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Need someone to wash your wellies or iron your map?

At a boutique hotel in the Cotswolds – Lords of the Manor – you can hire an outdoor butler.   So, if you need someone to groom your dog, wash your wellies or iron your map, apparently these are all things that he’ll do for you for a daily rate that starts from £95.   From their website: <blockquote>If you just want to tramp around the gardens and the rolling hills, the staff will bring you a pair of Wellies on a silver tray.</blockquote> Lords of the Manor is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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  1. It would surprise me in this current economic climate that there are not an awful lot of crumpled maps and dirty wellies….even the spoilt rich seem to be cutting back these days…nice PR story though.

  2. I quite like this idea. Having lived in Asia for a few years, it’s easy to get used to having household staff to do all the chores for you. Then it’s a shock to the system to go back to the UK and have to do everything for yourself.

    What I’d really like is a butler or personal assistant to accompany us on our travels. I would like to travel light but by the time we’ve packed the cameras, laptop, and all the related stuff, the bags are already heavy. If I ever get to be rich, I would definitely hire someone to fetch and carry for me.

  3. IT is always a nice perk to stay at a hotel with Butler service. The Plaza in NYC was phenomenal. That being said, while Fairmont Gold doesn’t advertise a butler, it almost feels like it when you are on a Gold floor!

  4. I found this story to be quite funny actually, maybe because I’m not used to having an outdoor butler groom my dog. It’s incredible what people will pay for…but I have to agree that these days it seems like everyone is cutting back. I’m sure some will take part in this though.

  5. It just seems to me that it is better to market this with a room. Group it in with the room rate, rather than make it an add on. No one likes add-ons. I bet if you did a survey, people would rather have a 400 dollar room including a butler than a 310 dollar room with the option for a 90 dollar butler. In fact, most probably just wont order the butler.

  6. I agree in some ways, Kendal. It could be a good idea to add it to the room rate. We had a fantastic stay in the lebua in Bangkok and they offer a service where a chef will come to your suite and cook for you. I declined on the basis that I was perfectly capable of making my own food. We just didn’t order the chef add-on.

    That said, just like some breakfast offers or other inclusive offerings, we quite often give them a miss because it’s not what we want. In some ways I’d prefer to opt in for a service rather than pay for it and opt out of getting it.

  7. That’s brilliant, not for me though… really couldn’t justify getting my map ironed! Would make a nice gift for somebody you wanted to spoil.

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