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You Asked, I Listened…The Ghost & Mrs. Muir Cottage Floor Plan

Posted in movie houses, houses in movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2012 by Christine Haskell

It amazes me how interested people are in this movie, the memorabilia of this movie and the infamous house.

Mary Casey of Colorado sent this in…the floor plan from the house from in the pilot of the TV show. The house is located in Montecito, CA. They added the Widow’s Walk, the stone lions, and the ship’s wheel on the balcony outside the master cabin.

She went on to tell me “If you are a fan of the show, the differences are easy to spot – the biggest being the real house in CA has 8 steps that lead up to the front porch, where the TV house had two steps and a wide porch that goes around the whole outside of  the house.”

60 Olive Mill Road, Montecito, CA
Here is the youtube link when the house went up for sale.
 
May confessed:
I think I first saw this film when I was about… maybe 12 or 13.   I saw the TV show first, loved it, especially the ghost, and my mother told me the show was based on the movie, that was based on the book. Of course back then (1970!) there were no VCRs or DVD’s, but I happened to look in the TV Guide and found out that it was running on some afternoon movie channel during the week.

I cannot tell a lie – at that point in my life, my mother was divorced and raising four of us, and sometimes we had babysitters, and sometimes not.  I actually faked sick to stay home and see the movie!   Loved it, in a whole different way than the TV show, but did think it was rather sad that he left her, and didn’t come back until she died.  Then I found the book, in paperback (now a collector’s item!) and read that, and was relieved to know that in the book he left, but came back years before she died.

Tell us when you first saw The Ghost and Mrs. Muir…

Saving A Seat For You,

Movie Real Estate: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Posted in Movie Houses with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2009 by Christine Haskell

This is the house that started it all. This is the house that I fell in love with as a young girl and never got over. It all started when I was little, and my mother introduced me to The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.  An old house by the sea, the turrets inspire some of the many perspectives in the film. Balmy weather and lush vegetation often frame the home and the story. 

1900: Having had enough of living with her late husband’s mother and maiden aunt, young widow Lucy Muir decides to move with her daughter Anna to a place of her own by the sea. Her eye falls on the picturesque coastal village of Whitecliff where she finds a beautiful house Gull Cottage. The landlord tries his hardest to dissuade Lucy from taking the cottage, telling her that all the previous tenants have moved out just as quickly as they moved in. Lucy soon discovers the reason for the landlord’s warnings when she sees windows and doors open on their own, candles blown out and hears disembodied laughter. Unlike the previous tenants, strong-willed Lucy refuses to be scared off by the hauntings and demands that the ghost reveal himself. He appears and Lucy recognises him immediately as Captain Daniel Gregg, the cottage’s previous owner and whose portrait hangs above the mantelpiece. Initially hostile towards one another, Lucy and the Captain soon develop a mutual respect that quickly becomes admiration. When Lucy suddenly finds herself in financial difficulties, in order to raise money the Captain (or Daniel as he asks her to call him) dictates to her a novel about his life. While writing the book, Daniel and Lucy learn more about each other and become closer.

I can’t possibly tell you more, you’ll just have to rent it for yourself.

Who wouldn’t want to live here?

Gull Cottage: The Ghost and Mrs Muir

Gull Cottage: The Ghost and Mrs Muir

There really is, in fact, a Gull Cottage. It resides in Montecito, California, shouldered between condominiums, and minus the lion statues on the porch, the ship’s wheel on the balcony, and the widow’s walk on the roof. Many of the interior scenes in the television series were shot in the house, and the rest were filmed at  Twentieth Century Fox. Below are some stills highlighting some of the interior.
Viewing the house for the first time...and the infamous monkey tree.

Viewing the house for the first time...and the infamous monkey tree.

 

The inside hallyway. Beautiful staircase -

The inside hallyway. Beautiful staircase -

The kichen: huge stove and well lit.

The kichen: huge stove and well lit.

Bedroom with view of the sea.

Bedroom with view of the sea.

Bedroom, fireplace view.

Bedroom, fireplace view.

Saving a seat for you,

Christine

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