All courses take place at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, one of Southern England’s finest country houses. 

The Butler Valet school opened in 2002 and offers the highest standards of training. The various courses include everything you could possibly need to know about how to be a world class butler or valet. From laying a table, serving food and wines, cellar control, cleaning silver and jewellery, taking care of clothes and footwear, packing suitcases, butler pantry duties, to the daily running of a large household and many other activities. All under the watchful eye of Mr Fink and his experienced team.

Students are given access to the whole house where up to 50 guests can be staying at any one time. This gives them a unique experience to practice their new found skills in a real working environment. We teach everything necessary to qualify you to work in either a private house, a hotel, super yacht or cruise ship. 

You couldn’t ask for a more stunning location to learn your butling skills.  A number of scenes from the popular TV series Downton Abbey were filmed here, and you will feel like you are rubbing shoulders with those characters as you learn how to master all the traditional skills required of a modern butler.  

We offer students help with their CV's and conduct mock interviews to prepare them for interviews with future employers. We have an excellent track record of getting our students work as butlers upon completion of the  course. 


Built in 1722, Ditchley Park presents a slice of perfectly preserved English history. It’s a gorgeous, timeless place. You wouldn’t believe the beauty of it unless you see it with your own eyes.
— Damien McMorran, Historian