A large block of bare land near Kenilworth, Warwickshire, exceeded all expectations when selling at auction last week.

Castle View Farm totalled 259 acres and went to a local farming family, at an average of £5449/acre.

“We were very pleasantly surprised,” said agent Richard Abbey of John Earle & Son. “Around here very little bare land comes to the market in large acreages.” The lots ranged from 18 acres to 140 acres, and from £4355/acre to £7366/acre.