27th June 2019
House names inspired by nature.
When it comes to giving a house a name, the British tend not to be terribly original. A quarter of British homes with monikers are named after flowers and trees, according to the Royal Mail. The most popular UK home is Orchard House, with Meadow View and Rose Cottage in second and third place.
With homeowners calling on nature to inspire them as to their choice of house name, regional leanings are understandably prevalent. The green and open spaces of Norwich explain the area having the highest concentration of Orchard and Meadow in its house names, as they are reflective of the local environment. Meanwhile, Tonbridge is the flower moniker hotspot.
The appeal of nature-inspired names is that they hint at tranquillity and natural beauty surrounding the home, even if the tree or flower they are named after has long gone. People love a native British tree in a house name and species are prevalent in certain areas, such as Oak Field Farm, Silver Birches, Birch Copse House, Hornbeam, Hazel House, Firs Copse and The Cedars.
Rose Cottage suggests a traditional English country home surrounded by fragrant rose bushes. Primrose Cottage calls to mind spring and new beginnings while Lilac Cottage suggests fragrance and calm. One would expect Jasmine and Honeysuckle Cottage to smell heavenly and may be disappointed if they turn out not to.
With more of us giving our home a name, it is important to get it right. Research from Globrix in the UK revealed that 40 per cent of buyers would be more interested in viewing a property if it had a name. But just as appealing names can attract buyers, get it wrong and you will put people off. Starveall Farm, for example, isn’t very enticing, while The Clump may refer to nothing more sinister than a group of trees but sounds off-putting. Houses conjure up images in people’s minds and are evocative, so Foxglove Grove sounds alluring even if the reality isn’t.
Some names ring alarm bells. River Cottage or Lakeside House will appeal to those who love having water in close proximity but does the river burst its banks on a regular basis and does the lake flood the house more often than a prospective buyer would like? Marshlands is another one to avoid unless the marsh is historic and has been drained. Heath House, on the other hand, doesn’t sound so glamourous but at least it will be dry. Brookside has its own issues – great having the brook at the end of the garden but the connotations with the Liverpool soap opera are perhaps less desirable.