An authentic farmhouse – with a real farm! – where animals are bred with care, passion and true respect. The day starts early, around 6 am, when the 25 Brown Swiss cows, representing the heart of Il Bagnolo farm, eagerly await to be milked. While fresh milk is heated in the kitchen before being served to guests for breakfast, for the cattle it’s time for the first meal of the day. The young calves are fed only from the fresh milk of cows, while the beef are particularly greedy of hay and alfalfa. The cute pink pigs are always very hungry, as well as bunnies and poultry. Meanwhile, the day goes on and it’s necessary to take care of the vegetables in the garden, as well as to do maintenance of the large forest, so useful for the precious firewood. Just the time to mow the lawn to perfection and is already evening again, ready for the second milking. And for a good, deserved night’s sleep!
No forcing, no sophistication, only passion, hard work and a deep respect for the natural cycle of the seasons and the land. A good land, fertilized only with natural and mature manure from farm cows. A generous land, which offers every year its delicious fruits: eggplant, zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, leeks, cucumbers, basil and fragrant herbs. Vegetables, particularly during the summer season, have a very important role in the proposals of the restaurant cuisine, in the form of fresh appetizers, sauces for fresh pasta or tasty side dishes. In addition, garden vegetables are used to prepare Il Bagnolo tasty jars to take away to prolong the pleasure of the palate even at home. Vegetables are processed entirely by hand, with particular times and methods. They maintain color and fragrance and become delicious preserves. Jars are made without any thickening agent, antioxidant or chemical preservative, only with the addition of extra virgin Garda olive oil, sugar and/or white wine vinegar. That’s another reason why Il Bagnolo Eco Lodge is a real, environmentally sustainable, farmhouse.
The sun is beginning to set-up over the ridge of the hill, the temperature is going to be cooler with the arrival of the evening: the late afternoon is the perfect time to get back to Il Bagnolo Eco Lodge after a day of trekking, hiking and walking in the Alto Garda Park, along routes that explore the hills, the woods, the paths between the blue lake and the mountains. Lake Garda, in fact, is not only beaches and lemon trees. The rocks that fall vertically into the lake come from a direct-rugged mountains, whose peaks up to 2,000 meters are literally reflected in the water. “I live in an ever-green garden on the shore of the lake, and this nature gives me back the happiness”, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in a letter in 1880, during a stay at lake Garda. And this is the feeling that still test along the trails of the park, which stretches between the green mountains and the blue of the lake, in a landscape that gives peace of mind.
A starry sky so clear and close that it seems you can touch it, the scent of the forest, the warm air of a summer evening, the quiet of the hills, interrupted only by the chirping of crickets: at late evening, Il Bagnolo Eco Lodge infuses a unique sweetness and it gives a moment of deep wellness which is a prelude to a night of quiet, rest and silence. Enjoy the view and the wonder of nature, comfortably seated on the balcony of one of the charming bedroom, sipping a glass of wine, waiting for bedtime on beds soft and warm like a hug. And, at the end of an intense day, collapsing in a regenerative sleep, dream, dream …