Informal Poll

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….


  1. Heather Bond on August 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Ginger Estate

    just kidding–


  2. Monica C. on August 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Brookdale Manor!

    I like Biscuit Manor, personally. 😉

  3. jeffrey on August 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

    “Hare-ston Manor”
    (bunnies, get it? get it?)
    Sorry, you’ll eventually get some valid responses.

  4. Rachel on August 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Dashwood Manor

  5. Cassie on August 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I love the Hareston Manor idea.

  6. Liz on August 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Wembley Park. I also think Hareston Manor is brilliant Jeffrey 🙂

  7. Beth on August 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Sterling Park
    Lidley Manor
    Castorly Park
    Loringbrook Hall

    I could make up names all day 🙂

  8. Joey B. on August 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I also like Hareston Manor, but if you want to use an aliteration, perhaps Hareston Hall or Hareston House.

  9. Sarah Smyczynski on August 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Elyrian Court

  10. Alexandra on August 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Loringdale Court/Hall/Manor/House
    Lorington Court/Hall/Manor/House

    Can’t wait for both books!

  11. Kindra on August 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    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,
    Laughley Hall/Manor/Estate
    -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”

  12. Chartreuse on August 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    My nomination is for the boring: Loring Hall.

  13. AngelB on August 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    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”.

    Barfwood Manor
    Phugliton Estate
    Liverstone Hall

  14. Emily on August 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    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.

  15. Tessa on August 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    How about:

    Privet Priory
    Woburn Court
    Southernwood Park
    Thornapple Manor

  16. Ashley on August 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    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.

  17. Catherine on August 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    What about Bunfield Court. In reference to aforementioned Bunny-the-Bunny.

  18. jeffrey on August 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    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!)

  19. Julie on August 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Hare Hall

  20. Jennifer on August 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    How about something that speaks to Miss Gwen’s soul?

    Brellington Court
    Parasollinson Point

    or for my own home town:

    Arlington Acres

  21. anya on August 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Loring Abbey…..

  22. Heather Schoeneman on August 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Aubrey Glen Estate
    Francis Park
    Laurel cottage
    I am soooo excited 🙂 can’t wait till this book comes out I’m having withdrawls!

  23. April on August 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    To continue bunnies and allierations

    Hareington Haven

  24. Diane on August 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Can we borrow names?

    Croome Court
    Hagley Hall
    Hartland Abbey
    Newstead Abbey
    Graythwaite Hall

    My first choice Saltram House

  25. stephanie on August 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I ditto
    Brookdale Manor

    Kensington Hall (sp?)

  26. Alison on August 4, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Ackley Abbey (Hall?)
    Afton Abbey
    Manford Manor

    I guess I am feeling very alliterative this morning.

  27. Jessica Mac on August 4, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Mapplewood Manor
    Long Grove Estate
    Pembrook Estate
    Cold Stream Manor

  28. Eika on August 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I Love Hareston!

    Here is my attempt.
    Summerton Manor

  29. Dee on August 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    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

  30. Becky on August 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Mylde Manor, anyone?

    I’m thinking something that puts us in mind of Miles’ “big goofy dog” persona. How about…
    Bumbleford Hall
    Blevinston Manor

    I also like AngelB’s theme of awful, embarrassing names:
    Kidneystone Hall
    Rippingfart Abbey
    Maidenchase Manor

  31. Isabel on August 6, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Mileston Abbey

  32. Emily on August 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    How about something based on one of my favorite modern spies Chuck.

    Perhaps Carmichael Landing?

  33. Lindsey on August 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    My husband suggests Birchwood Estate. I’m thinking something like Beddington Court or Hawkwood Manor.

  34. Georgia on August 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    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.

  35. MelissaW on August 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    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).

  36. Darlene Ferland on August 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Darlington Hall or Hareston Hall!

  37. Bridget Erin on August 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Maybe Shepdale Manor….since Hen called Miles a sheepdog (from way back in Pink I)

  38. Lucy D-G on August 11, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Coney’s Castle, Coneyhurst, Coneythorpe, Conyngham

    from “coney”. The first three are real places in the UK; the last is in Pennsylvania. Lapin Abbey?

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