You might be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into the height of romanticism. A hundred-year-old villa in South Tyrol surrounded by a park with trees that are just as old and verdant vined pathways that lead you to lush settings for quiet repose. Like its sister property 1477 Reichhalter, located just a kilometer away, Villa Arnica, opening July 2019, is an Old World minimalist haven that brings back the same winning team to work its magic.
The adults-only hotel is also being designed by Studio Biquadra who were inspired by the Art Nouveau houses of the early 20th century in their hometown of Merano, located close by. During the restoration process, they uncovered terrazzo and herringbone-patterned wooden floors under carpets that were reinstated to their former glory. The studio worked with the materials found on property such as stone, wood, and velvet to set the tone for the midcentury furniture; both refurbished and custom-made by local craftspeople. Since the villa was converted into a hotel, each room has a unique layout with charming details such as arches.
Villa Arnica is located near Lana, the biggest and oldest apple-growing town in South Tyrol but guests need only venture to the property’s orchard in the back to pick their own apples—a farm-to-table concept that also guides the hotel restaurant.