How to Write a Thank-You Note After Being a Houseguest. Sincerity and a personal touch are the keys to a good thank-you note.

Write your note within a week after your visit - no excuses.

Use your own engraved stationery, a thank-you card or something informal, instead of your regular professional letterhead, for that all-important personal touch.

Write your note by hand. Remember, unless the visit really was a networking situation, the intimacy of a house visit can only be communicated via a handwritten note.

Reminisce. Sure, it was only a week ago, but spell out what was truly special: picking peas in the garden, that squally boat trip, charades....

Thank your hosts for any extra effort on their part. Did they make your special vegan diet, oust their twins from the bedroom, quarantine the dog?

Consider extending a reciprocating offer to your hosts, such as inviting them to your home for a weekend.