Wonderful House Names

Unusual, unique house names often reflect eccentric buildings with fascinating stories to tell.  From grand country estates to normal terraced homes, this blog takes a look at five of the weirdest house names in the UK today.

The Pineapple House, Dunmore Scotland

One of the last plants you would expect to be cultivated in Scotland is the tropical pineapple. However, when you set foot into the lush grounds of the Pineapple Estate in central Scotland, you are instantly greeted by a picturesque mansion dominated by an intriguing pineapple-shaped summer house. The Pineapple House, which is managed by The Landmark Trust, was constructed by Lord Dunmore in the Georgian area and is now a thriving tourism attraction, almost equidistant from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

House in the Clouds, Thorpeness, Suffolk

This unique Suffolk landmark, which is perched 70 feet above the ground in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, was built shortly after the First World War to receive water from the Thorpeness Windmill. Unfortunately, the house was hit by anti-aircraft in the Second World War, although the water tank was eventually repaired and put back into operation in later years. The House in the Clouds was converted into a residence in the 1970s and is now a popular holiday retreat, featuring five large bedrooms and three bathrooms. The building was also included in a episode of ITV’s ‘Britain’s Secret Homes, which was broadcast in June 2013.

The Headington Shark, Oxford, Oxfordshire

This unique building is situated in east Oxford and is known for gigantic fibreglass shark, which which made an appearance in 1986 but still evokes the impression that it has just crashed into the house from another planet. The 19th century residence is owned by the American Oxford graduate Bill Heine, who commissioned and erected the sculpture with an ‘Untitled 1986’ label. Although the shark caused widespread controversy in its first few years of existence, the site survived after receiving approval from the former Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Heseltine, in 1992, although it is not widely noticed today.

The Headington Shark

The 222 House, Pembrokeshire, Wales

The 222 House is situated in the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and was completed by the design company Future Systems in the 1990s. The innovative, eco-friendly home benefits from geothermal insulation and a turf-covered roof, which helps it blend in perfectly with its green, natural surroundings. The building, much of which is situated underground, overlooks the scenic St. Brides Bay, which is a special area of conservation.

The Crooked House, Windsor, West Berkshire

The Crooked House of Windsor is one of the oldest buildings in the town and dates back to the end of the 16th century. The structure, which is also called the Market Cross House, is now a listed building, although it did not gain its ‘crooked’ status until the early 18th century, when it was rebuilt with green oak. The slanted house also contains a special underground passage to Windsor Castle, which has existed for several centuries, although this is now sealed off to the public.

Lauren Davide is a passionate graphic designer and blogger of all things weird and wonderful. When Lauren isn’t sharing her thoughts and expertise online, she is lead designer at Design a House Sign, a company which supplies personalised house signs all over the UK.

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