Hopes of Wigton had a good result with the largest auction sale of the year so far.

Fir Tree Bank at Southerfield, near Abbeytown, was guided at around £650,000 but made £779,000.

However, the 125-acre former dairy unit failed to attract interest as a whole and went to six separate buyers, said the firm’s Ian Ritchie.

A non-farmer bought the house, with neighbouring farmers and a private nature reserve bidding up to £7616/acre for the land.