Molino del Arco belongs to Juan Clavero’s family since the Spanish Reconquest
The Molino del Arco farm, also known as Molino Nuevo or Molino Clavero, belongs to Juan Clavero’s family “since the Spanish Reconquest, from generation to generation, from the first Clavero owner, Mr. Diego Clavero, until my father, Antonio Clavero”.
Even if in its origins it was bigger, actually it comprehends a farm field of 60 hectares, dedicated to olive trees and grapevines. Since the beginning it was conceived as “a workhouse” and some of its activities were, for example, “to serve as a mill and a bread oven, a place where oil and soap were made, and also a place for making bread for the little farmers around”. At that time, the house coined a perforated coin that served as a guarantee, a deposit for the barns located at its patio.
At the year of 1931, his grandfather dies and his grandmother decides to close the mill, so the house and the rest of the farm are left alone with the housekeepers. During the Spanish Civil War it was robbed and all tools and machinery disappear, as the place is almost abandoned. At the early 70s, Juan’s father decides to reopen the house to spend some vacation time, so the place becomes such a paradise for their kids.
“And little by little”, Juan tells us, “the old house gets better and start to look like a regular home”. At the late 80s an ancient stable is also fixed and another house is built, so Juan start to rent the place as a rural tourism house when the family is out. But destiny interfieres later, in 99, when part of the ceiling falls apart… And the diagnosis couldn’t be worse: “all the wood was being eaten by termites and the building was about to fall down entirely”. So, instead of trying to relive a 2.500 m2 corpse for only 5 members of the family, they decide to build a new place, a hotel, starting a business.
They choose a local architect, Enrique Santos Buendía, “more a master builder than an architect, a weird guy that knew a lot of our popular architecture”. But, with the project almost finished, they realize that something was missing: a garden. So, in that moment, Juan contacts “a studio of young architects, Blanca Aleixandre, Sara González Carretero and Fernando Sánchez Mora, that were already working with Miguel Fisac”. Even if Fisac never got there, because of his age, his influence, wisdom and supervision made a strong mark on it.
After so much work, Molino del Arco opens in September 2004, becoming this unique place; a place that keeps a lot of stories that carry us back to the Spanish Reconquest; stories that we will be unveiling, little by little, here at B bou.