Polizzi Generosa, a secret corner of Sicily dipped in Madonie Mountains Nature Park, probably doesn’t ring any bell with you, does it? Believe it or not, this beautiful tiny mountain village has its well-earned place in history and hides many incredible treasures and mysteries. Below its unspoilt valleys and green rolling foothills sits Ai Mulini, an eighteenth century farmhouse far from today’s frenetic lifestyle. Time seems to stop amid these magic mountains, keeping ancient Sicilian traditions and customs thoroughly intact. Do you fancy admiring rural Sicilian lifestyle, taste superb organic local products, enjoy breathtaking views and visiting historical monuments? With its 33 ancient churches, Polizzi Generosa enshrines a precious heritage handed down by several generations, still visible through its marvellous medieval streets and ancient legends. Protected by its benign aura, Ai Mulini is such a special place to experience all charm of this amazing territory.
As we approach Ai Mulini front gate, we are literary mesmerized by the rich landscape all around: colourful plants and scented flowers, generous fruit trees, well tended lawn and garden, picturesque rolling foothills. Red Virginia creeper climbing on the rural white façade merges with the farmhouse stony arbour. Alongside downstairs entrance is a sheltered patio with barbecue and a spacious table with chairs for relaxing alfresco meals. The terrace overlooks a lawn stone path leading to a stunning pool area with comfortable deckchairs for full privacy sunbathing. The water sound of a close stream flowing past the farmhouse gradually mitigates our tiredness as we take in the heavenly nature all around.
The ground floor entrance welcomes you into a bright sitting area with comfortable sofas and TV set. Beside, a radiant dining room with a spacious table invites you to stop and stare at the numerous black and white pictures on the wall telling fascinating stories about Sicilian rural family life. A lively twin bedroom with ample wardrobe is located close to the dining area.
A well-equipped kitchen and a comfortable bathroom with shower fully furnish the wide downstairs area. An internal staircase leads upstairs directly to a colourful living area adorned with yellow-tainted sofa beds. Out-of-the-ordinary views glimpsing from the windows upstairs deeply impress us while – crossing the corridor – we enter a double bedroom where blue curtains, armchair and bedspread gently touch bright white walls. Opposite, another ample twin bedroom with vivacious green tinted furnishing offers a great view from an ample window while two bathrooms across with tub overlook the pool area. Both twin bedrooms are convertible into double and a convenient pantry room with washing machine close to the outside patio is ideal to store all outside chairs and tables. Sky digital channels are available on each property TV set.
Ai Mulini is just 10 minutes drive from the lovely village of Polizzi Generosa and very close to other entrancing hill-top villages like Gangi, Geraci Siculo and Petralia Soprana. Pleasant excursions into the Madonie Nature Reserve are a must, while kids will certainly enjoy one of Parco Avventure Madonie’s acrobatic games. Well known ski resort Piano Battaglia is just 15 minutes drive while beautiful beaches in Cefalù, Lascari and Campofelice di Roccella can be reached in 40 minutes.
Since, even in the hot summer - thanks to the house position on the Madonie Mountains - Ai Mulini is usually very cool, air conditioning is unnecessary. However, the villa is equipped with fans.
The swimming pool is open to guests from May 18th to November 2nd.
Horseback riding tours of the Madonie Mountains available upon request.