This is a global issue as well as a local one. When we started to build the house, we involved every aspect of sustainable development in it. That is the reason why it is important to highlight all the benefits of this highly sustainable house and estate.
Buying groceries at the local market in Karlovac is a possibility, but a large number of fruit trees as well as the nearby river (fishing) reflect the giving nature of this rich land that has been home to the local population for centuries. The vegetable garden covers about 1,000 m2 of space with ecological planting of some vegetables like potatoes, corn, beans, various types of zucchini, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic and onions which are best suited for this type of land and climate.
The orchard spreads on a surface larger than 6,000 m2 (about 1, 5 acres) with over 120 fruit trees including plums, apples, pears, apricots, cherries, quinces, nectarines, currants, hazelnuts, raspberries, blackberries and other fruit. The upper part of the ranch on the hill is rich in forest, especially the type of oak called “cerići”, beech, hornbeam, and birch. These are the most common types of wood on the ranch and they cover over 20,000 m2 (over 5 acres) of space. This is a formal estimate since the forest has expanded to meadows and grasslands in recent years, making it an ideal place for some types of wildlife (boars, rabbits and deer) and birds, attracting local and foreign hunters.
You can always harvest mushrooms such as the chanterelle or the boletus during their season. Firewood is provided from the property’s forest.
The spring with clean drinking water does not need any introduction since water is becoming a rare resource in the world today. The house has a tank that collects fresh rainwater. The stream that leads from the spring to the river flows in a part of its path through the area of the estate. One part of the estate (this includes the stream) declines into a slight depression and this is an ideal place for a pond which would have a constant flow of clean drinking water, making it a perfect place for breeding freshwater fish, including trout.
The access point between the river and the estate has a built wooden pier with a metal ladder, making entering the river and bathing easier. A favourable mineral composition and iodine of mild radioactivity that can be found in the natural spa of Topusko makes the water of the Korana River a healing source, good for skin diseases, diseases of the nervous system, excessive weight gain, inflammation of the joints, heart and circulatory system diseases, thyroid diseases and female prone diseases.
The fish from the Korana River are a very healthy dish. The Korana River is filled with lots of fish species, some of which are: the pike, the chub, the cataract, etc. The trout and the catfish also inhabit the river. The fish from the Korana River are an outstandingly healthy dish because they live in clean water, rich in minerals and iodine and they eat the food from the cleanest part of Croatia.