Burnside, Walls, Walls, ZE2 9PG

Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

E (46)

Council Tax:

Band B




Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, two Double Bedrooms, Bathroom, Hall & Entrance Porch, plus Living Room / Kitchen, Double Bedroom & Shower Room. Substantial Studio, Garage / Store & Shed.


Charming, single storey, Grade ‘C' listed, detached cottage, set in large mainly walled garden in a picturesque, shoreside setting at the head of Vaila Sound, enjoying fine views over the voe.

The location in the heart of the village, means that local amenities including the shop & school, just a short stroll away, are easily accessible.

The property currently comprises two bedroom / two reception room accommodation with a kitchen and bathroom, plus a further living room / kitchen, bedroom & shower room which has been used as self-catering holiday accommodation providing a useful source of extra income, or alternatively it could be used as single family home.

The substantial 27’ attached studio would make an excellent home office or could potentially be used to provide additional living space (subject to consents). There is also a large garage and a shed.

Although the property would benefit from modernisation, it offers character and huge potential in this attractive location, and would be of particular interest to anyone seeking a property with lots of extra space for a home business or hobbies etc.

General Information

‘Burnside’ is attractively situated right in the centre of the picturesque village of Walls, in the West Mainland of Shetland, approximately 25 miles from Lerwick. The house sits in a large garden by the shore at the head of the voe of Vaila Sound which it overlooks.

The very convenient location means that local amenities just a short stroll away are easily accessible, yet the position of the house means it is not overlooked. The location also allows the property to benefit from fine views across to the east side of the village and also down the voe.

The village has a range of amenities including a primary school / nursery, licensed shop & post office, bakery & tea room, health centre, care centre, small community swimming pool available for private hire, village hall, pier, marina & boating club.

The village hosts an annual agricultural show and regatta. A commuter bus service runs to Lerwick.

Understood to date from the mid-19th century, the property which is Grade ‘C’ listed, is thought to comprise two adjoining cottages and what was originally a shop. It is generally of stone construction, harled externally, with a felt roof which has been renewed in recent years, the main house about ten years ago, the store and garage four years ago.

The windows to the sitting room, dining room, bedroom 2 & shower room have been replaced with new double glazed units at various times. Central heating is provided by an external oil-fired ‘combi’ boiler.


Entrance Porch

(Overall approx. 3.05m x 1.85m) (10’ x 6’) Forming the main entrance to the property, with small larder cupboard, separate store cupboard, and inner door to the house.


Small lobby with doors to the kitchen and self-catering accommodation.


(Approx. 3.7m x 2.65m overall inc. larder) (12’3” x 8’8”) West-facing kitchen with ‘Belfast’ sink, fitted cupboard space and separate larder. Doors to the dining room and a hallway leading to the bathroom & two bedrooms.

Dining Room

(Approx. 3.85m x 3.55m) (12’8” x 11’7”) With double glazed window enjoying a fine view over the voe, original fireplace with working open fire, and two built-in cupboards. Doorway to:-

Sitting Room

(Overall 5.15m x 3.55m at widest points) (17’ x 11’8”) Attractive ‘L’-shaped room with double glazed window again enjoying the view to the voe, fireplace surround with working open fire and shelved display recess to one side. Conservation skylight & two radiators. Further doors to the hallway and a east-facing porch (approx. 2.75m x 1.75m) (9’ x 5’9”).


Leading to the bathroom and two bedrooms, with west-facing window with cupboard space below, conservation skylight, store cupboard at the far end, telephone point & two radiators.


(Approx. 1.85m x 1.75m) (6’1” x 5’9”) With bath, W.C. & wash hand basin. Radiator.

Bedroom 1

(Overall approx. 4.55m x 3.1m at widest points including wardrobe) (15’ x 10’3”) West-facing double bedroom, with secondary double glazing, built-in wardrobe space, mantelpiece, wall-mounted electric heater & radiator. A small doorway (restricted headroom) provides access to the substantial studio on the south side of the property.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 4.25m x 3.3m) (14’ x 10’9”) Double bedroom with double glazed window enjoying the view eastwards over the voe. Radiator.

Back off the lobby off the main entrance porch, is the remaining accommodation comprising a living room / kitchen, bedroom & shower room which has been used as holiday accommodation. Whilst linked to the main accommodation, it also has its own front door to the east side of the house.

A door from the lobby opens to a hallway with boxroom off (approx. 2m x 1.6m) (6’8” x 5’3”) with plumbing for washing machine and space for a freezer etc. (appliances not included), and a further passage leading to the shower room & living room.

Shower Room

(Approx. 1.65m x 1.5m) (5’4” x 5’) With W.C. & wash hand basin plus shower with ‘Triton’ electric shower.

Living Room / Kitchen

(Overall approx. 3.65m x 3.35m at widest points) (12’ x 11’) With window to the east side of the house overlooking the voe, sink unit & cooker, mantelpiece & radiator. A lobby off provides a separate self-contained access.


(Approx. 3m x 2.8m) (9’10” x 9’2”) Small west-facing double bedroom with wardrobe, wall-mounted electric heater, & radiator.


The property sits in a large site which is estimated to extend to just under ½ acre, bordered by the road to the church to the west, the church yard to the south, the voe to the east, and by a dyke and the burn beyond it to the north.

The garden which is to the east side of the house overlooking the voe, is mainly grassed although in the past it has been more formally laid out and, like the house, offers great potential.

There is plenty of space to grow your own produce, keep chickens etc. The property enjoys direct access to the sea with space to pull up a boat. (Note telephone kiosk not included).

Included with the property is a substantial studio and a garage on the south side of the house, plus a large shed measuring approx. 5.75m x 3.2m (19’ x 10’6”) in the north-west corner.


(Approx. 8.3m x 4.15m) (27’3” x 13’8”) This substantial space can be accessed either via a small doorway from bedroom 1 or it has its own separate external door to the east side of the house, plus there is also a hatch from the adjoining garage. A window to the east side provides a view of the voe, and there are four Velux rooflights. It currently provides extensive storage space although has been used as a studio and also as a museum. It could make an excellent home office space, or it might even be possible to use it to extend the living accommodation, although any alterations would be subject to any necessary consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.

Garage / Store

(Overall approx. 5m x 4.85m) (16’6” x 16’) Large, split-level garage, with ‘up & over’ garage door plus two doors to the rear, one providing access to an inspection pit, the other opening to the lower level.

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: E (46)

Property Location

Drive into the centre of Walls passing the shop on the left. Follow the road along the head of the voe past the Sandness junction and the school on the right. Just after the voe and the school, take the first tarred road to the left which leads up to the church. ‘Burnside’ is situated on the left hand corner overlooking the voe.

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