Elegant Hostess

Finishing school for ladies

Being female is a matter of birth, being a woman is a matter of age, but being a lady is a matter of choice

The art of being a lady

When one thinks of the word “lady” immediately the image of Audrey Hepburn appears. She’s sophisticated, charming, and refined.

Our idea of being a lady is the total opposite of today’s pop culture female icon that appears on reality television or lives out her life in the gossip pages of tabloid newspapers. It’s time for these stereotypes to end.

It sometimes seems that being a lady is no longer fashionable. It is deemed as more attractive to be in the spotlight at whatever cost then to mind your manners; therefore, the lady is at risk of becoming extinct. The days of Jackie Onassis are over.

Confident and in control

Forget white gloves and pill-box hat, the modern lady of today is self-confident, ambitious and perfectly in control of every situation both socially and professionally.

To appreciate the art of being a lady, we need to stop reinforcing the thought that being a lady means being less of an independent woman. We need to remove the mindset that to succeed in business and in life, we need to act like “one of the boys”, we do not.

Being a lady is about making everyone around you feel at ease, it is about being gracious when needed and knowing the rules of behaviour on every occasion. Being a lady, is knowing how to give others confidence in themselves and when you need to take the lead to smooth over an awkward

Programme Curriculum

Elegant Hostess, Social Behaviour
Elegant Hostess, Art of Entertaining
Elegant Hostess, Art of Conversation
Elegant Hostess, Art of Elegance
Elegant Hostess, Art of table settings
Elegant Hostess, Art of Diplomacy

Meet your tutor

Paul Russell is an international trainer and speaker with approaching 20 years of experience working with some of the world’s most recognisable international brands and companies.

Paul is co-founder and managing director of Luxury Academy London which specialises in luxury skills development across the world.

Paul was born and spent his formative years in Mumbai India where he was privately educated by a team of three international tutors until 12 years of age. At twelve he was sent to England to complete his education and A-Levels at boarding school

Paul holds a BSc, MSc and Doctorate in Workplace Psychology.

Paul regularly features in the media and has been interviewed by Sky, BBC, ITV, Times of London, Daily Mail, Entrepreneur Magazine, Family Office Magazine and Luxurious Magazine.

5 Day Residential Programme

The Elegant Hostess Finishing School is a 5-day residential programme.  The Finishing School is conducted in a luxurious country house 60 miles from Cambridge.  The Finishing School location is secure and has 24 hour staff onsite.  Extra curricular activities for ladies include country pursuits such as riding, clay pigeon shooting, stalking and archery.  Massage and beauty therapy treatments are also available after classes.

Classes take place in beautifully appointed training rooms and each lady is provided with a single bedroom and private bathroom.

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Programme Fees

Course fees include all course materials including:

  • Flowers during floral arrangement module
  • Make-up during tutorials
  • Wines, Cognacs, Armanacs and Champagnes during tasting tutorials

Course fees do not include:

  • Flights or Travel
  • Spa or Leisure Outings
  • Spirits or Liquer