Occupying a lovingly restored 800-year-old house in the heart of Merano, the Kuntino Suites are beautifully appointed apartments complete with private kitchens, balconies or terraces.
How would you describe Villa Arnica in a nutshell?
A vintage-styled retreat set within picturesque gardens that brings together the nostalgia of the Slim Aarons era with the concept of “Dolce Vita”.
What was the inspiration and story behind Villa Arnica?
Villa Arnica was established in the 1920s as a private residence for the man who built the Vigiljoch Cable Car. It was designed with amazing grounds and gardens right in the centre of town, which was possible 100 years ago. The villa was transformed into a guesthouse in the 1960s when it attracted artists and creatives from all over Europe, then returned to being a private residence in the 1980s. Most recently, it is owned by a woman who lives in Rome, so the villa was left largely unused until the Dissertori family proposed the idea of turning it into a bed and breakfast.
During the renovations, many of the original features were retained, with the addition of floral wallpaper and antique market finds. The villa now features 10 individually styled rooms and a swimming pool from the 1960s, which are surrounded by vineyards and vegetable gardens.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design at Villa Arnica?
As there is a maximum of 20 guests, there’s an intimate and exclusive atmosphere — it feels like your own home, rather than a hotel. It’s calm and quiet, perfect for spending a day beside the pool reading or just enjoying the garden surrounds.
Is Villa Arnica suitable for families with children?
Villa Arnica is an adults-only retreat, so children must be 14 years or over to stay.
Who do you recommend each of your properties — 1477 Reichhalter and Villa Arnica — for?
I think they appeal to the same clientele but it depends on what you’re looking for at that moment. Villa Arnica is a retreat where you can enjoy a few quiet days relaxing poolside while 1477 Reichhalter is more suited for those who want to be out and about hiking and exploring the surroundings.
Historically speaking, 1477 Reichhalter is 500 years old and quite traditional while Villa Arnica is just 100 years old, much more luxurious and spacious. It doesn’t have a restaurant but it does have huge vegetable and fruit gardens that provide a source for our farm-to-table cuisine. Guests staying at Villa Arnica can easily access the restaurant at 1477 Reichhalter as the properties are just three minutes’ walk from one another.
Both properties attract design-focused people who appreciate the small details, as well as good food. There are similarities in the concepts behind both - they’re unique to Lana and aren’t replicable elsewhere — but the feel is quite different. That being said, we want people to experience the history of both properties while feeling completely at home.