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Casa Fantini is the result of a passion for the genius loci, for everything that is genuine and made by hand. It represents the culture of the place of my roots, where I can have a deep emotional experience, in the total ‘lake time’ spirit, at the slow pace suggested by the mystical aura of the lake and its silence.”

These are the words of Daniela Fantini, Ceo of Fratelli Fantini, speaking of Casa Fantini/lake time, the recently opened 5-star boutique hotel composed of two buildings facing the lake – one from the past, which once contained the hotel Il pesce d’oro, and a new construction – for a total of nine rooms and two suites (62 square meters each), at Pella, in the province of Novara, on Lake Orta.

Daniela Fantini has a firm bond with this territory, its culture and its family values, still going strong. When she isn’t roaming the world, she likes to spend her time right here. After all, it is no coincidence that the so-called Idyll of Orta (1882) between Lou Andreas-Salomé and Friedrich Nietzsche blossomed here, during walks by the lake or on the nearby Sacred Mount.

The designer of Casa Fantini, Piero Lissoni, has made a sensitive interpretation of the local spirit, designing “soft, airy spaces where it is pleasant to linger, listen to music, read, meditate, chat, getting lost in the magnificent view… Everything has been carefully and discreetly arranged, ‘incorporated’ to convey an atmosphere of serenity for guests, so they can feel right at home.”

The typical local stone and Accoya wood are the main ingredients, and the wooden facade planks, with their refendino cutting (a revived traditional type of workmanship), have made it possible not to clad the building, but to tailor a garment for it that blends perfectly into the surrounding landscape.

Samuel Lorenzi, a partner of Lissoni Architettura, even talks about an ‘indoor-outdoor’ situation without boundaries, since the lush lakeside vegetation almost enters the place, also thanks to sliding glass doors on the ground floor.

Another focal point of Casa Fantini/lake time is a sort of internal ‘greenhouse’ created in an open zone of the lounge, a place filled with natural light offering fine views of the greenery outside.

In the formulation of this hotel-treasure chest, the goal of the owner has been first of all to bring out the value of the charming lakeside site – also the location of Fantini Rubinetti – while at the same time generating a forceful identity; Casa Fantini, in fact, is like a compendium of the company’s finest products, gathered in an ideal permanent exhibition

Photos Giovanni Gastel – Styling Elisa Ossino Studio – Article Olivia Cremascoli

Casa Fantini/lake time is located amidst lakes, mountains and nearby hills with vineyards: it stands on the small square of the town of Pella (Novara), on the western shore of Lake Orta, in upper Piedmont.
Casa Fantini/lake time offers five Superior rooms, four Prestige rooms and two suites (62 square meters each), whose large windows all offer fine views of Lake Orta.
In the large bathrooms, design products by the historic lakeside company Fantini Rubinetti.
The heart of the hotel, the lounge, in close dialogue with the garden (by Paghera), featuring Mediterranean species, aromatic herbs and flowers.
The Blu Lago bar, a connecting space that is also open to the whole community of Pella.
The leitmotif of the whole project of Casa Fantini/lake time is obviously water: that of the lake, but also that of the swimming pool made in gray beola stone, like the pathways in the nearby garden.
The design of Casa Fantini/lake time is based on the balance between architecture, landscape and light (natural and artificial), also exploited thanks to the creation of an open internal court.