The “Parco dei Mulini” estate is an old property of Nifosì, a wealthy land-owner family, set in the “Cava Misericordia” carsic valley of the “Misericordia” torrent, One of the many small rivers that sign with their deep canyons the Ragusa highlands. Located at only half a mile from the famous Unesco baroque town of Ragusa Ibla and to it easily connected through an asphalt road and a beautiful medieval walking path called “via dei mulini” (mills road) because in the valley there were many water mills of Arabic origin where the farmers used to bring the hard wheat to make the famous flour.
The estate is set in the lowest part of the valley and is surrounded by the “Parco forestale di Cava Misericordia” a Regional forestry park and it is the only private property inside the park. The estate it is all terraced with massive magnificent stone walls some of even 5,00 meters high belonging to the XV century, they are all connected by an impressive system of stone stairs and irrigation channels that take the water from the river to the terraces and to the mills to give the power to the stone wheel.
The valley it is even a treasure of biodiversity with many officinalis and aromatic herbs and more than 23 variety of wild and rare Orchids that the Eremo della Giubiliana uses to dry and prepare for their guests.
In the crystal clear water of the torrent it is still present the “macrostigma” trout fish, an endemic variety of trout (very rare and in extinction), plus the stone crabs (potamon Fluvialis), the shrimps, and the original beautiful habitat of the Hybleus mountain river
Starting from the north of the estate and following the torrent down to the Irminio River some miles to the southeast in the property are settled ten rural complex mainly antique mills or farmhouses dating between the XV up to the XIX century (seethe attached map).
They all are impressively built with beautiful stone walls, many are two storey buildings with a large volume and this because the antique mills needed space to store the hard wheat; a grass road and many walking paths connect the rural complex and the entire estate.
The estate, a family property, was inherited by the last heir Vincenza Iolanda Nifosì, the landowner of the “Eremo della Giubiliana”, the famous five-star luxury Hotel, and ten years ago started an eco-restoration project with the intent to bring the valley in the pristine condition after a century of decay and realize a private Park, the “Parco dei Mulini” and an Eco-Resort in the main rural complex of the estate (property 4).
The actual status of the property can be here summarized, the entire property has been fenced with a 3meters fence made in accordance to the forestry regulation, the terraces and the paths have been cleared and cultivated with traditional and organic method reintroducing antique cultivation like tobacco and sugar can (very few know that the sugar can was introduced by the Arabic in Sicily and Spain in the XI century), all the fruit trees, the carob trees and especially the olive trees has been lovely treated and in the past two years the century old olive trees of the “verdisi” variety gave an oil of exceptional characteristics that have been successful bottled as “Olio dei Mulini”.
An executive project for the restoration of the biodiversity, (the terraces and the stone walls, the irrigation channel, the walking path, birdwatching place) of the estate was submitted and approved by the authorities;
The idea belongs to the landowners that decided to share the estate with potential new owners selling nine of the ten rural complex to dedicated people with the culture and the passion for secluded, historical place immersed in the pristine nature of the Ragusa Highlands but just five minutes walking from the famous Unesco site of Ragusa Ibla.
The new owners that will be accurately selected with the help of the most exclusive real estate
company will be part of a Club with the same interest for historical country house, nature preservation, wilderness and outdoor life, historical agriculture, historical houses, landscapes and antiques and last but not least interest for the” Mediterranean lifestyle” and its warm environment and the simply exceptional food.
The new potential owners are going to buy one of the 9 rural house with the adjacent land, each house will be sold in the actual condition with a restoration and reuse project as an Historical Country House made by the famous local firm “Sal A Mancini Architects and Associates”. Property 4, 5 and 6 have the project approved and restoration works can start immediately. The firm will be responsible for the bureaucratic stages and after the approval will direct the reconstruction work and will make all the work contract, measures, contractors account etc.
The landowner will be responsible for the restoration and maintenance of the main road and the walking path as for the maintenance of the entire property. The maintenance of the adjacent land to the sold property will be run by the land owner underpayment of an annual fees.
Electric car like in a Golf Club will be at disposal of the new owners as well a Golf Putting Green and a Horse riding fields, from the property departs many beautiful medieval paths that allows by foot, horses or mountain bike, to reach Ragusa Ibla, the Irminio river valley and Modica to the East and Giarratana and Chiaramonte to the North.
Like in a time share property the new owner could make an arrangement with the “Eremo della Giubiliana” and decide to give in use their country house as Hotel rooms of a diffused Eco Resort for some time during the year; this is a good opportunity for the potential owners since the real estate investment will be transformed in an almost productive investment.
We have already exposed the exceptional characteristic of the estate but we want to focus on some others that make this property unique.
The entire estate is settled inside the regional forestry park, furthermore it is protected under the level 3 of the “Piano paesaggistico regionale” this means that the area and his magnificent landscape is unchangeable and untouchable, a guarantee for the potential owners that nobody will build an extravagant villa in front of them the day after they buy the property (as usually happen in italy). Many rural complex of the estate are quite few meters from the torrent and in italy you are not allowed to build within 300 meters from the coast or rivers (in edificabilità assoluta).
This all means that those Historical properties are unique because the only one in the territory and their value will always increase along the time and especially with the consideration that the beautiful south east landscape is taking in the International real estate market, the “Ragusa Shire” is today a reality and consider even the exceptional craftmanship of our skilled artisan that make the restoration work an experience itself and the many opportunities in the cheap antiques shop where you can buy many beautiful artefacts to furnish your new- antique Sicilian Country House. You can easily live the final results of what we are talking, visiting the website of the “Eremo della Giubiliana” resort, www.eremodellagiubiliana.it
The new owners can make an agreement with the Eremo della Giubiliana to sell weekly-stay packages of the Villas in the Eco-Resort. According to Pax accomodation a Villa with an average of 8 pax in four rooms, for six months of opening period with an occupation rate of 50%, can produce a gross incoming of € 132.000,00. This is a very interesting return of the investment of more than 30% and gives an exciting improvement in buying property in the Eco-Resort.