One of our family traditions is to start watching Hallmark Christmas movies together on Thanksgiving night, and we binge our way through as many as possible until the new year. Even my husband and son are willing to watch with us when we make it a game, creating our own BINGO boards to see who can spot as many of the typical plot twists in each movie as possible.
When we watched the 2018 premiere of Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane, I became almost too obsessed with the gorgeous old house to focus on my board, though. I had to know more about it. When I tracked it down, I saw it was on the market recently, so I was able to get more information about it.
Keep scrolling to find out what I learned about this Victorian mansion!
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The House from “Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane”
They filmed Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane at the Silas W. Robbins House, a B&B in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
What the movie’s about:
Emma (Alicia Witt) returns home to celebrate Christmas for the last time in the house she grew up in. Since her parents have died (note: I get a point on my BINGO board whenever a movie plot features a dead parent!), she and her siblings are selling the house on Honeysuckle Lane.
Morgan (Colin Ferguson) is hired to appraise the antiques in the house. After they find letters hidden in her mother’s desk, they work together to solve the mystery of who wrote them.
The movie was based on a book by Mary Elizabeth McDonough (Amazon affiliate link):
McDonough played Erin on The Waltons, and she has a cameo as Emma’s mother in flashbacks here, which is fun.
I started reading the book (Amazon affiliate link) after learning it was written by “Erin Walton.” 🙂
I tracked down the stunning Second Empire on Broad Street in Wethersfield, Connecticut:
Hallmark Christmas movies almost always have pretty houses in them, but they outdid themselves with this one.
As far as I can tell, they filmed inside the real house instead of separate sets.
In the movie, the “Christmas attic” for storage is on the third floor, but the listing says there’s a ballroom.
Here we see Witt and Ferguson descending the staircase in the movie (below):
It was on the market recently, and the listing said:
This Victorian mansion stands apart as one of the great period homes in Connecticut. Built for the family of a prominent businessman and now operating as a magnificent Bed and Breakfast.
In 2001 a masterful 6-year restoration lavishly transformed its 7,500 square feet to create resplendent interiors. In an area known for its historic architecture this masterpiece is an aesthetic tour de force.
Filming a scene in one of the bedrooms (Laura Leighton plays Emma’s sister Andie):
Silas Robbins, owner of the seed business Johnson, Robbins and Co, built the house in 1873.
The 2018 listing said:
“Beautifully restored authentic 19th Century Silas Robbins House, private estate or turn key B&B on gated acre of gracious gardens and manicured lawn in the heart of the Historic District. Architectural history with every detail, impeccable decor, custom milled woodwork and tin ceilings.
“A handsome porte-cochere with its own mansard roof. Large double-leaf entry door is original and features arch and circular openings with beveled glass. Tea Room/library. Three staircases. Carriage house with 3 car garage and living space with full bath.
“The finest example of Second Empire architecture in town!”
Visit the Silas W. Robbins website for more information and the
Douglas Elliman listing from 2018 for all the beautiful interior photos.
Production photos via Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.