Manor House Sir John Olliff-Cooper
"I really don't have problem with having servants...if I'm not being served, they don't have a job."
Sir John Olliff-Cooper
Sir John Olliff-Cooper
Sir John Olliff-Cooper

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John: On Entering the House

Sir John on a walk with his son's tutor, Mr Raj-Singh
Sir John on a walk with his son's tutor, Mr Raj-Singh

Edwardian Life

An Owner's Guide to Life in Manderston House

A Typical Day in the House

How to Treat your Servants

The People: John Olliff-Cooper

Sir John's Day


  • You will be woken at eight o'clock by your Butler who will bring you up your Breakfast tray, newspaper and any correspondence.

  • Your Butler will run you a bath, and return to shave you and help you dress.

  • It is customary for you to conduct daily prayers. The Household will be expecting them to take place in the Main Hall at a quarter-past nine.

  • At half-past nine o'clock it has been arranged for Breakfast to be served in the Dining Room.

  • At half-past ten your Butler will expect to meet you in your Business Room to discuss any specific arrangements for the day.

  • The days are to be spent as you please. However it is customary for visitors to call in the morning, and any correspondence and business to also be dealt with at this time. It is more common for outdoor pursuits to be conducted in the afternoon.

  • Luncheon will be served in the Dining Room at one o'clock.


  • Afternoon Tea will be served in the Drawing Room at five o'clock.

  • Your Butler will expect to assist you in dressing for Dinner, from seven o'clock onwards.

  • Dinner will be served at eight o'clock.

  • After Dinner it is customary for the Gentlemen to retire to the Billiard Room and the Ladies to retire to the Drawing Room.

  • Your Butler is available to act as your Valet when you choose to retire to bed for the evening.


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