Townmills, North Sandwick, Yell, ZE2 9DF

Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

E (47)

Council Tax:

Band A




Open-plan Living / Dining Room / Kitchen, Bedroom, Lobby/ Utility Area, Shower Room.


Renovated former croft house set in around ½ acre, in a scenic very rural situation at the north end of the island of Yell, a great 'get-away-from-it-all' location enjoying stunning views over the surrounding croft land to the sea and the island of Fetlar.

The renovation of the original property was carried out with flair, the main open-plan 20' living / dining / kitchen space and the separate bedroom both featuring vaulted ceilings lined in pine creating attractive spaces of character. A utility space / lobby at the rear leads to a modern shower room. Attached to the house is a single garage / shed.

Yell has very good local amenities for an island of its size, these including a shop at Cullivoe about 4 miles from the house, plus a leisure centre & swimming pool and health centre at Mid Yell, the main population settlement. A regular 20 minute, ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day links the island with mainland Shetland.

The property would make an affordable first time buy or would be ideal as a holiday home the location being an ideal base from which to explore Shetland's main outer isles.

General Information

'Townmills' is situated in the north-eastern corner of the island of Yell, the largest of Shetland's North Isles, which measures about 19 miles long by 7.5 miles wide and has a population of around 950.

Although remote, the island is connected to mainland Shetland by a regular 20 minute ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day from the ferry terminal at Ulsta to the south of the island, running to Toft about 10 minutes from Brae & Sullom Voe, and approximately 27 miles from Lerwick, Shetland's main town. Bookings can be made by telephoning 01595 745 804 or online at A ferry from Gutcher just along the road from the house runs to the neighbouring islands of Unst and Fetlar.

The Shetland Islands themselves lie in the middle of the North Sea about 100 miles north of mainland Scotland and are in fact closer to Bergen in Norway than to Edinburgh. A daily overnight ferry service links Shetland with Aberdeen & Orkney ( and there are regular flights to Sumburgh Airport at the south end of Shetland, from Aberdeen, Glasgow & Edinburgh (

The island of Yell will appeal to anyone looking for a 'get-away-from-it-all' location, in particular anyone with an interest in bird watching, botany, geology and walking as there are lovely coastal walks and several picturesque beaches.

Local amenities in the vicinity of the house include a shop, primary school & public hall at Cullivoe to the west, with additional amenities at Mid Yell to the south, the main settlement on the island where there is a high school, leisure centre / swimming pool, and a medical centre.

The property is being sold in its current condition and no warranties will be given in respect of any contents or services. Photographs taken November 2017.


Open-plan Living / Dining Room / Kitchen

(Overall approx. 6m x 3.35m) (19'8" x 11') Access to the property is via a hardwood front door with feature porthole window which opens to the main living space, an attractive room with a window enjoying the spectacular view to the front of the house and further natural light provided by four Velux windows set in the wood-lined vaulted ceiling. Wood effect vinyl flooring is laid throughout and there is built-in cupboard space below the window, a TV point & storage heater.

The modern fitted kitchen has floor units including an inset sink and integral hob. There is also a freestanding fridge / freezer and dishwasher both of which are included in the sale, tiled splashback & hot water supply to the sink. Lighting to the whole space is provided by two pendant fittings to the kitchen area and a further feature light over the living / dining area. Fitted meter cupboard over the front door, doors to the bedroom and a passage at the rear leading to the shower room.


(Approx. 3.4m x 2.65m) (11'2" x 8'8") Carpeted double bedroom, again with lots of natural light thanks to another window enjoying the view to the south and two Velux windows to the vaulted ceiling which again is wood-lined. Fitted cupboard space below the window, TV point & panel heater.

Lobby / Utility Area

With side window, worktop with plumbing below for a washing machine, & storage heater. Door to:-

Shower Room

(Approx. 2.4m x 1.55m) (8' x 5') Modern shower room with large wet-wall lined shower enclosure with electric shower and glazed screen / door, plus white WC and wash hand basin with hot water supply and mirror cabinet & light / shaver fitting over. Heated towel rail & vinyl flooring.


The property sits in a good-sized grassed site. Attached to the side of the house is a timber framed garage / shed (external measurements approx. 5m x 3.6m (16' x 11'10")) with two windows, power & lighting. Cold water tap to the rear of the house.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band A. 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 (47)

Property Location

To reach the property drive to Gutcher at the north end of Yell. At the brow of the hill on the approach to Gutcher turn right onto a single track road to Sandwick. Follow the road right to the end where there is a metal agricultural gate ahead of you which provides access to the track leading down to the property. The track over which there are access rights leads down to a gate to the site.

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We were very impressed with your professional manner and always keeping us up to date with progress.

Lee Thompson

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