Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Romantic Movie to watch on Valentines Day - featuring... the house

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

I know I'm not alone.  There are others out there that will watch a movie again and again to see the details of the historic house.  On Valentine's Day, what better movie to watch than The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, released in 1942 and starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison?  Gene Tierney plays the part of Lucy Muir, a young widow who rents a charming cottage by the sea, only to discover it is inhabited by Captain Daniel Gregg, a handsome ship captain's ghost (played by Rex Harrison).

Not to diminish the performances of Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison, which were wonderful, but the HOUSE.  Oh my, the house.... Gull Cottage, vine covered and romantic with tall windows, crackling fires in the hearth, and gas lighting.   This set was actually built in California and dismantled after the movie production.   But it certainly lives on in my mind as the quintessential ship captain's cottage by the sea.  What is your favorite romantic movie house?


  1. In the kitchen pic on the lower left...what is the white thing? Is it like a fridge? Seems like i because of the metal top...but down the front looks like where a flame might be. Sorry if this is a stupid question.

    1. You are right that the front is opened and wood is burned inside. The metal top opens and you can put a large metal bowl suspended from the top to heat water.

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    1. Check out this article: http://thefoodiebugle.com/article/cooks/llanerchaeron

      It is on a historic house museum. On the right hand side, there is a photo of one of these water boilers. The caption says that it is used to heat water for baths and cooking.

    2. Here's another photo with description that I found of a victorian copper water heater: http://www.1900s.org.uk/copper-water-heater.htm

    3. Thank you so much! You have been very helpful! I just love the look and feel of these rustic old kitchens! Beautiful website! Thanks again! :)


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