The Old Manse, 9 Commercial Street, Lerwick, ZE1 0AN

Key Details

Reception Rooms:





3 + WC

Energy Efficiency:


Council Tax:

Band F




Sittingroom, dining kitchen & pantry, six bedrooms, three bathrooms (one en-suite), en-suite toilet, utility room, hallways / landings & porch. Double garage & outbuilding.


Dating from the late 1600’s and reputedly the oldest inhabited house in Lerwick, ‘The Old Manse’ is a stunning Grade ‘B’ listed detached property with up to six bedrooms and a mature garden with double garage, by the shore just a short walk through the historic ‘Lodberries’ area from the small boat harbour and Commercial Street.

There are fine views from several rooms across the harbour approach to Bressay.

The flexible accommodation is arranged over four floors and offers potential for various uses, either as an extremely comfortable family home, or the lower ground floor accommodation which has its own self-contained entrance and comprises two rooms, two bathrooms and a utility room, would be ideal for a dependent relative or for B & B or home office use.

The house has been considerably yet sympathetically improved in recent years including new sash & case double glazed windows and all the bathrooms have been re-fitted, yet the house retains much of the original character, in particular its impressive Victorian porch.

This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire an historic, central Lerwick property quite unlike any other – viewing essential.

General Information


‘The Old Manse’ was built circa 1690 at the eastern end of Commercial Street in the picturesque Lanes area of central Lerwick, just an easy short stroll from the hustle and bustle of the small boat harbour area and Commercial Street. A short walk in the opposite direction takes you to Twageos Road and beyond to a pleasant walk around The Knab. The water lies just on the other side of the quiet side road which runs past the house, the windows to the north gable of the house enjoying a lovely view across the harbour approach to the island of Bressay.

The house is of traditional stone construction below a natural slate roof, the front elevation being exposed stone, the other three sides being harled, the back wall having been re-harled last year. The impressive Victorian porch is thought to have been added around 1900.

The house has been considerably improved in recent years in particular the windows were replaced with new double glazed sash & case units (aside from a couple of tiny original single glazed windows) and all the bathrooms have been attractively re-fitted to a high standard with quality fittings.

The accommodation is arranged over four floors including an attic floor housing two bedrooms which make ideal children's rooms or a great office / hobby / studio space. The upper ground and first floors have central heating radiators supplied by an external oil-fired boiler. The lower ground floor & attic rooms have electric panel heating.

The lower ground floor accommodation has been extensively refurbished and re-modeled by the current owners and now provides two large double bedrooms, one with an en-suite, a bathroom and utility room. As this floor has its own self-contained entrance from the yard to the rear of the house, and double doors at the foot of the stairs close off the space from upstairs, it offers great potential for a variety of uses, either simply as additional bedrooms to the main accommodation, or it would be ideal for a dependent relative. It would also be perfect for B & B use, particularly given the house's very central location, as both bedrooms have their own bathroom facilities or one room could be used as a living space as at present, guests being able to access their accommodation independently of the main accommodation. For the same reason it would suit use as a home office.


On the Upper Ground Floor:-


(Approx. 3.8m x 2.7m) (12’6” x 8’9”) A large Victorian porch which retains the original pine tongue & groove lining throughout and has windows to either side, forms the impressive main entrance to the house with double doors with an opening fanlight over, opening to a wide staircase with wrought iron banisters and flanked by stepped flower beds, leading up to the front door and the hall.


(Approx. 5.15m x 0.9m) (16’10” x 2’11”) Carpeted hall with window to the front of the house. Ahead are the stairs leading to the lower ground floor & first floor, to the left is the sittingroom, whilst to the right there is a tongue & groove lined recess with hanging rail providing space for coats etc., and the kitchen.


(Approx. 4.7m x 4.2m + 3.1m x 1.95m) (15’4” x 13'9" + 6'4") Bright, spacious room thanks to windows to three sides, the windows either side of the fireplace to the north gable enjoying the fine view across the water to Bressay. At the rear is a study / library space with extensive fitted shelving for books etc. The fireplace houses a cast iron solid-fuel stove, although there are also two central heating radiators. Fitted carpet.

Dining Kitchen

(Approx. 4.2m x 3.9m) (13’8” x 12’9”) Another bright room, again with windows to three sides including a double window to the front of the house and a side window looking out over the garden. The room which has plenty of space for a table & chairs in the centre, has modern fitted units in a style in keeping with the character of the house, the units being finished off by solid Welsh Marble worktops, stone coloured tiled splash backs and handles in a ‘pewter’ effect finish. There is a ‘Belfast’ sink and the ‘Rangemaster’ range cooker with electric double oven, griddle, warmer & gas hob is included in the sale along with the matching cooker hood, the integral fridge & dishwasher. Additional built-in storage space is provided by units under the windows which have matching doors, a pine wall-mounted shelf / plate rack, and a display recess with integral lighting. Next to the shelved airing cupboard which houses the hot water tank, is a useful walk-in pantry (approx. 2.5m x 0.95m) (8’2” x 3’2”) with rear window, shelving, clothes pulley & light.

On the First Floor:-


(Approx. 6.05m x 1m) (19’10” x 3’3”) The staircase from the hall which retains the original early 19th century cast iron balusters and mahogany handrail, leads up to a landing on the first floor leading to two double bedrooms and the main bathroom. Window to the front of the house.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 4.3m x 3.3m + wardrobes) (14’2” x 10’9”) Attractive room again with two windows looking out across to Bressay, and a third window to the front of the house. A large built-in wardrobe along one wall provides ample clothes space. Fitted carpet.

Shower Room

(Approx. 3.2m x 2.4m) (10’7” x 8’) This new shower room bathroom was created out of what was previously a bedroom enabling the previous very intrusive en-suite in the adjacent bedroom to be removed. Again it is a particularly bright space and features a contemporary style white WC and wash hand basin with mirror / light over, plus a large walk-in shower with glazed shower screen. The walls are tiled around the appliances as is the floor and heating is provided by a heated ladder towel rail or central heating radiator. A large built-in shelved cupboard provides plenty of space for towels etc.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 4.3m x 3.75m extending to 5.05m into alcove) (14’2” x 12’4” / 16’6”) Generous, carpeted double room with windows to the front and side of the house and door to an en-suite toilet (approx. 2.55m x 0.9m) (8’5” x 3’) also re-fitted by the current owners, with a WC and wash hand basin. Ladder towel rail.

On the Second Floor:-


A pine door from the first floor landing conceals a stair leading up to the top floor and two attic bedrooms. Both the landing and each bedroom have built-in cupboards which between them provide an extensive amount of easily accessible storage space.

In addition to the fitted cupboards both the bedrooms have a built-in desk (with power point for a computer etc.) and platform bed base making the most of the available space. Each also has a Velux window and panel heater.

Bedroom 3

(Approx. 3.85m x 3m (floor area)) (12’7” x 9’10”) This single room to the left has a further study / seating area (approx. 2.1m x 2m (floor area)) (7’ x 6’6”) at the end with yet more built-in cupboard & shelf space.

Bedroom 4

(Overall approx. 4.05m x 3m at widest points (floor area)) (13’3” x 9’10”) Similar single room with additional small side window to the gable.

On the Lower Ground Floor:-


(Approx. 5.8m x 0.95m) (19’ x 3’2”) With uPVC double glazed back door to the rear yard area. The tiled flooring in the hallway extends throughout the whole of the lower ground floor accommodation.

Bedroom 5

(Approx. 3.95m x 3.9m at widest points) (12’11” x 12’10”) Good-sized double bedroom presently used as a living room, with two small windows to the rear of the house and door to:-

En-suite Shower Room

(Approx. 2.4m x 1.55m) (7'10" x 5'2") With white three piece suite, the wash hand basin being set in a fitted vanity / cupboard unit with mirror & light over. Heated towel rail.

Utility Room

(Approx. 3m x 1.45m) (9'9" x 4'8") With fitted sink / cupboard unit, plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer (appliances not included), plus a shelved recess.


(Approx. 3m x 1.8m at widest points) (9’9” x 6’) With contemporary white suite including a shower bath with electric shower and glazed shower screen, plus a WC and wash hand basin again set in fitted vanity / cupboard unit. Ladder towel rail.

Bedroom 6

(Approx. 3.95m x 3.5m at widest points) (13’ x 11’7”) Fourth double room, a large room with windows to two sides, the side window looking out at the water just across the road and across to Bressay.


Although the property enjoys a very convenient town centre location, the house benefits form quite a large garden area, the front garden which is mainly laid to lawn being bordered by established plants and shrubs and enclosed by a wall. A stone flagged path surrounds the house and leads to the lawn to the west.

Valuable off-street parking is provided by a large double garage (approx. 6.3m x 6.3m) (20’8” x 20’8”) behind the house with twin ‘up & over’ garage doors, power & lighting, workbench & plumbing for a washing machine. A separate side gate screens the rear of the house from the street and opens to a pleasant mainly stone flagged rear yard which enjoys the sun for much of the day and includes a large paved patio / drying area surrounded by raised flower beds and a stone-built store (approx. 3.55m x 2.55m) (11’7 x 8’3”), thought to originally have been a wash-house. External cold water tap.

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: E(50)

Property Location

The property is situated in the Lerwick Lanes Conservation Area, at the eastern end of Commercial Street. Approaching from Church Road, continue past the Queen’s Hotel & Quendale House. ‘The Old Manse’ is situated on the corner at the foot of Stout’s Court.

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