We dig deeper into the legacy of the Clavero family, that own this unique place since the conquest of Ronda, in 1485; a place that is totally related to the story of their family.
The house of the Claveros comes from a noble lineage located at the ancient Kingdom of Aragon. Part of the family, D. Diego Clavero, a Captain for the Catholic Kings’ Army on the War of Granada, participated on the siege and conquer of Ronda in 1485.
After the conquer of Ronda, the Catholic Kings gave D. Diego Clavero several properties on the city and on the fields. One of them was a land of olive trees and vineyards located next to the Guadalcovacín river, that in the I Century a.C. belonged to the realms of the ancient Roman city of Acinipo (known as ‘Ronda The Old’). At the end of the XVII Century, D. Bartolomé Clavero, build this farm, with both roman and Arab rests inherited from his ancestors, and turned it into an oil mill, the most important at that time, known as El Molino Nuevo, later on as El Molino de Clavero and, finally, at the beginnings of the XIX Century, as the Molino del Arco.
Keeping its structure, configuration and original elements, in a landscape defined by the primitive uses of the farm, olive trees and grapevines, this ancient mill is nowadays the B bou Hotel Molino del Arco, property of the Clavero Fernández de Córdova family, descendants of D. Diego Clavero. It’s a hotel that relates to its singularity and history, as Juan Clavero already told on this interview, with an impressive garden, designed by 2003 Spanish Architecture Award Miguel Fisac, as great protagonist, that embraces the legacy of the Spanish and Arab ancient traditions.
Also, the Claveros always were Ronda’s perpetual aldermen and belonged to Ronda’s Real Maestranza de Caballería, ancient noble order created by Felipe II in 1573 due to the Arab rebellion. The family has been also linked to great Spanish personalities such as the latest Aztec Moctezuma Emperor, Gonzalo Fernández de Córdova AKA The Great Captain or D. Pedro de Valdivia, conqueror of Chile and founder of its capital.
All the informations about the B bou Hotel Molino del Arco, are available here.