"Cold Comfort Farm, Howling, Sussex"
Carthorses, Sussex, 1937
Public DomainCarthorses, Sussex, 1937 - Credit: Arthur Mee

Stella Gibbons's original choice of name for the Starkadder family home was Curse God Farm. However, according to her nephew and biographer, Reggie Oliver, she took up the suggestion of a friend, Elizabeth Coxhead, who knew of a real farm called Cold Comfort near the village of Stoke Golding in Leicestershire. In a 2001 article about this farm, it was reported that the couple who bought it in 1957 had renamed it 'Comfort Farm'.