Westland, Swinister, Sandwick, ZE2 9HH

Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

D (65)




• 4 bedrooms • living / dining room • kitchen • 2 bathroom / shower rooms • utility room • store


Set in a delightful garden full of established trees and shrubs, 'Westland' is a distinctive four bedroom 'Scandinavian' style detached property enjoying fine open views over the surrounding countryside to the sea in the distance.

Conveniently situated midway between Lerwick (just 13 miles) & Sumburgh, the property is situated in an area enjoying a wide range of amenities including a shop, Junior High School and even a public swimming pool, all within reasonable walking distance.

The attractively laid out triple glazed accommodation comprises a 25' living / dining room with access to a south-facing veranda, kitchen, family bathroom and two bedrooms on the ground floor, plus two generously proportioned double bedrooms, the main bedroom having a covered balcony, and a shower room upstairs. Externally there is an integral store and several garden sheds.

The adjoining house ('Vatnabrekk') is also for sale offering the possibility of acquiring two properties, one to live in, the other providing rental accommodation or space for a dependent relative.

Early viewing recommended.

General Information

A wide range of local amenities makes Sandwick a popular location, the village which is spread out over a fairly wide area also being conveniently situated mid-way between Lerwick 13 miles to the north, and the airport at Sumburgh, 13 miles to the south, both being within easy reach either by car or by bus as Lerwick - Sumburgh buses run through the village.

In addition to the local shop, post office & bakery at Stove there is also a Junior High School with nursery, primary and secondary (to year 4) schooling, and unusually for a village of around 950 people, a public swimming pool, all of which are within reasonable walking distance.

Other amenities include a youth and community centre, social club plus a visitor's centre / tearoom at Hoswick, and slightly further afield Sandsayre pier at Leebitton is the departure point for boat trips to the island of Mousa and its famous broch.

'Westland' is situated on a small private estate of eight detached houses on the south-west side of Sandwick, the property being situated on the west of the development just above the Burn of Hoswick which runs along the bottom of the garden, the position of the house meaning it enjoys fine views to the south and west over the surrounding countryside and to the sea and across to Levenwick in the far distance. The area along the burn has been extensively planted by a local community group (Gaets Garden and Ecology Trail) in recent times creating an unusually wooded area (for Shetland) with a path leading to the small hamlet of Hoswick and the coast.

The property was built in the mid 1990's of 'Scandinavian' style timber frame / timber clad construction. Windows are triple glazed and central heating is provided by electric storage / panel heaters supplemented by a cosy solid-fuel stove in the living / dining room.

All carpets and other fixed floor coverings, the curtains and blinds will be included in the sale along with all the white goods. Some of the furniture and other contents may be available separately which would be of interest to anyone considering the property as rental accommodation.

The adjacent property 'Vatnabrekk', another four bedroom house, is also for sale offering the possibility of purchasing both properties, one to live in, the other perhaps to be used as self-catering accommodation as is the case at present, or alternatively it would be an ideal set up for anyone looking for a family home with additional accommodation for a dependent relative. For further details on 'Vatnabrekk' see insert website link.


Entry to the property is via a covered porch area and a double glazed front door which opens to a carpeted hall attractively finished like the rest of the house with pine paneled internal doors, skirtings and door surrounds. On the left is the utility room which leads through to the kitchen, and the varnished pine staircase to the first floor which has a handy built-in cloak cupboard with fitted light below. Ahead a glazed door leads to the living / dining room whilst to the right are two downstairs bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The living / dining room is a particularly bright, very generously-proportioned space with plenty of natural light provided by the two large windows and a glazed door to the south which look out over the garden and open countryside beyond, the door opening up to a partly covered verandah, additional light being provided by two windows to the dining area. There is ample space for large living and dining areas, with wood laminate flooring throughout. A solid-fuel 'Morso' cast iron stove set on a tiled hearth with decorative tiled surround creates an attractive focal point although there is also one of the latest 'Dimplex Quantum' storage / convector heaters. Two chandelier style pendant lights provide artificial light.

An archway from the living area leads through to the kitchen which enjoys a dual aspect with windows to the east and south. An alcove provides space for a small table & chairs and fitted pine doored units include an inset 1½ bowl ceramic sink and cooker hood, the freestanding cooker and fridge / freezer being included in the sale. Again the flooring is wood laminate. Of the kitchen is the utility room which leads back through to the hall, this space having a fitted worktop with space below for a washing machine and tumble dryer (appliances also included) whilst a built-in shelved airing cupboard houses the hot water tank.

Back off the hall the two carpeted bedrooms, a west-facing double and a single room bedroom accessed by a sliding pocket door facing north, which could alternatively be used as a home office. The large family bathroom comprises a white three piece suite and is heated by electric towel rail. Shaver point & vinyl flooring.

The stair to the first floor which is lit by a Velux window over, leads up to a carpeted landing with two handy built-in cupboards providing additional storage space. On the left is a very spacious main bedroom with wood laminate flooring and two windows enjoying the view south and a glazed door which opens to a covered balcony which provides a great place to sit in the sun and enjoy the views. Next is a shower room with wet-wall lined enclosure with electric shower and glazed screen / door plus a white WC and wash hand basin. Again heating is provided with electric towel rail and there is a shaver point and vinyl flooring. Finally the second upstairs bedroom, another very large carpeted double, has two windows to the gable wall facing north plus a further Velux.

Rooms Sizes

On the Ground Floor:-

Living / Dining Room

Approx. 7.75m x 4.3m (25'6" x 14'2")


Generally 3.9m x 3.55m at widest points (12'10" x 11'7")

Bedroom 1

Approx. 3.45m x 2.9m (11'3" x 9'6")

Bedroom 2

Approx. 2.55m x 2.15m (8'6" x 7'1")


Approx. 2.4m x 2.2m (7'10" x 6'10")

Utility Room

Approx. 2.5m x 2.05m at widest point (8'3" x 6'8")

On the First Floor:-

Bedroom 3

Approx. 4.9m x 2.65m + 4.2m x 2.2m (floor area) (16'2" x 8'9" + 13'10" x 7'3")

Shower Room

Approx. 2.5m x 1.55m (floor area) (8'3" x 5'2")

Bedroom 4

Approx. 4.75m x 3.8m (floor area) (15'8" x 12'6")


The property sits in a good-sized, very well established site with an abundance of mature trees, shrubs and planting which makes it a particularly private space especially in the summer months. A large graveled area provides plenty of parking outside of the front door and the integral external store (approx. 2.4m x 2.2m (7'10" x 7'3")) which has power & lighting and provides lots of useful storage, space for garden tools being provided by a further garden shed with lean-to potting shed to the side, and a second smaller mower shed.

The chipped area extends along the east side of the house where there is a drying area, and to the rear providing a secluded seating area enclosed by a low stone dyke outside the deck to the living / dining room, and beyond is an area of lawn completely surrounded by mature trees and planting.

Energy Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: D (65)

Property Location

To reach the property take the southernmost turning to Sandwick from the main Lerwick - Sumburgh road and follow signs for Hoswick (do not turn left to Sandwick). Follow the road down the hill and around the sharp turn to the left. Drive to the first main group of houses on the right and turn right into a small cul-de-sac with well-established trees enclosing the garden on the left hand corner. Follow the road to the end passing the first turning on the left, and continue around to the left to two houses, 'Westland' being the first one on the right, the only other house being accessed by this section of road being 'Vatnabrekk' which is also for sale.

To see the location of the property in an overall Shetland context, adjust the zoom by clicking the + or - buttons. Use the 'Map', 'Satellite' & 'Hybrid' buttons to switch between an ordnance survey style road map, a satellite aerial photograph or a combination (hybrid) of the two. Please note that the date of the satellite image is unknown and may not show new buildings.

(Please be aware the Google Street View was taken on the date shown. The building and surroundings may have changed since then. We always recommend you view the property personally.)

Personally I was absolutely delighted with how it was handled from start to finish. Also, As a couple, Beth and myself were hugely impressed with the professionalism, attention to detail and speed your team delivered to us selling both property and buying another.

David Simpson

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