Wheels and deals near Henry Ford's west Cork birthplace
Ballinascarty in west Cork, seven kilometres from Clonakilty, is the birthplace of Henry Ford's father, William Ford. A statue of a Model T Ford stands as a memorial to the village's most famous son. At 21, William emigrated with his parents and family in the worst year of the famine, 1847, and Henry was born in Michigan in 1863.
Some years before that, in 1820, Monteen House was built, and it's changed hands a couple of times in the past decade alone.
It was put on the market, with 12 acres, for €1.2m in 2006 at the height of the boom. In 2008 it was for sale again, this time with just over three-and-a-half acres, for €850,000.
The property now consists of lands of two acres; a rambling, 3,000-square-foot, five-bedroom house; and a separate workshop or studio, all for €495,000.
The house is laid out on two storeys, with two-foot stone walls. To the right of the entrance hall is a 'great room' with a fireplace and a stairs to the upper level. To the left is a dining room with a fireplace and wood-burning stove, and off it, a sitting room.
The kitchen/breakfast room is at the back of the house, with a utility room off it. Also on the ground floor is a guest kitchen/ diner and a guest bedroom or study.
The master bedroom upstairs has an en-suite bathroom. The main bathroom is also on this level, and there's a second en-suite bedroom with an exit via stairs to the outside, as well as two other bedrooms.
As well as the two acres, there is an option to buy more land if required.
The grounds include paddocks, woods, stepped terraces and, believe it or not, a croquet lawn. Also on the site is a detached workshop or studio.
The agent for the sale is Hodnett Forde in Clonakilty (023 883 3367).