To refuse to use my parents' made-up name for their house...

(170 Posts)
MerryMarigold Tue 13-Dec-11 17:43:06

OK, so they used to live in a house which didn't have a number and had a name. My kids would get excited about going to blah blah cottage., Now they have moved somewhere where the house does have a number. But they miss having a name for their house, so they've given it a name. I just feel naff using the name. I mean, the house already has a number! And it's not like a massive road, there are only 6 houses in it, and it's a 'court' so it sounds quite nice anyway.

AIBU and should I just swallow my pride and call the house by it's new 'name'? Or should I just say we're going to visit blah blah court and address post to no.6 blah blah court?

hiddenhome Tue 13-Dec-11 17:44:42

Just use both smile

TroublesomeEx Tue 13-Dec-11 17:45:13

Have they called it The Old Vicarage like Jack and Vera Duckworth grin

itsstartingtofeelalotlikexmas Tue 13-Dec-11 17:45:57

is it Costa Fortune grin

SydneyScarborough Tue 13-Dec-11 17:46:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ConnorCamden Tue 13-Dec-11 17:46:43

Just say "we're going to nanny and grandads house"

Dunroamin' ?

Tough one. On balance YANBU. Super twee to make up a name for your house but if that's what they want there's no real harm in it. Cringey, though.

Bloodymary Tue 13-Dec-11 17:49:20

Use both.
I used to live in a 'blah blah cottage' that also had a number.
Everybody used both because the cottage had a plaque with name and number on it. So it made sense.

randommoment Tue 13-Dec-11 17:49:29

Made up a silly answer at first, but actually - their house, their rules. Although it'll cost them £150 to get the post office to officially change the address!

I'm considering giving my house a made up name before I come to sell. It definitely improved the price.

Though I don't think "shit-hole" will do it grin

Pandemoniaa Tue 13-Dec-11 17:52:28

Chateau d'Espaire?
Villa Costalotti?

KD0706 Tue 13-Dec-11 17:53:01

My dad made up a name for his house. I think it's totally random, must google at some point. I don't use it on post, just the number.

I think in my dads case he is trying to be a snob bless him.

perplexedpirate Tue 13-Dec-11 17:55:16

Don't use name and number on addresses! It's beyond naff.
I think I'd just stick with the number tbh.

SuePurblybiltbyElves Tue 13-Dec-11 17:56:35

I know of two very ordinary bungalows locally, one a Fresh Wyndes and one an Island Pynes. Is it either of those?

Yes it's twee, but they are your parents, are you really going to 'refuse' to refer to the house as they wish?

Don't be an arse about it, how hard is it to just humour them, ffs?

mummymccar Tue 13-Dec-11 17:58:32

My dad did this a few years ago too but put paid to the idea when the postman told him that it sounded stupid! grin

MerryMarigold Tue 13-Dec-11 18:00:09

OK, I will swallow my pride and call it that...but it is called "Providence Barn" (ok, I don't think they know anyone on here!).

AI still BU in light of the name?

MonaLotte Tue 13-Dec-11 18:06:25

Does the building look like a barn?

TakenForAMug Tue 13-Dec-11 18:07:35

Is it an actual barn or barn-like structure?

SuePurblybiltbyElves Tue 13-Dec-11 18:10:09

Are they Amish?

At least it avoids 'Rose' 'Cherry' Cottage' 'Orchard' or similar bucolic grimness. Is it a barn, though?

candytuft63 Tue 13-Dec-11 18:13:22

Daryll and Anne round the corner named their new bungalow... Daryanne.
Their parents moved next door . They are called Mark and Jennifer. Youve guessed it -the proud new owners of Marjen !
so it could be worse ! grin

BerthaTheBogBurglar Tue 13-Dec-11 18:14:10

I wouldn't bother writing it on post - it won't help the postman and what's the point?

And when you're talking about going to someone's house - would you use the name? Don't you just say "we're going to X's house"?

I can't think of any other occasions when you'd need to use the name, really.

KenDoddsDadsDog Tue 13-Dec-11 18:15:12

I know someone whose house is called Shalimar.

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