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The school is situated in the beautiful Georgian Mansion of Ditchley Park, set in the English countryside eight miles north from the centre of Oxford.
Built in 1722, Ditchley Park presents a slice of perfectly preserved English history and is considered one of southern England’s finest country houses.
Its comfort and excellent facilities make it the perfect background in which to learn everything necessary to become a first class butler or valet.
Mr Rick Fink leads all course tuition and will be present at every course.
Mr Colin Gaunt, an Associate of the School, brings his twenty five years’ experience of butling to the team. Colin has worked in the most prestigious houses in England, including Buckingham Palace, Blenheim Palace, Woburn Abbey and for the U.S Ambassador in his private residence in London. With his wide-ranging background, Colin brings expertise and insight to our “hands on” training skills.
We have experienced and inspiring trainers who are specialised in particular aspects and will provide hands-on training during the course:
Tom Clifton is an Associate of the Butler-Valet school and runs his own recruitment agency P.E.S. He will help you craft your CV and conducts mock interviews. Tom’s agency will be on hand to help you seek employment. He also provides our health and safety training.
Hugo Morley-Fletcher, a well-known antiques expert, will provide insight that draws upon his upbringing in a stately home.
Sarah Preston, a chef trained by Prue Leith, will give demonstrations, training and practical cookery advice.
Mr Fink will also instruct on the correct procedure to be followed at weddings and other functions, how to announce meals and introduce guests. He will also talk about titles and equivalent ranks and how to address them.
Last Updated: March 9, 2013