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Mr Fink will teach and oversee the four week course.
On arrival Mr Fink will take you on a tour of the mansion
in which the school’s held. Ditchley Park was built in 1722 and is a truly beautiful and magnificent
environment in which to acquire the skills of a butler.
You will be allowed full access to the house during House Management training.
The course will include the following skills:
Daily running of a large household
Butler and pantry duties
Carving of meats: Poultry, game, smoked salmon
Care of fine silver, jewellery, antique furniture and glassware
How to organise large dinner parties
Shooting and hunting weekend
Laying the table
Correct procedures for serving meals
Serving finest wines.
The laying of vintage wines and ports.
Making various cocktails. using spirits
Temperature for liqueurs and their different flavours
Care of fine cigars
Dressing room duties (bedrooms provided for practice)
Laying out clothes, including eveningwear, uniforms and daywear
How to pack a suitcase
Care of Hunting and shooting clothes
The art of caring for all types of apparel and footwear
A practical approach is vital and you will have many opportunities to practice your newly acquired skills on a daily basis, including serving lunch.
The course emphasis will be on the formal way of carrying out butling/valeting duties.
During the four week course there will be visits from various speakers:
Hugo Morley-Fletcher is an antiques expert who has appeared regularly on the Antiques Road Show over the last 25 years. He was brought up in a stately home in the days when large houses were fully staffed. As a child and a young man he spent time on both sides of the Green Baize Door. The family Butler introduced him to the delights of polishing shoes, cleaning silver and decanting wine and was also a friendly source for cigarettes, alcoholic refreshments and other creature comforts. Hugo Morley-Fletcher will share his experiences growing up in such a household and the lessons he has drawn.
Sarah Preston a first class Pru Leith trained cook will demonstrate how to cook a quick nutritious meal.
Mr Fink will instruct on the correct procedure to be followed at a wedding and other formal functions. On how to announce meals in the house and how to introduce guests. He will also discuss titles and equivalent ranks and how to address them
Tom Clifton an Associate of the Butler-Valet School will attend the course to help with CVs and to conduct mock interviews to help prepare you for interviews with future employers.
You will also be taken to other great houses of interest including Blenheim Palace and four week courses will also include Windsor Castle
For more information either, e mail. or telephone to speak to Mr Fink direct.
Last Updated: July 29, 2013