On arrival, instead of checking in at a reception desk we were warmly greeted by Arlette herself, and offered a dram of whisky or sloe gin (juice for my daughter) by the open fire in the lobby - the first of the weekend's many free drinks, from champagnes and aperitifs to fine wines at every meal.
It felt like going for a weekend in someone's ancestral home - the Bannisters were there throughout, joining us for meals and even pouring the claret at Sunday lunch.
The whole weekend was very theatrical, and she was enthralled to dress up for dinner and receive so much adult attention.
I was particularly proud when one guestcommented on how charming and articulate she was.
If there's one holiday I'm sure my nine-year-old daughter, Anoushka, will always remember, it will be the House Party at Ackergill Tower in Caithness, in the north-east of Scotland.
Situated on a long, sandy stretch of beach, 14 miles from John O'Groats, Ackergill Tower dates back to the 14th century.
The weekend was action-packed (a typed itinerary awaited us in the bedrooms), and everything was done as one large group (although nothing is compulsory).
They eventually gave up and left for institutions where they did not have to fight a civil war on a daily basis.Although it was a beautifully clear evening, some of the ladies started to shiver - so in true Ackergill style, shawls were handed round.We were then led through the woods to the Treehouse where a candlelit dinner awaited (this amazing structure seats 30).House Parties cost from £650 per person for three nights including food, drinks and most activities.Six- to 12-year-olds are charged at 50 per cent, 13- to 17-year-olds at 75 per cent. Fly to Inverness from Gatwick on British Airways (0870 850 9 850; or from Luton on easy Jet (08; and be picked up by car.