Need to know
10.30am. Check-in, 4pm to 7.30pm, but flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $203.14 (€182), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €0.80 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include Continental breakfast of fresh bread and pastries as well as cold cuts, cheeses and boiled eggs.
This upcycled bolthole hasn’t forgotten its working-farm roots: in the library, a trough’s been converted into a bookshelf, and much of the kitchen produce is still grown on site.
2 November.to 1 April.
At the hotel
45 acres of grounds, lounge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD player on request, Ortigia toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
All the suites have postcard-perfect views of the lake. Split-level Junior Suite 6 has a pentagonal shower and, upstairs in the living room, a roll-top bath in striking turquoise blue. Suite 9’s circular window looks out onto the picturesque headland of Punta San Vigilio. With warm wood floors, plump antique armchairs and timber beams painted in pastel hues, rooms here exude contemporary farmhouse.
An inviting shade of sparkling cerulean, the small, unheated pool is in a peaceful spot among the estate’s olive trees. Lounge in the shade or the sun: either way, you’ll be treated to sweeping lake views.
Bring a pair of sturdy walking boots: hiking trails snake through the estate, leading to delightful picnic spots.
Small, well-behaved dogs can stay for free. Contact the hotel in advance to let them know Fido is accompanying you. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Lake Garda.
Prati Palai is a grown-up retreat; leave under-16s at home.