Over 150 people packed into the Anner Hotel, Thurles, for last week’s auction of a 217-acre residential farm situated at Fortwilliam House, Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary. This was the biggest farm to be offered for sale in Tipperary so far this year, and consequently generated a plethora of local passing interest, with many turning up just to soak up the auction atmosphere.

Although the combination of the lots and the entire were neck-in-neck for most of the auction, it was the entire that won out by about €40,000, and was knocked down at €2.2 million.

It’s understood that Fortwilliam was bought in trust by a solicitor acting on behalf of an undisclosed client. Although there were a few bidders from other counties in the room, it’s understood that all the front runners in the lots were relatively local.

Used over a long number of years to accommodate a drystock enterprise, Fortwilliam is set out in one big expansive 217-acre block. Described as “one of the finest holdings offered for sale in the area in recent years”, the property was guided in excess of €2 million prior to auction. It came with Fortwilliam House, a 1920’s protected structure that contains no less than 22 rooms.

For more information see the property pages in this week’s Irish Farmers Journal, in shops Thursday.

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