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Farm-holiday guesthouse Maso Bòtes - Varignano di Arco (TN)

Design and tradition in the shade of the olive trees

In the Alto Garda area, we discover a magic spot in Varignano di Arco watched over by a one-thousand-year-old olive tree
Author
Elena Pasoli
Photos
Luciano Busani
Surfaces
PANARIA CERAMICA
Year of completion
2013

Albrecht Dürer and Rainer Maria Rilke were understandably enchanted by the nature trails of Alto Garda, known through the centuries as a stunningly beautiful area, protected by the surrounding mountains and blessed with a mild climate thanks to the nearby lake. And if we add the fact that the whole area is nestled in the oldest olive tree cultivations in the Garda region, we need say no more as to the beauty of its scenery.
Here, in the village of Varignano di Arco, in the province of Trento, is a genuine example of excellence among farm-holiday guesthouses. It is the Maso Bòtes, an exclusive and sophisticated place which nature has endowed with a gift: the “olif de Bòtes”, a majestic olive tree estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old, standing at its entrance like a guardian of ancient memories, a patriarch of the age-old olive-growing tradition of the Garda area.
The gift is well-deserved, given how discreetly the guesthouse fits into its natural setting. The key features of its carefully-conceived design are in fact natural materials, employed with technologically state-of-the-art solutions: the stonework encircling the guesthouse blends seamlessly with the surrounding drystone walls and centuries-old olive trees, the steel features are moulded harmoniously around the whole building following extremely natural lines, glass is used as a perfect complement to the stone and steel work, offering stunning views of the natural amphitheatre of the “Sommolago”, and the ceramic materials elegantly underscore the layout of the interiors.
Together, these materials have contributed to creating rounded forms and bright, spacious areas, integrating interiors and exteriors and combining practicality and comfort. Every detail shows the great effort that went into achieving balance, while the choice of a strongly contemporary style for the furnishings gives the entire design a dynamic and vigorous tone.
This is greatly enhanced by the extensive floor surfaces for which the designer has chosen to use porcelain from the Aisthesis 0.3 and Experience 0.3 collections made by Panaria Ceramica. Both collections were born from the Zero.3 project, a cutting-edge technology that makes it possible to produce large, ultra-thin porcelain sheets with a surface of up to 100×300 cm and a thickness of 3 mm. These enable very special effects to be achieved, such as the extra brightness in the communal areas (hall, breakfast room and stairs) produced by the resin effect of the laminated porcelain, in this case in a pale shade of Grigio Vivo (grey).
At the same time, the sophisticated and sober elegance of the Lavica-coloured sheets chosen for the bathroom floors and wall cladding strikes a perfect balance with the modern and rigorous design of the fixtures.
The guesthouse accommodation consists of four rooms and three suites. They are intended for passionate nature lovers, who will enjoy not only peace and relaxation here but also the opportunity to experience the highly efficient family-run farm.

Tiles
Panaria, Experience 0.3 - Aisthesis 0.3
Type
porcelain stoneware
Sizes
Experience 0.3 100x100 cm plus - Aisthesis 0.3 50x100 e 50x50 cm
Colours
Experience 0.3 Grigio Vivo - Aisthesis 0.3 Lavica
Technical characteristics
Water absorpion (ISO 10545-3): E ≤ 0,1%
Chemical resistance (ISO 10545-13): UA Resistente
Resistance to deep abrasion (ISO 10545-6): ≤ 145 mm3
Stain resistance (ISO 10545-14): conforme
Frost resistance (ISO 10545-12): conforme
Modulus of rupture and breaking strength (ISO 10545-4): Plus ≥ 120 N/mm2 - ≥ 35 N/mm2
Slip resistance (DIN 51130): R9
Thermal shock resistance (ISO 10545-9): conforme
Crazing resistance (ISO 10545-11): conforme
Linear thermal expansion (ISO 10545-8): conforme
Certifications and awards
LEED
EMAS
ISO 14001
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