We have received nothing but praise from readers for Kleines Hotel Karnten, which describes itself as a contemporary inn. 'To create a hotel to match the view' was the aim of the Tschemernjak family. 'The view' is a panorama across Faaker See to the Mittagskogel rising above other mountains. No wonder when they started as just a bed-and-breakfast in 1972 guests wanted them to serve other meals. 'They just didn't want to leave.'
Now they stay put and enjoy, for example, hand-made ravioli, leeks from the garden, and lamb with thyme sauce; wines come from small producers, unavailable in the shops. Luise Tschemernjak is in the kitchen, her son is the sommelier, while her husband does everything else. They are locals with extended families: cheese comes from one cousin, another is a butcher.
The hotel is unashamedly modern, with rooms decorated in soft grey and suites in yellow, green, rose or blue. The dining-room, sitting-room, and corridors all boast original works of art, many by a German who came as a child and is now a well-known painter. There are hiking trails and water-sports but many guests, prefer to relax in the garden under the cherry trees, admiring that spectacular view.
During the day, you can relax in the lakeside sauna, which sits on stilts among the reeds. Those with young children will be thankful for the playhouse, complete with climbing, library and video areas. It can even accommodate children overnight while parents enjoy a peaceful evening. Dinner is informal and can be enjoyed under the apple trees, on the terrace, or the restaurant.
There are hiking and cycling trails, water sports and a golf course nearby, but many guests, prefer to relax in the garden under the old trees, admiring that spectacular view.