1 + sun room
C (70) (see notes)
• 4 double bedrooms • sittingroom / sun room • kitchen / diner • 3 bath / shower rooms (2 en-suite) • utility room & store
Spacious four bedroom / three bathroom, 'Scandinavian' style detached house, one of the first 'eco-houses' in Shetland, set in a well-established garden by the shore at Uyeasound on Unst, Britain's most northerly inhabited island. The property faces west and enjoys fantastic uninterrupted views over the bay of Uyea Sound to the front and over open countryside to the rear.
Although offering a great 'get-away-from-it-all' location, Unst benefits from an excellent range of amenities including a Junior High School, superb leisure centre / swimming pool, health centre and several local shops, and is linked to mainland Shetland by a regular ferry service which runs throughout the day via the neighbouring island of Yell.
In addition to the four double bedroom (two on the ground floor and two with en-suite bathrooms), the accommodation also includes a sittingroom opening into a stunning vaulted ceilinged sun room and a large kitchen / dining room, a wet room style shower room and utility room.
This is a great lifestyle opportunity - viewing recommended.
Location & Amenities
'3 Batavia' is situated at Uyeasound at the south end of the island of Unst, Britain's most northerly inhabited island which measures approximately 12 miles long by 5 miles wide, the village overlooking the bay of Uyea Sound from which its name is derived.
Although Unst has a population of only around 600, islanders benefit from a wide range of amenities far beyond what might normally be expected for such a location, most amenities being located about five miles to the north in Baltasound, the main settlement, these including a Junior High School (nursery, primary & secondary schooling to year 4), a superb leisure centre / swimming pool, health centre, several local shops (one with fuel), a garage (also with shop, fuel & café), plus a small hotel and marina. There is also a tearoom and even a gin distillery at Haroldswick.
As well as offering a great place to live, the island is a popular visitor destination with stunning scenery, great walks and many places of interest in particular Hermaness National Nature Reserve, Keen of Hamar Reserve and Muness Castle (which lies to the east of Uyeasound). There are lovely beaches at Norwick, Skaw, Sandwick & Westing and much to offer those with an interest in ornithology and wildlife, geology, archaeology (there are various Viking sites), as well as plenty of local heritage and culture; the island hosts the UK's most northerly festival, UnstFest, in July.
Unst is connected to Mainland Shetland by a regular ro-ro ferry service which runs throughout the day from Belmont, a couple of miles from the house, to the neighbouring island of Yell (crossing time approximately 10 minutes), and from Yell to Toft (crossing time approximately 20 minutes), Toft lying approximately 28 miles north of Lerwick, Shetland's capital.
With a population of around 23,000, the Shetland Islands, a collection of over one hundred islands of which 15 are inhabited, are the most northerly part of the United Kingdom, being situated about 100 miles north of the Scottish mainland and 200 miles west of Bergen, Norway. A daily overnight ferry service from Aberdeen operated by Northlink Ferries (www.northlinkferries.co.uk), links Lerwick with Mainland Scotland. Loganair operates direct flights from Sumburgh Airport at the very southern tip of Shetland to Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow (www.loganair.co.uk), islanders currently qualifying for discounted air fares under the Scottish Government's Air Discount Scheme.
Conceived as a 'Zero Carbon House', 3 Batavia was completed 12 years ago, this innovative project utilising the latest low energy technology available at the time, with the focus on insulation, renewables and thermal gain. Constructed from a 'Scotframe' timber house kit clad externally with timber cladding below a 'Britmet Tileform' roof, the house features under-floor central heating throughout the ground floor supplied by a 'Mitsubishi' 'air-to-water' heat pump (there are energy efficient 'JAGA' radiators upstairs, also supplied by the heat pump, which are specifically designed for this application), a heat recovery / ventilation unit, a high level of insulation and argon gas filled double glazed windows. A 4,200 litre heat store in the garden feeds the under-floor hot water system, a 200 watt vertical wind turbine augments, with free power, the maintenance of the water termperature in the tank via a mini grid to a compatible immersion inside the tank, this stored hot water also contributes to lowering energy costs for the domestic hot water which is pre-warmed by the stored hear, saving energy for free, by passing the cold mains supply through a stainless steel conduit fitted in the tank, picking up thermal gain then relayed upstairs to the stainless steel tank situated in a large store off the principal bedroom. The layout of the house and arrangement of the argon gas filled windows was designed to maximise light and thermal gain, in addition to making the most of the fine views over the bay to the west. The property was also designed with disabled access and futureproofing in mind, one of the ground floor bedrooms (presently used as a study) being situated next to a large wet room shower room. There is a central vacuum system and satellite dish with connections throughout the house. 4g broadband is also connected as well as a landline telephone.
The house attracted worldwide interest and was short-listed in the 'Sustain Magazine' Built Environment Awards for sustainable buildings in 2010. The sellers will be happy to explain the features in more detail or visit their website at:-
Note photographs sellers own. Dates unknown.
Please note the addendum on page 3 of the Energy Performance Certificate relating to a special energy saving feature. Discussions between the sellers and The Energy Savings Trust has indicated that the EPC may not accurately reflect the energy saving measures in this property. A Home Energy Report (copy available on request) has indicated a possible A rating although it should be stressed that this is not a valid EPC and has been prepared solely on the basis of information provided by the sellers and not an actual site inspection. As such we are unable to verify the position and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard.
Entry to the property is via a new storm door which opens to a lobby with glazed inner door to a hall laid with solid wood flooring which extends throughout most of the ground floor, a glazed door to the right opening to the sittingroom, a carpeted stair with handy built-in store cupboard below leading to the first floor, whilst to the left is a double bedroom presently used as a study, and a substantial shower room. A further door at the end leads to the kitchen.
The west-facing sittingroom which is lit by stylish wall lights and two modern chandeliers (which are available separately if required), is a great space which opens into the sun room to the side and the dining area of the kitchen to the rear making it a particularly sociable layout, the whole area having the same solid pine flooring as the hall. A wall-mounted contemporary style 'pebble' electric flame effect fire is an attractive feature and provides a cosy heat source in addition to the under-floor heating. The sun room with its impressive vaulted ceiling and concealed LED lighting above the curtain rail, benefits from a large wraparound window area to three sides thus allowing the space to enjoy the morning, mid-day and evening sun, and also the views, French doors providing access to the garden.
The kitchen / dining room which runs along the back of the house can be accessed from the sittingroom or hall, and also from outside via a handy pantry area. Again it is a light and airy space with a window and patio doors enjoying the open aspect to the rear of the house. Cream coloured units set off by solid beech worktops provide plenty of cupboard & worktop space and include an integral oven & hob with cooker hood over, integrated fridge & dishwasher plus a double sink & drainer. The additional pantry area provides extra storage and space for a freezer etc., and leads a further utility room with a large laundry sink with plumbing below for a washing machine, a door to a good-sized double bedroom which also enjoys the fine views west, and another door to the back garden. The utility room could potentially be converted into an en-suite.
Back off the hall the remaining ground floor accommodation comprises a substantial shower room suitable for anyone with mobility issues, with walk-in extra-large shower enclosure with 'Monsoon' shower head & separate hand held fitting, and a contemporary style white WC & wash hand basin, lowered to wheelchair height, with wall mounted mixer tap, and finally a double bedroom, again facing west, currently used as a study. Designed for disability living this room has waist height power sockets & light switches, which are continued throughout the ground floor.
The pure wool carpeted stair from the hall leads up to a wide landing used as a library space, the walls being lined with fitted bookshelves, lighting being provided by a ceiling sun pipe. Off the landing are two large carpeted double bedrooms both having dormer windows to the front of the house taking advantage of the fine views, and 'Jaga' radiators.
The bedroom on the left has doors to an en-suite bathroom with four piece suite including 'Whirlpool' bath & bidet, the sink having useful cupboard space for toiletries etc. below, and a substantial carpeted store / dressing room with Velux window & window seat, 'Jaga' radiator and the hot water store for the "on-demand" domestic supply.
The second upstairs bedroom on the right which has been used for B & B accommodation, has a shelved recess for clothes etc., and another en-suite bathroom this time featuring a double ended bath and contemporary style WC & wash hand basin, the bath & w.h.b. having attractive Art Nouveau style splash backs.
On the Ground Floor:-
(Approx. 5.35m x 3.8m) (17'6" x 12'6")
(Approx. 3.55m x 3.1m) (11'7" x 10'2")
Kitchen / Dining Room
(Approx. 7.55m x 3.2m) (24'10" x 10'7")
(Approx. 3.25m x 1.55m) (10'8" x 5')
Bedroom 1 (off hall)
(Approx. 3.7m x 3.35m) (12'3" x 11'0")
(Approx. 3.4m x 2.25m) (11'2" x 7'4")
Bedroom 2 (off utility room)
(Approx. 4.5m x 3.45m) (14'9" x 11'3")
On the First Floor:-
Bedroom 3 (to left)
(Approx. 4.15m x 3.9m (floor area)) (13'8" x 12'8")
(Approx. 2.9m x 2m (floor area)) (9'6" x 6'6")
Store / Dressing Room
(Approx. 4.15m x 3.4m (floor area)) (13'8" x 11'3")
Bedroom 4 (to right)
(Approx. 3.9m x 3.85m (floor area)) (12'8" x 12'6")
(Approx. 2.8m x 2m (floor area)) (9'2" x 6'6")
The property sits in a well-stocked, well-established site laid out for self-sufficiency and estimated to extend in total to around ⅓ acre or thereby, including the concreted parking area serving 2 / 3 vehicles on the on the other side of the road, the land here extending down to the shore. A garden area surrounds the house, the front garden being laid out with a series of cold frames and raised beds arranged around a paved path which leads to steps to the front door and ramped access around to the rear. To the side of the house a 10' x 8' dwarf-walled insulated greenhouse allows for year round growing, a substantial raised plot hosts a variety of fruit trees. To the rear is a lawn and substantial wooden decked seating areas providing space and shelter to sit and enjoy the views. A hatch provides access to the under-build area of the house for access to pipework etc. and a storage are extending the full length of the house.
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: C (70) (see notes)
From the ferry at Belmont, drive north for about two miles and turn right to Uyeasound. Drive down to the shore and right around the bay passing the local hall and the junction for Baltasound until you come to the first group of houses on the left. '3 Batavia' is the fourth house along opposite the concreted parking area on the right.
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