Brough House, Burravoe, Yell, ZE2 9AY

Key Details

Reception Rooms:

1 / 2 + sun room


4 / 5



Energy Efficiency:

G (20)

Council Tax:

Band B




4 / 5 bedrooms, 1 / 2 reception rooms, 2 sun rooms, 2 bathrooms, office / store, workshop & former byre / garage.


Situated by the shore in the village of Burravoe on the island of Yell, Brough House is a substantial, four / five bedroom, detached property enjoying a southerly aspect and lovely views over the front garden to Heoga Ness and the sea.

The mainly double glazed accommodation comprises a large porch / sun room, two good-sized reception rooms (one could be used as a 5th bedroom), an attractive country style kitchen with ‘Rayburn’, a main bathroom and cloakroom on the ground floor, plus four bedrooms and a second bathroom on the first floor. There is also a large office / store at the rear of the building which used to house the local post office.

Oil-fired central heating is provided, supplemented by solid-fuel fires in both reception rooms.

As well as a large, main front garden there are two outbuildings, a workshop / store, a former byre / garage plus a small walled park behind the byre / garage.

Yell is linked to mainland Shetland by a regular 20 minute ro-ro ferry which runs from Ulsta just 4 miles from the house.

General Information

‘Brough House’ is situated close to the shore in the village of Burravoe in the south-eastern corner of the island of Yell, the largest of Shetland’s North Isles which lies between Mainland Shetland and the neighbouring island of Unst.

Yell measures about 19 miles long by 7.5 miles wide and has a population of around 900. Local amenities in Burravoe itself include a primary school, a marina and pier, and a small museum at the Old Haa close to the House. There are local shops by the ferry terminal at Ulsta, and at Aywick however the island’s main amenities can be found at Mid Yell to the north, the main population centre, where there is another local shop, a Junior High School providing education from nursery to secondary four, a superb leisure centre with 12.5m heated indoor swimming pool, main hall, squash court, fitness room & football pitch, and a health centre including dental surgery. A regular, 20 minute, subsidised ro-ro ferry service connects Yell with Mainland Shetland, running from Ulsta just four miles from the house, to Toft, about 10 minutes from Brae & Sullom Voe, and approximately 27 miles from Lerwick. A ferry from Gutcher at the north end of the island provides a similar service to Unst.

Shetland is linked to mainland Scotland by an overnight ferry service from Aberdeen operated by Northlink Ferries ( Loganair ( operates direct flight to Shetland from Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow. Islanders are currently entitled to discounted fares.

The house comprises the original stone-built property with later extensions to the front and rear, the main part of the house having a natural slate roof. Windows are double glazed except for the back extension, and central heating is provided by an oil-fired ‘Worcester’ boiler situated in a small outside enclosure to the rear of the house, the boiler also supplying the hot water tank housed in a cupboard off the kitchen. Information on the history of the house can be obtained by contacting the sellers direct at [email protected]

The sale will include all carpets and other fixed flooring coverings, curtains & blinds, light fittings and white goods. Except for a wooden pew in the front porch and an old wooden organ in the workshop, the sellers would be happy to discuss the remaining furnishings if required.

The external photographs and a small number of internal shots were taken in summer 2016.


On the Ground Floor:-

Front porch / Sun room

(Approx. 4.95m x 2.65m) (16’3” x 8’9”) Entry to the property is via the front garden to the south (sea) side of the property where a double glazed front door opens to a large double glazed porch / sun room which enjoys views over the garden to the sea and also to the east. On the other side internal windows look into another sun room off the kitchen. The ceiling is wood-lined and there are fabric blinds at the windows, recessed ceiling spotlights, a fitted carpet and an inner door to the hallway.


(Approx. 5.7m x 1m) (18’9” x 3’2”) Running from the kitchen to the left to a second sittingroom to the right, with a carpeted stair to the first floor, the main bathroom and a large cloakroom in between, the porch has borrowed light via the internal window to the porch and wood laminate flooring.


(Generally approx. 4.25m x 4.1m) (14’ x 13’6”) The wood laminate flooring in the hallway continues into the particularly attractive, good-sized, part wood-lined country style kitchen which has glazed double doors to a second sun room to the front of the house which is used as a dining room, and a window to the rear of the property. Ample fitted units with solid wood worktops provide plenty of cupboard & worktop space and incorporate an integral double oven, gas hob built into the worktop, plus a concealed fridge / freezer and dishwasher, 1½ bowl sink, corner carousel & several glazed cabinets. A solid-fuel ‘Rayburn’ range (which used to be oil-fired and could be converted back to that if required) provides additional cooking facilities, there being a concealed cooker hood over.

At the rear of the room an area behind the stairs has a built-in cupboard housing the hot water tank with plumbing for a washing machine below (appliance included), access to cupboard space under the stairs and a second window to the rear of the house.

Sun room / Dining room

(Approx. 3.35m x 2.6m) (11’ x 8’6”) Like the porch this is another very bright space, this time with windows to the south and west, again with fabric blinds, which is used as a dining room. Wood laminate flooring matching that in the kitchen, and recessed spotlighting in the painted wood-lined ceiling.


(Approx. 4.2m x 4.15m) (13’10” x 13’8”) A door from the kitchen leads to the main sittingroom which features an original stone flagged floor and painted exposed stone to one wall and also around a small window to the rear which looks out into the office / store space which is accessed by a second door. A cast-iron, solid fuel stove provides a cosy additional heat source although there are also two central heating radiators, the one below the south-facing window being covered by a decorative radiator screen. Door to:-

Office / Store

(Approx. 6.25m x 3m) (20’6” x 9’10”) Large single glazed space to the rear of the house which used to be the post office, with its own external access.

Back off the main hallway the remaining ground floor accommodation comprises:-


(Approx. 3.05m x 2.15m) (10’ x 7’2”) Attractive family bathroom with white ‘period’ style suite including a bath with mixer tap / shower attachment over, plus a separate wet-wall lined shower enclosure with glazed shower / screen. A large recess provides a shelf / counter top and shelving for towels etc., a couple of built-in cupboards and space for a radiator. The walls around the bath, W.C. & wash hand basin are clad with painted ‘v’-lining. Solid oak flooring, light / shaver socket & window blind.

Cloak room

(Approx. 3.05m x 1.45m) (10’ x 4’9”) Handy room with plenty of space for coats etc. and additional storage. Radiator with clothes pulley over.

Living room / Bedroom 5

(Approx. 4.1m x 3.55m) (13’6” x 1’9”) Dual-aspect, carpeted room which could be used as a ground floor double bedroom, with stone faced fire surround housing a ‘Baxi’ open fire.

On the First Floor:-


(Approx. 9.55m x 1m) (31’3” x 3’3”) The carpeted stair leads up to a long carpeted landing leading to four bedrooms and a second bathroom, with natural light provided by two dormer windows enjoying the view south plus an additional Velux roof light.

Bedroom 1 (west)

(Approx. 4.2m x 4.1m (floor area)) (13’9” x 13’6”) Clad mainly with painted ‘v’-lining this large double bedroom has a dormer window enjoying the fine view to the front of the house, plus a Velux roof light to the rear. Fitted carpet.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 3.55m x 3.05m (floor area)) (11’8” x 10’) Second double bedroom, again carpeted, this time with a dormer window to the rear of the house. Built-in part shelved recess for clothes etc. small cupboard housing the cold water tank.


(Approx. 3m x 1.25m (floor area)) (9’10” x 4’2”) Again with white ‘period’ style suite including a mixer tap / shower attachment over the bath which has a tiled splashback with mosaic tile border. Laminate tile flooring, light / shaver fitting, heated towel rail / radiator & hatch to the loft space.

Bedroom 3

(Approx. 3m x 2.75m (floor area)) (9’10” x 9’) Carpeted single bedroom with dormer window to the rear of the house.

Bedroom 4

(Approx. 4.15m x 3.6m (floor area)) (13’6” x 11’10”) Fourth double bedroom, again a good-sized double, with a dormer window enjoying the view to the front of the house and fitted carpet.


The main outside space lies to the front of the house where a large, mainly walled garden has lawns flanked by established borders either side of a path leading from the porch down to a gate at the bottom of the garden providing access to the shore. A side gate provides access from the tarmac car park to side of the house.

Also included is a detached store / workshop to the west side of the house which has a power supply, and, behind the house on the other side of the road, is a large stone-built former byre measuring approximately 11m x 3m (30’ x 10’), part of which has been converted to a garage although the garage door requires replacement. In front of this building is a tarred parking area. Finally behind the byre is a small walled park which is also included in the sale.

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: G (20)

Property Location

From the ferry turn first left to Burravoe and drive into the village passing the hall on the left. Turn right at the school into Brough Road following the signs for the Old Hall (do not turn left to Brunthill & Burravoe Pier). Continue into Meadowbank Road and onwards past the Old Haa towards the shore. ‘Brough House is a short distance beyond the Old Haa on the right hand side of the road just before the shore.

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