I’m a total sucker for romantic comedies. Life may not always turn out the way it does in the movies, but it sure is fun to “escape” to a fantasy world where the guy always gets the girl and the girl always gets her Prince Charming, even if he is slightly flawed in the beginning.
Sabrina, a 1995 remake of the Billy Wilder 1954 original with Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden, is a rom com with an interesting twist that keeps you guessing right up until the end. This 1995 version starred Harrison Ford as Linus Larrabee and Julia Ormond as Sabrina. Greg Kinnear played Linus’s brother, David. Have you seen it?
The movie, Sabrina has a little bit of everything for the hopeless romantic. There’s the ugly duckling who becomes a swan. Cinderella makes it to the ball and of course she looks like a princess dressed in her beautiful ball gown. Sabrina has lots of high fashion, wonderful vintage and antique cars, over-the-top, elegant parties, grand mansions and even an adorable cottage on Martha’s Vineyard. I think the cottage may have been my favorite house in the movie.
Today we’re going to take a peek inside the expansive Glen Cove estate where much of the movie was filmed. (Picture below is from the site, Big Old Houses.)
Per the website, movie-locations dot com, the Glen Cove mansion is a private home built in1929, and goes by the name, Salutation House.
The movie starts by giving us this aerial view of the home. In the movie the home belongs to the Larrabee family, owners of the Larrabee Corporation. Here’s a view of the front of the estate…
And a view of the back…
The Larrabees are very wealthy and have both an indoor tennis court,
As well as an outdoor tennis court.
There’s an indoor swimming pool,
And an outdoor swimming pool.
The Larrabees are known for their grand parties and the movie starts with an awkward, immature
Cinderella Sabrina, played by Julia Ormond, perched high in the trees spying on the ball party and so wishing she could go. Isn’t it funny how today’s movies often mimic the fairy-tales we heard as children?
For many years Sabrina has had a terrible crush on David Larrabee who barely even knows she exists.
Sabrina and her father, who works as a chauffeur for the Larrabees, live in a cute apartment located above the Larrabee’s garage.
I captured some pics of the garage apartment for another post…just too many to include here. In this scene, Sabrina is helping her dad wash one of the Larrabee’s cars while she longs to attend the party she hears going on only a few feet away. She is about to embark on a grand adventure, she’s leaving to fly to Paris the following day for a fashion internship with Vogue. The trip transforms Sabrina and she’s almost unrecognizable when she returns. It’s a true “awkward duckling to elegant swan” transformation.
Here’s one more view of the back of the Larrabee home, the day after one of their infamous parties.
We don’t get to see a lot of the home inside, but I loved this beautifully paneled library. Pictured below are Nancy Marchand as Maude Larrabee, Harrison Ford as Linus Larrabee, Gregg Kinnear as David Larrabee and Lauren Holly as Elizabeth Tyson.
In the movie, Linus helps his mother, Maude, run the Larrabee business while David spends his days goofing off and playing the wealthy, spoiled playboy. David meets Lauren and Maude and Linus couldn’t be happier because if they should marry, the relationship would ensure a merger between the Larrabee Corporation and Tyson Electronics, owned by Lauren’s family. Linus is always thinking money, even when it comes to love/relationships. One of the best lines in the movie is when Sabrina tells Linus he’s known as “the world’s only living heart donor.”
Another beautiful room…notice the silhouettes beneath the lit sconces. Love those little details!
The grand hall on the lower level of the Larrabee estate is very impressive. This would definitely awe visitors arriving for a day’s visit.
Here’s another view of this same area picturing the young, unsophisticated (pre-Paris) Sabrina as she heads up the grand staircase.
A few more views of the stairway…
The top of the staircase: Plenty of beautiful paintings mixed with lots of deceased relatives on the walls in this movie.
We get a brief glimpse of David’s room when Sabrina stops by to let him know she’ll be going away for several months. (She leaves for Paris the next day.) David’s room has a masculine, no frills design, just as one might expect for this always-on-the-go playboy. David isn’t in the room, instead it’s Linus who is there in the closet. Not realizing it’s Linus, Sabrina spills her heart about leaving, then runs away embarrassed when she realizes her mistake.
We get a few glimpses into the kitchen where the staff is busy at work. Kind of makes you think of Downton Abbey, only there’s none of the scheming and backstabbing we see going on in that show.
Another view into the kitchen during the midst of a big party…that’s Sabrina’s dad sitting at the table.
We get a little glimpse of the exercise room as Linus talks with his Mom about the developing “situation” between David and Sabrina.
The Larrabee estate of course has a Billiard Room. Once again, love all the gorgeous judges paneling! Can you think “Billard Room” and not in the same breath think Colonel Mustard with the candlestick?
There’s a stunning conservatory and it plays a pretty important role in the movie.
It’s where David always likes to woo his latest victim. It’s also where Sabrina gives Linus a big slap right across the face. He totally has it coming. I can’t tell you how the movie ends since that would spoil it if you haven’t seen it. I loved the scenes shot while Sabrina is in Paris. Sabrina is a fun movie to watch when you don’t want to have to think too much…just want to enjoy.
As beautiful as the Larrabee estate is in the movie, this girl would much prefer the charm and coziness of the apartment over the garage or the darling cottage on Martha’s Vineyard. I’ll share both those homes later this week in separate posts. I think you’ll love them, too!
Have you seen either the 1995 or 1954 version of this movie? I’ve only seen the 1995 version, though I’ve been meaning to watch the original.
Pssst: The Big Wedding is finally being released this Friday! Can’t wait to see it. You can get a sneak peek of the home in this post: The Big Wedding, A Peek Inside this Beautiful Lake House
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