Gatahus, Aithsetter, Cunningsburgh, ZE2 9HG

Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

D (68)

Council Tax:

Band F




• 5 bedrooms (2 en-suite) • 4 reception (including first floor living area) • breakfasting kitchen • 3 bath / shower rooms & separate WC • office / box room & utility room • integral double garage


Offering very spacious flexible family accommodation, 'Gatahus' is a distinctive five bedroom detached house set in around ⅓ acre in an attractive rural location enjoying fantastic views northwards up the east coast of Shetland to Lerwick & Bressay in the distance. Lerwick, just 9 miles away, is within easy commuting distance.

The 'walk-into' accommodation is arranged over two floors, the ground floor comprising the main living room, dining room and breakfasting kitchen all situated to make the most of the views, plus a snug / office, utility room & WC. Upstairs are five good-sized double bedrooms, two with en-suites and a large built-in wardrobe, a great additional open-plan living area lit by an arched south-facing window, a family bathroom, and office / box room.

Central heating is provided by an air source heat pump supplying underfloor heating to the ground floor and radiators upstairs, a solid-fuel stove in the living room providing a cosy alternative. The integral double garage has twin electric doors.

The size of the house offers plenty of scope for home office working whilst the large garden provides plenty of outdoor space.

General Information

'Gatahus' is situated on a side road off the Aithsetter loop road which runs through the village of Cunningsburgh which lies within easy commuting distance of Lerwick just 9 miles to the north. The village has its own primary school (older pupils go to Sandwick or Lerwick), a well-supported community hall, a marina at Aith Voe plus a farm shop & café by the main road junction about ½ mile from the house. The village hosts Shetland's biggest agricultural show in August.

'Gatahus' was completed around 10 years ago of insulated timber frame construction clad externally with rendered concrete block work, all below a concrete tiled roof. Windows and doors are uPVC double glazed units and central heating is provided by a 'NIBE' air source heat pump unit in the garage which supplies under floor heating throughout the ground floor and radiators upstairs, a solid-fuel stove in the living room providing a cosy additional heat source. There is a spare underfloor central heating loop by the dining room allowing the possibility of providing underfloor heating to an extension on that side, perhaps for a conservatory. Hot water is provided by a 185 litre 'NIBE' hot water cylinder also connected to the heat pump although with an immersion back up, and there is also a 'Rec Temovex' air handling unit, also in the garage.

The interior is attractively finished with Spanish oak veneer doors and ash door surrounds & skirtings, and the sale will include all carpets and other fixed floor coverings, the light fittings & blinds.


The front door to the property has a full-height glazed sidelight and opens to a wide lobby with a glazed inner door again with full-height sidelight allowing light to filter through to the open plan dining room beyond. On the left a large cloak cupboard with fitted shelving racks & hooks provides space for coats, shoes etc. On the other side is a toilet with WC & wash hand basin. Tiled floor. Neatly concealed behind a mirror is access to storage space under the stairs and also to the pipework for the underfloor heating.

The dining area is a particularly bright space with French doors with windows to either side enjoying the fine view north, two further side windows providing yet more light, artificial light being provided by recessed ceiling spotlighting supplemented by a 'rise & fall' fitting over the dining table. A large shelved cupboard provides useful storage space.

To the right of the dining room glazed double doors open to the living room, a very attractive space which enjoys a triple aspect with windows to the north, east & south, again the north-facing window enjoying the fine view. A solid-fuel stove set on a tiled hearth creates an attractive focal point as well as providing a cosy alternative heat source to the underfloor heating below the fitted carpet. Lighting is provided by several wall lights supplementing the recessed ceiling spotlighting.

To the left of the dining room a further glazed door opens to the breakfasting kitchen, again a bright space with a large glazed window area to the north and south. There is a dining area to the rear, well-placed to enjoy the view, and the kitchen features fitted units in an oak finish providing plenty of cupboard & worktop space and including a concealed integral fridge / freezer with handy pull-out larder unit to one side, a concealed dishwasher and a 1½ bowl sink. The 'Rangemaster' range cooker with induction hob, fan oven & conventional oven, and the matching cooker hood will be included in the sale. The floor throughout is tiled and track lighting is provided to both the kitchen and dining areas.

Off the kitchen is a lobby, again with a tiled floor (which also extends into the utility room), with doors to a useful shelved pantry cupboard, a carpeted south-facing snug / office, also with recessed ceiling spotlighting, and a utility room with fitted units matching those in the kitchen, the units to one side featuring a solid wood worktop around a 'Belfast sink', and plumbing for a washing machine. There are further fitted floor & wall units to the wall opposite plus space for a freezer, tumble dryer, etc. (appliances available by separate negotiation).

Off the utility room is a rear lobby with access to the large garage and a back door, the lined and insulated garage having twin 'up & over' garage doors each with electric remote control, and a window to the rear.

The carpeted stair from the dining room, which is lit by a high level south-facing window, leads up to the carpeted landing on the first floor with doors to the five bedrooms, an office and bathroom. About half-way along the space opens up to provide an open plan seating / play area lit by a large south-facing vaulted window which floods the space with natural light providing a particularly bright additional living area enjoying an open view, a spotlighting track providing plenty of artificial light. Two built-in cupboards on the landing provide useful storage space, one being shelved for linens etc.

To the right of the stairs is a generously proportioned carpeted main bedroom suite which benefits from a dual aspect with windows to the north and south, again the north-facing window enjoying the great view. A built-in cupboard / wardrobe provides plenty of space for clothes and there is an en-suite with WC & wash hand basin plus a wet-wall lined shower enclosure with glazed screen / door. Slate tiles are laid to the floor and heating is provided by a heated towel rail off the central heating system. Next to the main bedroom is a second double bedroom, again carpeted and a good sized double room, and again enjoying the view to the north. Built-in wardrobe.

Next is a large family bathroom with white three piece suite plus a separate shower with glazed screen / door. Like the en-suite there is slate tiled flooring and a ladder style heated towel rail / radiator supplied by the central heating. The mirror / light fitting over the wash hand basin will be included in the sale.

Finally at the far end of the landing are three further carpeted double bedrooms, all good-sized doubles, bedrooms 3 & 4 enjoying the view north, bedroom 5 facing south. Bedroom 4 has double doors to a large built-in cupboard / wardrobe with Velux window, and an en-suite with white WC & wash hand basin, shower & tiled floor. Finally there is an office or box room with fitted carpet and south-facing window.

Room Sizes

On the Ground Floor:-

Living Room

Approx. 5.3m x 4.15m (17'4" x 13'7")

Dining Room

Approx. 4.15m x 4.1m (13'8" x 13'5")

Breakfasting Kitchen

Approx. 5.3m x 3.5m (17'5" x 11'6")

Snug / Office

Approx. 3.6m x 2.3m (11'10" x 7'6")

Utility Room

Approx. 2.85m x 2.25m (9'5" x 7'5")


Approx. 1.9m x 0.8m (6'2" x 2'8")

Integral Double Garage

Overall approx. 6.45m x 5.8m at widest points (21'3" x 19')

On the First Floor:-

Main Bedroom 1

Approx. 4.25m x 5.25m overall at longest point (floor area) (13'10" x 17'3")

En-Suite Shower Room

Approx. 2.4m x 1.25m at widest points (floor area) (8' x 4'1")

Bedroom 2

Approx. 4.05m x 2.9m (floor area) (13'4" x 9'6")


Approx. 3.2m x 2.55m (floor area) (10'6" x 8'4")

Bedroom 3

Approx. 4.05m x 3.3m (floor area) (13'4" x 10'9")

Bedroom 4

Approx. 4.25m x 4m (floor area) (14' x 13')

En-Suite Shower Room

Approx. 2.05m x 1.15m (floor area) (6'10" x 3'11")

Office / Box Room

Approx. 1.95m x 1.85m (floor area) (6'4" x 6')

Bedroom 5

Approx. 4.05m x 3.2m (floor area) (13'3" x 10'6")


The property sits in a large mainly fenced site which is estimated to extend to around ⅓ acre or thereby, a substantial tarred driveway providing ample parking in front of the house and garage, a concreted ramp providing access to the front door with a decked area providing space for plants etc. to one side.

The main garden area lies to the rear accessed via paths either side of the house or from the French doors to the dining room, the garden comprising a terraced lawned area, paved areas immediately outside the house providing places to sit and enjoy the fine views in the evening sun. A path in one corner leads to a graveled and paved drying green.

Founds are already in place for the possible erection of a one bedroom chalet for a dependent relative or holiday let perhaps, or possibly a workshop or office, to the west side of the house. Planning permission has not been applied for but it is understood that the founds were planned with planning requirements in mind although prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard. A door and windows for a possible chalet matching those in the house will be left in the property.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band F. 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 (68)

Property Location

To reach the property turn east to Aithsetter & Fladdabister from the main Lerwick - Sumburgh road on the north side of Cunningsburgh. Continue along the road (do not take the first turning to Fladdabister) past a row of houses and a large green agricultural shed on the left, then turn next left to Aithsetter by the bus stop. 'Gatahus' is the first house in on the left.

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David & Jan Elliot

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