Sabrina: Tour the Beautiful Glen Cove Estate in the Movie

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.

Sabrina, Tour the Beautiful Glen Cove Estate 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.)

House in Movie, Sabrina

Per the website, movie-locations dot com, the Glen Cove mansion is a private home built in1929, and goes by the name, Salutation House.

Sabrina, Tour the Beautiful Glen Cove Estate in the Movie

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…

Sabrina, The Long Island Estate in the Movie

And a view of the back…

Sabrina, Tour the Long Island Estate in the Movie

The Larrabees are very wealthy and have both an indoor tennis court,

Sabrina, Tour the Beautiful Glen Cove Estate in Long Island in the Movie

As well as an outdoor tennis court.

Sabrina, The Long Island Estate in the Movie

There’s an indoor swimming pool,

Sabrina, Tour the Beautiful Glen Cove Estate in Long Island in the Movie

And an outdoor swimming pool.

Sabrina, Tour the Beautiful Glen Cove Estate in Long Island in the Movie

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?

Sabrina, Tour the Long Island Estate in the Movie

For many years Sabrina has had a terrible crush on David Larrabee who barely even knows she exists.

Sabrina, Tour the Beautiful Glen Cove Estate in Long Island in the Movie

 Sabrina and her father, who works as a chauffeur for the Larrabees, live in a cute apartment located above the Larrabee’s garage.

Garage Apartment in movie, Sabrina

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.

Garage Apartment in movie, Sabrina

Here’s one more view of the back of the Larrabee home, the day after one of their infamous parties.

Beautiful Estate Home in Movie, Sabrina

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.

Library in Salutation House in the 1995 Movie, Sabrina

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!

Sabrina, The Long Island Estate in the Movie

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.

Sabrina, The Long Island Estate in the aMovie

Here’s another view of this same area picturing the young, unsophisticated (pre-Paris) Sabrina as she heads up the grand staircase.

Sabrina, The Long Island Estate in the aMovie

A few more views of the stairway…

Sabrina, The Long Island Estate in the Movie

Beautiful window…

Sabrina, The Long Island Estate in the Movie

The top of the staircase:  Plenty of beautiful paintings mixed with lots of deceased relatives on the walls in this movie.

Sabrina, The Long Island Estate in the 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.

David Larrabee's Bedroom

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.

Beautiful Estate Home in Moive, Sabrina

Another view into the kitchen during the midst of a big party…that’s Sabrina’s dad sitting at the table.

Kitchen in Movie, Sabrina

We get a little glimpse of the exercise room as Linus talks with his Mom about the developing “situation” between David and Sabrina.

Exercise Room in Movie, 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? ;)

Billard Room with Judges Paneling

There’s a stunning conservatory and it plays a pretty important role in the movie.

Conservatory in Movie, Sabrina

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.

The Conservatory in the Movie, Sabrina

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

To tour some of your favorite movie houses, click here:  Movie House Tours




Comments

  1. Great tour – I have only seen the 1995 version of it – cute movie! I have been to Glen Cove a couple times and it really is a beautiful area! Thanks for sharing.
    -Shelley

  2. I’ve seen both versions and the 1954 version is my favorite! :-)

    • Nena, I guess I need to rent that one or maybe it’s on Netflix. :)

      • Do that. You won’t regret it… it’s Audrey Hepburn so…
        But for you, and your amazing taste in Homes and Decor, the “new” Sabrina is more you I think:

        “Once upon a time, on the north shore of Long Island, some 30 miles from New York, there lived a small girl on a large estate.”

        Oh yes, Sabrina is you! Both. But the new colors and film techniques add an extra something. Now, I’m craving… I think I know what I’m going to do this afternoon ;)

        Have a Wonderful Sunday, Susan & Max (hang in there, buddy :))

  3. Yup. I think I’m definitely going to have to force my husband to watch this one with me this weekend. :)

  4. Ah! Romantic comedies are the best! From the 30s -40s are THE best! Except how many times have I watched sleepless in Seattle and you’ve got mail?! How many times have YOU? Right! Thanks for the pics.

  5. P.s. I hope that you are feeling better very day.

  6. I have seen both versions as well, and like Nena, I prefer the 1954 version. I adore Audrey Hepburn in just about any move she made and her interpretation of Sabrina was – well, perfect. :)

  7. Peggy Thal says:

    Love this movie. Must have seen it a million times. I am a movie house watcher too. I just love your website. You are showing all the homes I adore too. I like the over the top mansions best ,just to see the decor. Thank you Susan!

  8. I’ve seen both but it has been a while. Guess what I’ll be doing tonight! :) Thanks for the lovely tour.

  9. The 1995 version is the winner for me! It is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I loved how your narration of the house’s features was like Sabrina’s narration at the beginning of the movie. :) Hope both you and Max are feeling more like your normal selves these days!

  10. I’m embarassed to say, I live about 20 minutes from Glen Cove and I’ve never been there. =( We love the Planting Fields Arboretum and Coe Hall in Oyster Bay, and Old Westbury Gardens. Both houses are simply stunning. Not sure if any movies were filmed there but we do see a lot brides and grooms taking their wedding photos at both places. Will be adding Glen Cove to our summer to do list!

    Jeanine

  11. Sandi Lee says:

    What a fabulous house-can’t wait to see the other posts of it. How’s Max and how are you?

  12. Susan, you definitely need to watch the old version too. It is just as good as the newer one. I loved them both.

  13. Its great to share my morning coffee with you again. Just ordered Sabrina(newer version) from
    Netflix. Rereading “Cottages by the Sea”–must be a wonderful “fairytale’ like place.

  14. BTW, “Cottages” is a beautiful pictorial & history book of Carmel, California. What an enchanting place.

  15. I have seen both movies, multiple times. You can’t beat Hepburn. She is just gorgeous. I was uncomfortable with the casting of both Ford and Bogart, but still loved the movies. I vote for the first version.
    PBS is starting to get a lot of my Sunday evenings. Anyone else?
    Hope you are doing well.

  16. I love that movie – the old and the new. Thank you for the wonderful tour!

  17. Pattie (Lilacnpearls) says:

    Thank you for the peak inside! Beyond fabulous :)

  18. Hi…..Love that movie…almost as much as the original…wonder what ever happen to Julia Ormond…Love Audrey Hepburn too much to ever love a remake of any of her movies more…I also Love Katherine Hepburn…but I prefer Grace Kelly’s..High Society remake of The Philadelphia Story over Hepburn’s…which I just watched on TCM…I’ve been totally hooked since last Dec….I love every Grace Kelly movie I’ve seen…
    Thanks for this tour….that place is quite amazing…that was also a great cast for that film…maybe it’ll turn up on TCM one day…..Kiss Max for me..I hope you’re having a WonderFul day…………ttfn

  19. Maryanne says:

    Although I live in the Atlanta suburbs now, I was born and raised on Long Island and spent many hours in the summer up in Glen Cove. I loved swimming in Long Island Sound, and driving around to see the beautiful homes of “the rich people”. Thanks for sharing this beautiful home.

  20. Patty/BC says:

    Hi Susan – isn’t it a beautiful mansion? The movie is sweet and lovely, I have only seen the 1995 version. I did try to watch the original, but it just didn’t seem to capture me as the more modern one did. It will be interesting to see the latest version. I hope you are much better now and Max continues to improve. Hugs to you both. Patty/BC

  21. Margo Kuhn says:

    I have seen both versions of this movie and while I love them both, my favorite is the older one. But this house and the gardens, etc. are amazing. If I could afford to live in a place like that, with servants, chauffer, etc., I would love it. Ha ha. Although the cottage in Martha’s Vineyard is adorable too.

  22. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Fabulous.
    More please…

  23. Original version with Audrey Hepburn is on Netflix streaming. Superior to the remake, even though Nancy Marchand was her usual marvelous self in the remake. Audrey in the original is the ultimate gamin. Glad you feeling well again and that Max is carrying on.

  24. That area is part of what is known as Long Island’s Gold Coast. There are many beautiful mansions there. I have been lucky enough to have dinner in one of those mansions years ago. Many of them have been turned into headquarters for large companies. We had our own private dining room, and it was an amazing experience. With the downturn in the economy, some have been sold off , razed and many houses built on the estate.
    I also have a friend who lives in one of the mansions. You need a Garmin to find the bathroom.
    I am not a movie goer, but if you are interested , Nelson DeMille’s book, The Gold Coast, is an irreverent nod to that area.

  25. One of my Christmas “traditions” is to wrap gifts while watching old videos. The ’95 version of Sabrina is always at the top of my viewing list. Thanks for your wonderful post! And hugs to you and Max!

  26. pam ~ crumpety cottage says:

    Oh Susan, Sabrina is one of my all time favorite movies! I just love it. It’s the ultimate, “Chick Flick.” There are so many beautiful things to see. It’s one of those movies that’s a feast for the eyes; and it has so many clever, funny moments. I love Julia Ormond. I consider her a true beauty. Did you ever notice she rarely wears makeup? Or when she does, it’s just a smidge. She was gorgeous in Smilla’s Sense of Snow.

    Anyway, this is one of those movies that has so many great moments, “You do realize that musical means they will sometimes dance about and burst into song?” Oh, don’t get me started … I could go on and on. For anyone who hasn’t seen it, I agree with Susan .. just watch it! You’ll be entranced.

    And I loved the apartment above the garage. Like you, I’d much prefer to live there than the big, austere house. I love how Sabrina’s dad has books piled everywhere (right up your alley, Susan ;) ) and I love that we get to see Paris. There’s just a lot of beauty in this movie. And Greg Kinnear was so cute as the lovable lay about, David. “Talk me up, brag about my good qualities. Okay … lie.” Haha. Harrison Ford with his simmering emotions was great and I loved the scene when everyone was enjoying the party and he was in the house working, showing the (I think Japanese men) the indestructible tv screen, lol. And how Maude said “.. why that’s .. that’s just … that’s Sabrina .. . David’s known her since she was 2. She’s like a sister to him.” And Elizabeth’s dad said, “She didn’t have that dress when she was 2. ” And, “I have a sister, we don’t dance like that.” Lol. So many funny lines. Anyway, thanks for posting that. It brings back great memories. :)

  27. One of my favorite movies. I often quote from it. Of course, I am speaking of the original. Making a remake of such a perfect movie was folly. I have seen the original at least a half dozen times, and it was much more credible, the script was tighter, the cast insurpassable, and the cinematography perfection. No comparison. You must see this soon and often. Now, in all fairness, I will try to get a copy of the re-make and watch it again, as I have only seen it once. Maybe I can find more to appreciate by giving it another chance.

  28. I LOVE that movie – own the DVD!

  29. I’ve seen them both multiple times, and love them equally for different reasons. I kind of like the idea of the “older man” who is clueless, and thought both Bogart and Ford were good choices. But I have loved Harrison Ford since Witness, as a romantic lead, so he gets my vote here. Audrey Hepburn is an idol of mine, so gets my vote BUT I think Julia Ormond is awfully good. So for me, it’s a draw. Think I’ll go rent them both from Netflix…again.

  30. DebraAnn says:

    Loved both movies. Saw the older version on tv as a young girl; saw the newer version as a woman; now own both movies. Definitely love the newer version more. It captured my heart. The soundtrack is also beautiful. I played it continuously the day that I knew my sixteen year old cat Bo was fading from me–it seemed to sooth him (and me, too) as he slipped away in my arms. Thank you so very much for the contact to the real places in the movie. All the best to you and Max.

  31. I’ve seen both movies, and I love them both. They’re just different enough to be almost like two different movies…almost. :) “Sabrina” is one of (two of?) my all-time favorite movies! Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos from both locations!

  32. I love Audrey Hepburn and checked out the 1954 version from the library. I loved the movie (except I thought Bogart was a bit too old to play Linus). I will have to check on the newer version, as I did not realize there was a remake.
    One sad note, William Holden fell madly in love with Audrey Hepburn while making this movie. He wanted to marry her, but because he could not have children, she refused him. Her greatest desire in life was to have children. She had such a big heart for children.

  33. Doreen@househoneys says:

    I adore Sabrina! It is definitely one of my all time favs. It has so many elements I’m drawn to…beautiful clothes, houses, romance (love Ford and that crooked smile of his) and Paris! It truly does NOT get any better than that. I saw the original and while I prefer Hepburn over Osmond I have to say my fav is the newer version.

    I grew up minutes from Glen Cove. Although the area has become more diverse over the years, the area by the water (The Gold Coast) remains lovely.

  34. I love the movie, the soundtrack (sooooo romantic), and Sabrina’s father’s book-filled flat above the garage – even more than the mansion! I’m a sucker for cozy. Thanks for reminding me to watch it again.

I'd love to hear from you! Please leave a comment!

*