1 Virkie Cottages, Eastshore, Virkie, ZE3 9JS

Key Details

Reception Rooms:

1 + 1




1 + 1

Energy Efficiency:

D (61)

Council Tax:

Band B




2 double bedrooms, living / dining room / Kitchen, sittingroom, Bathroom, separate studio with shower room & kitchenette, small garage / shed & greenhouse.


Great opportunity to acquire a completely renovated and extended two bedroom cottage together with a separate detached studio, all situated on a quiet side road in a lovely shore side situation overlooking the Pool of Virkie, with fine views southwards over the airport to Sumburgh Head.

A striking, cleverly designed, modern extension was added to the original semi-detached cottage in 2009, the resulting accommodation comprising a stunning kitchen / living / dining room with patio doors to an attractive decked area, a main sittingroom, bathroom and two double bedrooms, the master bedroom being accessed by a contemporary spiral staircase.

The studio provides a delightful self-contained living space separate to the main house, complete with its own kitchen area and shower room, ideal as an artist's studio or for guests. It is currently being used for limited Airbnb use. In addition to the studio there are two further sheds and a fenced garden area behind the house.

Viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate this property.

General Information

1 Virkie Cottages is situated on a side road off the A970 Lerwick – Sumburgh road on the edge of the Pool of Virkie at the southern tip of Shetland approximately 23 miles from Lerwick, the location providing lovely views over the airport to Sumburgh Head in the distance.

Anenities in the immediate area include a local shop & post office in the nearby village of Toab, and a hotel at Sumburgh. Just further along the road from the house is the boating club and marina. About 2½ miles north of the house at Dunrossness is the area's primary school (secondary pupils go to Sandwick or Lerwick), Mainland's mini-supermarket & post office / filling station, and a small hardware store.

The Lerwick – Sumburgh bus route runs along the main road within walking distance of the house meaning the town is easily accessible by car or by bus.

Nearby places of interest in the South Mainland area include Sumburgh Head where a huge variety of bird life can be seen, Jarlshof, Scatness Broch, Quendale Mill and slightly further afield, the RSPB reserve at Loch of Spiggie, and St Ninian's Isle at Bigton.

The original cottage was completely renovated and extended by the current owners in 2009, the extension which is to the rear, being particularly well-thought out, for example the window wall which faces south being cleverely angled to make the most of the views.

More recently the separate Smithy was converted in 2017 into a self-contained studio complete with kitchen area and separate shower room, the space being ideal for artistic hobbies, extra accommodation to the main house / guest use. It is currently being let out on an occasional limited basis as Airbnb holiday accommodation.

The main house is double glazed throughout with hardwood double glazed windows, the west elevation to the extension benefiting from large windows either side of double patio doors which open out onto a sheltered fenced decking area.

The heating to the extension is underfloor supplied by the 'Heatrae Sadia Amptec' electric boiler housed in a cupboard off the kitchen (the cupboard also housing the 'Megaflo' water tank), the boiler also supllying radiators to the living room and bedroom 2 in the original property.


Main House

Living / Dining Room / Kitchen

(Approx. 6.05m x 4.65m) Bright, modern living space, being the main entrance to the house with entry via double glazed patio doors from the decked area, large windows either side and a further Velux window over allowing for maximum natural light, the vaulted ceiling above cleverly concealing a clothes pulley. It is a large space with plenty of room for a dining table and chairs and contemporary modern kitchen units in an oak finish complete with solid wood block worktops, a 'Belfast' style double sink, a range cooker with gas hob, electric oven and cooker hood over, plus a stainless steel finish dishwasher. The built-in cupboard at the far end houses the central heating boiler and water tank, with space also for a washing machine & tumble dryer (appliances not included). Natural travertine limestone floor tiles are laid throughout the whole space and are also used for the kitchen splashbacks, also extending into the bathroom where the same tiles also line the walls and bath panel. A very contemporary yellow spiral staircase to the main bedroom upstairs adds a striking feature to the room.


(Approx. 2.55m x 1.9m) Family bathroom tiled throughout, including the floor, with natural travertine limestone tiles, with white three piece suite including double ended bath with mains shower and glazed shower screen over. Wall-mounted basket shelving, mirror over the sink & towel rail included.

Main Bedroom

(Approx. 4.8m x 4.55m (floor area)) Good-sized double accessed via the spiral staircase, lit by a Velux rooflight and further window to the north gable. Painted wooden floorboards.

Remaining accommodation in the original house comprises:-


(Approx. 5.7m x 3.35m) A doorway from the living / dining area leads to the main sittingroom which enjoys a dual aspect, the main window (with blind) looking out to the Pool of Virkie, the second window facing south. A solid-fuel stove set on a natural stone hearth creates an attractive focal point and a cosy additional heat source although there is also a central heating radiator. Extensive fitted shelving along one wall and a separate shelved recess opposite provides plenty of space for a TV, books or general display. The flooring is solid oak.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 3.35m x 3.1m) Second double bedroom, again looking out over the Pool of Virkie, with solid oak flooring and curtains at the window.


(Approx. 1.65m x 1.1m) Although originally the entrance to the house, in practice the door is never used as the main entrance is now to the extension allowing the lobby to be used for coats and general storage. A hatch provides access to the loft.

Studio (The Smithy)

Conveniently set away from the house and screened by mature willow trees providing privacy, the renovated double glazed former 'Smithy' comprises a main living / dining space with kitchen area (overall approx. 6.65m long by 3.6m at widest points) and a separate shower room.

Heating by an energy efficient wall-mounted 'Panasonic' air source heat pump, the studio is accessed via double doors which open to the main living space, a lovely bright space thanks to the full-height glazed doors and three windows, all with a blind, and all looking out to the Pool of Virkie, including a full-height window in the centre with additional Velux roof light over. The vaulted ceiling and exposed beams adds character and lovely sandstone tiles are laid throughout the whole space and into the separate shower room.

There is space for a sofa / sofa bed and a small table & chairs, and a recess provides a neatly fitted kitchen area complete with 'Belfast' style sink with solid wood block worktops to either side including an integral two ring hob with cooker hood over, and slate splashback behind, plus a concealed integral fridge. The built-in cupboard to one side houses the 'Megaflo' water tank.

The attractively fitted shower room (approx. 2.65m x 1.2m) has a slate lined shower enclosure with double shower tray and glazed screen / door plus a white WC and a space saving wash hand basin set in a fitted unit with mirror over.


Entry to the property is through a gravel parking area with space for a couple of cars, which leads to a large, fenced, south-facing decked area outside the patio doors to the extension, the space being a great suntrap, a gate from here leading to a large, fenced back garden with drying green, children's play house and a variety of mature shrubbery.

The small shed / single garage (approx. 4.5m x 2.7m) has access from the parking area or patio, power, light & workbench. The separate greenhouse/ shed (approx. 4.5m x 1.8m) is partitioned to provide a space for plants etc. with a storage area behind.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band B. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on the Shetland Islands Council website.

Energy Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: D (61)

Property Location

The property is reached by travelling on the main A970 towards Sumburgh Airport, taking the turn off to the left at 'Eastshore Road' and the house is the second on the left.

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