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» Hotel Ploerr in the Italian Alps
Heldi country — and if gentle walks with heavenly views, healthy home cooking and the only entertainment a pack of cards are what make your perfect holiday, then you'll love it here.
The Vigl family run the guesthouse and nine-hectare farm with quiet efficiency. Franz milks the cows, sitting on a one-legged stool, and serves at table. Maria Luisa does the cooking and son Herbert does a bit of everything.
Rooms are simple with spotless white duvets on new pine bed, balcony (south-facing, in most cases) and a view. Take your own big fluffy towel if you can't live without one! For breakfast there are their own cheese and eggs, served outside in the fresh mountain air.
This is also a popular lunch stop for walkers. Pretty alpine tables and cushioned benches are yours for the evening. Children will be in their element, with the endless fields and the cows.
Gentle Franz was anxious to emphasize that the family still think of themselves as farmers, and they open their house to guests in the best tradition of hospitality. You will be made very welcome.
Open form April to January
Directions: Exit A22 at Bolzano Nord; to Renon. At Collalbo left before petrol station and left to Anna di Sopra. After 4km signs.
E-mail: berggasthof (at) ploerr.com
Special Places to Stay in Italy, 3rd edition, Alastair Sawday Publishing