At eight o'clock each morning, your Lady's Maid or Valet will
wake you with your Early Morning Breakfast Tray.
Full Breakfast will be served at half-past nine in the Dining Room.
This will be laid out in dishes along the sideboard.
Luncheon will be served at one o'clock.
It is customary to take the meal in outdoor clothing or morning wear. The Ladies
should enter first two by two followed by the Gentlemen.
Afternoon Tea will be served at
five o'clock in the Drawing Room or in the Tea Room. You may also expect a
selection of bread and butter, tea bread, cakes and biscuits to be served.
Dinner will be served at eight o'clock.
It is customarily the most formal and lengthy meal of the day, for which you
may expect everyone to dress in full evening attire. Family and Guests should
retire to their rooms to dress at whatever time they see fit, however a dressing
gong will sound at seven o'clock as a final reminder.
When your Butler announces Dinner, Family and Guests should rise, and in
strict order of precedence, Gentlemen should offer their arm to Ladies and make
a ceremonial entrance in twos. You should ensure that this is organised in such
a way as to not offend any of your guests. The Master will lead, with the Lady of
the Leading Guest on his right arm, and the Mistress of the House should follow,
on the arm of the Leading Guest. The Dinner seating plan should have been previously arranged.
It is customary for Dinner to be a five-course affair.
You may, on occasion, wish to invite the Tutor to dine with you but he is
not a member of your Family and by no means will he expect this by right.
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