Gorhambury House was commissioned by James Grimston, the 3rd Viscount Grimston and constructed in the years 1777-84 by Sir Robert Taylor. The house is Grade II* Listed and is built in a neo-Palladian style. It is one of the largest houses completed by the architect who is known for his work on The Bank of England and smaller villas surrounding the City of London. The spiral cantilevered staircase and double height hall are features of his work. It was built following the falling into disrepair of Old Gorhambury and many of the same bricks were used. Further extensions were made to Gorhambury in 19th century.
The main rooms in the neo-Palladian section of the house contain a collection is historic and academic comprising: Bacon and Grimston family portraits; a gallery of the great; two Piranesi fireplaces and other articles collected from the Grand Tour. Further highlights include 17th century painted glass windows, commissioned by Francis Bacon and salvaged from Old Gorhambury and the earliest English pile carpet.
The house has been lived in by the Grimston family since its construction. Viscount and Viscountess Grimston live at Gorhambury with their young family.
Due to major refurbishment works at Gorhambury House, public access to the 18th century rooms is suspended until further notice. However, we have scheduled a programme of ‘Gorhambury In Focus’ talks and activities at the House from April to October. Please see our 'What's On' page for details, or by clicking here
If you are interested in attending any of these events, please ring 01727 855000 to book your place. Refreshments will be included in the ticket price for each event.
The House is available as a location for filming and photography and we would be happy to assist in your enquiries.
Parking is available at the House. Please enter AL3 6AE into your sat nav for the entrance. Once at the gate please enter AL3 6AH for the house.
Booking and Enquiries
For filming or photography enquiries and House tour information, please contact Olivia Berry:
We are looking for a conscientious and enthusiastic person to join our small team of housekeeping staff for a historic family home in St Albans. Housekeeping relies greatly on the flexibility of its team to ensure the continuity of the high standards already achieved. This job description therefore, is a guide to the most regular duties and is not an exhaustive list of all aspects of the position and is subject to change when necessary. Duties will include daily cleaning and tidying of the currently occupied areas of the house to the highest of standards. We are looking for someone to work as part of the team to help with the reinstatement and ongoing care of the historic collection (paintings, furniture and ceramics).
We are looking to build a small team of part time housekeepers, we can be flexible on hours. The hours could be 8am-1pm, 9am-3pm or potentially to suit the right person we could consider alternative hours. The majority of work would be Monday-Friday, there may be some weekend working. We would consider combining the part time housekeeping and gardening roles into one full time role to suit the right person. Hourly rate up to £14 per hour depending on experience.
To apply please ring 01727 855000