Local farmer wins the day at 166ac Wicklow farm auction

Fine 166ac holding at Hughestown, Baltinglass located 3km from the town
Fine 166ac holding at Hughestown, Baltinglass located 3km from the town
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Tullow auctioneer John Dawson had a good week, selling two substantial Wicklow farms under the hammer.

The first, a 166ac residential property at Hughestown, near Baltinglass, made €1.45m. The farm is 3km from the town and 8km from the M9. A concrete avenue climbs to the heart of the farm where the house and yard are located. The land is made up of elevated ground laid out in a series of large fields with spectacular views.

It was all ploughed and tilled at one time but is now in pasture. Fenced with traditional hedgerow it has some fine stands of trees.

The yard is made up of a series of buildings both modern and dated, including a six-column slatted shed, a six-column round-roofed shed with a lean-to and a five-column fully enclosed round-roofed shed with double lean-to.

The house is a solid bungalow with PVC windows and doors. The accommodation includes two reception rooms, a kitchen/dining area, a bathroom and three bedrooms.

At auction the place opened at €700,000 and with up to four bidders in action it went all the way to the final bid of €1.45m when the place was sold to a local farmer.


A 79.8ac residential farm at nearby Stratford-on-Slaney was brought to auction in three lots. The first lot includes the house on 37ac and is located on the edge of the village about 6km from Baltinglass and 26km south of Blessington.

This parcel is made up of good grazing ground in four fields with double frontage on to the River Slaney.

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The yard comprises a range of dated sheds that includes a three-column hay-shed with lean-to, a three-column machinery shed and a five-column round-roofed shed with silage walls. Adjacent is a five-span slatted unit with a double tank and cattle collection yard.

The house is a traditional single-story dwelling in need of complete refurbishment.

The house on 37ac opened at €220,000 and with three bidders in action the price rose to €380,000 when the place was withdrawn. It sold immediately after auction for a higher figure.

Located some distance from the main farm, the next lot was a 19.5ac field all in grass and fenced by traditional hedgerow with right-of-way access.

This opened at €130,000, attracting the attention of two bidders. The place went on the market at €190,000 and sold at that to a local farmer.

The third lot, a 23.27ac parcel of ground in two fields, is located at Ballinacrow about 2km away from the main farm. The fields rise gently from the road with plenty of shelter at the rear. This parcel opened at €140,000 and with three keen bidders it went on the market at €240,000 and sold to a local farmer for €260,000.

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