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Butler Duties – What is required?

By Butler Academy




The Butler is responsible for performing the following tasks:

  • Conducting myself in a hands-on and professional manner at all times.
  • Maintaining a well groomed appearance.
  • Run the butler’s office (answer correspondence, pay accounts, make an inventory for insurance purposes etc).
  • Ensuring Mr Hamilton arrives at the airport timeously when travelling.
  •  Pack his suitcase for travelling.
  • Ensure the car is clean at all times.
  • Answer the door to visitors and answer the telephone in a professional manner.
  • Ensure rooms are ready for the children on the weekends and for any expected or unexpected guests.
  • Perform a valet service.
  • Polishing of shoes.
  • Ensure the silver is kept polished.
  • The gas bottles are kept full for cooking and the fireplaces.
  • Set the table and prepare and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner when required.
  • Prepare and serve afternoon tea on weekends and when Mrs King senior is visiting.
  • Liaise with and supervise suppliers and/or maintenance workers.
  • Purchase food for the pantry and perishables for the fridge.
  • Purchase or order from the appropriate stores.
  • Ensure that the menu is nutritious and tasty.
  • Organise parties.
  • Order or purchase clothing and shoes for Mr Hamilton.
  • Purchase new linen and towels when required.
  • Oversee the work of the housekeeper and gardener and train when necessary.
  • Hire and fire staff as and when required.
  • Offer a chauffeur service.
  • Order medication for Mr Hamilton and/or the children and arrange for the delivery thereof.
  • Order weekly fresh flowers for the entrance hall and the dining room and the conservatory (standing order – delivery every Friday afternoon).
  • Take cats to the vet if required.
  • Organise business and/or leisure travel arrangements.
  • Make restaurant reservations.
  • Ensure all newspaper, magazine and club memberships are renewed
  • Maintain and manage the home security system.
  • Maintain liquor and wine cellar stock.

The above is only but a few tasks required from a residential butler , feel free to add more below!

One Response

  1. Rika says:

    WOW What a day!! Covering Laura Star luxury ironing tool, tray requirements, Mr Cross making and us tasting the most amazing Bloody Mary!!, cleaning the fridges out and preparing a buffet lunch, and to top it off – having an early afternoon!! One successful day!!

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