Kildare land sells for an 'extraordinary' €19k per acre
One of the strongest prices of the year for farmland was paid when a 92ac holding at Bert Demesne on the edge of Athy, Co Kildare made over €19,000/ac at auction - exceeding its pre-auction guide by €7,000/ac.
Situated at Bert Cross, the property is 3km from Athy and 16km from Monasterevin.
Adjoining the River Barrow to the west, the place is all in one block with extensive dual road frontage.
The farm has natural boundaries throughout and has been in arable use for the last number of years. The ground surrounds the historic Bert House and the land is laid out at both sides of the existing avenue.
Auctioneer Paddy Jordan said the land is among the best in Co Kildare and suitable for tillage or grazing.
At auction it was proposed to offer the property in three lots, but it quickly became apparent that the real interest was in the entire.
Mr Jordan started proceedings with the full 92ac and the land opened with an initial bid of €500,000. From there, four bidders participated right up to €1,740,000.
At this point the entire was put on hold and a lot comprising 64ac was offered for sale with two bids of €1,000,000 and €1,100,000 respectively.