A LANDMARK Greenfield farm is set to remain as open fields and a caravan site after being sold at auction.
More than 200 people gathered at The Huntsman, Holmfirth to witness the sale of Well-i-hole Farm, around 39 acres owned by the Hadfield family since 1923 and a destination for caravaners since 1962.
It went under the hammer as six separate lots and was sold to four different buyers, who all wished to remain anonymous, for a total of £773,000.
Lot 1 – the three-bedroom farmhouse with former barn, outbuildings and around 3.78 acres of land – sold for £400,000.
The same bidder also spent £87,000 on lot 2 – the stables and around 5.46 acres – and £108,000 on lot 6, which is 7.24 acres with permission for 20 caravans for 28 days from March to October.
The buyer is a local businessman and keen caravaner who confirmed he intends to keep the caravan site up and running.
Lot 3 – approximately 15.27 acres of land – was sold for £91,000 to a local farmer on the second attempt after the £110,000 guide price was not met on the initial round of bidding.
The purchasers of lot 4 – approximately 5.04 acres – paid £58,000 and confirmed it will be keep for horses while lot 5 – the smallest at around 2.2 acres – was sold for £29,000.
Paul Dixon, Lead Auctioneer from WM Sykes & Son auctioneers and estate agents, said he was pleased with the evening’s events and the final sum.
“It has come to around what we were expecting and it is a good outcome for the family,” he said.
“Lot 3 was a difficult one to sell. The first time around it hadn’t met the reserve so we tried again. I asked the member of the family and he said yes to the price.
“It was better to sell it all on the night and not have to bring the family back again.”
He added: “It is usual to see lots in one section go together, like lots 1, 2 and 6 here. Then the smaller areas are often much easier to sell.
“If we had sold it all as one lot, I don’t think we would have got a better price for it.”
Well-i-hole Farm is holding a sale of its animals and farm yard equipment on August 16 at the farm’s car park.