Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?


Simply use our contact form and express your interest in the Academy. We will arrange a time to discuss the program with you to ensure a good fit for both parties. Don't worry about having certain skills or qualifications. We will mold you for the profession.




Why don't you offer an online program?


Through our extensive research, we have found that most adult learners learn by doing. An online program would greatly diminish the student's ability to grasp the nuances of butlery. Our philosophy is to nurture the heart of service already in you in order to become a Potter Poppins butler, which cannot be done by a correspondence course.




I'm a woman/LBGTQ. Am I welcome to the Academy and the butler profession?


Absolutely! We believe anyone can become a butler as long as they have a heart of service. There are more women and LBGTQ individuals in the butler workforce than ever before, and we believe for good reason! In fact, many employers will specifically request them. The Academy is pleased to accept people of all different backgrounds and biology due to the simple belief that anyone can become an excellent butler with the right heart.




I have special dietary needs such as gluten free, vegan, etc. Can you accommodate?


Of course! Simply inform us before you arrive at the Academy and we will ensure your dietary needs are met.




Will you provide books while attending the academy?


The Orchard guest house has an extensive library full of informational material along with books for pleasure. You are encouraged to explore the library while attending the Academy, but no reading is required.




Why can't I find you on social media?


We reached the difficult decision to not join the noise of social media because we simply want to focus all of our energy and time towards our students. We can be reached anytime through our contact form or by giving us a call. We believe in a personal approach rather than media blasts.




Why is your tuition so expensive?


While Mr. Horne was building the Academy, he was reminded of so many academies out there with large class sizes and little regard to the success of their students. He recalled arriving at the Ivor Spencer School lost and confused, with little direction on where to go or what to wear. Due to this experience, he wanted to create an all-inclusive school where students don't have to worry about transportation, finding a uniform, or housing. Tuition includes everything from the 35-night stay at The Orchard guest house, to the numerous field trips through Philadelphia and New York City, along with all of your meals. Our tuition truly reflects the time and care that Mr. Horne spends with each and every student to ensure their success.




Do I have to stay at The Orchard guest house?


No, if you are local or would like to stay outside of The Orchard, you are welcome to find other housing. Please advise that staying at The Orchard is highly recommended for an immersive experience. Contact us for special pricing.




How is your program different?


Our program was designed with the student's success in mind, which translates into meaningful field trips, classroom instruction, small class sizes, hands-on experience and role playing, and a network of placement companies ready for your call when you graduate. We do not offer internships simply because we believe our graduates should not have to work for free. We do, however, open the estate to small gatherings during your stay, which gives you real-world experience and time to celebrate each stage in your training. Our instruction fully covers the most essential skills to become an elite butler, which are taught solely by Mr. Horne to allow for personal attention and consistency.





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