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
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.
The inside hallyway. Beautiful staircase -
The kichen: huge stove and well lit.
Bedroom with view of the sea.
Bedroom, fireplace view.
Saving a seat for you,