The Balaguer Boronat family has been tied to the Masos project and their hundred country houses for many years.
This family started with a guest house in the farmhouse of Molí in 1918 and everything initiated with the birth of José Balaguer Miralles on November 27 of 1884. At the age of 14 he went to live in Barcelona in order to accomplish the Military Service, when it was done he went back to Benimantell, where he met Elvira Boronat Pascual.
Elvira and José got married on November 23 of 1912, because of the low heritage of the couple they decided to move to Argel, where Elvira had family working in service duties.
After a while, the couple decided to come back and start to cultivate in the farm of Clot as sharecroppers, but the ground was unproductive and hard to cultivate, so José Balaguer Miralles went to the USA (according to the Ellis Island record on May 13 of 1914)
On his way back from the USA, at the end of 1915, they take the farm El Molino, as sharecroppers as well, to finally buy it. Since the income wasn’t enough to maintain the family, after the birth of their first child José, and Elvira was a very good cook, in the year of 1918 they decided to turn it into a lodge and receive guests.
At that time the usual customers were artists and very important people within the society of Alicante as Gabriel Miró, Emilio Varela…
Unfortunately, this activity was interrupted in the year of 1936 because of the Spanish Civil War.
José Balaguer Boronat (also known as Pepe), son of José and Elvira, got married with Carmena Solbes and had two children, José María and Carlos. In the year of 1953 they reopen the lodge of Molí for the summer, with 6-7 rooms.
There, the rest of the family and Carmen’s sister, María Milagros also known as Marieta del Molí, who inherited the wonderful culinary skills from her mother Elvira, helped with the running of the lodge.
María got married with Emilio Vidal. Together they expanded and started to run the other family farmhouse “Mas del Clot”. María and Emilio had five children (Javier, Emilio, Pepe, Juan and Sergio). All of them helped his uncle Pepe as waiters in the farmhouse of Molí.
The farmhouse of Molí stayed open until the year of 1986 because Pepe Balaguer and his wife Carmen retired.