Demand for top class equestrian properties is buoyant judging by recent auction results
Kildare auctioneer Willie Coonan believes the autumn is the best time to sell land and his experience in the auction room over the last week would tend to support this view.
In all, he sold 210ac of land under the hammer and 171ac after auction. Among the buyers was Luke Comer of the Comer brothers who bought yet another stud farm to add to their equestrian empire.
Ballinteskin Stud was the object of their desires this time round and an agent acting for Luke Comer paid €2.53m for the 118ac residential property near Enniskerry in Co Wicklow. A total of 92ac of Kildare ground in three parcels sold for €1.619m or almost €17,600/ac and in a post auction closure Loughtown Stud on 171ac near Dunadea in Kildare sold immediately after auction for a figure in excess of €3m.
The main property to sell under the hammer was Ballinteskin, a fine residential equestrian farm on 118ac located 5km from Enniskerry and 3.5km from Kilmacanogue in Co Wicklow.
The house, originally a smaller Georgian structure has been extended and fully renovated in recent years to include three reception rooms, a fully fitted kitchen, a conservatory, a utility room and a playroom/television room.
Upstairs is the family bathroom and five bedrooms of which three are ensuite.
The equestrian facilities are second to none. A stable-yard immediately to the rear of the house has 10 loose boxes, a tack room, store, stud office and a staff apartment with a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
A large American barn houses 16 loose boxes fitted with 'Loddon' automatic drinkers, a wash bay and a tack room.