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Butler

The cornerstone of the domestic household

Your Butler will fluently manage and ease your day-to-day activities and tasks. Fully-qualified, extensively-trained and thoroughly vetted, our butlers not only have impeccable social etiquette, but also the ability to anticipate your needs at all times.

At Irving Scott we provide butlers who are highly recommended and have years of experience catering to families and individuals of a high profile nature.

Our butlers possess equally refined communication and organisation skills which they use to the client’s advantage in order to manage staff with optimum ease and professionalism and to minimize conflict and miscommunication. A poised and capable butler oversees projects occurring within the house, establishes the basic rules and codes of conduct for other domestic staff, and serves the family during meals, family outings and special events.

Many butlers come to us with prior business and management training and areas as diverse as: table service, household cleaning, estate management, concierge services and hotel management, luxury lifestyle consulting and personal stylist training.  Butlers are often career professionals who maintain membership in a variety of guilds and professional organisations, such as the International Guild of Professional Butlers. Some are graduates of ‘butling’ and house management schools in Europe.

Some of the main skills a qualified butler should be proficient in:

  • Silver Service
  • Table Management
  • Front of House
  • Concierge Skills
  • Staff Management
  • Etiquette and Protocol

Additional skills, abilities and specialities that some households may require in a butler:

  • Knowledge in current events and international affairs with conversational abilities in two or more languages
  • Experienced in packing, unpacking and wardrobe management, understanding of fabrics and fashion, care of textiles and carpets and other household furnishings such as antiques
  • Available for occasional travel with clients and their extended families

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