Estate Manager – House Manager – Majordomo Role

For many years the role of a House Manager, Estate Manager, Majordomo and head butler would have varied considerably, but this is no longer the case. The difference in these roles today can be marginal and head butlers or senior butlers may carry out the duties of house managers, and vice versa.

As household employees are becoming more multi skilled, hierarchy levels have reduced, and the modern day butler is born. A super all-rounder, with impeccable standards.

With this in mind a job title for such a role is dependent on the family or business organization’s individual requirements.

Duties are likely to include, formal table service, drinks service, valeting and footman duties as well as care for fine wines & spirits, silver, china, linen, party and event planning. Care of antiques & artworks, some experience in art handling and shipping maybe an advantage.

Not forgetting recruiting and staff training, supervising & discipline, household inventories, petty cash & accounting, Servicing of swimming pool & leisure facilities.

You may be required in assisting in property sales, purchasing cars and other high value items; the list is thorough and ever growing.

Other duties can include:-

Driving / chauffeur services


Personal assistant duties

Personal & residential security

Location should also be a consideration; managing households in Cities vary considerably to managing Country properties. Country knowledge of organizing shooting parties and weekends and care of guns, fishing and care of boats or other equipment may also be required.