Mala, Hillside, Heogan, Bressay, ZE2 9EW

Key Details

Reception Rooms:

1 + sun porch





Energy Efficiency:

D (65)

Council Tax:

Band B




3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen / diner, sun porch, utility room & garage


Set in a ½ acre established garden, 'Mala' is a particularly attractive, completely renovated, 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 which runs throughout the day, taking just five minutes to reach the centre of town. A further acre of croft land adjacent to the house is also available.

Completely gutted in 2008 / 9, the extent of the renovation work is such that the property effectively offers a modern fully double glazed home within a traditional exterior. Benefitting from oil-fired central heating, the accommodation comprises a living room, sun porch, kitchen / diner, bedroom, shower room & utility room on the ground floor, plus two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. The attached garage could potentially be converted into additional living accommodation (subject to consents). The large garden provides plenty of outdoor space, the extra land would provide scope for a polytunnel, growing produce, keeping poultry etc.

Viewing highly recommended.

General Information

'Mala' is situated about 1&½ 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 2&½ 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 by the current owner in 2008 / 2009, the original house having been taken right back to the external walls. It was completely re-roofed, and re-lined and insulated internally with 'Kingspan' effectively creating a modern house within the existing traditional shell. All the services including a new septic tank and the central heating / hot water system date from that time, although a new boiler was installed in 2017. New uPVC double glazed windows were also fitted. There is a satellite dish with connections to the living room & kitchen.

The intention was to extend the living accommodation into what is presently the garage, this space already having uPVC double glazed windows to two sides, the present garage door opening intended to be replaced by large patio doors, any alterations would however be subject to the usual consents required and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.

The sale will include all carpets and other fixed floor coverings, the curtains & blinds, and light fittings.  The free-standing white goods and some of the furniture are available by separate negotiation.


On the Ground Floor:-

Sun Porch

(Approx. 5m x 1.6m) (16'6" x 5'3") 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. Tiled flooring which extends into the kitchen, wall lighting & power point.

Kitchen / Diner

(Approx. 4.8m x 3.4m at widest points) (15'8" x 11'2") Attractive 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 1&½ 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. Further door to:-

Living Room

(Overall approx. 6.15m x 3.35m at longest point including stairs / cupboard) (20'2" x 11') 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 along with some of the furniture. On entering the room from the kitchen, 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, leads to a downstairs bedroom or office, whilst a further door at the far end of the living room leads to the utility room and beyond to the garage. A third door by the stairs to the first floor opens to the shower room.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 3.3.5m x 2.65m) (8'8" x 11') Dual-aspect carpeted room, both windows again having pine lined reveals and curtains. Small fitted wardrobe.

Shower Room

(Approx. 2.05m x 1.8m) (6'8" x 5'10") Wet room style wet-wall lined shower room with white WC & wash hand basin with light / shaver fitting over, and 'Triton' shower. The usual bathroom fitments including a mirror / shelf unit over the w.h.b. and bathroom cabinet over the WC will remain.

Utility Room

(Approx. 3.6m x 2m) (11'9" x 6'7") Good-sized space housing the central heating boiler and water tank, and also 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. Door to:-


(Approx. 5.8m x 3.85m) (19" x 12'7")  With 'up & over' garage door with electric remote control, two double glazed windows, work bench, power & lighting

On the First Floor:-


The carpeted staircase 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 over blinds. A fitted bookcase cleverly pulls out to provide access to the loft space over the kitchen.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 4.3m x 3.25m at widest point (floor area)) (14'2" x 10'8") With two shelved recesses for books etc. and hatch with pull-down ladder providing easy access to the loft space.

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') With white three piece suite, tiling around the bath and WC concealing the cistern and providing shelf space for toiletries etc. Bathroom cabinet included. Tile effect laminate flooring and light / shaver fitting over the wash hand basin. Usual fixtures included.


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 either side to the garden. On the south-east side of the house is a large graveled area bounded by established flower beds and a path to the sun porch; beyond that is a large area of lawn with large exposed stone providing a feature, plus a large graveled drying area in the corner. Behind the house a further graveled seating area leads to a small garden shed with further grassed area beyond. Here the house the stone walls of a former byre remain perhaps providing potential for a shed.

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

Also available are the two fenced parks on either side of the garden which extend to around 0.7 acres and just under 0.5 acres. This land has not been decrofted and is therefore subject to crofting tenure. Prospective purchasers requiring further information in this regard should contact the Crofting Commission at 4 / 6 Castle Wynd, Inverness, IV2 3EQ, or discuss with their own agents. Additional information on crofting is available on the Crofting Commission's own 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 passing the Maryfield Hotel, take the first turning to the left signposted 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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