Via Claudio Augusto, a Roman road to Germany, passed what is now the entrance to Der Punthof, and the watch-tower built to guard the road forms an integral part of the hotel. The main building was a medieval farmhouse and has been in the Wolf family since the 17th century. They opened it as a hotel 40 years ago, housing guests in the barn, but over the decades other buildings have been added. Although Lagundo is a rather dreary suburb of Merano, once inside the hotel's electronic barrier you could be miles from anywhere with only orchards, vineyards and stunning scenery visible. The view from the stone-tiled outdoor pool is particularly gorgeous.
The Wolf family have lovingly renovated their buildings, taking great care to preserve historic features.The public rooms are in the old building: breakfast is served in a pale green stube with wooden floor, low ceiling, ceramic stove and traces of the original decoration on the panelled walls. Bedrooms in the barn are modern and comfortable, but uniform, though some have private terraces on to the garden. The most appealing are the beautiful rooms in the square tower. One has polished floorboards, a wood ceiling and antique bed. There are five well-equipped self catering chalets, and six simpler, cheaper rooms in another annexe.