Bordanoost, Haroldswick, Unst, Unst, ZE2 9ED

Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

F (23)

Council Tax:

Band A




Sittingroom, sun porch, dining kitchen, four bedrooms, two further attic rooms, bathroom, shower room, separate toilet, hall & landing.


Substantial detached property enjoying a southerly aspect and magnificent sea views, providing spacious family accommodation or B & B potential in a lovely shore side position in the village of Haroldswick on Unst, Britain’s most northerly inhabited island.

The accommodation which is arranged over two floors, comprises a sittingroom, sun porch, dining kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom and shower room on the ground floor, plus three further double bedrooms and a toilet on the main first floor.

There are two additional attic rooms upstairs in the rear extension.

The property has uPVC double glazing (except the sittingroom which has secondary glazing) and is heated by electric storage / panel heaters supplemented by several radiators supplied by an oil-fired ‘Rayburn’ in the kitchen.

Unst is connected to mainland Shetland by a regular ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day via the neighbouring island of Yell. The island has stunning scenery, many places of interest and a good range of local amenities within a few miles of the house, including a primary / junior high school and leisure centre with swimming pool.

General Information

'Bordanoost’ is situated in a fantastic shore side location in the village of Haroldswick at the north end of the island of Unst, Britain’s most northerly inhabited island.

Measuring approximately 12 miles long by 5 miles wide, Unst has a population of around 600, who in spite of the island’s small size and remote location, enjoy an excellent range of amenities which are mainly based in Baltasound the main settlement which is a couple of miles to the south. These include a primary / junior high school, a superb leisure centre / swimming pool, a couple of local shops (one with fuel), post office, garage (with shop, fuel & café), a hotel & marina, church and public hall.

Amenities in Haroldswick itself include a Heritage Centre and the Unst Boat Haven, both of which are close by the house. There is also a restaurant at the Saxa Vord resort, a church and public hall. Care facilities on the island are available at the care centre in Baltasound and at Bruce Hall, Uyeasound.

There are many places of interest on Unst making it a popular tourist destination, in particular Hermaness National Nature Reserve, Keen of Hamar Reserve, Muckle Flugga Lighthouse, Muness Castle, and fine beaches at Norwick, Skaw, Sandwick & Westing.

A regular ro-ro ferry service connects Unst with mainland Shetland, ferries running throughout the day from Belmont at the south end of the island (approximately 10 miles) to the neighbouring island of Yell (10 minute crossing), and from Yell to mainland Shetland (20 minute crossing).

The Shetland Islands form the most northerly part of the United Kingdom, being located approximately 200 miles north of Aberdeen and 200 miles west of Bergen, Norway. There are over 100 islands of which 12 are inhabited. Home to around 22,000 people the islands provide a vibrant and safe community enjoying dramatic unspoilt scenery and an abundance of wildlife.

Shetland is linked to mainland Scotland by an overnight ferry service from Aberdeen operated by [Northlink Ferries]( "Click here for information on sea travel to Shetland").

[Flybe]( "Click here for information on air travel to Shetland") operates direct flights to Sumburgh from Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow.

Islanders currently qualify for discounted ferry and air fares.

‘Bordanoost’ benefits from uPVC double glazed windows (except the sittingroom windows (one internal) which have secondary glazing) and heating is provided by a mix of electric storage / panel heaters supplemented by radiators in the bathroom, hall & sittingroom which are supplied by an oil-fired ‘Rayburn’ stove in the kitchen.

The property would perhaps benefit from some modernisation which is reflected in the price, but nonetheless provides a lovely family home benefiting from the large garden and fantastic views, or it could have B&B potential.


On the Ground Floor


The main entrance is to the east side of the house where a front door opens to a hall passage with bathroom and built-in cupboard off, leading to the main hall with dining kitchen, sun porch & sittingroom off. There is a small cupboard for coats etc. under the stairs, a radiator and an electric storage heater.


(Approx. 2.4m x 1.9m) (8’ x 6’3”) Comprising white suite including bath with electric shower over, W.C. & wash hand basin with fitted cupboard space below. Vinyl flooring, light / shaver fitting, heated towel rail, wall-mounted fan heater & radiator with small cupboard above.

Dining kitchen

(Approx. 5.75m x 2.15m (dining area) extending to 3.5m (kitchen area) (18’10” x 7’ / 11’6”) Bright room with kitchen area benefiting from a dual-aspect and lovely views out to sea, plus a separate dining area with window to the east and internal window to the hall passageway. There are some fitted units including a sink & double drainer, although replacement could be considered. Two built-in cupboards provide further storage space, one housing the hot water tank and shelves for linen etc. An oil-fired ‘Rayburn’ stove with clothes pulley over, provides cooking facilities and heating as well as supplying radiators in various rooms. Further fitted cupboards and space for coats etc. off the hall.

Sun porch

(Approx. 6.6m x 1.6m) (21’9” x 5’2”) Very bright space thanks to a large double glazed window area, providing a great space to sit and enjoy the fabulous view over the garden to the sea.

Living room

(Approx. 4.25m x 3.6m) (14’ x 11’10”) With south-facing internal window to the sun porch, and second window facing west. Heating is provided by a storage / convector heater or radiator supplemented by an electric fire set in a tiled fireplace surround. Access to under-stairs storage space, & telephone point. A door at the rear leads to a rear extension comprising:-

Inner hall

Leading to a double bedroom & shower room. Built-in cupboard & storage / convector heater.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 3.5m x 3m) (11’6” x 9’9”) West-facing double bedroom with built-in wardrobe / cupboard & panel heater.

Shower room

(Approx. 1.35m x 2.45m at longest point) (8’2” x 4’5”) Wet-wall lined shower room with shower enclosure with electric shower plus W.C. & wash hand basin with mirror over. Heated towel rail & wall-mounted fan heater. uPVC door to the garden.

A ladder stair off the inner hall leads to two further attic rooms:-

Attic room 1

(Approx. 3.5m x 2.45m (floor area)) (11’6” x 8’) With north-facing window & Velux roof light, & panel heater.

Attic room 2

(Approx. 3.5m x 3.15m at widest points (floor area)) (11’5” x 10’4”) With Velux window.

On the First Floor


Back off the main hall, a stair with Velux window over leads up to the main first floor landing which has lots of built-in storage space and a hatch with pull-down ladder to the loft. Storage heater.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 4.35m x 3.6m) (14’3” x 11’10”) Large, dual-aspect double bedroom enjoying the fantastic views. Tiled fireplace surround (not tested) & electric panel heater.

Bedroom 3

(Approx. 4.7m x 3.35m) (15’5” x 11’) Another generous double, also with a dual-aspect including a large port hole window enjoying the sea view to the south, plus a second window to the west looking out over to the beach. Built-in wardrobe plus separate shelved cupboard, & panel heater.


(Approx. 2.5m x 0.9m) (8’ x 3’) With W.C. with fitted cupboard space and Velux window over, & wash hand basin.

Bedroom 4

(Approx. 3.35m x 3.25m at widest points) (11’ x 10’8”) North-facing double bedroom with built-in wardrobe / cupboard.


The house benefits from a large garden area which is estimated to extend to around ⅓ acre or thereby. It is mostly enclosed by a stone dyke and comprises a large area of lawn which surrounds the house and stretches down to the roadside. There a parking area to the rear, a concrete patio area in front of the sun porch, and an outside utility area to the side of the house with several ‘Belfast’ sinks with a cold water supply.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band A. 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: F (23)

Property Location

To reach the property drive to Haroldswick at the north end of Unst. Take the first turning to the village and follow the road along the shore; ‘Bordanoost’ is the first house on the left, with access off the road signposted for the Heritage Centre

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