who contributes an idea….
I like Biscuit Manor, personally. 😉
(bunnies, get it? get it?)
Sorry, you’ll eventually get some valid responses.
I love the Hareston Manor idea.
Wembley Park. I also think Hareston Manor is brilliant Jeffrey 🙂
I could make up names all day 🙂
I also like Hareston Manor, but if you want to use an aliteration, perhaps Hareston Hall or Hareston House.
Can’t wait for both books!
GingerLily Hall – It’s a real flower, look it up!
Loomington Manor- Miles had to learn all that looming somewhere!
Dorwood Estate- rather boring, but still.
and my favorite,
-Miles and Henrietta make each other and us laugh. I think this name pays tribute to the humor in their lives. In true British fashion it would be pronounced “Law-lay”
My nomination is for the boring: Loring Hall.
See, I think it needs to be some horrific name, with body parts/sounds part of the name 🙂 It’s why no one talks about it/says the name. They call it “the manor”, “the estate”, “the hall”.
How about Hareton Abbey?
Hareton for Hareton Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights, a nod to the Gothic feel of Miss Gwen’s novel and Abbey, because well, abbey’s are necessarily gothic.
Hareton also contributes to the hare/bunny joke.
One of my favorite Miles/Hen moments is Hen, Penelope and Charlotte dressed in green and hiding in the shrubbery to spy on Miles and the Marquise. In honor of that moment, I suggest Hedgecombe Court. I also really like Jeffrey’s idea of trying to work “hare” into the name.
What about Bunfield Court. In reference to aforementioned Bunny-the-Bunny.
Somebody please stop me! I’m an idiot! It’s a joke. I say a joke….LOL. (However, It is fun to rub virtual elbows with so much creative talent!)
How about something that speaks to Miss Gwen’s soul?
or for my own home town:
Aubrey Glen Estate
I am soooo excited 🙂 can’t wait till this book comes out I’m having withdrawls!
To continue bunnies and allierations
Can we borrow names?
My first choice Saltram House
Kensington Hall (sp?)
Ackley Abbey (Hall?)
I guess I am feeling very alliterative this morning.
Long Grove Estate
Cold Stream Manor
I Love Hareston!
Here is my attempt.
working from a few ideas that were presented… Harrington Hall or House? kind of goes with Hen and Miles as being a little harum-scarum
Mylde Manor, anyone?
I’m thinking something that puts us in mind of Miles’ “big goofy dog” persona. How about…
I also like AngelB’s theme of awful, embarrassing names:
How about something based on one of my favorite modern spies Chuck.
Perhaps Carmichael Landing?
My husband suggests Birchwood Estate. I’m thinking something like Beddington Court or Hawkwood Manor.
There is a village of Dorrington located in Lincolnshire. There is also a Dorrington Court in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. This last one sprawling red brick building, looks like the place where Miles might have come from. I would add the link, but it doesn’t seem to allow me.
Given that Miles’s mum is mad for opera, I’m thinking she badgered his dad into renaming the country home.
Pherae (setting of Gluck’s Alceste)
Aguas-Frescas (Count Almaviva’s estate in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro)
Unfortunately for us, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor is too far in the future to fudge (as is the rest of the bel canto canon).
Darlington Hall or Hareston Hall!
Maybe Shepdale Manor….since Hen called Miles a sheepdog (from way back in Pink I)
Coney’s Castle, Coneyhurst, Coneythorpe, Conyngham
from “coney”. The first three are real places in the UK; the last is in Pennsylvania. Lapin Abbey?