Christmas will be coming early to Lydiard House thanks to a special festive treat on offer to visitors.

The Swindon Borough Council-owned stately home is offering a festive afternoon tea menu throughout November and December. For just £19.95 per person, visitors can enjoy a variety of hand-cut sandwiches, a warm mince pie, plus a selection of festive cakes, served with tea or mulled wine.

All guests will also be invited on a guided tour of Lydiard House, giving people the opportunity to experience the beautifully decorated halls for the festive season.

Lydiard House was home to the St John family for 500 years, and visitors will hear their fascinating history. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes, after which guests will be served three tiers of stunning festive treats.

The historic State Rooms of Lydiard House will be beautifully adorned with traditional foliage, a kissing ball, and a decorated Christmas tree. Floral decorations will also line mantle-pieces and doorways, adding splendour and festivity to the house.

The House has been decorated once again by Royal Wootton Bassett Flower Arranging Club.

Reservations for festive afternoon tea are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, between 27 November and 19 December.

To make a reservation, please call 01793 465270. Full payment over the phone is required to secure your booking and a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required.

Car parking is available at Hay Lane and Hook Street entrances. Parking charges apply.