Hapwell Cottage, Dunrossness, ZE2 9JB

Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

F (30)

Council Tax:

Band B




• 2 bedrooms • living / dining room • kitchen / diner • bathroom • 2 sheds


Attractive south-facing detached cottage set in a ¼ acre garden just over ½ mile from the local shop and primary school at Dunrossness approximately 21 miles from Lerwick. The property enjoys a southerly aspect to the front and fine open views over the surrounding countryside to the rear towards Spiggie Loch.

The double glazed accommodation which has electric storage heating supplemented by a solid-fuel stove in the living area, comprises a living / dining room with solid wood flooring and double doors to a double bedroom, a kitchen / diner, bathroom and utility room on the ground floor, plus a substantial attic master bedroom with dressing area off.

The established garden which is enclosed throughout by a stone dyke, provides plenty of parking, large areas of lawn and two sheds, one with vehicular doors at one end. It is thought the size of the site should allow space for extending the property and indeed planning permission had previously been granted for a large extension to the rear some time ago, although this has since lapsed therefore any fresh development would be subject to the usual consents required

General Information

'Hapwell Cottage' is situated at Dunrossness in the South Mainland of Shetland approximately 21 miles from Lerwick. Local amenities in the area are situated on the main road just over ½ mile from the house where there is a mini-supermarket with post office and fuel pumps, and a small timber merchant / DIY store. Just across the road is the area's primary school, secondary pupils going to Sandwick or Lerwick, school transport being available, whilst the Doctor's surgery for the South Mainland area is at Levenwick to the north. Regular Lerwick – Sumburgh bus services run along the main road.

This part of Shetland has much to offer particularly in terms of scenery and places of interest including Loch at Spiggie RSPB Reserve, St Ninian's Isle and its stunning sand tombolo, the archaeological sites at Old Scatness Broch and Jarlshof, and the second reserve at Sumburgh Head. Sumburgh Airport and air transport to mainland Scotland is also easily accessible.


On the Ground Floor:-

Front Porch / Hallway

Entry to the property is via a double glazed front door which opens to a bright, 'v'-lined porch with windows to either side and tile effect laminate flooring which extends into a further inner hallway with space for coats etc., a storage heater and door to the living / dining room.

Living / Dining Room

Spacious room with varnished wooden floorboards throughout, the exposed stone gable wall to the living area which has a fireplace housing a solid-fuel stove, being a particular feature. The living area (approx. 4.3m x 4.1m) (14'7" x 13'6") has windows to the south and west, the south-facing window having a window seat below, and a storage heater. The dining area (approx. 2.8m x 2.55m) (9'2" x 8'4") has feature 'map' wallpaper to one wall, a shelved recess for books etc., and double doors leading through to a double bedroom. The two centre lights can be controlled remotely although the fittings themselves will be replaced by standard pendant lights prior to sale.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 3.95m x 3.55m) (13' x 11'8") Large, south-facing double room again with varnished wooden floorboards.

Inner Hallway

A door off the living area leads to a carpeted hallway to the rear of the house with doors to the kitchen, bathroom, utility room and a built-in airing cupboard housing the hot water tank. Storage heater.

Utility Room

(Approx. 3.25m x 1.85m) (10'8" x 6'2") With fitted wall & floor units including an inset sink, plumbing for washing machine and space for a freezer & tumble dryer, all appliances included. Clothes pulley, recessed ceiling spotlighting, storage heater & door to the back garden.

Kitchen / Diner

(Approx. 5.35m x 2.5m extending to 3.05m at widest point) (17'6" x 8'3" / 10') Good-sized kitchen with space for a table & chairs and galley style fitted units in a cream colour set off by tiled splash backs and woodblock effect worktops, the units including a ceramic inset sink with open display shelving over, a cooker hood and further dresser style unit with glazed cabinet. Windows to side and rear, two lantern style light fittings and tile effect laminate flooring


(Approx. 2m x 1.65m) (6'6" x 5'6") Tiled bathroom with white three piece suite including corner bath with shower over. Heated towel rail, bathroom cabinets included, recessed ceiling spotlighting & tiled floor.

On the First Floor:-


The carpeted ladder stair from the inner hallway leads up to a sizeable coombed ceilinged master bedroom (approx. 4.65m x 4.3m (floor area)) (15'2" x 14') with Velux windows to either side, an electric 'cast iron' style heater, fitted carpet plus a further dressing / storage area (approx. 3.2m x 1.9m (floor area)) (10'6" x 6'3"), also carpeted, with hanging rail, space for several chests of drawers etc., and access to storage space in the eaves. Note the light fitting over the stairs will be replaced by a standard fitting prior to sale.


The property sits in an established garden which is estimated to extend to around ¼ acre or thereby and is enclosed throughout by a stone dyke. In the front of the house a large chipped parking area provides space for three cars, with mature lawns to either side. From here gates to either side of the house lead to the larger back garden area which is mainly laid to lawn, with mature planting around the perimeter. The large outbuilding in the north-west corner (approx. 8.4m x 3.95m (27'7" x 13')) has garage doors at one end, a wider gate having being erected on the west side of the house to allow for vehicular access if required although presently no path has been laid. There is a separate metal clad shed (approx. 5.15m x 2.55m (17' x 8'4")) and a cold water tap.

Planning permission had previously been granted for the erection of a large single storey extension to the rear of the house. This has long since lapsed however it is thought that it is likely to be possible to resurrect the permission although this would be subject to current regulations and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.

There are fine views from the back garden over the surrounding countryside to the Loch at Spiggie in the distance.

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: F (30)

Property Location

To reach the house turn west to Quendale from the main Lerwick - Sumburgh Road by Mainland's Store at Dunrossness. Follow the road passing the Baptist Church (red roof & tower) and the Hardbrakes houses on the left; 'Hapwell Cottage' is the next house on the right.

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