The Serra farmhouse was situated on La Carrasca path, next to the cemetery of Benimaclet. It was near the former Churra railway, close to the old milk factory El Prado. Today it stands between the Ronda Norte (Northern main road) and the Mediterranean Motorway.
In the Valencian huerta (orchard area), this kind of farmhouse is called “moruna” (Moorish) due to the arched door oriented toward the midday sun. During the Independence War it appears in the maps, surrounded by guard posts of French troops, and it already appears with the name of Serra. In fact, the name of the road to get to it was also named Serra.
It seems that the Serra family were tenants and that they still pay rent to the owners. The Serra siblings are still alive. They are two women and one man, uncle Paco, who is the one renting the house today.
The floors and ceilings are made of wood and reeds, and everything is half destroyed. We observe ropes, strings, and thatched benches used to raise silkworms, all now broken. The internal partition walls are made of wattle and covered with plaster. The kitchen is reasonably well preserved, as is the room with an eastern window.
There is a big room with several shelves of wattle for silkworms, and some of them are perfectly maintained, as is the magnificent and enormous fireplace, the chimney of which can be seen from the outside. The roofs and the enormous outer walls appear solid, too. It looks as if the wood around the windows is still the original one, worn by wind, rain and sun.
The backyard has a big porch around it, as more than one hundred silkworms were raised there as a supplement to the agricultural economy along with the poultry. People say that they had ten or twelve cows. There are all types of agricultural tools, as the farm had a horse-drawn carriage that was used to till the land. Above the entrance door, there was a balcony that doesn’t exist anymore. Some of the old trees are still standing.
What is most impressive about this farmhouse is its size, the greatness of this rectangular building named Paco Serra’s farmhouse.