Main sittingroom, dining room, 2nd living room, kitchen with scullery off, three double bedrooms, single bedroom, bathroom, shower room, hall & landing. Steading.
Substantial, Grade C Listed detached farmhouse dating from the early 19th century, in wonderfully, leafy setting amongst mature trees in a prominent position off the main Westside road overlooking Weisdale Voe. Lerwick approximately 10 miles.
Sitting in grounds of around 0.42 acres, the house provides spacious accommodation of considerable character with many original features remaining, comprising three generous reception rooms, a large kitchen with scullery off, four good-sized bedrooms, a bathroom, separate shower room and two attic rooms. The main rooms all enjoy a southerly or westerly aspect, and there are fine open views over the surrounding countryside and the voe.
Although some renovation work has been carried out in recent years, including the installation of oil-fired central heating, further repair and refurbishment is required which is reflected in the price.
Also included is a substantial, though dilapidated, steading which may have some development potential (subject to consents).
Although set on its own in a prominent rural position overlooking Weisdale Voe, ‘Ervhouse’ is conveniently situated within easy reach of Lerwick, just over 10 miles to the south, and also Brae & Sullom Voe to the north, as the main Westside road continues past the house and through Kergord to meet up with the main road north.
The house is also conveniently situated for amenities in the area, these including two shops, one with a post office and fuel pumps being just ½ mile to the south, the second shop being a further two miles beyond that, as well as the area’s primary school (1½ miles), whilst nearby to the north, is the Bonhoga Gallery & café.
Believed to date from the 19th century, ‘Ervhouse’ is an ‘L’-shaped, two storey stone-built farmhouse with a natural slate roof, comprising a symmetrical, three bay, principal south wing with a two bay wing to the west.
The south wing which faces the main garden area, was built in 1856, around the same time as the house at ‘Kergord’, as a factor’s house.
The west wing extension, which faces the road, was added in the late 1880’s when the house became a sort of half-way house, a place where horses could be changed on carriages travelling to the Westside of Shetland. The rooms at ground level were variously used as a grocery store or hotel waiting room, the fireplace a place to sit while your horse was changed, the rooms above were rented to visitors. The main steading was also added at this time. During the 1940’s the west wing was briefly turned into a pub, and later a grocery store again.
The main entrance is to the principal elevation to the south where a front door opens to a hall with stone flagged floor and stair to the first floor. To the left is a good-sized main sittingroom with windows to the south and west; to the right is a large south-facing kitchen with ‘Rayburn’ stove. Off the kitchen to the rear, is a small extension comprising a scullery and shower room.
At the rear of the hall a door leads to two large, wood-lined rooms, a dining room and similarly sized second living room, both facing west, the living room having a second entrance door.
On the first floor a landing leads to two generous double bedrooms to the south side of the house, the larger room to the west enjoying a dual-aspect, and a ladder stair leads to two combed ceiling attic rooms although these have limited headroom.
The remaining first floor accommodation is to the rear and comprises two west-facing bedrooms, one a single, the other a large double, and a bathroom.
Renovation work carried out around 2002 – 2005 included re-roofing, new gutters & downpipes, re-wiring and re-plumbing, installation of central heating radiators plus a new septic tank and soakaway. Many original features remain, in particular the wood lining to the two reception rooms in the west wing, paneled doors, working window shutters in the main sittingroom, and a number of fine fireplaces. Central heating is provided by a recently installed oil-fired ‘Rayburn’ stove in the kitchen which also heats a ‘Megaflo’ water tank in the scullery (electric immersion also).
Included with the house is a farm steading. This is also listed and may have potential for development (subject to the necessary consents), although it is in a very poor structural condition, some of it having partially collapsed and much of it now being roofless, and therefore any conversion would require extensive works including major structural repair. It may be beyond economical repair.
As the property is listed major works and alterations will require listed building consent.
**In detail the accommodation comprises:-**
On the Ground Floor
(Approx. 3.35m x 1.8m) (11’ x 6’)
(Approx. 4.45m x 4.2m) (14’8” x 13’9”) Attractive room with working shutters and original paneling to the windows, and open fire (not tested).
(Approx. 4.45m x 4.25m) (14’8” x 13’10”) Lovely, part wood-lined kitchen with plenty of space to install a modern fitted kitchen (it presently has various freestanding units which are not included in the sale). The south-facing window looks out over the garden and a ‘Rayburn’ stove provides cooking facilities and heat although there is also a central heating radiator. Doors at the rear lead to a scullery, and a rear lobby with shower room off.
(Approx. 2.2m x 1.85m) (7’2” x 6’) With sink unit and worktop, plumbing for a washing machine & ‘Megaflo’ hot water tank.
(Approx. 2m x 1.05m) (6’8” x 3’6”) Leading to the shower room, and back door.
(Approx. 1.85m x 0.85m) (6’ x 2’9”) With W.C. & wash hand basin plus shower cubicle. Exposed stone walls are a feature.
Back off the main hall is the remaining ground floor accommodation comprising:-
(Approx. 5.15m x 3.35m) (16’10” x 11’)
(Approx. 5.15m x 3.85m) (16’10 x 12’8”) With original fireplace (not tested) and built-in cupboard.
On the First Floor
(Approx. 4.2m x 1.8m (including stair) + 4.15m x 1.5m) (13’10” x 6’ + 13’8” x 4’10”) Front landing with window to the south, plus rear landing with window to the east and two built-in cupboards.
(Approx. 4.45m x 4.15m) (14’8” x 13’8”) Spacious double bedroom with windows to the south & west, and original fireplace (not tested).
(Approx. 4.45m x 4.15m) (14’7” x 13’8”) Similarly sized, south-facing double room, again with original fireplace (not tested).
(Approx. 3.55m x 2.6m) (11’9” x 8’6”) West-facing single bedroom.
(Approx. 4.7m x 3.15m) (15’4” x 10’4”) Large double bedroom with two windows facing west, and original fireplace (not tested).
(Approx. 2.5m x 1.85m) (8’2” x 6’2”) With bath with electric shower over, W.C. & wash hand basin.
On the Second Floor
Attic room 1 (left)
(Approx. 4.45m x 2.95m (floor area)) (14’8” x 9’9”).
Attic room 2 (right)
(Approx. 3.25m x 2.95m (floor area)) (10’9” x 9’9”).
As noted the property lies in grounds estimated to extend to around 0.42 acres or thereby which are reached via a shared track which leads from the public road to the house, with access around the side of the house, between the house and the byre, to a parking area at the rear.
There is a small front garden area immediately in front of the house bordered by mature plants and shrubs, but the main garden area lies to the south of the house where there is a lovely, very large outdoor space mainly enclosed by stone dykes, which, unusually for Shetland, is full of mature trees which are understood to have been planted c.1930, providing a wonderful setting for the house.
The farm steading to the rear comprises a substantial stone byre with attached garage / shed, plus a further building behind to the east, understood to have been residential at some time, both buildings enclosing a substantial, open courtyard area. Note the building on the third (north) side of the courtyard is in separate ownership.
Understood to currently be Band C. 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 Efficiency Rating: F (32)
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