All around are the soaring, craggy Dolomites – and if you feel overawed, you’ll be soothed on arrival. Manfred and Sonja – calm, elegant, intelligent – will be delighted to see you, and eager to do all they can to please. Though the building is young, it is a faithful reproduction of a 16th-century manor and blends in beautifully with the pretty village of Cortaccia (known as ‘Kurtatsch’ by the locals). Light roomy bedrooms, alpine-cosy with lots of pine and warmly carpeted, have blissful views to vineyards, orchards and mountains; each has a loggia, a balcony or access to the garden. This was Austria (the area turned Italian in 1919) and the hotel’s cuisine, served in the family restaurant opposite – a fascinating example of German Renaissance architecture – reflects this; it’s a tour de force of Italian and South Tyrolean dishes, and comes with a well-stocked bar: the perfect place to gather after a day’s hiking. Take a trip to Bolzano or Merano, go on a wine tour, rent bikes, play golf – there are three courses nearby. Return to sauna, steam room and lovely pool.