Mala, Hillside, Heogan, Bressay, ZE2 9EW

Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

D (65)

Council Tax:

Band B




• 3 bedrooms • living room • kitchen / diner • bathroom & separate shower room • sun porch • utility room & garage


Set in a ½ acre established garden, 'Mala' is a particularly attractive, three bedroom detached house just 1½ miles from the ferry terminal on the island of Bressay which lies just across Bressay Sound from Lerwick, the regular ro-ro ferry taking just five minutes to reach the centre of town. Also included is a further acre of croft land adjacent to the house.

The house was completely renovated just over two years ago, as such it effectively offers a modern home benefitting from oil-fired central heating and double glazing within a traditional exterior.

The 'walk-into' accommodation comprises a cosy living room, sun porch, spacious kitchen / diner, bedroom, shower room & utility room on the ground floor, plus two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. The attached garage which has an electric garage door, could potentially be converted into additional living accommodation subject to consents.

The large garden provides plenty of outdoor space, the extra land offering potential for a polytunnel, keeping poultry etc.

General Information

'Mala' is situated about 1½ miles from the ferry terminal on the island of Bressay which lies off the east coast of Shetland just across Bressay Sound from Lerwick.

The island which has a population of around 360, is served by a quick five minute ro-ro ferry service which runs to The Esplanade right in the centre of Lerwick, the service generally running hourly throughout the day with extra crossings at peak times.

Local amenities on Bressay itself include a shop & post office, about 2½ miles from the house, plus a community hall, heritage centre & marina, although the frequent ferry service means amenities in the town are relatively easily accessible. During the summer months it is possible to access the neighbouring uninhabited island of Noss at the southern end of Bressay, an important national nature reserve notable for its bird life.

The property was totally renovated in 2008 / 2009, the original house having been taken back to the external walls and then re-roofed, and re-lined and insulated effectively creating a modern house within the existing traditional shell. New uPVC double glazed windows were also fitted. Central heating is provided by an oil-fired boiler which also supplies the 'Megaflo' hot water tank. There is a satellite dish with connections to the living room & kitchen.

The sale will include all carpets and other fixed floor coverings, the curtains & blinds, and light fittings.


Entry to the property is via a bright sun porch which benefits from a large window area and a south-west facing aspect, internal windows providing borrowed light to the living room and also the kitchen which is accessed via a half-glazed pine inner door, both the porch and kitchen having matching tiled flooring.

The kitchen is a generously proportioned, attractively finished room with space for a table & chairs and fitted units to two walls in a cream finish set off by wood effect worktops, the units including an integral 'NEFF' electric oven & gas hob with stainless steel cooker hood over, plus a concealed integrated fridge / freezer, and an inset 1½ bowl sink. A large shelved pantry cupboard accessed by a sliding pocket door provides plenty of additional storage space. The room has windows to two sides both with tiled reveals and roller blinds, further light filtering through from the sun porch.

A door from the kitchen opens to a passage with two handy built-in cupboards, one providing space for coats etc., the other under the stairs with a shelved bookcase recess opposite. To the right is a bedroom, a dual-aspect carpeted room which could alternatively be used as an office, both windows again having pine lined reveals and curtains, with a small fitted wardrobe, whilst the passage opens out to the left into the living room, a cosy, carpeted room with windows to the front and rear, and again an internal window to the sun porch, all the windows being finished with pine lined reveals and curtains. The free-standing electric flame effect fire is available by separate negotiation.

Off the living room are the stairs to the first floor, and a wet room style, wet-wall lined shower room with white WC & wash hand basin with mirror / shelf unit and light / shaver fitting over, and a 'Triton' shower. A built-in cupboard over the WC provides handy storage space and the usual bathroom fitments are included.

At the far end of the living room is a door to the utility room which leads to the garage, the utility room being a good-sized space housing the central heating boiler and water tank, and a worktop with inset sink with fitted cupboard and space for a washing machine & tumble dryer below, the appliances being available by separate negotiation. Tile effect vinyl flooring and radiator with clothes pulley over.

The garage has an 'up & over' door with electric remote control, work bench, power & lighting. The previous owner's intention was to extend the living accommodation into the garage, this space already having uPVC double glazed windows to two sides, the present garage door opening to be replaced by patio doors. Any alterations would however be subject to the usual consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.

The carpeted staircase from the living room winds up to a small landing on the first floor lit by a Velux window, with pine doors to a bathroom and two good-sized double bedrooms, both carpeted and each having windows to the front and rear of the house all with blinds. A fitted bookcase on the landing cleverly pulls out to provide access to the loft space over the kitchen.

The bedroom to the left has two shelved recesses for books etc. and a hatch with pull-down ladder providing easy access to the loft space. The bathroom which is lit by a Velux window, comprises a white three piece suite with tiling around the bath and WC concealing the cistern and providing shelf space for toiletries etc. It has tile effect laminate flooring, a light / shaver fitting over the wash hand basin, and the usual fixtures and bathroom cabinet are included.

Room Sizes

On the Ground Floor:-

Sun Porch

Approx. 5m x 1.6m (16'6" x 5'3")

Kitchen / Diner

Approx. 4.8m x 3.4m at widest points (15'8" x 11'2")

Bedroom 1

Approx. 3.3.5m x 2.65m (8'8" x 11')

Living Room

Overall approx. 6.15m x 3.35m at longest point including stairs / cupboard (20'2" x 11')

Shower Room

Approx. 2.05m x 1.8m (6'8" x 5'10")

Utility Room

Approx. 3.6m x 2m (11'9" x 6'7")


Approx. 5.8m x 3.85m (19" x 12'7")

On the First Floor:-

Bedroom 2

Approx. 4.3m x 3.25m at widest point (floor area) (14'2" x 10'8")

Bedroom 3

Approx. 4.3m x 3.25m at widest point (floor area) (14'2" x 10'8")


Approx. 1.9m x 1.5m at widest point (floor area) (6'3" x 5')


As noted the property sits in an unusually large fenced garden area (all decrofted) which is estimated to extend to just over ½ acre or thereby (0.224 ha).

There is an off-road parking space in front of the garage with vehicular gates to the garden areas to either side. On the south-east side of the house is a large graveled area bordered by established flower beds and a path to the sun porch, and beyond that is a sizeable area of lawn with a large exposed stone providing a feature, plus a large graveled drying area in the corner.

Behind the house on the north-east side, a graveled seating area leads to a small garden shed and further grassed area beyond, the stone walls of a former byre perhaps providing potential for a shed.

Finally the garden area to the north-west side of the house comprises a sweeping area of lawn, again enclosed by a wooden fence, with additional planting along the perimeter and a further graveled area and external cold water tap by the garage.

Also included are the two fenced parks on either side of the garden each estimated to extend to around 0.7 acres and just under 0.5 acres, this land being registered croft land.

Prospective purchasers requiring further information regarding croft land should contact the Crofting Commission at 4 / 6 Castle Wynd, Inverness, IV2 3EQ, or discuss with their own agents. General information on crofting is available on the Crofting Commission's website at

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: D (65)

Property Location

To reach the house drive off the ferry and follow the road past the Maryfield Hotel and take the first turning left signposted for Heogan. Follow the road for just under a mile to a cattle grid; 'Mala' is on the right immediately after the grid.To reach the house drive off the ferry and follow the road past the Maryfield Hotel and take the first turning left signposted for Heogan. Follow the road for just under a mile to a cattle grid; 'Mala' is on the right immediately after the grid.

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