Forge ahead in Kilcock, Co Kildare
Forge Cottage €345k
As its name suggests, 'Forge Cottage' at Church Street in Kilcock, Co Kildare, was reportedly once a village forge.
There's no evidence of that from the outside though, so unless the local shoeless horsemen find out the name of your house, they're unlikely to start banging on your door commissioning bits of metalwork.
And whatever about the outside of the house, the inside gives no hint at all that it was once the dwelling house of a skilled manual labourer. This modest, street-fronting town cottage is all upward mobility within.
The place has been transformed in recent years, with stylish décor, furnishing and fittings and ultra-modern conveniences.
The blacksmith's fire has been superseded by oil-fired central heating and that, combined with fresh insulation, has taken the energy rating up to C2.
It's a little bigger than it looks too, at 1,300 sq ft, though with only two bedrooms at that. Both are about the same size, 13ft8 by 10ft8, and one has an adjoining dressing room.
There are two main living areas.
The first is a sitting room, about 13-and-a-half foot square, with an oak floor and a wood-burning stove in an antique Adams-style fireplace.
The second is the eat-in kitchen, which measures 21ft by just under 12ft, and has a moveable centre island with a breakfast bar, granite countertops and a Belfast sink.
There are French doors in the kitchen and dining room leading to an unusual back garden, partly gravelled, with flowerbeds and shrubs and a patio. The site size in total is 0.13 of an acre.
Church Street is one of the principal commercial streets of Kilcock and it's about five minutes' walk from the railway station.
The agent is Property Partners Brady (01) 651 0000 and the asking price is €345,000.