The 4 Week Butler Course

General

Program Description

The 4 Week Course Programme

£7,950 + VAT (includes accommodation, breakfast, and all meals at school).
This detailed and intensive course teaches you how to be a butler in 4 weeks. Starting completely from scratch, Mr Fink will personally share his skills and knowledge and train you to a world-class level. It is highly recommended to those who have no previous experience or are changing from hospitality to private service. Each course schedule varies slightly depending on the events taking place at Ditchley Park during the year.

WEEK 1

THIS WEEK PROVIDES INTENSIVE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE IN THE DUTIES OF THE BUTLER. 1. How to behave, dress and speak to employers and guests. 2. How to greet guests, attend to their needs and make them welcome. 3. Become familiar with the duties of the housekeeper and other staff and understand how to work together 4. Learn what happens in the pantry, e.g. the care of fine crystal, silver and china. 5. Learn how to make trays for various meals. 6. Prepare the dining room for luncheon and dinner and other parties, and learn how to wait at table.

WEEK 2

FOCUSING ON DEVELOPING YOUR FOOD AND DRINK KNOWLEDGE AND COOKING SKILLS. 1. The serving of wines port and cigars, wine-matching. 2. The management of the cellar, laying of wine and port. 3. The preparation and presentation of fine foods. 4. How to carve different meats and cut smoked salmon. 5. A full day’s cooking with an experienced chef. 7. How to shop and what brands to buy.

WEEK 3

THIS WEEK WE WILL EXPLORE THE ART OF VALETING. 1. The care of fine clothes, including all types of clothing, uniforms, suits, ties, etc. 2. Pressing. 3. Ironing. 4. Removal of stains. 5. Care of shoes. 6. How to lay out clothes. 7. How to pack a suitcase.

WEEK 4

DEDICATED TO GIVING YOU THE FINISHING TOUCHES; AN ADVANTAGE WHEN SEEKING EMPLOYMENT. 1. The owner of a domestic agency will give you a mock interview and show you how to write and lay out your CV. 2. Look after the 40-50 guests staying at the House and attend to all their needs. 3. Simplified toast-mastering duties. 4. You will be able to put into practice all you have learned. 5. You will be assessed accordingly and receive your Diploma.

Last updated May 2018

About the School

All courses take place at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, one of Southern England’s finest country houses. You couldn’t ask for a better environment to learn your butling skills. A number of scenes fr ... Read More

All courses take place at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, one of Southern England’s finest country houses. You couldn’t ask for a better environment 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 contemporary skills of a modern butler. Read less