2 + WC
• 5 bedrooms • 2 reception rooms • 2 bathroom / shower rooms, & toilet • kitchen • lobby / sun room, workshop / hobby room, cellar & external store
Substantial five bedroom / two reception room former manse dating from around 1840, set away from other houses in around 1.1 acres, enjoying an open southerly aspect and fine all-round views over the surrounding area.
The double glazed accommodation which retains some original features including cornicing and working window shutters, comprises two reception rooms, a kitchen, bathroom, lobby / sun room & workshop / hobby room on the ground floor, plus five bedrooms including the impressive 21' x 14' 'Guild' room (potential extra reception room), a shower room & toilet upstairs.
Oil-fired central heating plus solid-fuel stove in the sittingroom.
The house is set at the end of a drive which leads up to a parking area outside the house which is surrounded by a large expanse of lawn, the site being enclosed either by fencing or a stone dyke.
The roof was repaired and re-slated in the late 1980's, most of the windows were replaced with new uPVC double glazed units about 10 years ago, and more recently it has been repainted externally, however internally it would benefit from modernisation which is reflected in the price, nonetheless it offers great potential with a huge amount of space both inside and out.
The former manse is situated in the hamlet of Skelberry in the wider Durnossness area on the east side of the south mainland of Shetland just 20 miles south of Lerwick which thanks to the good Lerwick-Sumburgh road link is within easy commuting distance. Local amenities in the area are grouped less than a mile from the house on the main road, these including the area's primary school (secondary pupils go to Sandwick or Lerwick), Mainland's store with mini-supermarket & post office, off-licence & fuel, and also Allans of Gillock hardware store. There is also a local hall nearby. The property is on a feeder bus route and 5 minutes from the main bus route to Lerwick and also to the airport at Sumburgh for travel to mainland Scotland.
There are many places of interest in the surrounding area including Sumburgh Head, Jarlshof, Quendale Mill, the Croft house Museum, RSPB Reserve at the Loch of Spiggie, and St Ninian's Isle and its famous tombolo at Bigton.
The current owners bought the property 30 years ago and carried out improvements including repair and re-slating of the roof. More recently, about 10 years ago, the majority of the windows were replaced with new uPVC double glazed units, with the exception of the two kitchen windows which were already double glazed. The outside of the house has just been re-painted.
Central heating is provided by an oil-fired 'Warmflow' boiler in the external store, this being supplemented by a solid-fuel stove in the sittingroom. A couple of storage heaters provide backup heating.
On the Ground Floor:-
Front Porch & Hall
The formal entrance is via a front porch with large window facing south and inner door opening to the hall with doors either side to two large reception rooms and a bathroom, and at the a stair to the first floor and door to the kitchen.
(Approx. 4.6m x 4.2m at widest points) (15'2" x 13'10") Good-sized room with window facing south and fireplace surround housing a 'Morso' solid-fuel stove although there is also a central heating radiator.
Dining Room / Study
(Approx. 4.5m x 4.45m) (14'9" x 14'8") Similarly sized room, again facing south, with two shelved recesses, further fitted shelving along one wall & storage heater. A door at the rear leads to a workshop / hobby room (approx. 4.55m x 2m (14'10" x 6'8")) with fitted workbench, rear window and door through to the kitchen.
(Approx. 4.15m x 2.3m) (13'6" x 7'6") Large family bathroom with bath with electric shower over, WC, bidet & wash hand basin set in fitted cupboard unit with wall mirror & shaver point over. Built-in linen cupboard, wall-mounted electric heater & radiator.
A passageway at the rear of the hall leads to the kitchen and also has a door leading down to a sizeable cellar room providing useful storage space. It is of standing room height, and has a stone flagged floor and access to the remaining underfloor area of the house.
(Approx. 5m x 4.85m at widest points) (16'4" x 16') Substantial room enjoying views to the east and north, also with internal windows into the adjoining side lobby. Fitted units with tiled work surfaces incorporate an integral double electric oven & gas hob, sink and dishwasher, although replacement units would be beneficial. A 'beamed' ceiling adds character. A built-in cupboard provides a laundry space housing a washing machine & tumble dryer. All white goods are included in the sale although no warranties will be given.
Side Lobby / Sun Room
(Approx. 5.9m x 2.1m) (19'4" x 6'10") Large particularly bright space with two windows facing west, and back door. Fitted cupboard units at one end provide useful storage space.
On the First Floor:-
The stair from the hall leads up to a landing lit by a large roof light over the stairs, with doors to three bedrooms, one with a box room / nursery off, and a shower room in the front part of the house, and two further bedrooms including the 'Guild' room, and a toilet to the rear.
(Approx. 4.5m x 4.7m at widest point into bay) (15'6" x 14'10") Spacious, particularly bright room thanks to the large double window to the south side of the house which enjoys the view over to Boddam Voe to the east and also to the Loch of Brow. A door at the rear leads to a large box room / nursery (approx. 4.7m x 2.1m (floor area)) (15'5" x 6'10") with window to the west gable and small built-in cupboard. This room could perhaps be turned into an en-suite if required, subject to any necessary consents.
(Approx. 2.25m x 2.1m (floor area)) (7'6" x 6'10") Shower with 'Triton' electric shower and wash hand basin set on fitted cupboard unit. Wall-mounted electric fan heater, Velux window & hatch to the loft space.
(Approx. 4.35m x 3.6m at widest point into bay) (14'3" x 11'10") Another very bright room again with large double window facing south and enjoying the fine open aspect and views.
(Approx. 4.3m x 3.5m at widest point into bay) (14' x 11'6") Third double bedroom, this time with double window facing north, looking out over the back garden and the fields beyond.
The 'Guild' Room - Bedroom 4 / Reception Room
(Approx. 6.35m x 4.25m) (21' x 13'10") Generously proportioned room which used to be the church meeting room, which could be used either as a substantial bedroom or an impressive reception room. It has an ornate cornice and other period features including an original fireplace although there is now no chimney. A large window facing west allows in plenty of natural light. Electric panel heater.
(Approx. 5m x 2.8m) (16'4" x 9'2") East-facing double room.
(Approx. 1.45m x 1.1m) (4'9" x 3'7") With WC & wash hand basin.
The property sits in a large site estimated to extend to just over 1.1 acres with a driveway leading up to parking area outside the house. An extensive mature lawn surrounds the house, the lawn being fenced on the north, east and south sides, although the site extends westwards to include the further grassed area up to the stone dyke. Drying green.
To the rear of the house is a large stone-built shed (approx.. 4.85m x 2.9m) (15'10" x 9'6") with garage doors at one end, a separate side door & two windows, stone flagged floor and power supply. It also houses the central heating boiler.
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: E (41)
To reach the house take the B9122 Scousburgh & Bigton road westwards from the main A970 road to the airport. Follow the road to the collection of houses ahead of you where the road which is bound by stone dykes, turns 90 degrees to the right past a stone farm steading on the right. Immediately after the steading is the access to the driveway to 'Mansefield'.
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