Sabrina: Waterfront Cottage on Martha’s Vineyard

Yesterday we toured the beautiful Long Island estate located in Glen Cove that was used in the filming of the 1995 version of the movie, Sabrina.  During the movie, Linus Larrabee does everything he can to keep his brother David away from Sabrina who has just returned from living in Paris for an extended period.  Sabrina left for Paris an awkward young girl, but she returned a beautiful, sophisticated woman.

To keep David and Sabrina apart, Linus takes Sabrina (via private plane) to the Larrabees adorable Menemsha cottage on Martha’s Vineyard.  Linus does it under the guise of requesting Sabrina, an amateur photographer, take some pics of the home in case he decides to sell it.  The surrounding views are really pretty in this authentic fishing village.

Cottage on Martha's Vineyard in Movie, Sabrina

Beautiful!

View from Deck of Cottage on Martha's Vineyard

 In the movie you get a brief glimpse of the Edgartown Lighthouse.

Cottage on Martha's Vineyard in Movie, Sabrina

Love this view through all these fabulous windows!  In real life, this cottage overlooks the fishing port of Chilmark.  Interesting fact: The cottage once belonged to Billy Joel.

Cottage on Martha's Vineyard in Movie, Sabrina

Linus is trying to set a trap for Sabrina and keep her out all day, so he called his staff in advance and had them prepare a little feast complete with champagne. Devious Linus!

Martha's Vineyard Cottage Feast in Movie Sabrina

Notice how the book shelves are decorated in the background in this waterside cottage.

Decorating Beach Cottage Bookshelves

I like the pretty bottles in the window, catching the sunlight off the water.

Cottage on Martha's Vineyard, Bottles in Window

Linus had his staff fill the cottage with lots and lots of flowers.  Isn’t the hat just perfect resting there on the foot of the bed?

Cottage Bedroom, Martha's Vineyard

A second adorable bedroom, this one with a brass and iron bed.

Cottage Bedroom, Martha's Vineyard

 

Have you ever been to Martha’s Vineyard?  Ever stayed in a cottage there?  I’ve never been but would love to go some day.

If you missed yesterday’s tour of the beautiful estate, Salutation House in Glen Cove (also seen in the movie, Sabrina) you’ll find it here:  Sabrina, Tour the Beautiful Glen Cove Estate in the Movie

House in Movie, Sabrina




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Comments

  1. Betty Williams says:

    When I was a child, an elderly friend believed it was bad luck to leave a hat on a bed. She didn’t know why. She also would not allow visitors to enter one door of her home and leave through another. I do those things, but often think of her as I do them. Glad your household is on the mend.

    • Betty, I had never heard of that. I just found this online: In the book “Hats & the Cowboys Who Wear Them,” Texas Bix Bender writes: “Seems the expression comes from way back when people believed in evil spirits — other than the ones you drink. These evil spirits lived in the hair. This probably came from static electricity in the air crackling and popping when you came in and took off your hat. So, the idea was, don’t lay your hat where you’re gonna lay your head ’cause evil spirits are spilling outta the hat. It doesn’t make any sense. But then, superstitions seldom do.”

  2. Never put your hat on the bed was true at my house too and I still never do it, it’s total bad luck. I looked very closely at that picture and I think the hat may be on the dresser beside the bed… phew!
    Also glad you’re doing better, but still, be good to yourself and go slow…
    Sheila C

    • Sheila, I had to look that up, here’s what I found online: In the book “Hats & the Cowboys Who Wear Them,” Texas Bix Bender writes: “Seems the expression comes from way back when people believed in evil spirits — other than the ones you drink. These evil spirits lived in the hair. This probably came from static electricity in the air crackling and popping when you came in and took off your hat. So, the idea was, don’t lay your hat where you’re gonna lay your head ’cause evil spirits are spilling outta the hat. It doesn’t make any sense. But then, superstitions seldom do.” I can’t tell if there’s a dresser there or not…not much space.

  3. I’ve never been either…GIRLS TRIP!!!! 🙂 franki

  4. Teresa Burlew says:

    Oh Susan! Martha’s Vineyard is truly Heaven on Earth! I have vacationed there three times in my life, and could say with certainty, that I left my Heart on Martha’s Vineyard each and every time. The “energy” that embraces you as soon as you step off the ferry at either EdgarTown, or Vineyard Haven is pure Peace. I encourage you to take a trip there and see/feel for yourself “Heaven on Earth” – darn, now I have myself longing to go!

  5. Teresa Burlew says:

    One more thing Susan; directly behind the first picture you have here of Memensha is a tiny crab shack called “The Bite”. Oh my goodness, you will never taste seafood as good or as fresh. Tid bit of fact… the film “Jaws” was also filled here.

  6. Thanks for the memories.
    I have to admit to watching both the old and new movies.
    Your tour gives me those extra details.
    Imagine living like that …

  7. Linda Page says:

    I have been to Martha’s Vineyard and was surprised at how large it is. I always pictured it as just one quaint village and nothing more. But there are several towns and lots of cattle ranches. Also, only the people that live there can bring cars onto the island. All visitors have to rent a car or bicycle once on the island or take the bus that takes you around the island. The houses and villages are so scenic and the landscape is lush. I loved going there and would like to go again some day. I was only there for the day so there was way too little time!!

  8. Susan and everyone else, you’d love Cape Cod and the Islands. The ferries make the half-hour hop from Wood’s Hole or downtown Falmouth to “the Vineyard” on a regular basis, and it’s easy to base yourself here and spend an afternoon or several days on-island. Edgartown is elegant, with its grand old homes and bed-and-breakfasts; Vineyard Have is quaint and work-a-day; Oak Bluffs is known for the gorgeous wooden carousel. It’s also the location of a delightful camp enclave, a collection of concentric circles of pastel-painted Victorian gingerbread houses which is a National Historic Landmark. Don’t miss Illumination Night, when all electricity is verboten, and the camp is aglow with warmly lit lanterns!

    And that’s just the island — don’t let me get started on Cape Cod. You’ll have a warm welcome from us here, I guarantee!
    Lots of love,
    Judith

  9. Great pix…I’ve never been there either..I would also LOVE to visit Nantucket for a while…if your up my way..you must stop a visit St Michael’s MD…most WonderFul colonial town..second only to Annapolis…nice shops too…and the Maritime Museum is great as well…and the food…don’t get me started….hope your morning has been great…

  10. Sandi Lee says:

    Same thing at my house about hats-we also were not allowed to sit on the edge of the bed because “it ruined the mattress”. Don’t know if it’s true or not. I thought the hat on the bed thing came because someone might sit on the hat by accident but who knows-we weren’t allowed to do either one!!!

    • Sandi, I had to look this superstition up online since I’d never heard of it. Here’s what I found: In the book “Hats & the Cowboys Who Wear Them,” Texas Bix Bender writes: “Seems the expression comes from way back when people believed in evil spirits — other than the ones you drink. These evil spirits lived in the hair. This probably came from static electricity in the air crackling and popping when you came in and took off your hat. So, the idea was, don’t lay your hat where you’re gonna lay your head ’cause evil spirits are spilling outta the hat. It doesn’t make any sense. But then, superstitions seldom do.” I heard the one about not sitting on the bed, too. I guess mattresses must not have been made that great back then if just sitting on the bed could ruin it. I think todays beds are okay. Funny the stuff folks worried about back in the day!

      • Sandi Lee says:

        I don’t think they worried about the mattress-it was just being taken good care of-we sure weren’t allowed to jump up and down on the beds either! My parents grew up in the depression and I think that generation as well as my grandparents were much more careful about taking care of what they had. Furniture and household goods were passed down through the family. I ‘m afraid we have lost a lot of that good common sense today. We are much more of a throw away society than when I grew up. I had one bicycle and one pair of roller skates during my entire childhood and I wasn’t allowed to leave things out in the yard to be ruined by the weather-you don’t see that as often today. Most of what I have in my home today are things they took care of and passed down and I just love being around those things every day and being reminded of where they came from. I hope my children will treasure them as much as I do when they are passed on to them. I think it is definitely a value worth passing on and I often wonder if it started when we got plastic-just some rambling thoughts to pass on!

        • Sandi Lee says:

          I meant started deteriorating when we got plastic as that’s when we started throwing so much away-sorry for the mistake.

  11. Patty/BC says:

    That cottage is the stuff dreams are made of – swoon. If one can swoon over a cottage that is : )

  12. pam ~ Crumpety Cottage says:

    Yes, what an adorable (and probably outrageously expensive!) cottage. I don’t remember visiting Martha’s Vineyard, but I visited Nantucket a couple of times as a child (grew up outside of Boston). It’s the same; miles of beautiful coastline and beautiful, weathered cottages. The shopping districts are all so quaint and the cobble stone streets are lovely (though hard to walk on, lol) I love the north Atlantic coast. I hope you get to visit someday.

  13. Susan in Northern Michigan says:

    Just found you a few months ago through Susan Branch. So glad I did! Love your decorating and ideas.
    These lovely homes and sets have such comfortable yet elegant style. Thank you for sharing them.
    SheilaC must have eagle eyes and I think she is correct about the hat on a dresser or table.
    I still can’t sit on the edge of a bed without a bit of guilt. 🙂
    Best wishes to you and Max. Please give him an extra hug (and kiss, if he likes them).

  14. Oh my Gosh! Did you see the lobster napkin holders on the table? I wonder where those came from! I’m glad to hear you and Max are doing so well – from a fellow furkitty owner of 4.

  15. We are lucky enough to own a summer house on Martha’s Vineyard. It is indeed heaven on Earth as one of your previous posters said. We LOVE it and would live there year-round if we could. I did not remember the Sabrina house was set in the Vineyard. Thanks for pointing out to me! Menemsha (and the island generally) is also where Jaws was filmed. Last year, there was a whole Jawsfest around the Vineyard to celebrate. It’s always interesting spotting film locations in real life.

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