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Lydiard House

Lydiard House

Lydiard House

Visitor Information - The beautiful State Rooms of Lydiard House are reopening on Saturday 9th April following a winter hiatus.  From 9th April, Lydiard House Museum is open on Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 4:00pm (last admission 3.30pm).

At the heart of the park is Lydiard House – a striking Grade I listed Palladian house that for 500 years was home to the St John family.  The ground floor state apartments of Lydiard House have been beautifully restored and are open to visitors to view the ornate plasterwork and original family furnishings displayed alongside portraits and photographs of the St John family.Your visit starts in the grand Main Hall, which was originally the impressive entrance to the St John's family home as well as being a space for dancing and entertainment.  To the right, you will find the Library, lined with bookshelves decorated with classical plaster busts of famous philosophers.


Walking back through the Main Hall to the Dining Room, you find an elegant room designed to showcase the St John family's wealth and taste.  Look up to see the ornate plasterwork decorated with shells, leaves, fruit and flowers and enjoy the table set out with the family's fine porcelain, glass and silverware.

The Drawing Room is richly decorated with family portraits and Giltwood furniture.  Some of the original 1820s red flock wallpaper is still in place and the white marble fireplace is one of the highlights of this house. 

drawing room



dressing room


In the 18th century, it was commonplace for homes to have a grand, ground floor bedroom and accompanying dressing room that would be used only for the family's most important and high status guests.  The room is dominated by the restored bed, complete with embroidered decorative panels. 

The Dressing Room celebrates Diana Spencer, 2nd Viscountess Bolingbroke and it is in this room that you can find two of Lydiard House's most unique objects - the rare 17th century painted window and the mechanical desk, made by Giovanni Socchi in the early 19th century.