The House of Deh Now Farrokhzad Village
The village of Deh Now Farrokhzad is located 5 km from Shahr-e Babak. There is a large castle in the village indicating the ancientness of the old village. When Farajollah Khan, who was a ruler of Shahr-e Babak, suppressed his opponents, he found it expedient to rule in the strictest manner by not letting any opposition and action. For further security and to raise the possibility to fight potential opponents, he constructed and repaired strong and inaccessible buildings around Shahr-e Babak; one of them is an impassable castle called “the Castle of Deh Now Farrokhzad” in the village of the same name. This castle, whose surrounding walls were built by mud and the remains of them are still preserved, had four towers at each corners; the thickness of those walls was four meters. The murder of Farajollah Khan ceased the completion of the castle, whose remains are still seen in the village. The village has been a seasonal farm in the past. At the side of the farms were fruit trees too. The locals would stay here in springs and summers. In other seasons, they only commute from Shahr-e Babak to the village for harvest during winters and falls.
Rivas Lodging is a rustic garden-house located in Deh Now Farrokhzad 5 km from Shahr-e Babak. The construction of the house, now turned into a lodging, dates back to about 40 years ago. The late Akbar Khorasanian, his wife Robab and their six children used to live in this small house. As their main occupation, they grew plants and bred cattle and sheep in the garden. At the time, Deh Now Farrokhzad Village was a flourishing farmland. Many people inhabited the village on a permanent or seasonal basis. The main agricultural products of the village are grape, quince, pomegranate, apples, wheat and alfalfa. After the death of the landlord, and when the children moved to Shahr-e Babak, this place became isolated; afterwards, some parts of it were destructed. In the fall of 2016, an interest in ecotourism and rural tourism, the need for lodgings entailing the indigenous features of the region to revive local customs, enjoying the support of the local community, and determination to create a fresh experience for tourists, a decision was made to reconstruct the house-garden in order to turn it into an eco-hotel. After the Cultural Heritage Office of Kerman paid a visit and granted approvals, renovation of the rooms, cob application on the ceilings and walls, construction of new bathrooms, floor covering of the precinct, construction of a pool for irrigation, and equipping the rooms for guest accommodation got underway; they lasted four months. Finally, in Mars 2016, Cultural Heritage Office of Kerman granted its official permit to the property as a 3-star eco-hotel, which accommodates 8 people. Since the capacity of the property was limited, in the following summer, a kitchen and two rooms were added to the hotel. Currently, the property, now operating as a 2-star hotel, is ready to receive guests with normal capacity of 20 people and maximum capacity of 25 people.
The philosophy of the guest house name
Rivas is named after the expansive Plain of Rivas (Persian translation of rheum) in Shahr-e Babak. The plain is in Shahr-e Babak County. In Ordibehesht (April 21-May 21), a wide red swath of land is created by rheum.