Yaafield, Bigton, ZE2 9JA

Key Details

Reception Rooms:






Energy Efficiency:

D (59)

Council Tax:

Band A




2 bedrooms, bathroom, utility room / kitchenette, proposed living / dining room / kitchen in original cottage (requires renovation)


Set in a great elevated position in an area with only a handful of other houses at the end of a side road just to the north of the Loch of Vatsetter, a couple of miles outside the village of Bigton in the South Mainland of Shetland, 'Yaafield' offers an interesting renovation project mid-way to completion. Lerwick approximately 21 miles.

The property comprises the stone original croft house which is still to be renovated but which could provide a spacious open-plan living / dining room / kitchen, plus a later, newly renovated extension to the rear comprising two bedrooms, a bathroom & utility room.

Standing in front of the house there are stunning views southwards to the Loch of Vatsetter, and northwards over to Maywick and the coast.

General Information

'Yaafield' lies just a couple of miles outside the village of Bigton on the west side of the South Mainland area of Shetland approximately 21 miles from Lerwick.

The village which has its own community run shop & post office, and a public hall, is the access point for the spectacular sand tombolo at St Ninian's Isle. Other amenities can be found at nearby Dunrossness to the south (the area's primary school and a mini-supermarket & post office with fuel), or at Levenwick (doctor's surgery) and Sandwick (South Mainland Junior High School & swimming pool, and another shop) to the north. The airport at Sumburgh is easily accessible for air travel to and from mainland Scotland.

In addition to St Ninian's Isle, there are many other places of interest in the South Mainland area including Mousa Isle and its famous broch, the Loch of Spiggie RSPB reserve, the croft house museum, Quendale Mill, Old Scatness Broch, Jarlshof, and also another RSPB reserve / visitor's centre at Sumburgh Head.

The property comprises the original stone-built cottage and a later extension to the rear which has been completely newly renovated and houses two bedrooms, a bathroom and utility room. The next stage was to completely repair and renovate the original cottage to provide a living / dining room and kitchen although work on this part of the property has not yet started. In the meantime the utility room in the rear extension could potentially be used to provide basic kitchen facilities allowing that part of the property to be lived in on a temporary basis whilst work to the original cottage was carried out.


Original Cottage

(Overall approx. 10.8m x 3.5m) (35' x 11'6") Entry to the property is via the original cottage, the original intention being to convert this large open space into a living / dining room / kitchen, the space having two double glazed uPVC windows to the front and a doorway at the rear to the renovated extension, a stone fireplace at one potentially creating an attractive feature although the existing solid-fuel stove would probably need to be replaced. At the other end a door opens to a small link section between the house and an adjoining stone shed although this could be demolished, or it could perhaps provide the basis for extending into the shed to provide additional accommodation, any alterations being subject to any necessary consents required.

A basic partition was erected to provide a temporary shower room for use while the back extension was renovated however this is easily removable.

The renovated rear extension comprises:-


With solid-pine latch & brace doors to two double bedrooms, one at either end, plus a bathroom and utility room in between.  Storage heater.

Bedroom 1

(Approx. 3.35m x 3.15m) (11' x 10'4") South-facing carpeted room with glimpse of the Loch of Vatsetter, a built-in wardrobe with matching pine door, fitted carpet & Dimplex 'Quantum' storage heater.

Utility Room / Kitchenette

(Approx. 1.95m x 1.3m) (6'5" x 4'8") This small space could potentially be used to provide kitchen facilities whilst working on the front cottage. It has fitted cupboard unit with solid wood block worktop, white 'brick' tiled splashback and inset sink & mixer tap, with space below for a fridge, washing machine etc. Electric under-floor heating below the tiled floor. A built-in cupboard, again with matching pine door, houses the 'Megaflo' water tank.


(Approx. 2.55m x 1.95m) (8'5" x 6'5") Comprising a white three piece suite, the bath having a white 'brick' tiled shower area with glazed screen over, the contemporary style wash hand basin being set on a fitted cupboard unit with additional mirror cabinet with lighting over. Electric under-floor heating below the tiled floor which matches that in the utility room.

Bedroom 2

(Approx. 3.35m x 2.75m) (11' x 9') Second double bedroom, again carpeted, this time with window to the north. Built-in double wardrobe with matching pine doors, & Dimplex 'Quantum' storage heater.


The property sits in a grassed site estimated to extend to around 0.2 acres or thereby. Access is over a shared track from the public road.

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: D (59)

Property Location

To reach the property drive to Bigton and take the turning to Ireland on the north side of the village by the bus stop. Follow the road to the cluster of houses at Ireland in the distance, and turn right, again by a bus stop, on to a tarred road to the north. Follow this road for approximately 1¼ miles crossing over two cattle grids on the way, until you reach a fork in the road. Take the track to the right over another grid towards a long white cottage below. Turn left through a gate to the side of the first house, and continue down to the property.

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