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Wednesday 18 October 2017

The 'smashing' 205ac Kildare farm that sold for €3m

The 205ac farm at Clonaghlis near Straffan sold for €14,500 an acre after brisk bidding from the opening price of €1.7m
The 205ac farm at Clonaghlis near Straffan sold for €14,500 an acre after brisk bidding from the opening price of €1.7m
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

A 205ac farm at Clonaghlis near Straffan in Co Kildare sold at auction last week making €3m or about €14,500 per acre.

Located at Clonaghlis beside the village of Ardclough the grass farm is 3km from Straffan, close to the K Club and bordering the Lyons estate.

The property is all in one block and accessed through a stone gateway and a short roadway leading to an old farmyard with a series of traditional stone buildings, a derelict and overgrown period house and some more modern farm buildings including a double round roofed shed in two columns.

The land sweeps from high dry and elevated ground down to the Grand Canal. It is all currently in grass and laid out in six smaller fields with fine stands of tree with tree-enclosed paddock beside the road.

The place is well fenced with high quality fencing at either side of a stream that feeds the land and good sheep fencing around the fields nearer the house.

A disused all-weather gallop runs through the farm and climbs to the higher reaches of the elevated ground. Although not used for years it would be relatively easy to restore it to provide a fine challenging gallop.

At auction bidding for the entire was brisk, opening at €1.7m and with three active bidders the place went on the market €2.8m when one final offer of €3m won the day. The purchaser was a professional acting for an undisclosed client.

Auctioneer Paddy Jordan said "this was really a smashing farm, in a great location with strong interest levels from the outset of the marketing campaign."

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